Foam Core Printing Examples
What is Foam Core?
Foam Core or also referred to as foam board is made of a rigid, extra dense, lightweight plastic foam center and is faced on either side with two very thin sheets of smooth, printable coated paper. This gives Foam Core unique strength properties while having the weight and bulk of plastic foam. It’s so lightweight, you can easily hang foam core prints from the ceiling without a special weight-specific hanging system. Foam Core is water resistant, bends slightly but is not crease-proof, and has a semi-strong impact capacity. Sounds amazing, right? We agree; foam core is your best option if you’re looking for lightweight, rigid dimensional signage with quality durability at the lowest cost.
Foam core signs are ideal for lectures, presentations, trade show booth designs & displays, point of purchase displays, menu boards, conferences, temporary signage and high-quality photo printing. Foam board is available in 1/8″, 3/16″, 3/8″ & 1/2″ thicknesses. We can custom cut foam board prints or blank foam core to any shape and size.
Foam Core Printing Options
Foam Core Print Lamination
Do you want to improve the lifespan, strength & quality of your foam board print even more? Consider laminating your print. This will increase the life expectancy of the foam board as well as add multiple finish options to the final look of your foam board print. We offer multiple lamination options for different applications from matte laminate, gloss laminate, luster laminate or textured laminate.
Double Sided Foam Core Printing
We offer single sided foam core printing as well as double-sided foam core printing. This is a must have for any application requiring the foam board print to be seen from both directions or be hung from the ceiling. Another great use for double-sided foam core printing would be utilizing it in a presentation, you can simply flip the board around to use the backside for secondary information or a new topic. By taking advantage of double-sided foam core printing you can save some money and the hassle of lugging around extra prints to your next trade show or presentation.
Heavy Duty Foam Core
Instead of using the standard 1/8″ or 3/16” foam board material, you have the option of upgrading to a 1/2” heavy-duty foam board. This 1/2″ heavy-duty foam core is more durable, longer lasting, and is less prone to bends and creases.
Printing Direct vs Mounting to Foam Core
Most other print shops will mount their prints to foam board instead of spending the extra money on machinery to print directly to the foam board itself. They will go about telling you how their method is better and prevents against warping or creases or creates some air lock barrier against fading and damage, that’s actually the entire opposite of what will happen.
Mounting prints to foam core is the last resort in our shop unless it is specifically requested by a client to match previous artworks. When mounting vinyl to foam board, the vinyl WILL shrink and peel, it will warp no matter what it’s just a matter of time. Foam Core prints that are mounted can shrink and peel in as little as 3 days depending on the climate the print is stored or displayed in. Here at NonStop Signs, we print directly onto the foam board itself; its smooth surface provides a pristine base for photo quality prints or posters and assures that the print will NEVER peel away from the surface. The lightweight nature of this sturdy substrate means that you can easily hang signs made of foam core. That may be why foam core signs are so popular in the tradeshow industry as the substrate of choice for vendors. We print text just as easily as we print images, we can even die cut your text into individual letters and or shapes as well.
Custom-Cut Foam Board for any display
Foam board prints offer clean die-cutting options, giving you the opportunity to give your foam sign any size or shape you desire. Use custom cut foam core prints to create structural displays that will last or easy-to-dismantle kiosks for conventions and trade show booths. Foam board is ideal for dimensional displays such as exhibit information boards and permanent point of purchase stands. We can also Cut Drill holes into the corners of your foam core print if you wish to use Stand-off mounts.
More information on Foam Core Poster Printing
Foam board prints can be produced in standard poster sizes if needed. You don’t have to make any special selections or go to another page if you want foam board posters, just select the sizes & quantities you need and you’re good to go. We also offer wholesale foam board poster printing, please contact our sales team for more information regarding wholesale printing.
- Common foam core poster sizes: 12″x12″,11″x17″, 16″x20″, 18″x24″, 24″x36″, 36″x48″
Why Use Foam Board?
