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A Quick Guide To Large Format Printing

December 18, 2018

In 1 minute, learn about what large format printing is and how it works. 

What is Large Format Printing? 
Large format printing maintains high resolution for projects that print on unique shapes, sizes and surfaces. The larger the print, the more exterior area exists for logos, pictures, slogans, and promotions. There is no better way to get your message across loud and clear. 

What are Some Examples of Large Format Printing? 
While the possibilities are as wide as the imagination, popular products that use the large format printing process include: 


  • Car Magnets 

  • Cardboard Cutouts  

  • Decals 

  • Posters 

  • Trade Show Displays 

  • Vinyl Banners 

  • Window Stickers 

  • Yard Signs 

As stated before, there is no creative limit on what could be made. Just check out the Pinterest page on large format printing.  

Now that you have the wheels turning, let’s look at how the printing system functions. 

How Large Format Printing Works 
Choosing a material to print on is the first step towards a beautiful creation. Most large format printers can use a variety of surfaces including: 

  • Vinyls 

  • Plastics 

  • Fabrics 

  • Canvas 

  • Metals 

  • Wood 

  • Coated/Uncoated Paper 

  • PVC 

  • Foams 

The list goes on. When the size, shape and material of the creation are finalized, the dimensions of the object are programmed for accurate printing. A thin layer of ink sprays onto the surface in coordination with the graphics provided. UV lights are a common method to rapidly dry the ink and complete the project. Industrial large format printers are geared to efficiently produce large quantities of the product. 

Large Format Printing and You! 
Most businesses opt to outsource their large format printing needs because of the specialty equipment and skills needed. Depending on the amount of large format you will be utilizing, there may be cost effective options to buy a printer with some large format capabilities.  

If you are looking for a partner for your next printing project, consider us at
La Crosse Graphics! With 60 years of experience, we guarantee satisfaction for all of our clients!






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