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What is “Large Format Printing?”

What is Large Format Printing? Exactly what is sounds like. But it’s not quite as simple as you might think.

When printing from your home computer, you can can drag a photo from the internet or Facebook into Word for your Christmas Newsletter and get the job done.  Working with large format graphics on the other hand is not as straight forward. Printing a photo from Facebook isn’t going to look good 8 feet high and 10 feet wide. The image will look pixelated and choppy, blown-up to that size.

Keep in mind these three things when designing for Large format graphic printing:

1. If you are using a photo, the resolution should be 150 DPI or more. This will keep the photo from pixelating.

2. Vector-drawn logos and graphics (non-photos) are better than raster images.

3. Consider bleeds in your design. Large Graphics are often made from multiple panels that have to line up together.

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