Foamboard Printing is the perfect creative and economical way to display your favorite photos, graphics & artworks? Why would you spend a fortune on professional framing when you can simply print your high-quality images directly on sturdy foam board.
Foam core is ideal for printing colorful and vibrant images because they stay vibrant longer, with our UV inks they won’t fade like solvent-based inks which most large format printers use. You can display an image, graphic or photo of any size with foam board printing, one popular technique utilized frequently in the trade show industry is to split an image into 1, 2, 3, or 4 sections or panels as we call them. Theoretically, you can have as many boards as you need to connect and make a single image or display. We have printed 18 separate boards to create one part of a whole display that totaled in at over 110 pieces of 1/2″ foam core and 3/16″ foam core, all within under 48 hours of the trade show.
Shipping Foam board prints
Foam board printing makes a great gift, and we can ship your foam core prints anywhere in the USA or Canada. Foam Board Printing fits any budget and we are your one-stop print shop, delivering high-quality products at affordable prices and unbeatable deadlines. How do we do it? We print a lot, I mean A LOT and with as much as we order we get great prices on our material & shipping, in turn, we are able to offer and pass on great savings to you. Not to mention we have a full-time in-house design and production team operating 16 hrs a day to get your job done ASAP.
Avg Life Span of Foam board prints
The lifespan of your foam board ultimately depends on how the foam core is handled. Foam core is easily damaged and dented and is best suited for short-term or low traffic use. We recommend gator board for long-term applications where the media may travel from one event to the next.
Estimated Lifespan: 2+ years with proper care and placement of product.
Foam Core Specifications
- Custom order any size up to 4’X8’ (Update: now offering 4’x10′)
- Common Sizes: 12″x12″,11″x17″, 16″x20″, 24″x12″,24″x36″, 36″x18″, 2’x4′, 4’x4′, 4’x8′
- Print any photo, image or graphic directly onto foam core
- High-Quality, High DPI Print capabilities up to 1440 DPI
- Custom cut foam core prints to any shape or size
- Custom holding & stand options available
- Weight: 0.1437495 lbs per square foot (about the weight of 14 quarters)
- Thickness: .1945″ or 4.9403mm
- Print Method: Five color digital print process CMYKW, eco-friendly, fade, abrasion and weather resistant with UV ink’s.
Note: If you were wondering or found yourself a bit confused. There is a bunch of different names and ways to spell foam core – sometimes spelled foam core, foamcor, foam board or Foam Core & Foam Board. Either way, it’s all the same stuff – foam core signs, foam board, it all works for us.
Frequently asked questions about Foam Core Prints and Printing
Do you offer different thickness options
We carry foam board in thicknesses ranging from 1/8″ foam core, 3/16” foam core and 1/2″ foam core to custom ordered 3/4″ foam core and 1″ thick foam core.
What is the maximum and minimum sizes you offer?
We only use High DPI large format professional grade industrial printers. Because we invest in the latest printing technology to date your foam board signs will have the best possible quality but should not be any smaller than 1”x1”. Any print smaller than that risks losing clarity of the image or design. Our maximum printable size on any custom foam board sign is 96”x48”. We also offer 48″x120″ foam core signs mounted to foam board, these are printed on either matte or gloss vinyl then professionally face mounted to foam core and laminated if requested by the client.
My design is very complex and detailed with a number of different colors. Will this increase the final printing cost?
Every one of our signs regardless of the material is digitally printed with a full-color spectrum. No matter how complex the design of your sign is it will not impact the final price of your order. The final cost of your sign is determined by the size, quantity, material, mounting options, shipping and/or taxes that may apply to your specific order.
Do you offer double-sided foam board signs?
We do offer double-sided foam core printing. Give our sales staff a call and specify that you would like double-sided foam core prints, we will then update the production staff and produce your signs as requested. If you need different designs on either side please notify the sales staff during the design process and then send us the secondary artwork file after finishing the order process. We will make sure that each side of your print is then printed with the correct artwork. [/accordion-item]
Do you print directly onto the surface of the foam core or do you mount printed vinyl onto foam core?
