Backdrop printing for theatre and film are the ideal alternative to hand painted backdrops. Printing backdrops are quicker, cost effective and more durable, making them easy to transport. Ideal for traveling theatres or music bands.
Perfect for many applications, digitally printed backdrops can be used for studio photography, film scenery, theatre, outdoor events, weddings, stage, the list is endless.
Backdrop Printing benefits
- Non-reflective matt finish
- Flame retardant materials
- Lightweight ideal for hanging, storing & transporting
- Single or Double-Sided
- Wide choice of material including voile & block-out fabric
- Bespoke finishing to your own specification
Due to the advances of digital printing technology
Due to the advances of digital printing technology, printing can be achieved on a wide range of roll to roll or ridged materials. This includes cotton and synthetic fabrics, muslins, canvas, sharks tooth scrim PVC’s to name a few! Seamless images can be printed up to five meters high and forty (40) meters wide. Larger sizes can be achieved by joined printed panels together either by sewing or welding with an “invisible” seam.
Digitally backdrop printing provide several advantages. If a backdrop is spoiled, it can be quickly and easily exchanged, which will be useful for touring shows. Backdrops that get a lot of wear and tear the design can be saved and used again, even in ten years’ time. The printed backdrops can be hung and stored many times without affecting the quality of the image.
If storage is tight and you need two types of design, it is possible to print on both sides of the backdrop giving you better flexibility on the set design.
Artwork for Backdrop printing
You can use your own design or use a design from a stock artwork library like Shutterstock. Alternatively, if you want some help with your creative backdrop we can provide a design service.
During the design process bear in mind the effectiveness of bright colours and copy size. With theatre backdrops its all about perspective and lighting. Small copy might not be legible at the back of the theatre.
The print resolution is approximately 300 dpi, like standard home/office printers, which can yield sharp, crisp prints from high-resolution originals.
Getting the design print ready the file must be CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). If your artwork has been designed in RGB (Red, Green and Blue) please convert as there will be colour shifts. Ensure the resolution does not drop below 100 dpi (dots per square inch) at full size. This will create a large file so ensure your computer can handle it. Save the file as an EPS or high resolution JPEG.
A common issue is a client will download a design from the web which is tiny in file size. Then ask us to print it 1000 times bigger. Unfortunately, its just not possible. If the original file is not at a high resolution the print results will not be good. If in doubt call us.
Finishing for Backdrop Printing
There are many finishing options like a standard pocket top and bottom for a pole. Or a simple hem with eyelets we can cater for some of the most complexed of backdrop requirements. We can finish you backdrop to suite your needs. Please contact us to discuss your options.
Where did is all start?
Scenic backdrops have much advanced since Florentine artist and architect Filippo Brunelleschi discovered the values of linear perspective in 1425. Using Brunelleschi’s system, artists could precisely measure and design a scene with visual accuracy onto a backdrop. By the end of the 16th century it was all the trend on the theatre stage. 300 years later, new technology has been established that has further affected stage design. Using digital artwork and supersize printers, backdrops for stages can now be computer designed, printed and delivered in less than a week. Although digitally printed backdrops will never replace the artistic hand-painted effect of theatre backdrops in certain circumstances they do offer many advantages.
Printing processes, digital print using UV or Dye sublimation
With our Dye Sublimation backdrops you can even put them in the wash! Although note, like washing your clothes if washed many times colours will start to fade.
We do not hire backdrops however the cost of producing a bespoke backdrop is often cheaper than you think. Please contact us with your requirements.