Downtown Decorations

Print your
designs & Photos

Get Creative! Downtown Decorations is able to add any level of customization to banner artwork. Interested in one of our catalog designs? We can add your text!

Work with our in-house design team to create custom artwork that highlights the best of your community.

Made to Order Banners

If you find a design on our site our designers can easily add your text, modify the artwork, or change the color scheme. Just fill out the request a quote form to let us know what you need and a sales rep will reach out to you.

Custom Banners

If you already have existing designs or photos you know you would like printed it’s as easy as sending us your designs. Check the sections below for specifications and tips on the best practices for banner designs.
Have an idea but aren’t sure how to get it? Our in-house designers can help you concept and create a design.

Banner pricing is based on size of banner, artwork design, fabric choice, and quantity.

The best digital formats for images, logos, and final banner artwork files are:

  • .AI – Adobe Illustrator
    • It’s all about the vectors. Outlining and creating vectors for logos/shapes/text in Adobe Illustrator makes it easier to convert your artwork to large scale banner dimensions. Outlining your text into vector images also avoids the problem of missing fonts when transferring your artwork to another computer.

  • .EPS – Encapsulated PostScript
    • Exporting in .eps flattened allows for your vector file to be read across several vector-creating platforms, not just Adobe Illustrator. It also allows the printers to enlarge your banner design.

  • .PSD – Photoshop Document
    • If your banner includes non-vector images such as photographs, be sure your images are exported in .psd format at a high-quality resolution.

Our design team would love to help. Just let us know!

Please send all files at the largest possible size. This reduces resolution issues.

When creating your banner design, keep in mind that some screen printed designs require a border around the image and to accommodate the pole pocket. Ask design team for any clarification.

For closest color matching be sure to build your files in CMYK color space. For more accuracy in screen print colors, design using Pantone colors.

Be sure to embed all fonts into your file. The easiest way to do this is to outline all document fonts.

Think distance! Make sure your color scheme provides enough contrast so that the text won’t blend into the background. Confirm that your text size is large enough and thick enough to be seen from far distances. Our sales and design team can help you determine the correct text size for your banner dimensions.

When choosing your message, be sure that it is reflective of your city’s beliefs and atmosphere. It can be a holiday message, specific to a city event, or a city slogan.

When choosing your image, remember that banner material matters. Is it a screen print or a photograph? The image can reflect a holiday, a season, or a town monument.

Whether you have a brand logo or just a city name, make sure your logo file is large enough to prevent pixelation on large scale banners. The best formats for images/logos: eps.,ai., .png

Be sure to leave enough room at the top and bottom of your design to make sure your message isn’t distorted by the pole pocket. Note: If you are using Mainstreet Fabric or Vinyl, design can extend over pole pockets.

Check out our full 24 page Guide to Banners.

DDI Guide to Banners