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How to Print a Poster
There are several options for printing a poster. You can opt to print it at home or use a professional service, which is available in person at stores and or via online vendors.
Prepare the File for Printing
Files need to be formatted a certain way before they’re ready to be printed. Printing services may require specific formatting options too.
- Posters should be designed with the color option of CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and key) or RGB (red, green and blue). CMYK offers better color profiles than RGB, and it may provide a more accurate preview of what finished poster will look like because the CMYK setting is used for computer screen images.
- Use vectors when creating your poster with a resolution of at least 300dpi (dots per square inch) for crisp results, according to Creative Bloq.
- Know what you want, including the poster size, type of paper and any other finishing details.
Printing In Person
There are many brick-and-mortar businesses that allow you to come in and create your poster for printing. For example, FedEx offers poster printing services, including poster prints, mounted posters, backlit prints for retail, photo posters, oversized prints and architectural prints. FedEx also produce professional signs and banners, which are ideal for businesses. If you don’t have a poster design already or are unsure of where to start, head to a local printing store for help.
Many printing businesses operate exclusively online. When you electronically submit your design, they will print your poster and mail it back to you. For example, Vistaprint is a large online website that specializes in all sorts of print jobs, from business cards to posters. You can choose from numerous types of paper and different finishes, from glossy or matte finish to mounted posters. You can add accessories like poster rails and snap frames. And you can even choose to laminate your poster, which ensures that it’s water resistant and will lasts longer. To get started on with an online printing project, find a trusted website and follow the step-by-step instructions. Once you submit your design, you’ll be prompted to enter your payment information and shipping address, where your poster should arrive.
If you want to print a poster at home, you can do so with your home printer by using a service like Block Posters. Block Posters allows you to upload your image, which is then enlarged. The enlarged image is divided into smaller sizes. That means that the poster is printed on several 8.5″ x 11″ sheets, which you can tape up together on your wall to make up the original image.
If you’re someone who’s not super tech savvy or familiar with design programs, then contact your preferred printing service to inquire about the easiest way to get your poster printed. Online printing businesses often have a customer service representative available by phone, or your local printing shop will have a friendly worker to offer instructions. You might even be able to pay extra to have someone design and print your poster for you.
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