Designing Roller Banners Yourself

Creating your own artwork is cost effective, rewarding and enjoyable. But before you get going it’s best to have clearly in mind what your objective is and what you want to achieve from the advertising campaign. Is it to create customer awareness, promote a specific product or to draw attention to a promotion? And who do you consider to be the target customer?

With a specific group of people in mind you can describe the kind of relationship they will have with your product or service. It’s useful to brainstorm a list of words associated with the customers, the product/service and the connection between them, using these as a resource pool when designing your ad for print.

What should you include in your roller banner design?

When you come to put your ad or design together there are several elements to bear in mind:

  1. Copy (written material)
  2. Graphics (images, photography, logos)
  3. Colour
  4. Layout
  5. Contact Details
  6. A call to action

The wording needs to be minimal and easy to read for a transient audience.If you’re a friendly and approachable company, then adopt a warm and open quality to your writing. On the other hand, if you’re that bit more formal, make sure your text reflects this. And if all else fails, most people enjoy a pun. The target reader and the tone of the piece often go together as you must speak the right language to deliver messages that your customers will understand. A good rule of thumb to remember when including text is ‘The 5 W’s’ – Who? What? Where? When? Why?

Only one high quality image is needed which stands out and catches attention and the company logo should be very clear and distinctive.

The eye is naturally drawn to something colourful and adding shades to your design that contrast or compliment will attract attention and draw the reader in. Give thought to which colours you use as some can have a negative effect psychologically and others are hard to read in certain lights, e.g.; yellow. The choice of colour also needs to be in keeping with company branding and the logo. For more details on the use of colour in your advertising see our blog ‘The Detail’s in the Design.’

When it comes to the layout, plan your design according to the ‘rule of thirds’ whereby the entire space is divided into three horizontally and vertically. Images and key elements are positioned at the intersections of these imaginary lines to create a well- balanced, aesthetically pleasing piece of work.

The focal point, which could be a heading, question or image should be positioned at eye level to naturally draw the eye to it. The logo needs to be at the top of the design and contact details and a call to action towards the bottom of the second third. Leave the bottom third blank for roller banners or any floor standing display as its difficult to read content lower down.

Call in the professionals

It’s important your display or ad always looks professional, or this could detract from the impact of the message. If there is no facility to design in-house, submit your design criteria to a professional studio who can put together the content and display in a short time. Always opt for high quality stands, banners and screens because they will serve you long-term, are therefore better value and reflect well on your business.

Professional graphic designers can help create your perfect roll up banner design by working closely with you to create a design to your specification. They will also ensure, where necessary, that any images used are suitable for larger sized printing. You can contact the design team at any stage of the process to discuss or alter your design. All you need to do is submit any images you would like to use, your company logo and a short design brief. The designers will then supply a design proof for approval or amendment.

Roller Banner design can be a complicated process which requires the input of professionally trained print designers who can offer advice, meet technical requirements and produce a unique product specific to your needs within a short window of time. These benefits cannot be provided by online template designs.


Can I mock up my banner design in PowerPoint?

Yes. It might not be ‘print ready’ or high resolution, but it will give your designer a clear idea of what you would like on the banner, providing a good starting place for them to recreate your design to print ready standards. This will in turn save you time and money.

Which Fonts are best?

With so many fonts available to download online, sometimes for free, it can be hard to choose and easy to get carried away. Focus on simplicity and maximum readability when selecting the fonts. The aim is to attract attention from afar, so stick with well-known classic fonts and do not use more than two font types per design.

Serif fonts are easy to read and sans-serif fonts like Helvetica, Verdana and Century Gothic are also unfussy and useful for the main copy. Mix it up a little by using a more handwritten font like Lobster Two or Freestyle script for the less important information.

Consider varying the size of your fonts; your title, headline or main message should be bold and larger than contact details and additional information. For example; use 200pt for headline, 125pt for sub-heading, 100pt for additional text. Copy should be arranged in short sentences and read from left to right and top to bottom. It’s suggested that spacing size should be two points higher than your font size.

Will photos taken on my mobile phone be ok to use on my roller banner design?

No. Photos may look great on the small screen of your mobile phone, but they will be too small for printing on your roller banner. If the image is too low in resolution your image will pixelate and be indiscernible.

If you would like to take your own photographs but do not own a professional camera, most digital cameras have high quality settings and automatic focus functionality. Your imagery should ideally be saved at 300dpi (dots per inch), although anything above 150dpi will be suitable for large format printing. Check your camera settings and alter to large, high or if you have it, RAW to allow for greater editing. The photos will take up more memory but will result in a better quality of photo for use on larger printed items like roller banners. Save your image as a high-resolution jpeg. Either insert into your InDesign artwork and create a high-resolution PDF for printing. Or if you’d like our design help then send the original high-resolution photo to us. For more details on how to use images in your design read our blog Image Magic! – selecting imagery for your roller banner design.

Don’t be tempted to copy and paste imagery from a website, Website imagery will be lower quality than you need and trying to copy, paste and resize will not work.Not only this but you need to check on the usage licensing details. Some sites offer free imagery if you credit the image. Always check the sizes available and purchase the largest. Popular imagery sites are iStock, Getty Images, Flickr, Shutterstock and Unsplash.

What software can I use to create my ad or design?

  1. Adobe Photoshop runs on both Windows and Mac and is considered one of the best graphic design software for beginners offering basic features such as perspective, correction, channel mixing and clone stamp tool.
  2. GIMP is very easy to use and ideal for graphic designers and photographers alike. “The flexibility of the tool allows you to create crystal clear graphics …and the full screen mode allows you to view and edit at the same time.”
  3. Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based drawing programme using maths equations to draw shapes which means the graphics can be scaled to any proportion without losing resolution. “You can create artwork with seamless alignment by drawing pixel-perfect shapes.”
  4. Adobe InDesign is “the business leader for creating clean layouts for desktop and mobile devices alike… the features that come with InDesign are unbelievable.”

For help in using Adobe Illustrator to create your design read our blog “How do I create my own roller banner”

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