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PatioDaddio
07-29-2009, 01:40 PM
BuildASign.com is at it again (http://www.buildasign.com/tailgate). They are offering free banners. I ordered one last time and could not have been happier.

John

sfisch
07-29-2009, 01:44 PM
I'll vouch for them too, a very nice product.

Scott

Smokin' Joe
07-29-2009, 02:26 PM
how long does it take to get them?

PatioDaddio
07-29-2009, 02:41 PM
Mine took 7 calendar days to Idaho.

John

Ron_L
07-29-2009, 03:46 PM
I received an e-mail from them, too. I think mine took about a week and was very good quality. It is the top one in this picture.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_syPcXIICFRo/SnC0kOXFPOI/AAAAAAAAEFI/T5igzS3eN5k/s512/BBQ%27Loo%202009%20157.JPG

Scottie
07-29-2009, 03:59 PM
That's an old picture... Amy doesn't have on her piggies...

KC_Bobby
07-29-2009, 04:44 PM
Looks like W'Loo of this year to me.

maybe this time I'll use the right logo file so our banners do not come back pixlated.

Ron_L
07-29-2009, 05:34 PM
That's an old picture... Amy doesn't have on her piggies...

How nice of you to notice :-D I don't remember what time of day that was but I think she had just gotten back from the farmer's market.

Looks like W'Loo of this year to me.


Yep...

BBQPETE
07-29-2009, 07:29 PM
i can get a sign that big for free

Ron_L
07-29-2009, 07:42 PM
Yep... I paid $11.50 for shipping. It was the last time they ran their free banner promo. It is a 2ft x 8 ft

Rhapsody
07-29-2009, 07:57 PM
this seems too good to be true, does it work?

Ron_L
07-29-2009, 08:03 PM
I think so. Or maybe the banner hanging on my canopy is just a dream :-D

Just to make sure I went to the link above and designed the same banner and it came up as $64 with a $64 credit, so net $0 plus shipping.

BBQ Bandit
07-29-2009, 08:04 PM
Absolutely.... bought (2) for the cost of shipping.
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=75&pictureid=996

Rhapsody
07-29-2009, 08:09 PM
Awesome, I did the same thing Ron. I have a banner that is already 8x3, I don't want another that size, for those with two banners on the front of their ten foot tent, what size do you recommend? What size is the small one in the picture?

Ron_L
07-29-2009, 08:17 PM
I'm pretty sure that the smaller one is 4x2

swamprb
07-29-2009, 08:25 PM
I always get compliments on mine, and the price is ridiculous!

Jeff_in_KC
07-29-2009, 09:56 PM
maybe this time I'll use the right logo file so our banners do not come back pixlated.

I sent in the proper file and they still sent it back all pixelated. I was highly disappointed. I haven't used it once this year. But I was only out $13 best I recall.

Ron_L
07-29-2009, 10:24 PM
I used the .eps file that I got from Patrick and mine was fine. Which format did you guys use?

Jeff_in_KC
07-29-2009, 10:26 PM
I used the .eps file that I got from Patrick and mine was fine. Which format did you guys use?

I used the EPS file format from Patrick as well.

PatioDaddio
07-30-2009, 12:47 AM
I used a PNG. The key is to use a vector file like EPS or PNG. Vector means that the image can be literally sized to infinity without losing any detail. If you use a bitmap file (like JPG) you are just asking for the jaggies (pixelation).

From their FAQ:

What kind of image should I use for a logo or clipart?


To use a logo, or some type image created by a graphics professional from solid lines and colors (specifically called 'vector art'), then EPS is the best choice. By using an EPS file in your design, you can retain the sharp lines in your original image, even if the file size you use is very small. If you do not have access to an EPS file, then GIF or PNG file formats will provide you with the next best print quality. Again, try to find the highest quality image with a file size less than 6 Megabytes (6 Mb).

John

TOPS BBQ
07-30-2009, 01:34 AM
FYI - I used a JPG on my previous order and was VERY happy with the results. No jaggies seen.

I just placed another order! You can't beat the price and it looks better that what my local guy did here for $75!

