Large Format Printing Guidelines
1. Flatten your file
2. Size your file
•Ultimate print resolution for inkjet printers is 240, have you tried printing your large images at, 150-180ppi? this will give you a larger printed file at a smaller MB size•
•Leave a white border for handling the images•
•If possible size your images consistently•
24” – page set up should be no larger than 20” wide when printing
44” – page set up should be no larger than 40” wide when printing
3. Sharpen your file for printing
4. Save and Name your File
•Include your name in the file and number from 1to 6 or more.
•Save as a PSD or Tiff
•Place file in folder on the desktop (do not remove from folder after printing, this is how I will see what you have printer for the semester.
•The best way to achieve a desired result is to experiment and refine the process for your own needs.
(smaller test prints are a good idea to make sure your color, density, shadows, highlights are looking good. Make the test print off the printer you will be using for your big print)
•Printing is First Come, First Served. Be prepared for the wait time as others may also be printing. Allow Plenty of Time. Large-format printing takes time.
•After printing, handle print with caution, crinks will reduce your grade.
•Don’t make excuses, Take pride in what you do. If it needs to be reprinted, reprint it!
Ridding the curl, use a Mailing Tube
Stuff the print in a mailing tube for a couple days. Simply use a smaller mailing tube to roll the print in on itself (opposite of the curl), and place it in the tube.
In a day or three, it should lay relatively flat. If you ship out your prints, this method works to your advantage anyway. Once the print arrives, the curl is gone!
This is what I use to hang my images.