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Blair Adams
Billboard Design
on Sep 26, 2005 at 12:28:56 pm

Someone has asked me to make a 20 Ft. x 20 Ft. billboard. I've made posters and flyers plenty of times, but are there any special considerations to be made in creating a bilboard? Photoshop won't let me make even a blank file with these dimensions at a 300 resolution. So I can imagine the lag when trying to design at this size. So is this to be divided into 4 square Photoshop files or is there a better way to work?

TIA

Blair


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Kim Mackenzie
Re: Billboard Design
on Sep 26, 2005 at 12:43:16 pm

First contact whoever will be producing the billboard to ask them for their specifications. 300dpi is overkill - they won't want a file that large. Generally 72-100 dpi is fine. Some companies only want 50dpi. Or they may have you build it at 300dpi but at 25% of full size - every company is different.

The billboard co will also have advice on font sizes for a billboard of that size. Be sure to keep the verbage to a minimum - I've heard a figure if 7 words or less tossed around.

Here are some design tips: http://bpsoutdoor.com/article.php?cat=design


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Blair Adams
Re: Billboard Design
on Sep 26, 2005 at 1:58:37 pm

Thanks for the great info and the speedy response, Kim. 300 dpi does seem a little ridiculous now that I think about it. I'm glad I got that bad question out here before going to the print company. The link was nice too. Gave me a few things to think about while designing.


Blair
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Kim Mackenzie
Re: Billboard Design
on Sep 26, 2005 at 2:01:40 pm

Happy to help. Good luck.

- Kim


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