Large Format Printers: Frequent Ask Question

1.     What is the advantage of using large format printers like HP Designjets?
Large format printers are ideal for printing pictures, maps, posters, banners or tarpaulins with a print width between 17″ and 100″. They can also be used for printing technical drawings like architectural and interior designs, engineering drawings, and other similar illustrations. These devices are often found at production areas at work. Among the industry that uses them include manufacturing, entertainment and media, and printing shops.

2. What are the cost-effective large format printers for printing art pieces in 11×17 prints?

Some of the cheapest large format printers you can consider are Epson Stylus R2400, Epson Stylus R1900, Canon Pixma Pro 9000, Canon Pixma Pro 9500, and HP Photosmart Pro series. Their prices range from $300 to $850. If you’re buying on sale, you can get one of these large format printers for as low as $298 up to $700. Quality-wise, these large format printers deliver decent results that last for years and their print speeds are reasonably fast.

3. What do expand page and expand print mean in large format printers?

Expand page and expand print are the two methods that drivers use to perform borderless printing using large format printers. In expand page mode, the driver increases the size of the page so that it is larger than the physical paper size. In expand print mode, the printable area remains the size of the paper (16.0 inches across for example), but prints are expanded in size.

4. What is a good large format printer for printing poster-size photos?

Depending on the size you want to accomplish and the volume of printing involve, you can find a few good large format printers that print stunning poster-size images. HP Designjets Z5200 PostScript Printer is ideal for a broad range of high-quality large-format applications including posters, maps, light boxes, and canvas prints. The HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer series is a good option if you want to produce accurate gallery-quality black-and-white and color prints easily, consistently, and cost-effectively.

5. I am planning to put up a printing business and purchase a few large format printers. What program might be best to use for creating large posters, banners, etc.?
Adobe programs like InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator can all work to layout designs for your banners and/or posters. However, make sure to get the guidelines in order to set up your artwork properly. When you use Illustrator below version CS4, use Effects instead of Filters. Another rule of thumb is to print your design on any piece of paper, tape it to the wall, and walk back. This practice allows you to see any missing detail and what details stand out.

6. What RIP software is recommended for HP Designjets printers?

RIPs are necessary for CMS/proofing purpose. Software-based RIP certainly helps with the processing speed and job length issues you are having. Although, it’s best to consider what your printer manufacturer recommends, some good choices for your HP Designjets large format printers are SAi, Onyx, EFI Fiery XF, and EFI eXpress.

7. What factors do people consider when purchasing large format printers?

Aside from your budget, other factors you need to consider when buying large format printers include the volume of workflow, the size/s of print outs you want to accomplish, whether or not you will use RIP, whether you prefer UV, and so forth. Although most big names in the industry like Canon, Epson, HP, Xerox, Brother, and Agfa, carry a wide range and model of wide format printers, it is critical to research your options and determine your purpose for using these kinds of devices, so that you can get the right equipment and ink that will fulfill your printing requirements.

8.     How can I make sure that colors won’t bleed when I print on fabric using large format printers?
Printing on fabric requires you to use appropriate printer ink, just as you use the right printer device. If you’re doing it on satin/silk fabric, you need to use dye-sublimations inks; however, satin products are recommended for indoor use only. If you want to use your artwork outdoors and want to prevent colors from getting washed out when soaked in rain, solvent-based print is the way to go. Additionally, do not forget to check the media that is available specifically for your machine.

Sources:

http://printplanet.com/forums/wide-format-inkjet-discussion/

http://www.graphicdesignforum.com/forum

http://answers.yahoo.com/search/search_result;_ylt=AvAm4vfL15Wga3NZ_e0BaLrj1KIX;_ylv=3?p=large+format+printers&submit-go=Search+Y!+Answers

http://www.steves-digicams.com/knowledge-center/wide-load-tips-for-printing-large.html

This Article is written by John C Arkin.



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