Guide to Printing a Poster

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Most of us are used to digital designs that we almost forgot how to print or make a poster. If you are thinking of poster printing in Glendale for a campaign, gig or party, here are some tips to help you print the right poster.

Which one should you choose: CMYK or RGB?

If you want to design your poster and take it to a poster printing shop, like Printing Matters, you should work in a CMYK color space and not RGB.

The great thing is that you can switch quickly to this mode in Photoshop. All you have to do is go to Image menu, change mode into CMYK.

The CMYK mode will give you an actual representation of the colors will print.

Now, if you are working in RGB mode and converted it to CMYK before sending it for poster printing, you will notice that the image is lifeless and dull.


The reason for this is that the RGB mode has an array of colors compared to the CMYK. All colors in Photoshop won’t be present in the printed image.

Choose the right resolution

Poster printing shops in Glendale may experience delays in releasing the posters to their clients. One of the most common reasons for it is that the image is too small. Files that are required to be printed should have a resolution of 300dpi (dots per inch).

Guide to Printing a Poster

The more dots the image has, the higher the resolution it is. And the more dots, the higher the quality the image will have when it is reproduced.

Now, if you choose a low resolution, you will end up having a pixelated poster, and you don’t want that to happen.

Apart from the resolution, it is also vital that you choose the right size for your poster printing. The most popular sizes are A2, A3, and A4. Silk or Gloss Art are also good choices.

How should you send your files to the poster printing shop in Glendale?

You should send your files in PDF format with a print resolution of 300dpi or tiffs.

Some of our customers at Printing Matters would ask if they could send jpegs. They can, but the image must be in high resolution.

You may also send photos from your smartphone for poster printing. However, some edges of the picture will be eliminated. Then, the color will shift.

To know more about poster printing in Glendale, please call us 818.260.9512 . We are open Mondays to Fridays, from 9 am to 5 pm.

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