Artwork Setup Guide
Setting Up Your "Large Format" Artwork Canvas
For customers not familiar with creating artwork for large-format print, we have created this guide to make sure your designs can be processed and printed as quickly and accurately as possible.
When creating your design canvas, the most important thing to remember is that your artwork should be setup at an equal proportion to the print you are ordering. If your order is for a banner with a 3:1 proportion, your artwork should perfectly match this.
It's often best to use a smaller scale, such as half-scale or quarter-scale as this can reduce filesize. Also, many design applications have a maximum canvas size that do not allow canvases over a certain size.
For instance, a 5m x 1m design could be created like so:
|Scale||Artwork Canvas Size|
|100% (Full) Scale||5000mm x 1000mm|
|50% (Half) Scale||2500mm x 500mm|
|25% (Quarter) Scale||1250mm x 250mm|
|10% Scale||500mm x 100mm|
To calculate the canvas width and height you'll need for a smaller scale, simply take your full-size measurement (eg. 5000mm) and multiply it by your desired scale. We've included these below:
|50% (Half) Scale||0.5|
|25% (Quarter) Scale||0.25|
So, for a quarter-scale design:
5000 x 0.25 = 1250
All artworks should be supplied with at least 5mm bleed (when scaled to full-size). This ensures your printed design can be hemmed or trimmed with no white edges showing.
All artworks should be created in CMYK colour mode. Artworks sent to us in RGB mode will be converted to CMYK by our pre-press system, and will nearly always render unsatisfactory results.
For Roller Banners
The easiest way to create your Roller Banner artwork is to use our pre-made templates, which are available for you to download. These are setup at the correct proportion, and also include guides to ensure your design fits perfectly in the unit.
However, if you need to create your Roller Banner canvas yourself, please make sure to get the width and height correct as these come in a variety of sizes.
Roller Banners also require an additional section at the bottom of your graphic, which will be rolled into and hidden within the unit mechanism. This area is very important and can vary in size, depending on the model of unit you will be using. For our units, the height of this area is 150mm, so typically the height of the graphic will be 2150mm. This 150mm section should be kept free from any important content (text, logos) and only used for background images and colours.