Last week, I briefly touched on our design online software. This week, I’d like to devote more time to ordering custom vinyl banners online, starting with my personal favorite – Design Banner Online using Text & Pictures.
This option of ours is, hands down, the best online design software for vinyl banners anywhere on the internet. I know this because we designed it to be that way.
When it loads on Esigns.com, theres a few different areas to pay attention to. The 4 blue buttons at the top are standard design elements. They allow you to add text and clipart using vector files, upload your own files using the Images/Logo Button, and apply a background (either a color or actual vector-designed background).
Every design should make use of these blue buttons. Before moving on to the Grey Editing Buttons on the side, I’d like to mention that this design provides a live proof while you work – if you’ve uploaded a jpg image of your logo and it has a white box around it (even though your background is a colorful image) it will print with the white box around it. If this isn’t what you had in mind, you’ll want to try a different file format, such as a .psd, .ai, .eps, etc. And if these aren’t available, please click on the Live Help link at the top of the page and we’ll do what we can for you.
The grey buttons are for editing your design, allowing you to do such things as add outlines to your text, rotate and mirror images, and copy images (hint: use Copy on your text as this will ensure that all your text is the same size).
The most complicated of buttons also resides here – the Layer Buttons. These are used to position your different design elements either in front of or behind each other and are definitely worth checking out. We’ve had some customers create photo collages on their banners with these two buttons.
Next comes the Alignment Buttons in the bottom corner. Wonder if something is centered? Just click on it and then click on the appropriate alignment button and voila. You can even select multiple items and align them all together (say, for example, your copied and perfectly sized text).
Once your vinyl banner is setup and looking great on-screen, the two green buttons on the upper right come into play. These work in tandem with one another, allowing you to save a design (which is great to then change a few things and save another version) or add the version on your screen to your cart. You’ll be prompted to save your online design when you add it to your shopping cart – this just makes sure that you’re ordering the most recent version of your vinyl banners and signs.
Tomorrow, we’ll focus on the Text Only Design Software. Till then…