Dr_KY
07-30-2009, 02:46 AM
I can't get one shipped over here. :(


The supplied address was invalid. Please correct at Customer Billing/Shipping Information (https://www.buildasign.com/CustomerInfo.aspx) page.

KC_Bobby
07-30-2009, 08:35 AM
John sums it up well but to clarify some art questions, I'll add some more info based on my ad background (admittedly I haven't dealt much in print the past 5 years).

While a vector file is best other formats will work fine IF the file is high enough resolution. A large jpg may be fine, but a small jpg will not - enlarging any jpg file will eventually become pixelated, just depends on the file size. Also, keep in mind that just because the proof looks fine on the computer screen does not guarantee it will look fine on the actual banner. A standard computer monitor is only 72 dpi (dots per inch) - professionally printed materials are at least 600 dpi, generally 1200 dpi and sometimes even more depending on the equipment the printer has. I would guess these banners are 1200 dpi.

Regarding my banners, I accept full responsibility. I must not have used the vectored file - I think I tried it and the file size was too large.

blues_n_cues
07-30-2009, 08:37 AM
ordered ours.

Ron_L
07-30-2009, 10:39 AM
I can't get one shipped over here. :(

Do you want to ship it to me and I can then send it to you? I don't know if the extra shipping cost is worth it or not depending on the cost of banners over there.

JD McGee
07-30-2009, 10:39 AM
Just ordered (3) 2'x8' banners with our "Left Hand Smoke" logo plus lettering...$19.95 plus shipping...WOW! :-P

wheels61
07-30-2009, 05:42 PM
i didn't have any luck with them. mine looked like crap. you would think they would tell you your logo won't work instead of just sending you a big piece of crap. i'll stick with guerilla. they support most of the bbq websites with ads ( i hope they support this one).

Bbq Bubba
07-30-2009, 06:33 PM
Done....

JD McGee
07-30-2009, 09:24 PM
http://pdf.buildasign.com/Proof.ashx?tcid=322B73786D3770547673493D&width=700&height=450&watermark=false&rnd=478491

Here's a copy of ours...:-P

Goose
07-30-2009, 09:57 PM
Thanks for the heads up John!

http://www.badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=18025

BRBBQ
07-30-2009, 10:20 PM
How do you come up with your logo? Or who designs them for you?

JD McGee
07-30-2009, 10:33 PM
How do you come up with your logo? Or who designs them for you?

Patrick @ hotspotgraphics has done my last two...he is awesome to work with! :-P

http://www.bbqlogos.com/

PatioDaddio
07-31-2009, 02:10 AM
How do you come up with your logo? Or who designs them for you?I did mine and one for a buddy, but I do web development and graphics work for a living. :wink:

John

Cue's Your Daddy
07-31-2009, 12:12 PM
Has anyone tried the colored background banners. Or is everyone sticking to white.

Slamdunkpro
07-31-2009, 12:44 PM
John sums it up well but to clarify some art questions, I'll add some more info based on my ad background (admittedly I haven't dealt much in print the past 5 years).

While a vector file is best other formats will work fine IF the file is high enough resolution. A large jpg may be fine, but a small jpg will not - enlarging any jpg file will eventually become pixelated, just depends on the file size. Also, keep in mind that just because the proof looks fine on the computer screen does not guarantee it will look fine on the actual banner. A standard computer monitor is only 72 dpi (dots per inch) - professionally printed materials are at least 600 dpi, generally 1200 dpi and sometimes even more depending on the equipment the printer has. I would guess these banners are 1200 dpi.

Regarding my banners, I accept full responsibility. I must not have used the vectored file - I think I tried it and the file size was too large.

I own a large format print shop so I'll throw my two cents in.
Try to avoid sending a jpg if at all possible - jpgs are compressed file formats and every time they get opened and saved they get recompressed. Do it enough and the image starts to degrade and pixelate. If you have to use a bitmapped file use an uncompressed TIF. As far as bitmap file sized for images you want to use an image that's around 150dpi at final output size. In other words if you want a 36 x 48 banner you should send a 9 x 12 image at 600dpi (9 x 12 to 36 x 48 is a 4x factor - 600dpi / 4 = 150dpi).

For inkjet banners always use RGB instead of CMYK - you'll get better color.

