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The Art of Large Format Printing

Read time: 5 minutes  |  Author: PRI Graphics  |  Posted: July 11th, 2023

Mastering the Art of Large Format Printing: An Up-to-Date Perspective

Large format printing, contrary to common belief, can’t be accomplished with professional small format printers like the desktop versions commonly found in office settings. Although flatbed digital printing can fulfill many printing demands, certain requirements such as larger formats and superior printing quality necessitate the expertise of professional printing firms. One prime example is PRI Graphics, based in Phoenix, Arizona, which has remained at the forefront of the industry with its state-of-the-art printing technology.

PRI Graphics leverages wide format printers to generate monochrome and color prints of exceptional quality. Additionally, the firm’s versatility is seen in its ability to print on diverse types of materials, extending beyond paper to include vinyl, metal, glass, fabric, canvas, wood, and a range of unique substrates. For those needing to print on larger surfaces or materials, this type of printing offers an affordable, professional, and high-quality solution.

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Unraveling the Intricacies of Large Format Printing

Large format printing services are instrumental when applying ink to expansive surface areas, such as banners, window graphics, or vehicle wraps. This category of printing splits into two primary subtypes:

Wide Format Printing – Involves printing on materials ranging in size from 18 – 100 inches.

Super Wide or Grand Format Printing – Facilitates printing on materials extending beyond 100 inches.

Also, these printing machines either operate akin to desktop-style inkjet printers, albeit on a grander scale, or utilize distinct techniques to yield professional results on various types of surfaces and substrates.

For further understanding of the process, check out our post on “The Mechanics of Flatbed Printing.

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The Multifaceted Uses of Large Format Printing

With a strong foothold across Arizona, PRI Graphics extends its specialized printing services to a broad clientele for both personal and professional use. The versatility of large format printing is evident in its myriad applications:

Although the predominant materials for printing remain paper and cardboard, other substrates like foam board, PVC piping, metal, canvas, and fabric are frequently used to achieve dramatic effects.

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Exploring the Different Techniques in Large Format Printing

With the diverse applications of larger prints in both professional and personal contexts, various printing and ink types are employed to attain the desired outcomes. High-quality printing usually involves one of two methods: aqueous ink transfer or non-water-based ink transfer:

  1. Aqueous Ink Transfer Printing – UV Fade Resistant Ink: This method uses dye or UV ink for vibrant results. The UV ink is engineered to withstand fading when exposed to UV light, making it ideal for outdoor applications. All aqueous printing projects generally require coating to secure the ink on the material.
  2. Non-Water-Based Ink Transfer Printing – Durable and Lasting Results: This process yields more durable outputs, albeit potentially odorous due to the use of solvents. Solvents are typically employed when printing on non-paper products like glass, ceramics, metal, and wood.

About PRI Graphics & Signs

The professional team at PRI Graphics & Signs in Phoenix is poised to help you ascertain the most suitable printing services for your unique needs. Leveraging a variety of techniques for oversized printing, they guarantee swift project turnaround times.

To gain further insights into large format printing, feel free to reach out to us online, or dial our Phoenix print shop Toll-Free at 1-877-409-8889 to engage directly with our printing maestros.

About the Author

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PRI Graphics – Director, Marketing & Brand Management

PRI Graphics is a marketing and design expert who is passionate about new emerging trends in digital media and business strategy. A member of AMA with a PCM® in marketing management, he continues to strengthen his knowledge and skill sets in the marketing ecosystem. Prior to joining PRI, he pursued a career in filmmaking and carries on the passion for brand development.