Life Size Cutouts

Life Size Cutouts

Life Size Cutouts

Life Size Cutouts

Life Size Cutouts

Life Size Cutouts

Life Size Cutouts

Life Size Cutouts

Life Size Cutouts

Life Size Cutouts

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Cardboard cutouts cut to life size dimensions, make Standees and Character Cutouts from your picture!

Cardboard Cutouts DC

We may be heading towards a time of augmented reality and the futuristic concepts of holograms, but for now the easiest and by far the most cost effective way to put a life sized representation of something or someone else into a space is a life sized custom cut standee.

Commonly referred to as Cardboard Cutouts, Life Size Cutouts can be made from many materials. Cardboard is an option, however we have much better materials to make your Life Size Cutout the best option for your application and budget.

Material Options


Cardboard is a well known substrate, it’s the brown corrugated paper that most boxes are made from. It’s definitely the cheapest material so if budget is the main priority then this is probably your best option. Cardboard should only be expected to be used once or twice, but this will rely heavily on the application and treatment while it is standing, being shipped or in storage.

It does not withstand the outdoor elements and it being mostly paper it is susceptible to water damage. The best uses for a Life size cutout made from cardboard is for situations where you will be putting it up indoors and leaving it there until it has served its purpose or for a one day outdoor event in great weather.


Foamboard is a little less known than cardboard and a little more expensive considering it’s specialized manufacturing. You may know of it from arts and crafts or school projects. It is a semi rigid substrate made from an expanded foam sandwiched between two sheets of poster paper. The poster paper makes a great surface to print an image on and has a smooth texture so you won’t see any of the ridges that might show through from cardboard corrugation. Foam board also comes in a matte finish making it a superior option for life size cutouts that will be used in flash photography to minimize glare. Foam Board has a slightly higher level of durability but it has a paper face which makes it susceptible to water damage.


Ultraboard is very similar to foamboard with one key advantage. The two sheets of poster paper that are used to create foamboard are replaced with two sheets of polystyrene plastic making it water resistance and improving the finish and durability of the life size cutout.

Coroplast Outdoor Plastic

Coroplast is a special type of plastic sign material mostly used in outdoor applications like real estate and political yard signage. It is made from corrugated plastic so the face will have noticeable ridges making it less ideal for indoor uses where photography or close up scrutiny may occur. However, the construction of this material allows it to withstand the elements for long term outdoor applications.

PVC Indoor Plastic

PVC is a smooth plastic material that when cut to your custom shape will leave a smooth solid edge making it ideal for close up interaction and long term multi-use applications. This material is waterproof and very durable and can withstand the outdoor elements for some time, however it does not perform as well in long term outdoor environments compared to coroplast.

Substrates Cardboard Foamboard Ultraboard Coroplast PVC
Face Corrugated Smooth Smooth Corrugated Smooth
Edges Brown/Flutes White/Foam White/Foam White/Flutes White/Smooth
Durability Indoor Medium Medium Long Long Long
Durability Indoor Short Short Short Long Medium
Cost $ $$ $$$ $$ $$$

Design Considerations

A few things to consider when creating a design for a life size cutout.

  • The image will be printed to the face of the material you choose and depending on your application you might want to consider the texture of the face of the material. For example both cardboard and coroplast do not have smooth faces and will show slight ridges in the image of your cutout.
  • The edges of the cutout will be determined by the material used to create the standee, so be mindful of the color and composition of the material when choosing which substrate you will use.
  • We offer design services and you may not need to worry about this, but if you are designing your own graphic it will help to design the graphic with a bleed of between ⅛” and ¼” to make sure there aren’t any white edges left over after the cnc cuts it out.
  • The bottom portion of your cutout will serve as a part of the structure of your cutout, we can engineer most cutouts to accommodate any design but there are limitations to how much of the bottom portion of the cutout we can remove before it no longer supports itself. This however will depend on the substrate chosen, the thicker and more rigid substrates can support the stand with less material.
  • If you are using a photo for your cutout, we suggest a minimum of resolution of 7,200px tall for a six foot cut out. This is not a requirement but it will determine the final quality of the image on your Cutout.

How do they stand up?

All Cutouts come with a custom stand attached to the back of them ready to go. We have even developed a process that allows you to fold most stands in half to help with transport and shipping.

This shows the custom stand, the face of the Life Size Cutout and the same Cutout folded for shipping.

