Printing Lingo: What is Large Format Printing?

A growth chart is a popular example of Large Format Printing

Large Format Printing refers to print materials that are too large to be printed on the most readily available sizes of commercial printing presses. Sometimes called wide-format printing or grand-format printing, large format printing requires the use of specialty production equipment that can accommodate bigger-than-normal print dimensions.

In the print industry, "large format" is actually a relative term because maximum print sizes vary from printer to printer. But generally speaking, large format refers to the following categories of print materials:

  • Window and Wall Posters
  • Maps, Diagrams and Charts
  • Event Announcements
  • Large Wall Calendars
  • Store Displays
  • Promotional Signage
  • Child Growth Charts
  • Important Notices for Employees, Students or other groups
  • Standees
  • Horizontal or Vertical Banners

As you can see, large format printing has many uses. It can be used to get attention from afar, to provide quick reference, or to provide a large visual for use in a classroom or other instructional setting. Also, most businesses use large format print materials for promotional purposes.

Large format printing is most commonly designed as a flat wall-hanging, but it can also be made to fold or in some cases made to be free-standing. Whatever your need for large format printing, get in touch with Formax Printing Solutions. Though we don't offer large format printing as a one-off or in small quantities, we can help you with most projects of 250 pieces or more in sizes up to 50" x 72".

Give us a call at 866-367-6221 to discuss your next large format printing project!

Take care! Rick

About the Author

Rick Stallings is the owner of Formax Printing Solutions in St. Louis, MO. Formax provides a complete array of offset and digital printing services. Specialty areas include book printing, full-color printing, laminated printing, map printing and mailing services. If you ever have a printing question or project you would like to discuss, Rick is always happy to help. He can be reached at 866-367-6221 or by submitting our easy quote request form. Rick and the Formax team have been providing worry-free printing and related services since 1985.

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