Large-Format Printing Services
Large-scale printing can give your business new dimensions. Imagine being able to make outdoor signs, back-lit displays, trade show panels and more with your company’s logo, advertising the products you sell. Large poster and other forms of wide-format printing help tell your story to engaged customers who want to learn more.
Wide-Format and Extra-Large Printing
Avanti Printing can help you get your large-scale printing done. Our Oce Arizona 460 GT Flatbed UV Printer produces prints up to 4 x 8 feet. It can print on:
- Foam Board
We can add spot gloss and white ink to your custom printing jobs. The printer can print on nearly anything — if it has a flat surface, we can probably print on it, so don’t be afraid to get creative. Tell us what job you have in mind, and we’ll see if it’s possible. Better yet, come visit our facility in Irvine and view examples of other large-format printer jobs we have done before — they’re sure to spark your imagination.
The Oce Arizona 460 GT Flatbed UV Printer is known for being able to capture fine art quality, in part due to its high resolution. In fact, we even make prints for artists and photographers who have exact standards for their prints. If they’re happy with what we do for them, you’re sure to be thrilled, as well.
Our large-format printing projects have included a wide range of products, such as:
- Pop-up displays
- Window graphics
- Wall murals
We enjoy the challenge of working with large format printing. Our graphic designers come up with a vision and make it a reality after you’ve signed off on it. Then comes the fun part — turning it into something you can use to promote your company. We offer fast turnarounds for our customers in the Orange County area, because we know you don’t have a lot of wiggle room before your deadline.
How to Prepare Files for Large Format Printing
So, you’re ready to give large-format printing a try. You have a banner design you want to print, but you’re not sure how to prepare files for large printing. What steps should you take, and how much do you need to do before turning the file over to us?
Many people find themselves in the same position. Large-scale printing does require planning to ensure you get the right file format to our office. If you do not prepare adequately, you may run into problems with the resolution of your file or clarity. While we can work with you to resolve these issues and would never print something that doesn’t meet our quality standards, it is easier to fix potential problems in advance rather than address them after.
We’ve prepared this step-by-step guide detailing the best file format for printing. Follow these directions, and your large format printing projects will be a breeze to prep. Remember, you can also contact us with any questions you may have about the process.
Design Tips for Large Format Printing
First, a few pointers on your design. When you employ large format printing, you should also keep in mind that your design elements will differ from a small format project. For example, we advise you to use the least amount of copy possible. This keeps your imagery clean and draws attention to it. You can also follow these other guidelines for the best results:
- Use lots of space — probably more than you think is necessary — between images and text
- Favor easy-to-read fonts
- Rely on high-contrasting colors between your overlay imagery and backgrounds
Optimize Your Image
Before you send your picture to us, you want to ensure it looks its absolute best. You can do this by following our steps for image optimization, which will increase the brightness and sharpen the picture. You can perform these small edits using whatever imaging tool you have. Many people like Adobe Photoshop for image editing, though the software costs money. Your computer should have standard editing programs you can use to make small adjustments.
Here are a few tweaks you can do before sending off the file for printing:
- Open the “Levels” tab and reset the darkest point in the image to increase your contrast and keep your picture from appearing flat. You want to aim for making the darkest point 100 percent black.
- You can use the “Unsharp Mask” (USM) feature to boost your contrast, as well. Put the threshold at 0-5, the radius at 0.7-1.5 and the amount at 75-150.
We can also assist in the optimization of your existing design files. Please let us know you have your own artwork during the initial quote process.
Find the Optimal Base Resolution
Viewing distance plays into finding this number. For every six feet away from the material your viewers will be, you can reduce the optimal base resolution by a third — our eyes are incapable of viewing extreme detail from farther away.
Let’s say your audience will view the banner from 12 feet away. Calculate the number by dividing the output resolution by three. Here’s how that works:
- Say the output device has printing capabilities of 360 dpi, or dots per inch
- Divide that number by three
- The resulting number, 120 dpi, is your optimal base resolution for the banner file
In most cases, your dpi should be between 100 to 300 to get the crispest image.
Use Pantone Colors for the Best Image Quality
Many businesses want to match their existing marketing materials to the banner or another large format item they’re printing. You will have an easier time doing this if you select Pantone colors to make your design. This will give you a cohesive design identity across your materials, which reflects better on your business. Uniformity builds trust between you and your customers.
Other Tips for Preparing a Large Format Print File for Printing
Now that you know all of the nitty-gritty details for optimizing your print, here are a few other tasks you should take care off before sending off your file to Avanti Printing. Following these tips before you send us your file will ensure you get the best image quality:
- Convert your project to CMYK mode, which stands for cyan, magenta, yellow and black
- Use vector files if you can
- Draw your paths by hand — we sometimes run into problems with automated path creation options, which can cause errors
- If you use Adobe Illustrator, do not use transparency
- Use the Pantone Coated C Library
Many people want to know what format to use. Is a JPG best, or should you use something else? For the best results, you should make the file an EPS vector file or TIFF (Tag Image File Format). Use bitmapped images if possible for a TIFF, which makes it easier to scale the file up. Also, send in a hard copy of your color proof so we can ensure the file we receive will match up.
Why Use Avanti Printing for Your Large Format Printing Projects?
Are you ready to tackle a large format print for your company? Whether it’s a mural, window graphic or pop-up display, you can trust Avanti Printing to deliver. We’ve assisted many businesses across Orange County and the surrounding areas in California with the design and production of large format printing projects. We love the challenge of guiding you through this process, as well as the reward of seeing the finished product.
We know how much large format printing can aid small businesses trying to stand out and gain attention. We also make it easy for you to employ our services. We can make fast turnarounds on any design you need, and we can also handle large batches of products. Plus, our custom services allow you to decide what you want and how you want it. We encourage you to think outside the box to find solutions that best suit your company.
If you need design assistance, we can also pitch in to give you the creative backup you need. Our customers appreciate the excellent quality and fast service they receive from Avanti Printing.
Give Your Business a Boost
Drawing attention to your company is easy when you have the right tools. Large-format printing can help get customers to notice you at a trade show or conference. The right images, copy and a crisp logo will draw people to your booth or table. Start your printing job by getting in touch with us today for a quick quote.