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- Sheet Size: 18 x 24
- Image Area: 17 x 23 (1/2" border on all sides)
- *100% of image will be printed, including white area, crop marks, color bars or any other 'non-printing marks'.
- Images are rotated and proportionally scaled to the maximum size within the 17" x 23" print area
- Printed on 80# coated cover stock
- Lamination option is 1.7 MIL clear glossy
- Shipping is actual cost.
- Do not dry mount posters - doing so will result in damage.
Specifics about our process
No matter what size file you have, it will be scaled to fit the maximum print area of 17" x 23". This means if you have submitted a file that is 18" x 24", it will be scale down to fit. Likewise, if your image is 4" x 4", it will be scaled up to 17" x 17" and centered on the page in "portrait" orientation. We do not inspect every image in every order, so don't assume anything! If there is a question, please give us a call.
Standard Production: 5 Days + Shipping
Posters are great for letting people know what's going on in a BIG way. They are also perfect for yard sales, band posters, artwork and of course your personal photos.
Our Standard 5 Day Production is for people seeking a quality poster at a low, low price. Production time is based on business days only and does not include shipping time. If you need your posters quickly, you can add an "Express" option to your order during checkout.
Adding Express Production is easy! During checkout, just choose how quickly you'd like your order. More information is here.
Poster Printing Guidelines
One of the misconceptions about printing is that it is possible to scale images to a larger size and they will print correctly. In fact, any digital camera that is less than 5 MegaPixels will not print an 18 x 24 poster without degradation of the image. This makes the poster seem pixelated or grainy. The best way to avoid having this happen is to use a digital camera rated at 5 MegaPixels or higher, and use the highest resolution setting.
Above you can see two images. The left image can be considered what a medium to high resolution image would look like printed. The right image represents what a low resolution image would look like printed the same size. The two have drastic differences and when enlarged to 18 x 24, the low resolution image suffers greatly in detail.
The minimum resolution suggested for printing at 18" x 24" is 2700 x 3600, or 150DPI at 100% size (18" x 24"). "Rezing Up", or increasing the resolution with a program like IrfanView will make the image less pixelated, but generally just makes it blurry. Overall, this is better than not doing anything, but it will not solve any problems.
Another option would be to take a tradition photograph or negative and have a graphic designer, photo store, or printing provider scan the image and place the digital file on a CD-Rom. You can then take this file and upload it to us.
If you have any questions about resolution or poster printing, please don't hesitate to contact us!