Sometimes you need to SHOUT!
Subtlety of design and diminutive prints are all very well, but some situations demand that you declare your message writ large across the psyche of all present.
What is large format?
Yes, good question, start with the basics. Large-format printing is simply things like posters and banners – basically anything which doesn’t normally go through a regular printer (although mass-run posters at common poster sizes do go through roll-fed litho machines). We’re talking anything above SRA3 (oversized A3 for bleed and crops), for the most part.
Unlike some printers, we at Firstpoint won’t limit you to a specific size of print or demand that you choose a ‘common’ size because it’s convenient or saves us money in batch printing. However, it’s useful to know the most commonly-used sizes. These are the ‘A’ family of sizes, of which the ubiquitous A4 is a member. We’re concerned here with the larger ones, which are as follows:
Note that each size up corresponds to using the long edge of the previous size as its short edge and maintaining an aspect ratio of the square root of 2 (roughly 1:4142). I know…sorry.
There are also ‘B’ sizes, popular in Europe, and the relevant ones here are:
B2: 500 x 700mm
B1: 700 x 1000mm
B0: 1000 x 1400mm
A search of any site like Allposters will show that there are many different sizes of poster, some of which have their roots in the film industry, some the imperial age. It really doesn’t matter. The best thing to do is source a frame (if one is required) and tell us the size so we can print to it. We only have one limit for posters printed in house:
Maximum size for basic posters
At FirstpointPrint, we have an HP Designjet Z6200 inkjet poster printer, which takes a roll of stock (we primarily stock 190gsm poster stock) and uses UV-resistant inks. The width of the stock is 1,067mm wide and up to 60m long. It’s best to stick to 1,000mm (one metre) as the maximum length on the short edge and avoid printing longer than about 2,500mm on the long edge.
- 1,000mm max on the short edge
- Avoid printing longer than 2.5m
…that doesn’t mean we can’t print huge banners on weatherproof canvas with eyelets on the edge – we can and we do, via our partners within the Group.
Just let us know what you need and we can tell you what’s possible.
The perfect finish
The simplest presentation for posters is to roll it up into a protective tube. However, we also have a range of finishing options:
Mounting: 5mm foam-core board – light and rigid.
Laminating: a protective coating on the top, either matt or gloss. Gloss increases contrast and shine, matt reduces it and flattens the colour.
Encapsulation: a fully-enclosed, protective layer, sealed around the edges; matt or gloss.
Roll up, roll up!
A more complete option, and one usually used for exhibitions and semi-permanent applications, is the roller banner. A tall, vertical poster of about 2m in height, which rolls down into a metal base when not in use. I metal pole supports the banner when extended. These units are portable, convenient and reusable.
Here are some examples of large-format work we’ve done at FirstpointPrint…