How to Make a Poster
The first step in making your own awesome poster is setting up your artwork file. Did you know that you can create your own poster using one of the 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?
Click here to check out the in-depth guide on everything you need to know about creating personalised posters on PowerPoint, Word, Photoshop and Publisher.
What If I Don’t Have a Poster Design?
No design? No problem! We’ve created a handy library which is 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. So no matter whether you’re organising a bake sale, showing off your new coffee shop menu or advertising a student night at your bar, you can make your own posters online in no time.
We also offer a full print design service with our in house graphic designers. Simply click ‘yes’ when asked if you would like us to ‘design this for you’ and you can add the service to the basket. One of our designers will be in touch as soon as the order has been placed to discuss your brief. If you prefer a more personal approach you can always chat with your designer in person via our video consultancy service. Simply click here to book a slot through our online chat team.
What Stock is Best?
We offer digital online poster printing on both indoor and outdoor stock options, so whether you’re wanting 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. Have a concert or event coming up that you want to shout about? Poster printing on value silk is ideal if you’re looking for affordable but high quality posters.
- 250gsm classic silk – a sturdier stock with a high quality look and feel. Looking to show your customers new seasonal menu options in your restaurant or special treatments on offer in your salon? The classic silk option will work wonders for your custom posters.
- Waterproof PVC – at 220mic, this thin weatherproof option is ideal for outdoor A-frames. If you’re advertising an exclusive offer and need an outdoor sign, your A2 poster, A1 poster and A0 posters will look high quality and withstand the British weather, all while keeping costs down.
- Heavyweight waterproof PVC – outdoor signs or long-life posters are the best use for this 400mic PVC option. Get all of your permanent posters printed on this stock if you’re wanting to make an impression for a longer period of time.
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
How to Design a Poster
Once you’ve set your file up correctly, the real fun begins! Designing a poster isn’t always black and white – there are a wealth of things to think about when deciding where to start. 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 Posters Do I Need to Re-Open My Business?
Posters are an essential tool for re-opening your business. We recommend using posters before, during and after your re-opening to make sure you’re giving customers all the information they need to visit your business safely.
‘We’re re-opening’ posters - Let passers-by know your new opening date and time by posting one of these in your shop window a week or two before the big day.
New services posters - Make customers aware of any changes to your services you’ve added to make sure you’re running a COVID-secure business, like collection and delivery.
Hygiene posters - Remind customers to wash their hands and use how to hand wash posters in toilets so that everyone follows best practice.
Social distancing posters - Use posters to let people know they need to stay 2 metres apart at all times in your store.
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 of what you want to accomplish. Whatever your poster goal is, here are a few of the most popular ways our customers use them:
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.
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 – indoor or out, a permanent spot or just temporary, how much room you’ll need are all factors that will be affected by this decision.
But just where should you put posters for maximum impact? And more importantly, where are you allowed to put posters? For a full list of poster placement ideas and more on the rules around putting up posters, check out our full guide here.
How to print posters online with instantprint
- Choose your options and add them to the basket
- Upload your poster design
- Approve your artwork proof
- 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 frame, 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.
Find out more here.
How to Choose the Right Size
The size you choose will depend on what, where and when you’re thinking of displaying your message. If you need to include more information, the bigger the better, but remember – you’ll need to ensure potential customers can read the main message from a distance to help draw them in. Here are the poster sizes we offer:
Poster Sizes 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 place mat menu.
See all our A3 print products
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.
See more A2 print products
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.
See all our A1 print products
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 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