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Printing Images in Large Format

Important Tips for Printing Images in Large Format

A hallmark of a successful exhibit includes stunning images that can grab the attention of visitors. Larger custom printed banners and brochure stands can make the exhibit stand out on a show floor.

Whether you want to print large images for billboard or brochure stands in Melbourne, you need to follow certain printing guidelines. Here, you will learn important tips for getting the best possible outcome when printing images in a large format.


1. Select the Right Print Size

The foremost tip for printing graphics in large sizes is to select the right print size. To determine  the best image size for high-quality printing, you should multiply the size of the display format by 300 dots per inch (dpi). So, if the print size is 20x11, the ideal image size should be 6000 x 3456.

You can use a photo editing software such as MS Paint or Adobe Photoshop to know about the size of the image. But you should not use the software to enlarge a photo. Using the image editing software will make the image appear pixelated.

Consider using an application that is specifically made for enlarging photos. A free app that you can use to enlarge photos is SimllaEnlarger. The software allows you to resize photos without noticeable loss in image quality.

2. Pick the Right Camera

Another important tip for large format image printing is to use a camera with the right megapixel (MP). A 2 MP camera will be suitable for print sizes of 4x6 print size. While the image quality of an image captured using the camera may look great on screen, the image won’t appear sharp on the print material.

To know the right megapixel camera suitable for large image printing, you should multiply the required image dimensions. So, if the image dimension for print material is 6000 x 3456, you should select a camera with 20 MP since multiplying the dimensions equal 20,736,000 in pixels.

3. Vector Images

Always use vector images for printing graphics in large format. Vectors save files differently than bitmap or JPEG formats. The image file format doesn’t have fixed colour value and locations for individual pixels similar to bitmapped images. The lines, shapes, and colour values of vector images are calculated using a mathematical equation.  As a result, vector images will look sharp, no matter how large you scale it.  Bitmap images will app will appear blocky and jagged if you scale them.

Another benefit of vector images is they have a small size as compared to bitmap images. Moreover, the quality is not compressed since the file is not compressed as is the case with images in JPEG format. The printer can also print several vector images quickly due to small file sizes.

Contact a professional agency for custom printed banners and brochure stands in Melbourne. Graphic designers at the agency can print the best quality images in large formats that will look good at the trade show.

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