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What is Wide Format Printing?

We understand that finding and choosing wide format printing options can be overwhelming and leave you with a sense of uncertainty. That’s why we’ve provided a quick overview of what wide format printing is and how you can use it to your advantage.

Wide format printing, also called large format, is used to create big pieces of printed material such as signs and banners. In technical terms, any printed material between 18” and 100” is considered wide format. If you’re a marketer, event coordinator, or anyone in need of attracting business in a big way, you’ll want to invest in wide format displays, murals, signs, banners, and more to showcase your brand.

After deciding what type of display(s) you’d like, you have the ability to choose between acrylic, canvas, and vinyl printing. These types of printing are explained more below:


Wide Format Printing - O'Neil Printing, Phoenix AZ


For a smooth, vibrant wide format display, you’ll want to go with an acrylic finish. This technique is best used for outdoor signage and trade show materials.


Wide Format Printing - O'Neil Printing, Phoenix AZ


Canvas printing is usually used for indoor displays and wall art. If you want a large photograph or an authentic oil-type look for your display, canvas printing is the way to go.


Wide Format Printing - O'Neil Printing, Phoenix AZ


If you plan on replacing your signage, or simply want something temporary, you’ll want to go with vinyl printing. This is the type printing typically used for things like window decals because they can be more easily removed.


As always, the best thing you can do to make sure you receive the wide format display you want is to have good communication with your printer. We’ve been printing high quality wide format projects for years, and we have helped many organizations like yours showcase their brands in unique ways. We invite you to take look at some examples of our past work here.

We hope this post has helped give you a basic understanding of wide format printing and the steps to take to begin a successful project. If you would like more information about wide format printing, or if you’re ready to get started with your project, contact us today for a quick chat!

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