Photo Backdrop Material Descriptions
FABRIC: **UPDATE: FEB. 2020, WE'VE UPGRADED OUR FABRIC TO A NEW, THICKER FABRIC** Our backdrops simply listed as "fabric" are a knit fabric which is 100% GLARE FREE and easy to hang. Fabric is great for storing, simply toss it aside or fold. Fabric backdrops will arrive folded or rolled, depending on the order. Just toss it in the dryer on low heat for 5 - 10 mins. or use a hand steamer. You can also pull it tight and clamp it to the backdrop stand to pull the fold wrinkles out. The fabric will have a small white border around it, simply tuck the white part under the floor drop to hide it. Our fabric is a knitted material (not fleece).
PROS: 100% GLARE FREE, dark print, hangs beautifully, can be stored folded.
CONS: Fabric can be difficult to use as a floor drop and prints on the cooler side.
CANVAS: Our canvas backdrops are made of a strong cloth (similar to canvas prints), with a very vibrant print and are 100% GLARE FREE. Canvas works great as a backdrop as well as a floor drop. Canvas photographs and hangs beautifully. It weighs a little less than vinyl and should not be folded or washed. It can be hung as a backdrop using clamps or laid on the floor (hard, flat surface) and used as a floor drop. We do not recommend using a canvas floor for cake smashes (without clear acrylic over it) as it cannot be wiped clean. We recommend storing them rolled inside the shipping tube when not in use. Canvas backdrops will have a small white border around the design (about a quarter of an inch) and is included in the size of the design. The backdrop can be tucked under the floor drop and the white border is not noticeable. Please keep in mind that this is a printed surface that can be scratched. Use canvas backdrops with care and if using as a floor, do not slide props around on it or use anything that can scratch the backdrop. We highly recommend using a non-glare acrylic sheet over the backdrop, if using it as a floor drop, to prevent scratching.
PROS: 100% GLARE FREE, vibrant print, hangs beautifully, sturdy material
CONS: More expensive than vinyl and poly paper, cannot be wiped clean
POLY PAPER: Poly Paper is a synthetic, coated paper that is very tough to tear and is an inexpensive option. It's much lighter weight than vinyl and canvas, so it ships cheaper and is easy to hang. It can be hung as a backdrop using clamps or laid on the floor (hard, flat surface) and used as a floor drop. You must be careful when using it as a floor drop so that you do not scratch or crease it. Unlike vinyl, Poly Paper is not suggested for cake smashes as it cannot be easily wiped clean. Poly Paper is 100% GLARE FREE. We recommend storing then rolled inside the shipping tube when not in use. Poly paper backdrops will have a small white border around the design (about a quarter of an inch) and is included in the size of the design. The backdrop can be tucked under the floor drop and the white border is not noticeable.
PROS: Inexpensive, vibrant print, light weight, ships cheaper than all other materials, 100% GLARE FREE.
CONS: They can scratch when being used as a floor drop and must be handled with care to prevent creasing. Cannot be wiped clean like vinyl.
VINYL: Our matte vinyl backdrops are constructed of fabric hidden between a thin layer vinyl. It is a high quality, heavy duty vinyl. VInyl backdrops are very durable and work well as a backdrop or floor drop. They can be wiped clean with a damp cloth, making them great for cake smashes or messy shoots. The downside to vinyl is that the lighting does need to be adjusted when photographing darker backdrops because the ink can cause a sheen. If even minimal sheen is a concern for you we recommend going with Poly Paper or Canvas. We have customers who absolutely love vinyl because of it's durability. To remove unwanted sheen in Photoshop, use the burn tool to darken brighter areas.
PROS: Inexpensive, the most durable for floor drops, can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.
CONS: Backdrops can have a sheen if the proper lighting or photo editing techniques are not used, especially with darker drops. Vinyl does not print as true to color as poly paper and canvas.
CONS: This material does not have any stretch to it.
DREAM FABRIC: Our "Dream Fabric" backdrops hang and photograph like a dream! The material is a 100% polyester fabric, meant for backdrops. A pole pocket is included at the top, for easy hanging. Please note, the pole pocket will take away at least 3" from the height of the backdrop. Unlike our backdrops listed as "Polyester Fabric", Dream Fabric is only 1 layer of fabric and the sides are not hemmed. This allows the backdrop to be pulled tight. Dream Fabric is perfect for backdrops with scenes, where the material needs to be pulled tight. If it has fold lines, just toss it in the dryer on low heat for 5 - 10 minutes or use a hand steamer.
PROS: 100% glare free, hangs beautifully, can be pulled tight, can be stored folded.
CONS: Fabric backdrops print on the cooler side.
DREAM FABRIC SHIPPING: All dream fabric backdrops, 6' or larger, will ship separately from the rest of your order, if other backdrops (in another material) are ordered as well. These backdrops will ship USPS, UPS or Fedex. We will decide on the shipping method based on the location.
HANGING EXTRA LARGE BACKDROPS: A popular trick for the fabric is to drape some of the fabric on the floor and fold it out (towards the wal). Place a 2x4 piece of wood behind the backdrop and on top of the part you have draped on the floor. Move and pull tight as needed. The wood will weigh down the bottom of the backdrop and allow you to pull it tight and will hold it in place. We have a tutorial here. You can also tape the corners to the floor or pin the backdrop to a wall. If you order a sweep (backdrop and floor in-one), simply let the backdrop drape on the floor.
AVOID WRINKLES/SCRATCHING: Poly Paper, canvas and vinyl are tear resistant but still need to be handled with the care. Please keep in mind that these are a "printed" surface that can be scratched, scuffed, or creased. To avoid creasing we suggest you store your backdrops rolled inside the shipping tube to avoid creases, scratches or damage. If not stored in the tube, poly paper, canvas and vinyl should be rolled very tightly and laid on the floor, to avoid flattening. The center of the backdrops should be a circle when rolled (not an oval). If you see an oval in the center, it is not rolled tight enough. When using backdrops as a floor, use with care, to be sure that props, etc. do not scratch the surface of the print.
Please double check your order before submitting it. No refunds/cancelations/exchanges can be made once your order is placed, absolutely no exceptions.
VIEWING: Large format prints are intended to be used at a distance and are not meant to be viewed up close. Photography backdrops are designed to be in the depth of field, approximately 6 feet away in typical.