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1st large banner - input needed.

Discussion in 'Designs & Layouts' started by wwpro, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. wwpro

    wwpro Member

    Apr 21, 2009
    hi there

    I have to do my first large banner, which is not big deal for most of you but I'm used to do stuff no more than twice the size of my 30" Rolands , cut or printed.

    Now I have to come up with a banner that's roughly 6ft tall and 16ft long, it's supposed to cover the balcony of a business which is kinda messy.

    I have a couple of questions, and not sure this is the right sub-forum, so move it if necessary

    1 - Design-wise, how to approach this ? I'm outsourcing the printing, if I were printing it I'd design at 10-25% and scale it up on the RIP, but not sure what printer and rip are they using, need to find out. If I send an EPS 25% of the size ANY rip can scale it up right ?

    2 - Material - Considering I'd be installing it, I was thinking using a banner mesh, it goes in a 2nd story and it's windy here this time of the year, or should I use a solid banner and cut some wind slits (sp?) ?

    thanks !
  2. Christian @ 2CT Media

    Christian @ 2CT Media Major Contributor

    Jun 15, 2009
    Mesa, Arizona
    I would design at 10% and at 10x the final dpi you need for the finished banner. So at 7.2" x 19.2" @ 720dpi if you need it to be at least 72dpi finished.

    I prefer mesh over wind-slits but its all in preference and need.
  3. john1

    john1 Guest

    Actual size at 150 or 300 dpi depending on the company your outsourcing it to's guidelines.

    Check out Wyld GFI, He is a vendor on the forums.
  4. GAC05

    GAC05 Major Contributor

    Dec 27, 2005
    Guam USA
    I think your size recommendations are off a little.
    6'x16' at 150 to 300dpi is way overkill. Detail 2 stories up on banner mesh is not going to be seen.
    100 would be more than enough and 60 to 72 would about as high as I would go.
    If you are doing vector art send the printer the eps and it will scale to what they want without issues.

    wayne k
    guam usa
  5. wwpro

    wwpro Member

    Apr 21, 2009
    Yep, forgot about DPI but I was going to guess 72 for what I've been reading here.
    I did a store front with perf the other day and I was mad at some of the seams I was seeing while installing, then you go a few steps back and it looks awesome, like a one piece graphic. Need to remember that all the time, DPI is related to viewing distance :)
  6. john1

    john1 Guest

    I always set up large files 150 MINIMUM DPI, Just the way i have always done things. Might be overkill but that's how i roll i guess.

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