Design Secrets for Large Scale Printing Success – Part 2

Whether you’re designing banners, signs or posters, it’s important that your large-scale printing project stands out form the crowd for all the right reasons.  While the first step towards success is to ensure that you’ve entrusted your project to a reputable printing partner it helps to know some of the basic design secrets that will get you on the right track.

In this two-part post, we’ll look at six design secrets that will help you overcome some of the most common challenges to large scale format printing success.

Leave adequate space for the bleed

Bleed in printing, is a term that refers to printing that goes to the edge of the page often where the sheet will be trimmed. In other words, the bleed is the area to be trimmed off. Always ensure that you’ve left adequate space for the bleed giving your printer a margin of error to work with. To make sure you don’t venture into this area block out them out with background colour. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1495000652625{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;background-color: #f2f2f2 !important;}”]We are one of the South Africa’s leading producers of large format graphic solutions for Retail, Interiors, Exhibitions, Events and Leisure. Our customers include blue-chip organisations, luxury brands and leading designers and creatives throughout South Africa and Internationally.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Use vectors wherever possible

Vectors are the preferred format for large scale print projects because unlike JPEGs and other Bitmap formats they can be scaled to any size and they will stay sharp. Another advantage to vector images is that their file sizes tend to be smaller than equivalent bitmaps meaning you’ll experience fewer computer slowdowns as you work with the file.

Be cautious with design features

Not all design elements that work well on small-scale print designs will translate well in a larger format.  Elements like transparencies and gradients should be used with caution. If you do use these elements keep the colours close together on the colour wheel, keep shade changes to a minimum and flatten any that are used. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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