Join Claudia McCue for an in-depth discussion in this video Working at a reduced size, part of Print Production Essentials: Digital and Variable Data Printing.
…When you start designing artwork for large…format output, it's helpful if you know some…of the limitations that you're going to face…in the graphics programs that you frequently use.…For example, there's a limit to how big you can build a file.…InDesign will let you build a page that's…18 feet by 18 feet, which is pretty generous.…And, it will let you combine ten of those pages in one spread.…So, that would be 18 feet by 180 feet.…Now, that sounds like more than you'd ever need,…but, for example, if you look at a 20…foot by 60 foot billboard, clearly, you can't build…it tall enough because you're limited to 18 feet.…
So, you find that you build at a reduced size, and…we're going to talk a little bit more about that in a minute.…Illustrator has its limitations.…The maximum canvas size is 227 and a half inches on a side.…Now, within that canvas you can have multiple artboards.…If you build one artboard right to the edge though that's as big as you can go.…And Photoshop doesn't handle it in terms of dimensions, it thinks in pixels.…
- What constitutes "digital printing"?
- Printing short runs
- Working with digital color and large-format output
- Using InDesign's Data Merge feature to format variable data
- Printing on ceramics, metal, and wood