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Old 01-28-2014, 10:16 AM   #1
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Garage posters - Plotter printing question

I'd like to make a few posters for my about finished garage build. Not budlight girl posters, but something more valuable and cool. Looking to print a couple of exploded diagrams into poster size.

Anyone know what size file I would need to start with?

My old Volvo has dual SU Carbs, I thought it would be cool to have an poster of one of them. this file though is not so big:




I can find slighly better versions, but still in the 1000 x 1300 range.

So how high quality do I need to do a 24x36 poster?
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:12 AM   #2
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I've had a couple photos blown up poster size at Costco.
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:36 PM   #3
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probably you can convert this pic in a vectorial format (like svg) and make it as big as you want
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:00 PM   #4
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Would I do that or would I need the printing place to do that?

Essentially I would take it to one of the graphics places around town that has the plotter and everything. I don't particularly want to pay their $50/hr technician fee unless I have to.
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:26 PM   #5
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Try Office Depot.

They can enlarge to poster size.
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Old 01-28-2014, 02:52 PM   #6
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i used to do those at kinko's for a few dollars each self service on their white printer. you don't need super highres to start for line drawings..
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:25 PM   #7
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I just printed out a starrett drill chart from PDF to a poster. I don't know the technical aspects of the printing but the text stayed razor sharp even when I scaled it. I think being a vector makes this possible vs an image
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:51 PM   #8
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I just printed out a starrett drill chart from PDF to a poster. I don't know the technical aspects of the printing but the text stayed razor sharp even when I scaled it. I think being a vector makes this possible vs an image
PDFs are typically generated from some sort of vector (line art) file. Doesn't work the same with raster (typical picture) images.

To the original poster, try Mpix. They usually have the best price/quality ratio for large prints. 20x30 goes for $27. http://www.mpix.com/products/prints/papers

For printing something like the sample above, try your local Staple or Kinkos. B/W printing on standard (non-gloss) paper is usually around $0.50/sf. Lamination is another option, if you want it to last longer.
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I may have some down time to convert it to a vector file for you. Pm for info

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When I need to print something large in a quality print, I take my thumb drive to Duncan-Parnell. They are a surveyor/engineering supply/services store - located in most decent sized cities around here.
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I tried to do something similar and I could not get any printing place (Staples, Kinkos, etc) to do it. There are copyright laws to be aware of. I just wanted them for wall art also.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:07 AM   #12
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I tried to do something similar and I could not get any printing place (Staples, Kinkos, etc) to do it. There are copyright laws to be aware of. I just wanted them for wall art also.
isn't there a self serve white printer/large format printer at your kinko's? i used to bring 8x11.5 and blow it up all the time to 24x36 and larger. just gotta calculate the percentage of blowup..
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It's going to be a tough search to find a decent print place that would print something copyrighted like you are showing.

But if you create your own artwork, or have some created. then you own the copyright to the drawing (Not to the design of the part, but that should go without saying)

It gets tricky if you try and sell the work.

That said, with pixel based artwork, like JPG I've found that an 11X17 at 150 of black and white line art should print out at 24X36 without too much pixelization or funkyness going on.

The other option is to tile it on 8.5X11 sheets of paper and tape them together or artistically attach them to each other.
I've seen this done where they were glued to a background board. IF you go this route you can print from your home printer and print what ever you would like.

Check for Reprographics places, these places often specialize in blueprints and key-line drawings.
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