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Ahmed ElShenawy
Preparing Large (Oversize) PDFs from Illustrator Documents for Printing
on Feb 14, 2018 at 12:15:32 pm

Hello everyone,

I'm a novice when it comes to printing and I need some advice, please.

I've been asked to design a 2.5x8 metres banner. Because of Illustrator document size limits I created it half the size of the final print (1.25m x 4m), but now I ran into another issue: The print shop wants me to send them the design in PDF format, but when I print to PDF it doesn't allow me to create a document 4 metres wide! When printing into PDF my available options are "doPDF v7" & "Adobe PDF". Both allow maximum width/height at approximately 2.7 metres.

I am now left with 3 options:
1. Print to PDF in even smaller size (0.625m x 2m) and let the print shop scale it up 4 times on the printer to get the required print size (2.5x8).

2. Split the artboard and design in 2, each 1.25x2 metres, and let the print shop scale it 2 times and attach the two parts together.

3. Create 4 artboards, each 2.5x2 metres and split the design into 4 parts, which combine together into the final 2.5x8 banner while avoiding any scaling.

Which is the proper workflow to achieve this? Or is there an entirely different method?


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