Sometimes your home printer just doesn't cut it for certain printing needs! For those larger scale,high-resolution jobs, it's wise to hire the professionals, who specialize in large format printing. This printing style, along with its photographic equivalent, provides up to 16 times the resolution of standard 35mm film, making it especially well-suited for wallpaper, banners, or other signage for businesses, restaurants, sports venues, or lobbies.
Large format custom wallpaper murals can range in size from under 100 square feet to over 250 square feet, meaning that no matter the size of the banner you need, these printers are able to make it for you. Typically pricing ranges from around $7.00 per square foot for the smaller jobs to around $5.25 per square foot for those jobs over 250 square feet. Though these wallpaper murals are an investment, because they're printed on fade-resistant UV inks, they can last indefinitely.
So how, exactly, are these wallpaper murals made? First, the customer needs to supply the digital image. Though the higher the resolution, the clearer the image quality, any digital camera larger than 6 megapixels on the highest setting will work just fine. Using digital imaging software, technicians reformat and retouch the image to ensure the sharpest image possible for printing.
Once the image is appropriately retouched for printing, a large format printer is selected that can accommodate the correct image size. If you look at these HP models, for instance, you can see that range in size and volume (how quickly the images can be printed). Often times these commercial printers can cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the model.
As we mentioned above, by using UV-resistant inks, you can greater increase the lifespan of your wallpaper. By not using UV-resistant ink, it's likely that any signage in direct sunlight will fade in just a few months. The type of surface that the image is printed on depends upon your needs. If you think you might want to reuse or reposition wallpaper, selecting the removable wallpaper with an adhesive backing is a better choice. This can made out of either fabric or vinyl, the latter material being recommended when budget is a concern. For projects with heavy use of black ink, a smooth wallpaper requiring permanent installation will give the best results.
One of our friends, Mega Print Inc., is a large format printing company we'd recommend. They also use PVC-free wallpaper, which is more environmentally sustainable. Though PVC is one of the most commonly used sign materials since the mid-1900s, it is not biodegradable or recyclable, and is therefore not a material we would use in our large format printing needs.
If you have any other questions about large format printing, or want to share your best idea for a wallpaper mural, don't hesitate to enter your comment below!