All About Graphics
At Monster Displays we offer our customers the ultimate in choice and value. Whether you need a simple banner, or a large format graphic, Monster has a solution for you.
Graphics are a key feature to the success of your display. We understand that your graphics need to showcase your individuality and appropriately represent your marketing message and products. This is why our in-house production can offer the reliability and quality your brand deserves. Our in-house production facility features the latest technology in large format printing, including digital inkjet and dye-sublimation machines that print up to 100" wide.
We are proud to offer several green graphic medias, as well as fabric, to accommodate your environmental concerns. We stand behind our premium graphic materials and are confident you will be more than pleased with your purchase.
Facts I should Know About Creating & Saving My Artwork
Submission Guidelines for:
Quality Materials, Quality Results
This is what you may call the "paper" where our graphics are printed. We call it media because it is definitely not paper. It is a special material formulated with a custom smooth micro-porous receiving layer that allows ink to be more crisp and detailed upon printing. It also includes a special balanced anti-static, light-block back coating, so you never see shadows of your frame.
What cheap imitators use – plain paper. This will result in mediocre color range, and no light blocking which will cause your frame to be visible from the front.
This is the protective layer that is adhered to the media. This velvet polycarbonate film offers protection from UV, abrasion and moisture. The non-glare finish great for trade show and display graphics. Plus it is key to provide the rigidity needed for your graphics to follow the curvature of your stand.
What cheap imitators use – thin vinyl laminates. They do not offer the rigidity necessary to provide a real "wall". So your display will look wavy and awkward. Plus, they may not be UV resistant, so your colors will fade.
Fabrics made in the USA
Premier quality fabrics with exceptional whiteness will result in vivid color reproductions. That is why we have carefully sourced the best American fabricators to provide us with consistent quality we can trust. Our 8 oz polyester knit fabrics are wrinkle resistant and meet all standards coast-to-coast for flame resistance.
What cheap imitators use – thin polyester made in China. These fabrics commonly include imperfections and may not block back-lighting sufficiently. Plus flame retardant certification may not be available.
This is one of the most important factors. We use only original HP Vivera pigment inks, which consistently deliver professional image quality and the best photo permanence on the market. Specifically designed for photographic printing to reproduce an extensive palette of brilliant, life-like colors, deep, rich blacks and true, neutral grays, and will resist fading for more than 200 years!
What cheap imitators use – generic inks. They are much cheaper but will not be able to provide the color dimension of original HP pigments. We refuse to downgrade and subject your brand to washed-out colors. Plus – these inks fade very quickly.
Certain displays need special hardware to be able to attach graphic panels. We use only original hardware, to guarantee a professional look and perfect fitting. For example in popup displays, these are the plastic hangers and kickers that allow the graphic to hang on the display, that should be made with special flexible but resistant PVC, matte finish for a polished look.
What cheap imitators use – they will try to copy the hardware cutting up generic plastic, which will look unprofessional in most cases.
High Energy Magnets
These are key to making sure that panels align correctly, so you can achieve a uniform effect. We use custom made high-energy magnets not available commercially.
What cheap imitators use – basic magnets. They will not provide the necessary strength and your graphics may fall from the frame. Plus, alignment is an art. Magnets must be placed at a specific location for them to work properly.
The original Velcro brand fasteners last longer and produce a tighter fit to make sure fabrics are tensioned and wrinkle free.
What cheap imitators use – generic fasteners that last only a few applications or fray with time.
Take a look at your favorite jeans and chances are you will find YKK stamped on the zipper. As the leaders in their industry, original YKK zippers will pass the test of time. So we only trust the experts to secure our tension fabric displays!
What cheap imitators use – generic zippers that are not strong enough to secure tensioned materials
Real Dye Sublimation
Here is how dye-sublimation printing works: using specially formulated inks, large direct print processors lay down reversed imagery onto transfer paper. The transfer paper and fabric are then loaded and simultaneously run through a heat press which subjects the fabric and transfer paper to extreme heat and pressure. At temperatures upwards of 400 degrees the sublimation inks transform (“sublimate”) from a solid to a gaseous state permanently imprinting the fabric. The end result are vibrant colors, high quality and detailed images - limited only by the texture of the fabric – long lasting dye, the ability to be cleaned and even be subjected to commercial washing machines, huge size capabilities and, because it’s fabric, custom sewing and finishing.
