Here are some questions we get asked about printing posters. Hopefully this little Q&A will help you with your next wide format print job.
1. Do you print posters at your shop or do you outsource?
We print posters (and banners) here. We mount them on foam board here. We laminate them here. So you should feel quite comfortable knowing that when we take your job and promise it will be ready by a certain date and time, we’ll get it done. We’re not relying on anyone else.
2. What size posters do you print?
We print posters of all sizes. If your print is larger than 13″ x 19″, it is a job that we’ll need to print on one of our wide format printers rather than on one of our digital presses, and that makes it a poster. And while there are some standard posters sizes — such as 24″ x 36″ and 18″ x 24″ — if your art is a different size, it’s not a problem. We can print it.
3. Can you enlarge a photo or file and print it poster size?
Yes we do enlargements and make posters, but the quality of the print will depend on the resolution of your original file or photo. The higher the resolution, the better. Taking a small photo, scanning it and making it big can result in the final being unclear and/or pixelated. The best way to figure out sizing is to send us your art/file or bring in your photo and we’ll be able to determine how big you can go with it and still maintain the quality you desire.
4. How can I make a poster stand up on an easel?
If you need your poster to sit on an easel, you’ll want to have it mounted on foam board. This is a rigid material 3/16″ thick which we attach your poster to using adhesive. Another option is a self-contained solution — easel backs which we attach to the mounted poster to enable it to stand up on its own. Easel backs come in a variety of sizes.
5. How much do posters cost?
Pricing depends on several factors including the media we’ll be printing on (premium gloss paper, premium matte paper, or plain paper for example), the square footage of your art, whether it is full color or black & white, and any finishing requirements. You can request an exact price for your job by visiting our Wide Format Printing page and giving us the details. You can also visit this page and get pricing for some common poster sizes, papers and finishings.
6. I want my poster laminated. How big can it be?
We can laminate anything up to 42″ wide (3.5 feet) by 120″ long (10 feet).
7. Do you design posters?
Of course! We can design anything that can be printed here. Of course a lot of what we print here was designed by somebody else. That’s fine too!
So did we cover it all? Or do you have more questions about poster printing? Feel free to ask your questions in the comments section below…