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Seamless Background Paper

  • Made of a high-quality, fine tooth, non-reflective paper
  • Available in 68 colors
  • 4 standard sizes available - 26" x 12 yards, 53" x 12 yards, 107" x 12 yards & 107" x 50 yards, with select colors available in 86" x 12 yards
  • Always provides a “seamless” look; no need to steam like fabric backdrops.
  • Ideal for “messy” photo shoots, such as cake smashes or when working with pets, since after the session is over you can simply cut off the soiled portion.
  • Commonly used for non-photography purposes, such as window displays, art projects & banners.
  • Requires clamps to hold the roll in place on the backdrop stand & to prevent the paper from continuing to unroll.
  • For best results, store paper rolled & in a vertical position; we recommend using our Seamless Paper Storage Holder.
  • NEW! Printed Seamless Paper - Available in 24 designs all sized to 53" x 18 feet

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Sequin Backdrops

  • Features hundreds of actual shimmering sequins
  • Wrinkle-resistant fabric backdrop
  • Features a sewn-in rod pocket for hanging
  • 3 standard sizes available - 5ft x 6ft, 5ft x 9ft & 9ft x 10ft
  • Ideal for newborns, kids & holiday portraits
  • Commonly used for non-photography purposes, such as trade shows, weddings & window displays
  • Due to their delicate nature, the sequins do not extend all the way to the vertical edges of the backdrop to prevent snagging or unraveling of the seams. There is a 1-3 inch border of solid fabric on the left and right side edges.
  • All 9'x10' fabric backdrops have a subtle seam running down the center that is easily concealed by the backdrop texture.
  • For best results, store folded loosely or rolled

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Wrinkle-Resistant Fabric Backdrops

  • Fabrics backdrops are easy to transport & offer the largest selection of styles and sizes
  • Available in dozens of sizes, ranging from 5ft wide all the way to 20ft wide!
  • Most feature a sewn-in rod pocket for hanging
  • Requires steaming to release initial creases from shipping. For best results, store folded loosely rolled.
  • We offer several different wrinkle-resistant, fabric materials:

    • Solid Colored Fabric Backdrops: A poly/poplin matte fabric, available in dozens of solid colors, ranging from standard white to bold pastels. Available in 5ft x 9ft, with some colors also available in 10ft x 10ft & 10ft x 20ft.
    • Lightweight Printed Fabric Backdrops: A 100% polyester weave, similar to a tablecloth. Due to its tight weave, this material has a slightly clearer print quality than the heavyweight printed fabric and so is typically preferred for events. Available in several sizes, ranging from 5ft wide to 20ft wide.
    • Heavyweight Printed Fabric Backdrops: A polyester/cotton knit that features a soft, fleece-like back, similar to a sweatshirt. Due to its weight, this fabric is slightly more wrinkle-resistant than our lightweight fabric. Available in several sizes, ranging from 5ft wide to 20ft wide.
    • Blockout Printed Fabric Backdrops: A satin, polyester weave that features a blockout center, ideal for outdoor photo shoots. Available in several sizes, ranging from 5ft wide to 9ft wide.
    • Textured & Satin Backdrops: From textured roses to velvet-like patterns, this diverse backdrop category is a melting pot of styles & materials. What they have in common is taht they are not computer-printed backdrops, but offer a true textured material. Typically sized to 5ft x 6ft.

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Floor Mats

  • A thick polyester material that features a 1.5mm non-slip rubber backing
  • Specifically designed for use on the floor, however can easily be hung as a backdrop using clamps
  • Available in 3 standard sizes: 4ft x 5ft, 5ft x 7ft, 8ft x 8ft
  • Additional sizes are available as a custom printed option.
  • Shipped rolled; for best use lay flat overnight to allow the floordrop to "settle" & avoid curling on the edges
  • Photographs best when able to lay completely flat, such as when placed on a hard surface
  • Easily roll up for storage or transport

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Vinyl Backdrops

  • A high-quality vinyl that is more durable and heavier than Poly Paper
  • Water-resistant and is very easy to clean; simply wipe away dirt marks with a damp cloth
  • Has a matte finish so there is no glare from lighting
  • Because they are easy to clean, they are ideal for “messy” photo shoots, such as cake smashes or when working with pets
  • For best results, store rolled on a carboard core.
  • At Backdrop Express, we offer two styles of Vinyl Backdrops:
    • Solid Color Vinyl Backdrops: Available in 5 colors (white, black, green, blue & gray) & 5 sizes, including: 5ft x 7ft', 8ft x 10ft, 8ft x 20ft', 9ft x 10ft, and 9ft x 20ft'. Shipped on a core for hanging.
    • Printed Vinyl Backdrops: Available in thousands of printed designs & available in 3 standard sizes, including 4ft x 5ft, 5ft x 6ft & 5ft x 9ft. Requires clamps for hanging. Additional sizes available in custom printed options.
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Poly Paper Backdrops

  • A synthetic coated paper. Durable, water-resistant and very difficult to tear
  • Has a matte finish so there is no glare from lighting
  • Requires clamps for hanging
  • Available in thousands of printed designs and in 3 standard sizes, including 4ft x 5ft, 5ft x 6ft & 5ft x 9ft.
  • Additional sizes available as a custom printed backdrop.
  • For best results, store rolled in original shipping box
  • Use painters tape or masking tape to secure; gaffer tape is not recommend and may damage backdrop

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Muslin Backdrops

  • Made from 100% cotton
  • Available in several sizes, ranging from 10ft wide to 24ft wide
  • Requires steaming to remove wrinkles
  • Features a sewn-in rod pocket for hanging
  • Several styles available, include hand-painted, mottled, solid & retro
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Other Backdrops

In additional to our most popular materials (featured above), we also offer a wide variety of various other specialty backdrop materials, including:

  • Posing Fabrics: Typically used for newborn portraits, posing fabrics typically feature unique textures and colors, ideal for draping over a newborn posing beanbag or as a basket filler. Our current line of posing fabrics feature textured rosed, vintage linen & stretch lace.
  • Translum: Made from a sturdy plastic, translum is one of the most unique materials around. Can be used a backdrop or cut and used as as a light diffuser. Ideal for silhouettes, high-key backdrops & product photography.
  • Canvas: Our White Canvas Backdrop is the perfect background for high-key photography, featuring a black-out center specifically designed to prevent light from passing through.
  • Velveteen: Our black Velveteen backdrop is midnight black and is made of velvet-like material, often used for tabletop & product photography. Velveteen is non-reflective and offer a rich, deep black background. Available in rolls of 52" by 20'.