Tips For Large Format Printing

Posted on: 16 March 2016

If you are trying to create a large scale image and print it out, you might run into a number of issues. Here are some tips to make sure that the large format printing process goes as smoothly as possible.

1. Use Vector Resources

Vector resources are a special type of image file that is superior to your standard image files for large format printing due to two reasons. The first reason is because the files tend to be smaller, allowing you to send them to other people more quickly, download them yourself in a shorter period of time, and have them get sent to the printer more quickly. Large images take forever to manipulate, download, and upload. Using vector resources allows you to do the same things with the image but in a much shorter period of time.

The second reason why vector resources are extremely helpful is because they scale up evenly. You can simply set the size to which you want to scale and it will do it automatically for you, rather than you having to manually adjust the width and the height separate when scaling up to reduce blurriness.

2. Print a Trial Run

When you think that you've got something that is going to work, before you send it to an expensive printer and use color ink, send it to a normal printer and use only black and white ink. This will allow you to catch any small areas that are blurry even if you can't see the colors exactly. You need to be able to print out your work before finalizing it in order to make sure that you are able to view it at a distance. Hang up your trial run on a board and stand close to it. Then, walk backwards and measure how far back you are going. Make note of how far back you got before you were not able to see your sign clearly. If this distance is acceptable and there are no problem areas, print it out on the more expensive paper using color ink.

3. Do Most Work on a Small Scale

Finally, if you are using vector resources, feel free to do most of your editing on a smaller scale using a photo editor that is specifically designed for vector resources. This will make it easier for you to make sure that everything is in scale with everything around it. When you are ready to do the final review, you can easily scale it up automatically without having to worry about image degradation.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in wide format printing.


Beautifying Your Printing

When you own a business, it can be easy to get complacent about your printing. After all, one graphics-filled page is pretty close to another, right? Unfortunately, if you are printing low-resolution, fuzzy images, it might send customers the message that you don't care about the details. On my blog, you will learn more about printing so that you can make better decisions at the print shop. Check out these articles to find out more information about resolution, printing colors, and even types of media you can print to. By beautifying your printing, you might make your business look more attractive to consumers.