Intro to Signs & Banners

The advent of high quality wide format printers puts full color signs within the reach of every customer. Printing can be done directly onto banner material or onto a printable vinyl which is then applied to the banner, coroplast or metal sign material. These printers are also plotter/cutters so they can cut vinyl for signs to be applied to vehicles or windows.

In 2007 we opened a sign department at High Peak Sportswear and became a one-stop shopping experience for all businesses, organizations, and individuals. Previously, customers were taking their screen printing artwork to sign companies for their stickers, banners, coroplast yard signs etc. Now we are able to use the artwork we’ve done for custom screen printing jobs and use it to meet most sign needs, saving you time and money.

The Vinyl Sign, Banner, and Sticker Process

Step 1 - Artwork Stage

Depending on the type of sign being created, artwork for printed signs is likely less complicated than screen printing artwork since color separations often are not necessary. If artwork does exist and is in a workable format, time and money can be saved. More info can be found from our FAQ’s at the bottom of this page. With the talented artists on staff at High Peak, the sky really is the limit.

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Step 2 - Printed Signs

Our large format, full color printer prints directly onto banners or can print on pressure sensitive vinyl which can them be applied to banners, magnetic signs, or coroplast yard signs.

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Step 3 - Vinyl Cut Signs

Solid colored vinyl can be cut and applied to glass doors, car doors or onto banner material. This solid color vinyl does not have the full color process possibilities of a printed sign, but will have a much longer life in the sun and elements.

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Step 4 - Application of Vinyl and finishing of the sign

Cut vinyl must be masked which will allow the individual letters to be held in place until the sign is applied to the vehicle, window, etc.

Printed vinyl is peeled from it’s pressure sensitive backing and then applied directly to whatever surface planned.

Printing directly onto banners is the simplest process. After the ink has time to dry - a day or so - the banner is trimmed, grommets are added if desired, and then it’s ready to go.

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Frequently Asked Sign Questions


  1. What sign types does High Peak produce?

    High Peak Sportswear is not a full service sign shop. We have a digital sign printer which produces beautiful full color signs and banners. We do not do on site installation, vehicle application, lighted signs etc. We essentially do signs for the convenience of our screen printing and embroidery customers who also need signs.

  2. What is your turnaround time?

    Turn around time varies greatly with the different types of products. Ask our sales staff for turn around time on the product of your choice.

  3. Do you do rush orders?

    Rush orders are available. Please call us today for information on turnaround time for the product of your choice.

  4. What forms of payment do you accept?

    We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express, cash and pre-approved checks.

  5. How will I receive my order?

    Orders can be picked up at any of our four locations in Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Roanoke. Orders can also be shipped UPS, standard charges will apply. Some companies promise free shipping, but then build it into your cost elsewhere with an additional markup. We prefer to keep our pricing straightforward and honest, so that you can make the appropriate decisions.

  6. May I cancel an order?

    Orders that have not been produced can be cancelled. However, depending on when the order is cancelled, art charges and restocking fees will be charged to cover the costs already incurred by High Peak Sportswear.


  1. Can we produce artwork based on an idea?

    We have a full service art department which can fine tune artwork you’ve done, or produce artwork from you concept or idea. Our artists are all experts on producing artwork which will produce great signs, we charge artwork at $30.00 per hour.

  2. What file format should be used for provided artwork?

    Our artists use primarily Apple computers running Adobe Illustrator. So if you’re providing artwork, it needs to be in vector format. We prefer to be provided illustrator files, eps, or vector pdf files. If questions remain our art department will be glad to discuss acceptable file types.

    Technical information on recommended art format:

    -For full color images, 4 color process and continuous-tone images with 300dpi at actual size.

    -All fonts (printer and screen) must be included with your file or all text should be converted to outlines or curves.

    -Software Applications: Files saved in any of the following applications are acceptable: Adobe Illustrator CS5 and below & Photoshop CS5 and below.

    -Please submit Vector art as eps, ai or pdf.

    -All customer provided digital files should be evaluated by one of our artists before any potential art charge can be estimated.

  3. How do I proof my artwork?

    For the protection of all parties involved, all artwork must be proofed by you prior to any order being produced. You will have the opportunity to view a representation of your job electronically via email or a web based art approval site. Please be aware that colors do vary on different monitors and inks on colored shirts have some interaction which will change the color or change the way a color is perceived.

Custom sign being cut out
Custom banner being printed
Printed vinyl stickers being peeled
Staff member holding color options
Printed banner being rolled up
Lynchburg Hillcats banner