Let’s say that you have an image that’s roughly the size of a photograph and you need it blown up to be the size of a poster—how can you make that happen? Many people know that this process is possible, however the method that goes into making a small image larger is very much unknown unless you’re the type of person who deals with large format digital printing in Ottawa on a daily basis. No, there’s no magic involved: just a series of steps that ensure you’re larger picture is of the same quality as your smaller version.
The first thing any good printer will need from you is your original image in a file format that’s of a high quality or a physical copy of the image in question. This will enable the printer to sample the image at a scale that can be blown up to an appropriate version. Sampling is the act of taking a segment of the original file and determining its pixels per inch. This step is crucial in large format digital printing in Ottawa because it will determine the ratio at which the image needs to be blown up to and allow the entire image to be scaled appropriately.
Once the correct density of pixels and appropriate ratio is determined, the image will be scaled to its appropriate dimensions. Generally, this will mean that it is scaled to meet a standard image size that’s X percent larger than the original. For example, if your original photo size is 4×6, and the pixel ratio has been determined correctly, that image can then be scaled by 100 percent to be an 8×12. Generally, there is a cap at the top percent that an image can be scaled to, but this almost always depends on the quality of the original image.
Once your image is blown up and printed, you will need to pick a varnish or laminate to seal the image with. This isn’t always necessary, but for the best-looking image with the highest quality sheen and presentation, it’s always a good idea to have your larger image sealed or varnished. There are a number of different ways to do this and speaking with a printing professional will give you the best idea of which options will work for your select graphic.
Large format digital printing in Ottawa is relatively unfamiliar to people who don’t often have a need for small images to be blown up into larger versions, however mastering the process and learning more about what goes into it will help you to be more informed if printing large banners, posters or signs is a recurring part of your job. By providing the optimal original graphics, knowing what size you want the final print to be and choosing a correct varnish or laminate will streamline your process and leave you standing with the best results possible.
Don’t forget to talk to a company that has the knowledge and experience needed to supplement your printing process. If large-scale printing is new to you or you’re not sure where to start, consult the professionals at Plastics & Signs of Ottawa.