Custom Poster Printing: What You Should Know

Regardless of an artist's ingenuity or artistic ideas, it is in the printing that brings the effort to live and showcases the work to the entire universe. That's why it's vital to get the proper resolution, colors, and format of your custom posters. This article details the important thing every artist/creative person or anyone interested in custom poster printing needs to know in order to get a perfect poster print out.

Camera Resolution

The first and foremost thing to note in poster printing is the camera resolution. Digital pictures comprise tiny colored dots also known as pixels. The more dots within the picture, the higher the resolution and the resolution determines how large the picture can be printed. The resolution of a digital camera is measured in megapixels (MP). It is advisable to set your camera for the highest resolution in order to get a high-resolution print out.

Color Mode

Basically, there are two color mode types: RGB or CMYK. In printing custom posters the CMYK also known as Cyan, magenta, yellow and key (black) are used in printing. While RGB also known as the red, green and blue, are used in the electronic devices because they absorb the light to display colors. It is advisable to choose the RGB color mode from the beginning of designing the custom poster.

Bulk Or Large Format Posters

The other thing you need to note when printing posters is whether print a single large format poster or a bulk poster printing. Advanced digital printers have enabled prime quality printing of posters on totally different paper sizes. Although there used to be a limitation of paper options available on the machines presently there are now different poster sizes from 8x8 to 40x40 inches. Before emerging on printing posters you need to decide the one you are choosing out of the two types of digital poster printing which are the bulk or large format.

File Format Guide

Basically there are two types of images based on file type, these are the Bitmap images and vector images.

The bitmap images comprise colored dots or pixels in a grid and do not forget that pixels are tiny dots that frame what you see on screen. And it is all of those little dots that produce the picture you see. It can also be called the raster image. Examples of Bitmap formats include .bmp, .jpeg and .psd.

The vector images comprise of lines and shape with an entirely different attribute such as color, fill and outline. The vector images are outlined by mathematical equations instead of pixels, they render at the highest and best quality, and its resolution is independent so scaling or resizing the images doesn't affect the quality or the resolution. Examples of vector formats includes .ai, .esp, .cdr etc.

So before printing, you need to note the type of images you are printing and the file format.

Paper Type

The essential thing to note in custom poster printing is the paper type because it defines the appearance of the printout. Posters are commonly glossy because it makes the design color vibrant and it makes the print attractive even from a distance. Matte is also a good choice if you want to use an unconventional finish for the poster.

There are different types of paper for the posters which include high gloss, semi-gloss, and matte.

In summary, in order to print an attractive custom poster you have to be well versed with the above list because it determines your print.