Checklist for Trade Show Graphics


~ What You Need to Know ~

  • Pre-Event Planning

We will work with you to prepare a production schedule for your Trade Show & Exhibit Graphics. We’ll determine the size of the exhibit hardware, the graphic panel sizes and method of attachment, such as hangers, magnetic tape or Velcro.

  • Lead-Times

The complexity, size and quantity of your Trade Show & Exhibit Graphics will influence the lead-time needed for production. Once we receive your print files, the graphic production lead-time schedule will begin.

When your trade show graphics are finished, they will be carefully packaged and shipped per your instructions to your specified location.

  • Proofing

You should always ask your PSP (Print Service Provider) to provide you with a proof before the final graphics are produced. Allow 24-48 hours in most cases for your proof to be ready.

When requesting a quote – send a pdf of your print files, and discuss any Pantone Matching Colors, products, or art work critical to color-match.

  • Printing Options

A key consideration when thinking about your Trade Show Signage & Event Graphics is the type of material. Options include rigid substrates, flexible and rollable graphics, or soft goods such as fabric.

At ICL Imaging, we have a wide variety of in-house output devices to provide you with the best solution for your application.

Trade Show Graphics can be printed directly to substrates (DTS) on clear, translucent and opaque materials. Images can be Dye-Sublimated onto a wide variety of fabrics or printed as continuous tone images photographically, as well as imaged onto banner vinyl, Paper, Film, Adhesives, and more.

Printing widths up to 16 feet wide create enormous trade show and event backdrops.

  • Finishing Options

Once printed, your Trade Show Signage & Event Graphics will most likely need some type of finishing. You can choose various finishing options along with mounting and laminating.

Finishing for fabric banners involves stitching pole pockets to allow a pipe or rod to be installed for hanging. Hemming can be added for a finished look or to help reinforce the edges of the fabric.

Fabric can also have Velcro attached to it or silicone edging (SEG) for extrusion-based display systems.

Other finishing services can include silhouette cutting to create life-size cut outs and other interesting shapes. Of course, we can do squares or rectangles too. Some substrates can also be bent using heat to obtain different shapes.

Contact us today to discuss your event!


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