What the Experts are saying about Step and Repeat

Step and Repeat

What is Step and Repeat?

A print pattern where images, typically company logos, are printed in a repeated pattern is referred to as Step and Repeat. Most will have 2 or more logos repeated to represent multiple brands simultaneously.

The most popular banners and backdrops are printed in a Step and Repeat pattern!

Step and Repeat

What kind of materials are step and repeats printed on?

Fabric makes the best step and repeat; it is durable, folds to an easily transported size and is lightweight. Our “Top of the Line” fabric is the Ultraflex UltraPoplin® Soft Image, it’s 100% polyester with a matte finish, environmentally friendly and is 100% recyclable. The polyester yarn knit and special coatings make this an easily printable fabric that is wrinkle and crease resistant.

Vinyl is our most requested step and repeat, vinyl options include:

13oz vinyl scrim is the prototypical material we use, it is very durable and with our latex inks, provides a vibrant step and repeat that commands attention.

Mylar is the brand name for a special type of stretched polyester film that is adhered as a backing to the vinyl. Mylar provides a high tensile strength that makes our step and repeats extremely durable. We use Mylar reinforced vinyl on most of our retractable banner stands.

Mesh Vinyl provides an outdoor solution for a wind resistant step and repeat. Our PVC coated polyester scrim mesh banner material allows 30% airflow through, making it ideal for outdoor use. We can design a step and repeat with a transparent background to create a 3-Dimensional effect.

Fabric is Best, Vinyl costs Less

Step and Repeat

What are my hardware options to display my step and repeat?

Banners printed for hanging use grommets.

X Banner Stands use a fiberglass “tent-pole” style stand that attach to the grommets.

Retractable Banner Stands have the banner retracting into the stands base and stores/travels in its carrying case (included with every stand).

Banner Stands use the durable, extendable aluminum frames.

Hop Up Fabric Displays are the accordion style, aluminum backdrop hardware, often seen at larger venues.

Grommets, “Tent-Poles”, Retractable,

Extendable and Accordion frames available

Step and Repeat

How can I use a step and repeat?

Event Booths: Step and repeat provide great photo and video opportunities.

Press Conference: The banner is an awesome display of the brand while the speaker delivers the message.

Photography: Eliminate an unwanted background activity, while providing the subject a stable stage.

Weddings: Commemorate the big day, great for family pictures.

Birthdays & Bar Mitzvahs: Create unforgettable memories.

Step and Repeat

Can you color-match our brand colors?

We guarantee to match provided company Pantone colors.


Kevin Smith
Marketing Manager
Heritage Printing

10 Facts about Custom Printed Fabric

Fabric Banner

Printed fabric has numerous advantages over less expensive printed rigid substrates and printed vinyl. Trade show vendors, office managers and home interior designers appreciate the many options printed fabrics provide:

  1. The fabric is lightweight and folds to a condensed size, so it’s more affordable to ship
  2. Soft-knit printed fabric represents proficiency better than rigid resources or vinyl banners
  3. Printed fabric generates a soft, deep and vibrantly rich environment
  4. Rigid displays and vinyl typically take two or more people to set-up
  5. The fabric will “travel” well, without fear of damage
  6. Multiple panels of printed fabric can be sewn together for literally immeasurable sizes
  7. The “Life Cycle” of custom printed fabric is much longer, it’s very reusable
  8. Custom printed fabric makes beautiful curtains and drapes
  9. Best used as a photography and videography backdrop, fabric is non-reflective
  10. Hop-Up Displays are very impressive, they use custom printed fabric

