FAQs
Frequently asked questions about large format printing

 

Can you create bespoke displays, or are they all off-the-shelf?

We have plenty of low cost, ‘off-the-shelf’ displays that suit smaller budgets, but we also offer a bespoke print service. Our extraordinary cutting capabilities allow us to cut to any shape or size and on a wide range of materials, so you’re never limited to standard formats. PVC, vinyl, foamex, composite aluminium... you name it, we can use it.

Can I use large format displays indoors and outdoors without worrying about image fading or weather damage?

We use UV inks on our posters to prevent fading both indoor and outdoor. And we complete our outdoor posters with a water resistant finish so they continue to look fabulous, come rain or shine. Our banners and display boards are made from robust vinyl and PVC foamboard that withstand even the harshest weather conditions.

Can you create graffiti-resistant outdoor display panels?

We can coat our outdoor display boards and hoarding panels in a wipe-clean laminate, so whether mud splashes or graffiti attempt to damage them, you can restore them to their former glory in record time.

What can I do to ensure that my images are suited to large format?

Print is only ever as good as the design it’s come from, and this is never truer than for large format print. So always use professional design and photography where you can. If taking your own photographs, put your camera on the highest quality setting to get the best result. If in doubt, source photos from professional photography sites like Shutterstock.com and istockphoto.com, where stunning high resolution photos are available at a low cost.

Can you create a big impact exhibition display on a limited budget?

There are many high impact large format displays that don’t require big budgets. For example, our roll-up, Curve and Twist displays allow you to create versatile displays that can be used in any stand space. As an alternative, apply repositionable self-adhesive wallpaper to a shell scheme stand to create a stunning backdrop. Self-adhesive wallpaper can be applied anywhere and re-used as often as you need it. Just peel and stick.

How do I supply print ready artwork?

Our studio is available to help with technical aspects of artwork such as bleed, resolution and colour space. We print in CMYK, at a minimum of 150dpi (although printed displays are usually best at 300dpi), and we require 3mm bleed for most print projects. We have also produced the short video below to show how to create print ready PDFs in Adobe Illustrator. Please contact us for further information.

 

White ink - what?

Why white ink would be used can seem a little confusing, and listing all of the benefits would take a very long time as white ink provides so many possibilities for how a range of materials can be used creatively. Essentially, CMYK printing requires a white surface to sit on top of, without a white surface, colour density and vibrancy is lost. This is why most projects use a white material. White ink allows non-white (including clear) materials to be used by printing white ink underneath the CMYK print, therefore ensuring colour vibrancy and density. Use black foamex boards, clear vinyls, recycled cardboard and other non-white materials as never before. Below is a video showing just some of the main possibilities that using white ink provides.

 

Our 5 top design tips

CREATE VISUAL IMPACT

Design for large format print is all about visual impact. Your artwork needs to grab the reader's attention. Don’t assume just because it’s large it will be seen, if the design blends into its surroundings, it won’t be seen.

KEEP IT SIMPLE

It’s important to make sure that the message of your artwork is quickly and easily understood. Don’t use 6 words when 2 will do. The reader won’t stop to read a paragraph of text.

DON'T FORGET CONTACT DETAILS

Most large format designs are adverts, so make sure the reader understands how to contact you. Make web / social media addresses, phone numbers and post addresses easy to identify.

QUALITY

Large format prints are huge, so make sure any bitmap data like photographs are good enough quality to be blown-up. Poor quality artwork reflects poorly on the brand.

DON'T BE AFRAID OF SPACE

Don’t place any important data too close to the edge of the artwork. Create a ‘no-text area’ around the edge of your artwork. This will help create a natural frame for the design, making the design pleasing to the eye, and prevent any important data being lost during the production process.