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What is Large Format Printing?
June 12, 2024

Also commonly referred to as wide-format printing, large format printing refers to the process of printing materials that are significantly larger than the standard sizes typically used in conventional printing.  

Think big: large format printing is all about making a bold statement with your marketing materials! From striking posters to vibrant banners and impressive trade show displays to totally custom boxes, this type of printing uses larger sheets of paper or other materials to create eye-catching visuals.  

Tactive’s Fuji Acuity Prime 20 is at the heart of our large format printing capabilities. It handles sheets up to 48″ x 96″ and can print on materials up to 2″ thick. With a resolution of up to 1,200 dpi, your images will be as sharp and vibrant as you imagined.  

And if your project requires a process our trusty Acuity Prime can’t handle, we have great relationships with other vendors who we trust to help us bring your project to (real) life.

Large-Format Materials

When planning your project, you’ll encounter several material options. Here’s a quick guide to help you choose the best fit – or just ask your Tactive rep for their recommendations based on your project!

Paper

When you think print, you probably think paper – and that’s true for large-format printing, too! Paper is a versatile and budget-friendly option for large-format printing. It’s perfect for many purposes but keep in mind it’s not the most durable choice for outdoor use, as it can be easily damaged by the elements.

PVC

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is a durable synthetic material ideal for creating retractable banners and signs. It stands up well to harsh weather conditions, making it a great choice for both indoor and outdoor use. A PVC flex banner is long-lasting and high-quality, ensuring your message stands the test of time.

Textiles

Looking to get creative? Textiles, like full-color tablecloths, offer a unique way to experiment with large format prints. They’re are easily customizable to fit your specific needs, making them great for outdoor events and promotional displays.

Vinyl

Vinyl is your go-to for versatile, durable banners. Whether you want a glossy or matte finish, vinyl can handle it all. It’s a robust material that ensures your prints look fantastic and last long, no matter where you display them.

Foam

Foam boards are an excellent choice for both small and large event signage. They allow for vibrant, fun graphics and a variety of ink options, making your posters pop. Foam is lightweight yet sturdy, ideal for indoor displays.

Wood

For a truly unique and durable option, consider wood. Wood prints are perfect for high-end displays and exhibitions, offering a heavy-duty, lasting solution that stands out. Projects on wood have a distinctive look and feel that’s sure to impress.

Finishing Touches

The finishing touches are where your project can truly shine. When you order, let us know if you need banner stands, floor easels, grommets, or Velcro attachments. These details ensure your project is ready to impress right out of the box!

Our Favorite Large-Format Uses

Banners

Perfect for both indoor and outdoor promotions.

Posters

Ideal for marketing campaigns, art prints, and events.

Signage

Retail signs, trade show displays, event wayfinding signs – you get the idea.

Vehicle Wraps

Turn your vehicles into eye-catching mobile ads.

Window Graphics

Create stunning visuals for offices, retail spaces, and public areas.

Floor Decals

Great for retail environments and trade shows.

Are you ready to make a big impact with your next project? Chat with a print rep today to learn how you can wow with our large format print products.