There are many different materials on the market these days that can be printed on. These materials can be turned into banners, light boxes and be used for many other applications to promote and advertise a business, among other things. One such material that’s seen a surge in popularity is synthetic film.

In this article, you’ll learn more about synthetic film, its potential applications and what you should know when it comes to printing on synthetic film.

What Is Synthetic Film?

Synthetic film, such as PP Display Film and UV Display Film, often comes with a matte finish. The most common material that makes up this printing medium is polypropylene. The nominal weight of the film can vary depending on the type of film and the manufacturer. UV film often has a slightly heavier nominal weight.

Some synthetic films are only designed for use indoors, while UV printable film can be used for interiors as well as exteriors. In fact, UV film works well as a blockout material.

What Can Synthetic Film Be Used For?

The most common uses for synthetic film are for banners and posters, due to the film’s durability. The properties of the film also produce sharp imagery when printed upon. It’s also a lightweight material, enhancing its suitability for banners and posters and other applications.

The UV version of synthetic film with its white backing works well as a sunblock or light blocking aid, where printed synthetic film can be placed on windows to reduce the infiltration of direct sunlight. This works well for certain shop fronts and can even be used domestically in the home.

Printing On Synthetic Film – What You Need To Know

Synthetic films can vary and will offer specific printing applications that should be followed in accordance with the manufacturer.

For example, the UV synthetic film is usually compatible with both UV and latex printing applications. Other varieties of synthetic film may be compatible with UV, latex and eco-solvent printing methods. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s printing compatibility and recommendations before having anything printed on synthetic film.

Once you know what printing method works best, you will need to find a large format printing service that offers that printing method. It’s also best if the chosen printer has experience in printing on synthetic film, as some printers consider it to be a more difficult medium on which to print. This outlook often depends on the printer. Some printers find synthetic film extremely easy to work with. Just be sure to discuss this aspect with the printer before making your decision on who to entrust your printing work. You want to deal with a competent and confident printer, so the final results are outstanding and meet your expectations.

If you’re not capable of doing the design work yourself for the imagery to be printed on the film, hire the services of a graphic designer to do up the artwork for you. Alternatively, the printer you select may have a graphic design service in-house. Work out the dimensions of the printed design you require, as well as the details of the design. This includes choosing appropriate fonts for wording, supplying high-quality digital images if photos are to be incorporated in the design and so on.

One thing to note about printing on synthetic film is that the surface of the film ensures sharp and accurate reproduction of your design when it is printed. Synthetic film has also been manufactured to be very quick drying, so you can use your printed designs sooner rather than later. Colour reproduction is also true and genuine and synthetic film resists curling, something that can occur with other materials once they have been printed on.

If your plan is to create eye-catching banners that are full of vibrant colour and sharp graphics, then synthetic films are one of the best choices of material you can make.

The Wrap

Synthetic film is an excellent medium for printed graphics and is perfect for creating banners and posters, among other applications. First, find a supplier of high-quality synthetic film, note the manufacturer’s recommended printing options, have your artwork professionally designed and then seek out a printer who can proficiently print the film to produce the desired results.