What cheap imitators use – ink is deposited directly to specially coated fabric and then heated to set the dyes. The resulting prints do not have a good saturated image result or crisp line details. Resolution is not as good especially on knit materials, which are usually preferred for tension fabric structures.
We have been producing trade show displays for over 15 years. We know what is important, not only in the way to handle the materials but also how they interact together. This is more art than science.
What cheap imitators use – well, they will try to copy a sample you provide, but that does not mean they will know all the details necessary to actually to make it work!
Handling & Storage Instructions for Display Graphics
High-resolution, full color digital graphics, like other detailed works of quality craftsmanship, are vulnerable to mishandling, and /or inappropriate exposure, which can adversely affect visual appeal. So careful handling is needed to protect your investment.
Please follow these directions to insure the best care for your graphics:
If your graphics are hung from the corners, sides or ends, do not stretch them beyond a reasonable tension, as this could result in tearing them.
Laminated Titanium Film Graphics
Used for: Detachable Graphics, Photomural Panels, Graphic Case Wraps, and Header Graphics
What makes this film unique is a special titanium layer embedded in the media, the perfect solution to block back light. The media substrate is a specialized extrusion of DuPont film: the toughest and most dimensionally stable base available. Light cannot penetrate the media, therefore, displays in mixed lighting conditions are brighter, have a bigger impact and are more durable. The ink receiving layer is bonded into the film using corona treatment, fusing the top molecules with an ultra high voltage charge during coating. In fact this process is standard on all our film and photobase products. We finish the prints with a polycarbonate UV laminate to create a rigid, yet rollable graphic panel that will follow the contours of the frames without unsightly waves or imperfections. They will also add protection against scratches.
Our titanium film sets new standards. If you want the best in terms of image quality and durability in roll-up and portable displays, our titanium film is the only choice!
Laminated Banner Graphics
Used for: Retractable and tension banners
Lightweight with a unique high gloss finish which creates extremely vivid images. The light-blocking layer eliminates backside light transmittal to prevent image wash out. The instant dry film resists tunneling, edge fraying, and tearing during the rolling and unrolling process. Finished with premium laminate for extended durability.
Scrim Vinyl Graphics
Used for: Indoor and outdoor applications
This banner material offers high print quality and durability. A 10 mil polyester reinforced tyvek material is ideal in price and performance. Provides strong, vibrant colors. Good choice for indoor/outdoor use. Ask about our 13 & 14 oz., or Mesh Vinyl options too!
Polyester Knit Fabric Graphics
A high-class application that is both lightweight, versatile and durable. We print our fabrics using real dye sublimation process, not direct to print methods, in order to obtain more realistic colors and superb resolution. Smooth-weaved fray resistant polyester fabric provides vibrant photo quality prints. Superior color-fastness and water resistant properties make this an ideal choice for indoor/outdoor use. Translucent properties allow backlighting if desired.
Monster Displays has unlimited graphic production capabilities including silk-screening, dye sublimation, large format, ink-jet, lambda, vehicle wraps, and more...call now to get your quote!
Dye Sublimation Printed Fabrics
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Dye Sublimation Fabric Graphics can be cleaned and washed easily and with good results. Successfully cleaning your graphics depends on following the below instructions. Results may vary depending on the contaminant, how dirty the graphics are and what fabric you are cleaning.
Fabric can be spot treated, as with typical laundry. Use mild soap and cold water. Test on a small spot in a less than obvious spot first.
Fabric graphics can be machine washed in cold on a gentle cycle, with mild soap and cold water, no bleach. Lay flat or hang on frame to dry.
Use a hand or commercial steamer to eliminate any wrinkles or creases.
Store gently folded in a plastic bag, in a cool dry area. Close zippers before folding. Fabric must be completely dry prior to storing.