What is large format printing, anyway?
Before working in the signage industry, chances are I wouldn’t have had the slightest idea about large format printing. In fact, I probably would’ve answered the question “What is large format printing?” like this: “Printing in a large format.” That’s not technically wrong, but there’s so much more to it. Let’s explore the topic.
Large (or wide) format printing is the process of digitally printing full-color images, text, and graphics onto a variety of materials. The final result is (you guessed it) larger than average printed products.
The process is used in the signage industry to create a variety of solutions for businesses and individuals alike.
What is considered large format?
Most industry large format printers can create products that are up to six feet wide. However, at Classic Sign Services, the printer can produce up to eight feet wide.
Depending on the material used, several signage solutions can be produced, such as:
- Five yard signs at once
- Traffic signs
- Wayfinding signs
- and more.
To further demonstrate the possibilities and give you a visualization, here are some completed projects we created with our printer:
As you can see, the possibilities are near endless when it comes to large format printing. It’s the best solution for those who want to stand out.
(Check out our blog post on banners to get an in-depth explanation of processes and best practices.)
How do large format printers work?
We won’t go too deep into how the machine works (mostly because of technological jargon), but the biggest thing you should know is that the process is efficient.
Large format printers enable production teams to load, print, and collect media all at the same time. That results in increased productivity, which saves both time and money.
As the end user, you’ll receive a high-quality product at a reasonable price. You can’t beat that!
The type of material varies based on the end goal. For instance, a sign shop will use different material than a packaging company. That just goes to show the versatility of large format!
In the sign industry, however, the most common materials include:
- Coroplast, or corrugated plastic (used for yard signs)
- Vinyl banner material
- Aluminum (used for traffic signage, like reserved parking)
- Aluminum composite (used for more heavy duty solutions – see the Habitat for Humanity sign above)
- Vinyl (used for window coverings and wallpaper)
Get started with large format
Overall, large format printing creates signage solutions that make a statement. Whether the application is temporary, such as a banner, or more permanent, like a traffic sign, a large format printer can produce high-quality products.
The process is extremely efficient, saving production teams both time and money. In addition, several materials can be used to create signage that pops.
Ready to get started with large format? Classic Sign Services has your back. You can move forward in a variety of ways:
- Send a file if you already have artwork
- Request a quote describing the project
- Email or call us
Our team looks forward to helping you! With over twenty years in the industry, we know what it takes to make a statement with signage.
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