Peteg
07-31-2009, 01:51 PM
That's great, thanks for the link. I used their website to create our sign in about 10 minutes time and paid $27 to have it here by next Friday.

Countryhb
07-31-2009, 03:09 PM
You guys that got your banners quickly, did you pay for the expedited shipping, or did you order snail mail and get it quicker than expected? Also, how about the grommets? You guys ordering them with grommets or adding your own?

BBQ Bandit
07-31-2009, 03:29 PM
Snail mail.... less than a week... with grommets no charge.
(ordered 2 banners... and paid less than $12 for everything)

thillin
07-31-2009, 04:42 PM
FYI. Mine shipped from Austin, TX. Mine was delayed due to pics problem. I actually forgot about it for 2 months. Re-made a basic design and I actually received it the next day. They have great customer service. Will probably get another one made.

swamprb
07-31-2009, 06:11 PM
Has anyone tried the colored background banners. Or is everyone sticking to white.


I did these last season dinking around with different colors and backgrounds and they are holding up great, this pic was when I got them new.


You guys that got your banners quickly, did you pay for the expedited shipping, or did you order snail mail and get it quicker than expected? Also, how about the grommets? You guys ordering them with grommets or adding your own?

Mine came with grommets, but I added more for a better fit. Harbor Freight has the kits super cheap.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/100_3230.jpg

Jethro
08-06-2009, 11:09 AM
$71.00 Awful pricey for a free banner!:mad:

PatioDaddio
08-06-2009, 11:11 AM
$71.00 Awful pricey for a free banner!:mad:Well, my 2x8 was like $12 and change to my door, so something is wrong.

John

Jethro
08-06-2009, 11:24 AM
Is there a promo code somewhere that I missed?

PatioDaddio
08-06-2009, 11:28 AM
Is there a promo code somewhere that I missed?Nope. Did you use this link (http://www.buildasign.com/tailgate)?

John

Jethro
08-06-2009, 11:41 AM
Yep, thats the one I used for the free 2x8 at checkout it charges me $64.21 plus shipping for a total of $71.90 :shock:

PatioDaddio
08-06-2009, 11:43 AM
Yep, thats the one I used for the free 2x8 at checkout it charges me $64.21 plus shipping for a total of $71.90 :shock:Hmm... Give 'em a call.

John

blues_n_cues
08-06-2009, 11:50 AM
gotmine a couple days ago. i paid the $30.00 1 week shipping & ups showed up 3 days later. great detail for a small jpeg.
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w247/gypsyseagod/bnc%20logos/bncbanner2002.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w247/gypsyseagod/bnc%20logos/bncbanner2003.jpg

Jethro
08-06-2009, 01:07 PM
Got it.:eusa_clap

Uncle Buds BBQ
08-06-2009, 01:28 PM
Thanks for the heads up John!

http://www.badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=18025

Hey Goose! I see we like the same pig head!!!

I had this banner made months ago before I learned of buildasign.com! Paid like $200 for it. :mad:

1 FAT HOG BBQ
08-06-2009, 08:08 PM
Ordered mine on Thurs and recv'd it on Wen, fast service and a very nice product. Will use these guys for any future needs I will have. Thanks for posting the link. :biggrin:

JD McGee
08-06-2009, 08:45 PM
Got ours...just in time for this weekend's comp...:-P Awesome job for 19.98 plus shipping for 3 banners! :biggrin:

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/uu311/SouthPawBBQ/P1000241.jpg

http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/uu311/SouthPawBBQ/P1000243.jpg

KC_Bobby
08-06-2009, 09:36 PM
I'm thinking about adding something like this 2x8 to hang on the EZ up at comps and vending jobs to help spread the word for catering gigs:

JD McGee
08-06-2009, 10:50 PM
I'm thinking about adding something like this 2x8 to hang on the EZ up at comps and vending jobs to help spread the word for catering gigs:


That'll work! Exactly what we're gonna do with ours...kind sorta...:-P

Goose
08-06-2009, 11:12 PM
Hey Goose! I see we like the same pig head!!!

I had this banner made months ago before I learned of buildasign.com! Paid like $200 for it. :mad:


Nice!