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48 Sheet Billboard Size Help

Discussion in 'Printing & Print Design Forum:' started by DJPhilG, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. DJPhilG

    DJPhilG New Member

    Hey all,

    First post here and I'm wondering if anyone can help me as I'm a little stuck.

    I have been requested to design a 48 sheet billboard.
    Here is the email I received from the client regarding the artwork size.



    48 sheets produce one tenth the size at 300 dpi
    Actual size 10’ x 20’
    3048mm x 6096mm
    Please produce 1/10th of final size.
    Safe copy area 9’ x 19’ / 2748mm x 5796mm


    We strongly recommend leaving a border of at least 15cm (6 inches) around the edges of the printed poster and not positioning logos or copy too near the extremities as posters can stretch when wet.


    Should be supplied at a ratio of 1:10 (10% of final size).
    Artwork should be set at 10% using the templates provided with no registration marks.
    All fonts should be converted to outlines/paths or embedded.
    All images used need to be included or embedded.
    All images should be set to 300dpi, and be CMYK output."

    I am using Photoshop for this.

    Now I was thinking of doing it at full size 3048mm x 6096mm and scaling down to 304.8mm x 609.6mm (10% of original) in a new project. BUT the full size is a 20GB file so does anyone have any recommendations on how i should do it? Should I just do the whole thing at 304.8mm x 609.6mm 300dpi?

    Any help is appreciated

    Many Thanks

  2. andybdesign

    andybdesign Active Member

    Hi Phil,

    I would recommend creating a 304.8mm x 609.6mm document at 300dpi. This is what they want.

    I would recommend using Indesign or maybe Illustrator. I did a recent billboard in Indesign (you can see it on my site) and the final PDF file was 7MB at full resolution. You'll get better printed results too, especially on the text. But if you're happy in Photoshop then that will work, it will just produce a little less sharp results.

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