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How Do I Make a Poster?
The first step in making your own awesome event poster is setting up your artwork file. Did you know that you can create your own poster using many popular programs, such as Word or PowerPoint? Or if you dabble in more complex design programs, why not create yours in Photoshop or Publisher?
Check out our in-depth guide to everything you need to know about creating personalised posters on PowerPoint, Word, Photoshop and Publisher.
Once you’ve set your file up correctly, the real fun begins!
Designing a poster isn’t always black and white – there are so many things to think about. Here are some tips on what makes an inspiring and memorable poster design:
• Use bright, eye-catching colours
• Make sure you can read the main message from a distance
• Play around with fonts
What If I Don’t Have a Poster Design?
We’ve created a handy library full of poster templates . Whether you’re looking for an A1 poster size, A2 poster size or an A4 poster size, we have the ideal blank canvas for you. Need some inspiration? Our expert design team have created some fantastic poster design templates to get you started.
If you're creating your own poster design from scratch using another popular tool, like Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word or Canva, be sure to check out our step-by-step artwork guides to set your design up perfectly the first time!
What Paper Stock is Best?
Whether you want to display your advertisement or artwork, we have the perfect solution for you. Here’s a quick rundown of our stocks, and tips on picking the right one for your poster designs:
- 170gsm value silk – a thin and affordable option that’s best used for temporary posters.
- 250gsm classic silk – a sturdier stock with a high-quality look and feel.
- Waterproof PVC – at 220mic, this thin weatherproof option is ideal for outdoor A-frames.
- Heavyweight waterproof PVC – outdoor signs or long-life posters are the best use for this 400mic PVC option.
We offer special laminate finishes on our classic silk stock. These add extra protection to your advertisement poster and give it a special look or feel. Choose from:
- Matt – a smooth, no-shine finish that softens the colours
- Gloss – a visible high-shine finish that brightens the colours
What Poster Sizes Are Available?
Dimensions: 29.7 x 42cm / 297 x 420mm / 11.7 x 16.5 inches.
A3 posters are a larger size that’s great for indoor advertising. Use it to promote sales in your window display or as a placemat menu.
Dimensions: 59.4 x 42cm / 594 x 420mm / 23.4 x 16.5 inches.
You can pick an A2 poster to make a big statement at indoor events, or to go outside in a waterproof stock.
Dimensions: 84.1 x 59.4cm/841 x 594mm/33.2 x 23.4 inches.
A1 posters are huge! Great for listing times of performers at a concert, or for adding a huge splash of colour to a window display.
Dimensions: 118.9 x 84.1cm / 1180 x 841mm / 46.9 x 33.2 inches.
Use this large format option for affordable event signage indoor or out! Perfect for enhancing your presence at an exhibition, place it on the wall behind your display.
Dimensions: 101.6 x 76.2cm/1016 x 762mm/40 x 30 inches.
Slightly smaller than A0, 30 x 40 is classic movie poster size. Print your own custom posters for personal use or show off big events at your business.
Dimensions: 152.4 x 101.6cm / 1524 x 1016mm / 60 x 40 inches.
Bus stop advertising just got easier! These personalised posters are the perfect size to fit in a bus stop display case.
What Are Posters Used for?
When you’re designing your own poster for print, it’s essential that you’ve got an end goal in mind. Whatever your poster goal is, here are a few of the most popular ways our customers use them:
Advertising Products - One key way posters are used are to advertise products, services and businesses in general. These can be in-store offers or star buys, or even bus stop ads and other outdoor large format poster advertisements like billboards.
Promoting Events - If you’ve got a big event coming up, posters are a great way to advertise this. All you need is the single sheet to let passers-by know the date, time and location and you’re good to go! Just make sure you put it somewhere with a lot of potential to grab attention.
Communicating Important Information - From hygiene posters to health and safety information, posters play a vital role in many organisations. For long-lasting posters like these, PVC materials are the best to use since they’re sturdy and easy to wipe clean.
Where Are the Best Places to Put Posters?
One of the first decisions you’ll need to make before choosing what kind of poster you want to print is where you’re going to put it. Will it be indoor or out? In a permanent spot or just temporary? How much room will you need? These are all factors that will impact your decision.
But just where should you put posters for maximum impact? And more importantly, where are you allowed to put posters? Check out our guide to poster placement ideas and find more on the rules around putting up posters.
How to Print Posters Online with instantprint
1. Choose your options and add them to the basket
2. Upload your poster design
3. Approve your artwork proof
4. Place your order!
If you need any help at any stage of your journey, our team is happy to help and advise. Get in touch today !
How to Choose the Perfect Frame
Got space in or outside your store? Why not try an A-frame? There are so many to choose from, such as the A0, A1, A2, 20 x 30 poster frame and more! An A-frame is the ideal way to show off your large posters from two sides at once to get maximum exposure. When you order this product you’ll receive two poster prints and an aluminium frame to display them in.
What Do Our Customers Think?
"instantprint's A4 silk posters gave me a platform to launch my very own limited edition prints. The quality is superb and brings out the colours in my designs."- Carla, Owner of Dash Designs
"As an arts business, we need strong visual content and mixed scaled prints that will stand out to our consumers and increase sales. Therefore, we choose to print various formats of artwork such as A1/A0 posters and flyers as we believe the printing, colour and paper quality are powerful tools for delivering our brand messaging."- Sabrine - Marketing at Danceworks
"Working with instantprint is a breeze. They are extremely helpful, always willing to discuss options and provide you with clear instructions and tracking through every order. We’re regularly in touch with our main contact, Abi, who is very proactive and keeps us up to date with new opportunities and products she thinks would be relevant to us to which is great." – Chris Amphlett, Marketing Manager at Otter Garden Centres