Posters and banners
Posters can be a great way to let people know about an event, service or campaign. At the Resource Centre you can print A4 and A3 size posters, and 1200mm x 297mm paper banners.
Printing posters at the Resource Centre
If you want to make a large number of posters on a low budget, you could use one of our copyprinters to print in black, green, maroon, or red ink on white or coloured paper. You can use more than one ink colour using the spot colour printing method.
More information about spot colour printing is available on our artwork page. To find out how much your posters would cost to print on a copyprinter, use our online print quote calculator or contact us for a quote.
All our machines leave a white border around the edge of A4 and A3 prints and banners. If you want full colour posters with no white border, you could try a commercial print service.
If your posters will be displayed outside or need to last a long time, you may want to laminate them. Our laminator can take posters up to A3 size. See the Links tab above for details of other local places where you can laminate larger items.
Top tips for designing great posters
- Make it eye catching. Lots of posters use a captivating, interesting image to catch the attention of passers by. Others include lots of blank space around words in large text or word art, to draw attention to the message on the poster.
- Keep it clear. It should be easy for people to work out the message from your poster. Choose pictures that help communicate your message, not just ones that look nice! Unusual fonts can be eye catching, but avoid ones that are difficult to read. Check that you have placed your text in places on your poster that it can be easily seen. Generally speaking, it is harder to read text if it is laid over a complicated image than over a plain background.
- Less is more. Remember the purpose of your poster – to communicate information to people. Avoid crowding it with lots of different images, fonts and text that could confuse the reader.
- Prioritise the information. If all the writing on your poster is the same size it is hard for people to work out quickly what the most important details are, and they are less likely to read it at all. Decide what is most important, such as the title of your event, and put that in the biggest font size. Information that people will only need once they are already interested, such as the time that your event starts, can be in much smaller letters. Also think about this when deciding what order to put things on the poster. People generally read English from top to bottom and left to right. Details that you place above or to the left of the main message on your poster are likely to be missed.
Have a look at our artwork tips for more information about getting the best results from your printing at the Resource Centre.
You can make banners (297mm x 1200mm) on 160g paper using our colour photocopier. These can be really eye catching, and are a great way of attracting people to a stall or event. You can print them in full colour or in black and white.
We also have a banner laminator which you can use to laminate your banners.
Below are templates to help you design your banner to the right dimensions. They are Microsoft Powerpoint files.
If you don’t have Powerpoint on your computer you could come into the Resource Centre to use one of our computers.
When you are designing your banner remember that it will print with a white border. If you don’t include a border all the way around your design, our copier will automatically shrink it to fit one in. If you want to control the border, you should include it in your design (at least 1cm all the way around).
At the Resource Centre we can help groups to produce publicity and stationery, and provide administrative support.
These books are available at the Resource Centre, for reference only. If you prefer to borrow them, some of the titles are available at local libraries in Brighton & Hove. Groups based in Sussex are welcome to come in and browse our bookshelf and noticeboards.
- 501 more fundraising ideas
- Guide to health, safety and welfare at pop concerts and similar events
- Organising local events
- Plain English Guides: How to write in plain English / Guide to design and layout / The A to Z of alternative words
- Print publishing guide
- Spaces between: Community action for urban open space
- The campaigning handbook - communications, organisation, direct action, lobbying, the law
- The DIY Guide to Powerful Publicity
- The good campaigns guide: campaigning for impact
- The non-designers design book
- Tried and tested ideas for local fundraising events
The services listed below are not provided by the Resource Centre. These are websites and services we feel are particularly useful for small groups in Brighton & Hove, and which are not easy to find by searching the internet.