Mounting prints to foam core is the last resort in our shop unless it is specifically requested by a client to match previous artworks. When mounting vinyl to foam board, the vinyl WILL shrink and peel, it will warp no matter what it’s just a matter of time. Foam Core prints that are mounted can shrink and peel in as little as 3 days depending on the climate the print is stored or displayed in. Here at NonStop Signs, we print directly onto the foam board itself; its smooth surface provides a pristine base for photo quality prints or posters and assures that the print will NEVER peel away from the surface.
Can I put grommets or mounting holes in my foam board print?
Yes, we can add grommets or Mounting holes anywhere on your print. With our CNC precision router, we are able to die cut foam core prints to any shape or size as well as add precise mounting holes or drill holes.
Do you offer specific color matching on your prints?
Yes, we can and will do a specific color match but the CMYK process of printing is a method of printing color by using four inks—cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. There is a special subset of Pantone colors that can be reproduced using CMYK. There is an additional fee for specific color matching, please contact our sales staff for more information on Hex colors, PMS colors, Pantone Colors or RGB to CMYK color matching processes for printing. [/accordion-item]
Can foam board signs be used outdoors?
Foam board signs and prints are mainly intended for interior use. Using them outdoors, where they are exposed to the elements, will only result in warped and damaged signs. Whether it’s precipitation or high winds, foam board signs are not intended or designed to be used outdoors.
How can I install or hang my foam board sign?
The majority of foam board prints will be held up using easels or easel backs, displayed in frames or simply leaned up against something. Other ways to display your foam core signage is to use adhesive, double-sided tape, rope, chain, string or even zip ties. How you go about installing or displaying your foam board sign depends mainly on the setting and usage.
How should I store my foam board sign or signs?
The best practice is to store your custom foam board signs in a cool and dry environment. Make sure to avoid setting ANYTHING heavy or light on them so that they will not bend or crease. Any bends or creases will not come out of your foam board sign.
Can I clean my foam board signs?
Only use a nonabrasive dry cloth or rag to clean off your foam core print, these are perfect for regular light cleaning on your foam board sign. If you scratch your sign do not attempt to clean it off, If the scratch protrudes through the paper layer and into the foam center you will only be making it worse by trying to clean it off. If you plan on using your prints more than a few times and will be either shipping them or moving them frequently we recommend laminating your foam core prints for an extra layer of protection against surface scratches. Another option if you plan to move your prints often between trade shows or presentations is to purchase them on Gator board. Gator board is almost identical to foam core aside from its plastic finish. This adds strength and longevity to the lifespan of high use prints and signs.
When is foamcore a bad idea?
Foamcore is a short-term, low touch product. If you think your clients and customers will be touching the foamboard print a lot, I would go with another substrate such as Gatorboard, PVC, Ultraboard or Metal. If the foamcore prints will be placed outside of reach, you should be fine for years to come. If you are looking for something even less expensive and short-term, we would suggest you print onto card stock. If you are looking for the most durable foamcore poster, we recommend you use Dibond metal which can last for years but is about 150% more expensive.
How do I save my foamcore print files?
We recommend using the Adobe suite for creating and saving files. Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign are our favorites and should give you the best quality. There are several free tools to help with the design such as Canva.com. We recommend saving your foamboard print files saved as a .pdf at 25% scaled and saved at 300DPI. This will allow the file to remain small in size but still high quality. You have to remember these are very large prints so you do not need the same file quality as a business card or flier. We recommend that you rasterize all files prior to saving to eliminate any issues with replacing fonts or graphic images when our design team opens the files. If you want your foamcore die cut, please add a “dieline” in pink font on a separate layer. This will tell us exactly where to cut the file. Please leave a 1/16″ bleed for all artwork. We advise putting your company name, file name, quantity and size in the file name. If you are printing many files, you can save all of your files on a separate page or save individually. Please do not save them on large sheets. We know this can be tricky and we want to make sure your job turns out perfectly, if you have any questions about saving your foamcore files, feel free to reach out to our design or sales team!