6 Replies Latest reply on Dec 6, 2018 11:19 AM by maxwithdax

    Which file format should I choose for printing a foil wall wxh = 3x2.5m?

    bjørnb69875426

      Could anyone give me advice?

      I'm making 3 originals for printing foil wall, with x hight = 3 meter x 2,5 meter.  One with a lage photo from adobe Stock and some texst.

      the other two only with LOGO and texts.  Shoul I use InDesign or Photoshop, and what size and file format should I make the originals?

       

      Thanks in advance.

      Bjorn

        • 1. Re: Which file format should I choose for printing a foil wall wxh = 3x2.5m?
          BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          Ask whoever is going to output this for you.

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          • 2. Re: Which file format should I choose for printing a foil wall wxh = 3x2.5m?
            maxwithdax Adobe Community Professional

            Bjorn,

             

            As you might guess, there are many ways to produce things. Many variations of "correct." The thing you need to ask yourself first is what am I most worried about?

             

            Time?

            File Size?

            Resolution?

            Skill level?

            Output format?

            Color Space?

            Transparency?

             

            These are just a few things. Each issue might require a different approach to ensure that you are handling the main concern.

             

            For example in your situation you are dealing with-

             

            1. Text

            2. Photo

            3. Logos (format? eps, jpg, png, ai)

            4. Large Format

            5. Indoor/Outdoor?

             

            While you can do this in Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign, each would require specific knowledge about workflow and file manipulation. Since we don't have information about your skill level, fears or specific concerns, we can only speak in generalities. Not to mention addressing how important color is to you and the output format is and what "Foil Wall" is. As BobLevine suggested, contact the printer or the client and make sure you are following their recommendations. The printer will be able to give you information as to what they expect as a file format, what color profile/space to use and other information that will give you the best chance for success.

             

            But the simple answer is: You should use whatever program you are most comfortable in that outputs the file format your printing company accepts.

             

            -Dax

            • 3. Re: Which file format should I choose for printing a foil wall wxh = 3x2.5m?
              bjørnb69875426 Level 1

              Thanks Dax!

              I appreciate that you took the time

              to reply so informative. I will ask the

              print company what file format they

              prefer. FYI, the foil wall is a wall paper

              with print on for use in a both at an

              exhibition. I thought that if I made the

              file in eps-format they would be able

              to resize and enlarge the file to fit the

              print size 3x2,5 meters. Then again,

              they might want a pdf-file in real size 1:1,

               

              Thank again!

              Bjorn

              Norway

               

               

               

               

              5. des. 2018 kl. 18:52 skrev maxwithdax <forums_noreply@adobe.com>:

               

               

              Which file format should I choose for printing a foil wall wxh = 3x2.5m?

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              Bjorn,

               

               

               

              As you might guess, there are many ways to produce things. Many variations of "correct." The thing you need to ask yourself first is what am I most worried about?

               

               

               

              Time?

               

              File Size?

               

              Resolution?

               

              Skill level?

               

              Output format?

               

              Color Space?

               

              Transparency?

               

               

               

              These are just a few things. Each issue might require a different approach to ensure that you are handling the main concern.

               

               

               

              For example in your situation you are dealing with-

               

               

               

              1. Text

               

              2. Photo

               

              3. Logos (format? eps, jpg, png, ai)

               

              4. Large Format

               

              5. Indoor/Outdoor?

               

               

               

              While you can do this in Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign, each would require specific knowledge about workflow and file manipulation. Since we don't have information about your skill level, fears or specific concerns, we can only speak in generalities. Not to mention addressing how important color is to you and the output format is and what "Foil Wall" is. As BobLevine suggested, contact the printer or the client and make sure you are following their recommendations. The printer will be able to give you information as to what they expect as a file format, what color profile/space to use and other information that will give you the best chance for success.

               

               

               

              But the simple answer is: You should use whatever program you are most comfortable in that outputs the file format your printing company accepts.

               

               

               

              -Dax

               

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              • 4. Re: Which file format should I choose for printing a foil wall wxh = 3x2.5m?
                maxwithdax Adobe Community Professional

                Just because something is eps it will not automatically be scalable without resolution loss.

                Typically for a wall mural you would be printing around 150dpi (but check with your vendor). Many times they tell you to give them a file that might be 1/2 size at double the resolution. It really just depends on what they want. If it were me, I would most likely do this in Photoshop and give them the psd. Most important thing is to make sure your overall photo/file is the right resolution at the right dimension. Adding logos and text is just adding layers as long as the resolution of your logos are adequate for the size they will be on your photo.

                 

                Again, the vendor would be my first stop in asking what is needed.

                 

                - Dax

                • 5. Re: Which file format should I choose for printing a foil wall wxh = 3x2.5m?
                  Laubender Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  Hi Dax,

                  mainly it's depending on the average viewing distance.

                  Sometimes even 50ppi effective resolution with a 1:1 scale would be ok.

                   

                  Also depends on the artwork itself.

                  Rendered text will perhaps not work with 50ppi, photography could work very well.

                   

                  Regards,
                  Uwe

                  • 6. Re: Which file format should I choose for printing a foil wall wxh = 3x2.5m?
                    maxwithdax Adobe Community Professional

                    Uwe - re: viewing distance - of course. When I do Highway Billboards they are standard 50dpi. We even went as far as printing varying resolutions on our wall at a shop I worked at once to show clients what their art would look like given specific dpi. This helped set expectations when we printed wall murals and they look at it from 5 inches away and ask why it is blurry. LOL.