(Closed) Can someone help me understand how printing large signs works?

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  • Post # 2
    213 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I had this large of a sign and just had it printed at Staples. Any sort of office store or printers, like Kinko’s, should be able to do large format printing for you.

    In my case, anything that large was on a foam-core type material so a frame wasn’t necessary.

    Post # 3
    71 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

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    Post # 4
    668 posts
    Busy bee

    As sunshinesmiles mentioned, you’re looking for large format printing. The sign above is probably printed on foam core (4-6 mm think foam with cardstock on top and a large paper sticker with your design is usually applied to it) but you could print on sintra (think a 3mm thick piece of plastic with your design printed directly on it). You may see the word coroplast and that looks like plastic cardboard. You can get small runs of this stuff printed at Stapes or most office stores. You can also get them printed as vistaprint (yard signs on coroplast) or banner buzz (signs on PVC foam board). You might be able to find some local businsses (Google sign printing in your location) that will print them for you but generally speaking most of them only do B2B.  If you do go with a local business you’ll probably need a high resolution PDF file sized to the specs you choose. I don’t know if it’s the same in the US but if you’re in a pinch you get can large format photos (3ft x 2ft) printed in less than 24 hours through them for a low cost. There’s no backing so you’d have to mount it yourself. Just some options. 

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