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Photo Backdrop Printing


  • Photo Press backdrop printed on rigid material
  • Printed full colour direct to board with UV inks giving outstanding quality and long-lasting fade resistance
  • A choice of foamex or foam core material
  • Custom sizes and possibility to print backdrops in matching sections (up to 3m x 1.5m each)
  • Freestanding Backdrops supplied with collapsable struts on reverse


What is foamex board?

Foamex is a popular name for rigid, hard Foam PVC board, with brand names like Forex & foamalite. Foamex does not look or feel like foam material, it looks and feels like hard matt plastic.

What is foam core (foam board)?

Foamcore or foam board is a foam centred board. When you squeeze foam core board it deforms and feels spongy. Thanks to its foam centre, Foamcore Board is much lighter than hard foamex making it ideal for indoor display panels that have to be suspended or attached with Velcro (even if the size is large). Foamcore has a paper finish on either side, so is not suitable for outdoor use, but has been none to produce a smoother print finish as the material is more receptive to the inks. Click here for more information on foamcore (link pending)

What is the difference between Foamex (foam pvc) and Foam core board?

Foamex is hard, rigid and suitable also for outdoor use. Foam core is much lighter, has soft foam-like centre and is only suitable for indoor use.

Will the backdrop out be suitable for outdoor use?

Whilst the foamex board used for printing is in fact waterproof, the struts attached to the reverse aren't designed to be used on an uneven surface, or able to withstand wind. For this reason the backdrop would be best used indoors.

What thickness does foamex board come in?

The most popular foamex thickness is 5mm. We also stock 3mm foamex in large numbers. Alternatively you can also have 2mm and 10mm foamex (foam pvc) boards. Let us know if you have any special requirements.

Where are the foamex signs produced?

The foamex signs are printed and produced in our printing factory in Whitefield near Manchester.

Is it more expensive to print multiple colours?

No, we digitally print all of our products in full colour using UV resistant inks as standard. So you won't see any increases in price if you have a lot of colour in your artwork.

How do I submit my artwork files?

Simply attach your artwork via our upload option when placing your order, our uploader will accept Jpeg, Tiff, PNG, PDF and ZIP files up to 50mb. It is recommended to ensure artwork files are optimised to retain a reasonable file size.

You can also simply use our email address (at the top of the website) and attach your files. If you have any problems with sending large files give us a call or use file sharing services like If you are using WeTransfer or similar, we highly recommend sending an email alongside this, as we do not pick up orders from WeTransfer emails. 

What are requirements for artwork files?

Preferable file format is PDF or high-quality JPG. If you are supplying artwork ready to print, please make sure the design files meet all general standard printing requirements like:

  • Files must be to scale (100% size) or at least in proportion (half size, quarter size etc.)
  • CMYK colour mode (no RGB or Pantone colours as it can cause problems)
  • All text must be converted to curves/outlined or at least embedded inside supplied pdf
  • There is no need for extra bleeds and crop marks for simple rectangular signs
  • Please include cut path for cut out boards indicating expected board shape OR simply describe where it should be, and we will draw the shape for you in most cases free of charge.

In case you require and design work or are uncertain about the files you have please just attach your files with description in your message. We will help and advice. If there would be any extra charge involved, we will let you know before proceeding with any changes.

Am I able to collect from you directly rather than arrange delivery?

We are located in a town called Whitefield just outside of Manchester City Center, if you happen to be local, or are just passing by, you're more than welcome to collect your order from us directly. If this would be preferred just let us know when sending over your order.

When will I receive my printed boards?

Our standard printing production lead times for majority of orders is 3-5 working days. However, depending on our current production load, and your organisation, we are sometimes able to dispatch faster.

Once the production process is complete we offer a next day delivery service to virtually all UK mainland locations. This is a next day service as specified by the courier companies we use, and does come with some limitations, it isn't a guaranteed service due to potential factors outside of the couriers control. 

For the Greater Manchester area we can also offer a dedicated same day delivery service to deliver your signs immediately after production. This service costs a little bit extra but we strongly recommend dedicated van delivery for large items delivered to local destinations to maximise safety and minimise potential damage (avoiding unnecessary parcel handling and redistribution from depot to depot).

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Photo Backdrops are the most effective and impressive display piece for big red carpet style events, providing a perfect opportunity for photographs. Backdrops can be designed to tailor your event or brand perfectly, step and repeat boards are an inexpensive way to promote your brand by getting your logo and company name featured in the backgrounds of images that will be used everywhere, from local publications and even on social media.

We digitally print directly onto rigid foamex or foamcore with UV cured inks in full colour, for a high quality professional looking backdrop, without the worry of any reflective glare. Supplied with collapsible struts on the reverse, allowing for your boards to be easily set up and transported.

Photo backdrops provide a great point of contact between the event host and attendee or volunteer, and as the name suggests they are a great backdrop to your official (& unofficial) photos of the event. Even though they look great printed to almost any rigid substrate, Foamex and Foamcore are usually the most popular for our clients. The photo backdrop can be as tall as 3m high. With a single piece width of up to 1.5m, if you’re looking for something wider, we can supply in multiple pieces with a joining strip, just drop us an email for a quote.

What material is best for me?

There are at least a few different board types we could use for printing backdrops. However, we recommend either 5mm foamex or 5mm foam centred board as the best options. Foam Core boards are very light, easy to move around and cheaper but they are also relatively fragile. Foamex is a hard, rigid and relatively heavy material and therefore recommended for regular or repeated use (especially for stands with head holes) to minimize accidental damage.

Stage props printing for theatrical events

We have produced some amazing stage props for theatrical productions. If you need any kind of stage props for your show or movie background (scenography), we can print any background boards/panels and cut them to any shape you may require. So far we have produced props such as buildings, city landscapes, trees and nature landscapes as well as people and characters. In cases where the maximum size of a sheet is smaller than your background we can split your artwork allowing you to position and piece it together on your stage.

Face hole cut out boards

If your looking for something like a photo backdrop but with head-holes cut out (also known as a Tintamarresque, or faceless standee) please see our head-hole photo boards section .

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