A&P Resolution for large signs?

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  1. yexy

    yexy New Member

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    I need to make a large vinyl menu for a restaurant that's about 150 inches wide and 25 inches tall. I'm used to making stuff on a smaller scale and have no idea what a good resolution to work with would be for such a large graphic. Do any of you have experience with printing things that large or know what a decent res would be? Thanks in advance.
     
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    300dpi made in illustrator. File should be vector i.e., .eps or .ai (CS2 or less)
     
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    Thank you! :wavey:
     
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    I've read that 150 dpi/ppi is photo quality, and doesn't get better even if you pass the 150 dpi/ppi mark. Is there truth to this?
     
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    We do most of the large format stuff at work (on everything from vinyl to canvas to regular photo paper) at 180dpi.
     
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    Ok, good to know. That would make for a slightly more manageable file size.
     
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    Another important point is how far away are you viewing the image?
    Even a noisy 72 dpi jpeg will look great on the side of a building from a block away.
     
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    I'd say for most people 150dpi is a great resolution (especially since my old canon S2IS made 72dpi jpegs,) but about any lab printer prints at 300dpi these days. I'd never print any lower than 300dpi for a customer.

    I have no idea what the "newest, latest, greatest" lab machines can print at though.
     
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    It's going to be behind the cash register Subway style, with a lot of photos of the food implemented.

    Edit: This is the inside of the take out menu that I made already--all this will be on the graphic I need to make.

    [​IMG]
     
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    holyshitlookatthosefuckinggyros.jpg
     
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    Am i the only one who doesn't think that food looks all that good? :dunno:
     
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    There is truth to that, yes. Most large-scale prints will only be at 100-200 dpi, but since you should be designing in vector anyway, you should always plan for 300. Let the printer decide.
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    They're from Canada, eh.
     

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