Wide-format printing extends and promotes your brand’s message and image on a large scale. It’s available in an extensive range of services to accommodate business-specific needs. From point-of-sale displays to custom posters, banners, wall wraps, and complete trade show booths, your business will acquire a professional look extensively.
With durable, high-quality, and UV protection materials, you’ll get excellent custom finishes on your large format printout so that it lasts longer and look great. High-resolution digital printing runs jobs on a large or small with several materials—from waterproof banners to flexible window clings and metal signs to rigid displays.
To utilize large format digital printing for substantial benefits to your business, there are some important things you ought to know about the process.
Some facts about large format printing
How it works
The wide-format printing process works similarly to that of digital printing, making it ideal for items requiring full-color. The press lays down toner by using large nozzles. Ink is then applied directly to the product, creating an authentic feel than when printed pieces are mounted to substrates. Just like digital printing, the process is quick and produces high-quality photographs and images.
Types of printers used
Large format presses for printing are often roll-to-roll printers and flatbed printers. A roll-to-roll printer is used for printing items like canvas, banners, or flexible materials prints that come on rolls. The material roll gets loaded on one side and goes through the printer where it’s re-rolled onto a different uptake roller. These printers are perfect for long runs of flexible materials since production moves faster and the process is easily streamlined with less interruption.
In flatbed printers, a substrate is placed on a bed that acts as a carrier. This propels the printable material via the printer. UV light then hits liquid ink during the printing process, which makes it turn into solid ink when it comes into contact with the chosen substrate. If you’re looking to print on less traditional or thicker substrates, flatbed printers are great for this.
In roll-to-roll and flatbed combination printers, the flatbed can be removed with the rolls attached on each side to give the printer an ability to function dynamically.
How files are prepared to get the best-finished product
Preparation of files becomes essential when there’s a large number of pieces being printed to guarantee the production of high-quality products. When designing files, it’s important to note that for most wide format printers the maximum width is usually 6 inches or less, while the length is often determined by the material length. For roll-to-roll print materials such as banners, the material length can be any long virtual length.
To ensure quality is not compromised during enlargement, use a high-resolution file to produce quality images. Additionally, since you want to get the best results possible, you need to account for the fact that your printer should print in a standard breakdown of CMYK colors.
Products that are ideal for printing in large format
Wide-format digital printing is quite versatile and accommodates an array of products including:
•Floor and Wall Graphics
•Point of Purchase Displays
Benefits of printing in Large Format
You can reap a lot of benefits in your business from large-format printing. Aside from having a large area of displaying your piece, you’ll also benefit from UV-cured ink. UV-cured ink makes printed pieces to be more durable with an ability to withstand effects from several elements such as sunlight, rain, and heat without getting damaged. Additionally, you’ll also benefit from being able to print on a variety of substrates. As long as it fits on your printer’s carrier, you can print on almost anything including:
Flexible wide Format Printing
There exists a variety of options for printing on large format, which can perfectly be used outdoors and indoors. Based on the materials and finishes needed, you can get customized print pieces to work perfectly for outdoor and indoor use.
When planning your printing project, several factors need to be reviewed, which may impact your display signage. This includes the location of application, amount of time your signage will be in direct sunlight, overall lifespan, and temperature.
Rigid wide format printing
If you need your graphic to stand out and stand up, rigid wide-format printing can offer you the perfect solution. You can opt for long-lasting, durable substrates including plastics, boards, wood, metal, PVC, di-bond, ceiling tiles, glass, and doors among others. So long as the material needed is flat, you can just get any kind of printing! All materials highlighted here lend themselves perfectly to outdoor and indoor signs.
Digital and Offset Printing
This kind of printing uses aluminum plate technology, a process by which images are transferred by an aluminum plate onto a rubber-like blanket. The image is then rolled onto the targeted sheet of paper. The term “offset” is used here since the ink is transferred indirectly onto the sheet of paper. If you need to produce larger quantities of printouts, offset presses are recommended since they run so efficiently after they are set up. Additionally, offset printing produces clean and crisp professional looking printing as well as accurate color reproduction. Offset printing is a great option way for producing great-looking, many print jobs.
Digital printing uses liquid ink or toners for printing instead of plate options. Whenever lower printing quantities are required, digital printing becomes ideal – it could be a run of 100 flyers or 20 greeting cards. Variable data capability is another advantage of digital printing. If each printing piece needs an address or name, or a unique code, digital printing is the only option to handle this, as offset printers cannot accommodate this.
Digital and offset printing are both essential for advertorial business print projects and direct mail printing. Depending on the requirements for your project, each has unique benefits. If you want to use a brand-centric, specific Pantone color or need larger runs of printing work, running into the hundreds or thousands, then offset printing becomes your only option. You could also use a wide variety of specialty inks and custom papers such as fluorescent or metallic inks during the offset process.
With a small print work of fewer than 100 pieces, or if individual information or addresses is required, then digital printing will assist. The most important fact is that both of these options can meet your needs as a business. Most importantly, all you need as a business is to visibly stand out, and a printed product of high-level quality will make you look great!
For any scope and size of wide format printing, your business needs will be well accommodated. With an extensive range of services and in-house equipment, you’re your business will be given personalized attention that you will not get from a one-size fit printer. We have years of experience in the large-format printing industry, and we will guide you to ensure your print work is done perfectly to match your specifications and expectations.
Whatever graphics needs you may have, large format printing will benefit your business needs with large display area and durability, which will allow your products and message to be eye-catching as you get the visibility needed to be prominent.