Recently ordered a 10x3ft 15oz laminated vinyl banner for every-day outdoor use.
This is what the banner looks like:
The colors used are:
Even though the blue looks vivid and bright in the PSD design, when translated onto a vinyl banner, the blue looks very dim and loses all the brightness. Similar results happen with the grey, which I was hoping would look more like silver (the colors black and white are rendered perfectly).
I’m getting ready to re-order the same banner, but this time I want to make sure that the blue and the grey come out just as bright as they do on a computer screen / photoshop design.
I researched and found that cyan might be the best blue hue to achieve a bright blue color similar to the one shown on the image above. But at the same time, when I use cyan on this banner design in photoshop, the color looks like such a different blue. (My company corporate colors revolve around the blue shown in the image).
I have another design of this banner, which I also wanted to get printed to have some variation. I am cautious of ordering it now in case I have the same problem with the color not looking as bright as it looks on the PSD design. This banner is the same as the one shown above, but using a red color hue #f5002e.
I would appreciate any suggestions and knowledge on the right colors (blue, red, grey) to use to achieve a bright and vivid result when rendering my design to a vinyl banner, so that the text can be easily seen from afar in outdoor, every-day usage.
This is is where communication with the printer is key. We cannot ideally help you without fully knowing what the requirements are.
- I wouldn’t be using Photoshop I would be using a vector program such as InkScape or Illustrator
- You should ask the printer if they provide samples.
- Reference a pantone color guide and do not rely on what color Photoshop is showing on screen.
- Ask your printer if they have a template you are to use.
- Make sure your system is calibrated.
There are several questions you can ask, you could read this: What should you ask the printer?