Preparing your Posters for Print

Like any type of printing it is important that you have the right type of paper, ink, and printer for the job. For some printing jobs it may be necessary to get professional help, and have the print job done professionally. Printing a poster and getting it prepared for printing is a great example of why professional printing should be used.

The main reason is that posters are usually printer on large scale paper that cannot be done the everyday home printer. Even though some people have figured out ways to print a poster on a normal printer they usually have to do it in sections much like a puzzle. This still uses a lot of ink and then you have tape or glue each page to a poster board. It ends up looking homemade and is not professional. For this reason it would be a good idea to go to a print shop that has the machines right type of equipment to do the job right.


Whatever type of print job you are designing it is important to have it all formatted and designed ahead of time. This means to make sure that the measurements and the margins will fit on the type of paper and scale you are printing. For example you don’t want to have small font and lettering or a small image when you are printing it onto a huge poster.

This type of preparation can be accomplished through software usually specialty software like Adobe Illustrator that helps you make the document specifically formatted for a poster. If you are uncomfortable with this process of the preparation then you should consult a graphic designer, who will be able to assist you in making the design and document for the poster. Here is a list of the other possible preparations that should be made before printing you the poster:

  • Paper: The choice of paper can range with any print job you do this is no different when you are printing a poster. It is also important to know that there are other materials that you can print a poster on this can range from a vinyl banner material, cardboard, cardstock, and poster board. Also the surface of the paper and material can range in textures and finishes that will affect the print and how the finished product looks. For example you could have your poster printed on glossy cardstock. This would like similar to a printed photo because of the glossy finish. Or if you print it on rough cardstock or poster board it could dull the ink unless the design includes bright colors and a strong ink.
  • Images: Most posters will include writing and images which hold the information and intention of the poster creation in the first place. If you are including an image or images on your poster it is important the increased scale and size of the image is not blurred by quality of the image. For example if you take a picture with low mega pixels and it is fuzzy at a small scale it will be grainy. Whereas a large megapixel image will be a sharper image.

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