Some new colleague has just asked me today to help her with exporting a large banner from InDesign CS5 for print.
The banner is quite huge but InDesign - as well known to most except to apparently her as a so called "Graphic Designer" - isn't suited for the production of large banners rather being a text program with the limitation of 5486,4 mm for each of the two axis.
The banner that she has to print exceeds this length by far thus she asked me for help today to figure out a way to export it and send it to the print shop. It contains two blocks with black color, three text blocks and a background image covering the whole banner. Resolution is fine for the purpose of the banner print/material so don't mind this for now.
The important part and question is this...
I have before had a similar job in my company doing a similar banner with similar dimensions. However knowing that this would prove impossible to create in neither InDesign nor Illustrator in those dimensions I decided to basically create it in Illustrator with only vector graphics and outlined text with half the dimensions in either axis direction of the real physical dimensions needed. In other words 50% of the physically requested banner size for the final print. I then exported the Illustrator file to pdf and made an agreement with the print-shop that they would upscale it to double the size or in other words back to 100% of the size needed.
This little maneuver was a quick and easy solution of mine to a large banner request.
However as mentioned the present banner was firstly created using InDesign - which I think was a bad idea in the first place since I would have personally recommended and preferred Illustrator - and secondly it wasn't done with the right physical size for output in mind.
Now while discussing how to upscale this banner my colleague begun going into the print-dialogue in InDesign, chosing the "Post Script" option (of the Post Script driver installed I guess), then proceeded somehow to Adobe Distiller and started distilling a version of the banner. The whole thing happened so fast that I can only roughly recall this much but after the process took place the outcome wasn't neither satisfying to her (somehow, don't ask me why) nor did it seem to upscale the file.
I then paused and looked confused for a second after which I asked her what exactly she was trying to achieve with this action. The explanation was - apparently - that this was "a standard procedure in a print shop" where she had previously worked and that this "somehow was the best way to export" in a situation like that. I am guessing here whether she meant the pdf or the solving the actual problem with the banner size.
Anyhow I then asked how this would make the banner or quality of it (or both if taking it exactly) LARGER so the banner would resize to - say - 200% if she was using half of the correct dimension size.
Now I am always willing to learn something new and I admit that I don't know everything (who does) but unless something really new has happened in the last ten years that has given InDesign the ability of upscaling a banner with the described content (and me having slept a long beauty-sleep without my knowledge) I don't EVER recall having heard that a procedure like THIS or ANY procedure in this situation would be solving the problem UNLESS the banner's image has the double resolution which the final banner print requires and is subsequently upscaled from 50% to a 100% in the print shop.
I also guess that the export - Ctrl+E for InDesign or Illustrator - which I used the last time generates a perfectly working pdf in this connection that any print shop would luckily accept if just the rest is meeting their technical requirements for printing.
Now tell me that I am right because this really sounds odd to me...
Thanks for any input in advance.