Printing posters seem simple, but there are a lot of different considerations and decisions to make so that you can be sure to make a poster that works effectively. Not only the design, but the printing process is also absolutely important. The two steps in the making of a poster reinforce and work with each other in order to make the best possible result.  

1. Choose The Best Printing Shop 

Different printing shops or printing services come with different experiences and levels of expertise. You should definitely look into each one that has good reviews and decide which is the printing shop that will be the place you print your posters in. 

Some printing services have different specialties compared to each other so you have to learn about this. 

Different printing services also offer different paper stocks and finishes. The price that you have to pay for their service also varies. Definitely research thoroughly into each service and find one that suits your budget and able to get you the quality that you want. 

2. Try Litho Printing 

For poster printing, you can either choose digital printing or litho printing. Litho printing is usually used for mass produced print items such as books, posters, newspapers, and more. It involves the printer making a set of plates and these plates are used to press images onto the paper stock of your choice according to your poster design. 

The plates come at a cost and it does not have the immediacy of digital printing. Moreover, the initial outlay can be expensive. However, the process results in a high quality print compared to digital printing. 

Of course, the decision will heavily rely on the money that you have for the poster printing plan. Digital printing for a cheaper and quicker process, litho printing for a better quality result. 

3. Convert Into PDF 

Never forget to save the file of your design in PDF so that it won't change after the file transfer. Also, make sure that the print resolution is at 300 dpi. If you use JPG or other formats the edges of the photo will most likely get cut off and there will be shifts in colors, which you definitely wouldn't want. 

4. Choose Poster Paper 

The popular size for poster printing is A2 (594 mm x 420 mm), A3 (420 mm X 296 mm), and A4 (297 mm x 210 mm). 

The papers that you can choose for poster printing vary in weight but try to choose premium quality paper for a better looking poster result upon printing, which means choose papers that are thicker than the average, such as the 150 gsm or 170 gsm silk or gloss art FSC. 

5. Design in vector 

Poster printing means large format printing. That means you should definitely design using vectors instead of bitmaps. It will ensure high quality result and reduce file size, making the spooling process much quicker and less heavy. With the quicker spooling process, you can print more posters within lesser time, avoiding computer slowdowns as it is put through work as well.