Adobe Illustrator, Custom Exhibit, File Format, File Size Reduction, Graphic Design, Graphic Design General, Graphic Requirements for Vendors, Large Format Graphics, PDF, Prepress, Tips & Tricks, Trade Show Displays

Creating Smaller File Sizes Working In Large Format – Adobe Illustrator Edition

How to make that 1 or 2 GB file a more manageable size to work with. My preferred software for large format graphic design is Adobe Illustrator because the program offers the best tools for the job while minimizing processing power required. For raster portions of the design I will still prepare the material in Adobe Photoshop. However, the final…

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Communication, Difficult Client, File Format, Graphic Design General, Graphic Requirements for Vendors, Large Format Graphics, PDF, Trade Show Displays

PDF Files Are Evil (a personal feeling)

Why a large format job should never be submitted in PDF unless specifically requested and you know what you are doing Almost every professional design application has the ability to export or save as a PDF file and some large format printers actually request PDF files for final output (very limited number). However, it is my opinion that PDF files…

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Color Consistency, Communication, Graphic Design General, Graphic Requirements for Vendors, Large Format Graphics, Trade Show Displays

Maintaining Consistent Color From One Vendor To The Next In Large Format Trade Show Display Production

Is it possible? One of the secrets of the trade show display industry is that manufacturers, distributors and suppliers use multiple outlets to create what you are buying. It is extremely rare to find one location that will produce everything you need under one roof. Rather, what really exists is a community of companies that source multiple items from other…

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Graphic Design General, Graphic Requirements for Vendors, Large Format Graphics, Trade Show Displays

Required Reading

Graphic requirements are there for a reason In the last 21 years I’ve worked with countless vendors that supply printing and other production services for graphics and each would have a graphic requirements sheet to use as a guide for submitting files. Though the printing industry has several standards depending on the style of output, you would be surprised at…

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