Reflective Vinyl

  1. The fabric is lightweight and folds:
    Vinyl can crease and crack when folded, while rigid displays will break and potentially get scratched; printed fabric will fold nicely into a small shipping container. Smaller, lighter packages are easier to travel and cost much less to ship.
  2. Soft-Knit printed fabric epitomize professionalism:
    First impressions are everything at indoor trade shows; soft-knit, custom printed fabric backdrops and/or step and repeat banner stands represent company brands very professionally.
  3. Printed fabric embodies a soft, rich environment:
    The fabric absorbs light and sound, wherein as rigid substrates and vinyl reflect the light and sound, thus creating an enclosure style atmosphere. Design a rich, diverse trade show display with custom printed fabric banners and backdrops.
  4. Rigid displays require two or more people to set-up:
    Set-up at events can be cumbersome and exhausting, several individuals are often required to install displays made from vinyl and/or rigid materials. Most fabric displays can be set-up by one person.
  5. The fabric will “travel” well:
    Veteran vendors understand the convenience of “Travel” when it comes to their event displays. The fabric will withstand many of the unfortunate “logistic accidents” and remain a vivacious marketing piece.
  6. Fabric can be sewn:
    We purchase large 164’ rolls of fabric, with a printed surface width of over 120”, we can sew fabric panels together to create literally unlimited sizes. This is particularly effective for curtains and drapes for theater rooms.
  7. The “Life Cycle” of custom printed fabric:
    Vinyl can crack, crease and split over time, printed rigid boards will get scratched, broken and damaged in travel; the durability factor of fabric vs. vinyl is immeasurable.
  8. Curtains and drapes:
    Custom printed curtains and drapes in a residential home, professional office or conference room enhances the ambience in the room. A printed theme or company brand makes an impressive appearance on visitors and guests. Excellent for home theater wall drapes!
  9. Photography and videography backdrop:
    Smart phone technology made everyone a photographer, having a non-reflective custom printed fabric background makes even the novice photographer look remarkable.
  10. Hop-Up Displays use custom printed fabric:
    The HUGE event displays that conveniently compact into a small carry case are called: Hop-Ups and they have custom printed fabric Velcro attached to their lightweight aluminum frame.

Canvas Print

At Heritage Printing & Graphics, we offer a variety of fabric printing services for an abundance of applications including: custom backdrops, banners and displays for trade shows, custom printed curtains and drapes, to large step and repeat banner stands.Table Runner

We have a variety of options for styles and fabrics.

  • Fade Resistant
  • Heavy Knit Fabrics
  • One Sided Print
  • Soft-Knit Fabrics
  • Vibrant Colors
  • Pantone Color Matching

Fabric Display

When deciding between, vinyl, rigid or fabric, look at all the variables, if reuse is a factor, printed fabric displays may be the best and most affordable option.




Kevin Smith
Marketing Manager
Heritage Printing

Photography Background Chat

Recently my friend asked how we were doing with our chat room? I replied that we are transitioning into it, but have it ready for future use. Which inspired me to try and monitor the chat this week.

I am amazed at how many people visiting our website go to the Photography Background page. Over 40% of our visitors (so far this week) visit this page. INCREDIBLE!


I chatted with a lady in PA this morning seeking a backdrop for a birthday party. After a few quick questions: Vinyl or Fabric, What Size, & do you need hardware, she gave me some quick answers: Fabric, 8′ x 12′, w/ a banner stand. I quickly reached out to my coworker for an estimate. He said $1000+ for fabric with a stand, she left the chat immediately! LOL

I relayed the action to my friend and he said he gets that all the time, “people think these are a couple hundred dollars” was his reply.

Realistically, what would one think it takes to produce an XL custom fabric banner and provide a telescopic stand to display it?

Research shows our pricing is very competitive. The lower quality fabric backdrops are low quality fabric, with out Hi-Res printing. Not to mention the hardware… We purposely use only the high-end, sturdy hardware, simple because we don’t want unhappy customers.

The “Take Away” from that chat was:

  1. I answered her questions quickly and honestly
  2. I provided her a quote in under 5 minutes
  3. I didn’t waste her or my time


So, why write this post you ask?
Education is key, we would much rather not make and sell a backdrop than send a wrong message.

Honesty is Everything here at Heritage

Kevin Smith
Chat Room Monitor (this week at least)
Heritage Printing