How to Use a Template Download to Design Your Custom Event Display

By Sandra Christian on June 15, 2020

Custom promotional materials set you apart from the competition and help grab the attention of everyone who sees them. Our templates are an excellent way to ensure your customized display looks exactly the way you want it. You can create, design and order your custom design from SkyLine Canopies. If you're not sure how to use a template download to design your custom event display, try one of these easy-to-understand tips! 

Getting Started

To create your customized product yourself, you’ll need to use one of our event display downloadable templates. The templates can be downloaded, and they make it really easy to fit your design onto each of our products. There are templates available for every one of our products — car flags, banners, backdrops, protective gear and everything in between. 

Please note, if you’re working with our team on a customized flag that is a custom size, you will not find a template on the above page. Our design team will work with you on creating the design, or we will send you a custom-sized template for your project. If you can't find the template you need, use our contact form or the messenger option in the bottom right corner, and we are more than happy to send it to you.

Creating Your Design

Once you’ve found your template, the next step is to create your design. Most people use our templates with Adobe Photoshop to create their design, but other options are available like Adobe Illustrator. When you’re learning how to use a template to design your custom event display, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve downloaded the necessary software to work with vector graphics. Since you’ll be working with layers, it’s important that you are familiar with the software. Start early and spend time getting used to how it works!

If you haven’t used Photoshop before, you can follow easy-to-understand tutorials on the Adobe website. Adobe also offers tutorials for some of their other programs like Illustrator that can be helpful when designing your event display products.

Get Additional Help

If you don’t already have a logo, if you’ve never gone through a design process yourself, or if you don’t have the time to learn how to use design programs or a downloadable template to design your custom event display, not to worry! We have designers available to help you!

Working with a designer will ensure that you use the right color options from the Pantone Colour Matching System, that you’ve created a vector image, and that your fonts are easy to read. There are many variables that go into creating the perfect design, so if all of these details make you uncomfortable, let us help. A designer can ensure the process is less stressful. If you are ready to tackle the design on your own, let's look at working with layers.

Working with Layers

You will definitely want/need to create your artwork on a different layer than the template. Our templates instruct you to “delete” the template layer before submitting the artwork design. This is a crucial step, and one that can have a big impact on the design process. While you don’t have to be an expert at design, you will need to know some basic information about working with layers.

Since removing layers is one of the most crucial parts when you’re learning how to use a downloadable template to design your custom event display, you should be familiar with both hiding and deleting.

Hiding Layers

When you’re designing, it’s simple to hide the layers. This means that the layers are no longer visible to you while you’re designing, but you can still recall them if you need to throughout the project. This is a good option to use while you’re creating the design. Doing this will ensure that you don’t lose your work and unhiding your template layer is a handy reference when you need it.

Deleting Layers

Once you delete a layer, it is unavailable to the project. If you do this accidentally, you can undo it, but do so right away to avoid losing it. Once it’s deleted, it won’t be available to bring back to the project as it would be if you had hidden the layer. You may only want to delete layers when the project is 100% complete and you’re ready to submit. For more information on managing layers, please check out the Adobe User Guide.

Let Our Design Staff Step In

Does the idea of designing your own display products seem exciting or overwhelming!? We know that learning how to use a downloadable template to design your custom event display can be time-consuming and overwhelming for some. Many business owners don’t have the capacity to take on this type of project. Our design team is ready and able to help you with the process! Our designers can take your vision and turn it into a real custom event display product! They’ll will work with you during each step of the process and provide you with a product that you’ll be sure to love.

Submit Your Masterpiece

If you have prepared a design using on of our templates and you're ready for the next step, first review our design process to save time! Remember these quick tips to keep the process simple and smooth: 

  1. Make sure to include your PMS#/Pantone specifications so we can match your colors in our printing system.
  2. Make sure to provide a vector logo and your completed vector product design. With a vector logo and design, there is no setup fee and we can go directly to print once the artwork is reviewed and you approve our proof.
  3. The more design elements and vision details you are able to provide with clarity, the quicker the process!

When you're ready to get started, use our FREE request a quote form. Let's make your vision a reality!

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