Heritage Printing & Graphics has invested in the latest and greatest technology and the best staff so that we can serve our community with the best visual solutions. If you have a life sized cutout in mind and don’t know where to start with design or material selection we have expereinced designers and engineers to make this a very easy and enjoyable process. Give us a call to get started, or send us a quote request here and we’ll get started on your new Life Sized Cutout right away.

All cut outs are securely packaged and typically shipped within 2-3 days of proof approval. Overnight shipping is available upon request.

Cardboard cutouts are made with Hi-Res images, printed directly on a substrate and contour cut for precision accuracy.

Life Size Cutouts Charlotte

Starting at $300 on orders of 5 or more.

All standees cutouts we manufacture, are custom printed and CNC Router custom cut out for accuracy and life like detail and clarity. Call 704-551-0700 to schedule a tour of our Charlotte facility with numerous examples of Standees available, we may even be making one during your tour.

We print directly onto a 3/16” foam core board, 3mm PVC or 4mm coroplast using vibrant and scratch resistant UV ink. All life size stand-ups (and desktop cutouts too) come with a base to keep the cutout standing, it's fast to setup and easy to use. Life size standees are perfect for trade shows, gifts and even kids or pets.

  • Trade Shows
  • Office Parties
  • Retail Displays
  • Photo & Video Shoots
  • Children & Pets
  • BIG Head
  • BIG Check
  • Theme Party

We answer your questions about our custom cut products.


Call us at 704-551-0700 or email us: [email protected] with any question.

1How long does it take to make a standee?
3-5 business days after proof approval.
2Can I get it faster?
Yes, we offer Expedited Services.
3Can you remove the background from my picture?
Yes, we have full “Photoshop” experienced graphic designers. We can remove backgrounds, other people, and combine images too.
4Will I get to “Proof” my order before it’s printed?
Yes, all orders are proof approved before production.
5How large can my cardboard cutout be?
Up to 4' x 8'.
6Is it cardboard only?
No, we have several substrates including: foam core, corrugated plastic, and PVC.
7Can you make a BIG Check in dry erase?
Yes, our lamination process is dry erase.
8Can I or you add text to my cutout?
Yes, we also make speech bubbles.
9How much does it cost?
Starting at $300 on orders of 5 or more, discounts available for larger cutout orders.
10How will my cutout stand up?
We have several options depending on the substrate and size: meter board feet, collapsible coroplast glued to the back, custom formed PVC with sandbag options for outdoor use. Sandbags provided on request.
11Can I order via email?
Yes, we handle many orders email only.
12Where do you ship to?
All US states and Canada.
13How do you ship a cutout?
We make cardboard box to fit the standee.
14What file types do you support?
JPEG, PDF, TIFF, or any native file from a graphics program. Hi-Res photos make the best cutout.
15Can you use any photo?
No, we cannot print copyrighted images such as celebrities and professional athletes unless written permission from the owner is provided.


We ship directly from our sign shop in Charlotte. All cutouts are securely packaged and typically shipped within 3-5 days of proof approval. Crease folding as logistic option and overnight shipping is available upon request.

How will the standee stand?

  • Easel Back: a foldout stand attached to the back of the cutout
  • Interlocking Feet: base pieces printed and cut with a 1/4" grooves that slide together and lock in place

What is a cutout made from?

  • Gator Board
  • Foam Core
  • Cardboard
  • PVC

How much does a cardboard cutout cost?

  • Price variables include quantity, substrate and size
  • Average single order for 6' foam core cutout starts at $300 each

We direct image print to foam core substrate, Coroplast or PVC boards with scratch resistant, UV inks and custom cut your life size cardboard cutout.

The 10" tabletop standee is very popular, a 6' large custom cutout can be the actual height of the subject, we have made cutouts up to 8' tall!

Cutouts are a great conversation piece for trade shows, parties and as gifts. All cutouts come with a stand.

Make a cardboard cutout of your kids or pets!

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Cardboard Standees and Life Size Cut Outs made at our Veteran Owned & Operated Sign Company


IMPORTANT NOTICE: During the current Covid-19 crisis we continue to be OPEN for business at our Waldorf, Maryland and Charlotte, North Carolina production facilities. We are fully able to support ALL of your printing and signage requirements. Heritage is doing this while taking every precaution to keep our employees safe.

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