Have you got a tradeshow coming up? Perhaps, you need to print something big for an upcoming function? Or maybe, you are looking to elevate your brand’s presence with some large format printing.
Regardless of your reason, we’ve got you covered for that big picture vision (no pun intended!)
As a Perth printing company, we see people come in all the time with poor image files. Nine times out of 10, the quality of the files are unprintable. That’s why understanding how to create and export large format graphics is essential for getting a sharp, crisp image every single time. Trust us, your Perth printer will thank you for it.
#1 Creating graphics with the right software
Download Adobe Illustrator: This top-tier program was made for developing and editing images and graphics. In terms of options within the market, this one is one of the best for producing a sharp image. What makes Adobe Illustrator a great program for creating large format graphics is its ability to save files as vector files.
What is a vector file?
A vector file is an image file that is not ‘resolution-dependent’. Therefore, when exporting files from Adobe Illustrator, you can change the size. The software will reproduce the image perfectly as it stretches the file to fit the dimensions.
#2 Now, onto our tips for designing large format graphics
- Less is more when it comes to copy – Large-format graphics are meant to capture attention, not hold on to it. That means keeping text short and minimal, while using your images to quickly convey your message.
- Spacing – When was the last time you saw large signage, that was crowded and were able to digest the message? (Never!) Crowded signs are unpleasant to look at, and do not get your point across. Spacing your text and images properly helps you organise your message, and aid in its delivery. Good spacing means your potential customer doesn’t have to figure out much to get what you’re trying to tell them.
- Font size – This one should go without saying, please stay consistent with font sizes, relevant to it being a heading or body text. Text in large printings should be consistently sized to allow for clear and crisp messaging.
- Colour choice – Whether you have a brand colour palette to incorporate into your design, or there is complete free reign, focus on how colours enhance or detract from your message.
- Hire a graphic designer – When in doubt, leave it to the pros. Graphic designers are trained to create images better than all of us. A good designers will professionally give your brand or message an image, from conception to sending off to the printers.
#3 That’s a great segue to the last step, the printer!