Poster Printing – Should You Go DIY or Hire a Professional?

It isn’t difficult to go to a shop and purchase your own poster printer. They are available from most computer stores, after all. What you have to ask yourself, however, is whether you really need a poster printer, or whether it would be far more cost effective to do something else. Similarly, it may not always be best to choose a professional poster printing company, particularly if you could just print something in color on a standard piece of A4 rather than professional poster printer paper. So what are the real differences between the two options?

The DIY Option

You can easily download a piece of software that allows you to enlarge a file and then print it across different pieces of paper that you then stick together. This process is known as “tiling”. One of the most popular and readily available software packages to do this with is Adobe Illustrator, which is reasonably user friendly as soon as you know the controls. Additionally, if you have access to a color copier, you could simple tile your original file and have t printed across various pages. Doing it this way is cheap and quick. However, it also means that you have assemble all the different pieces, which can take quite some time and it doesn’t always look great either.

The Professional Option

If you go professional, it is most likely that you will pay for each square foot of paper. However, the more you order, the less you will have to pay for each square foot. This means that if you have a lot of posters to print, it may actually save you a bit of money going professional. Naturally, it also means that professional poster printer paper will be used, and that the print technique will be professional as well. It is likely that the company will use a process known as bleed printing, although other options also exist. You do need to make sure, if you are going to go professional, that you have properly proofread your poster. If the mistake is found later, and it is a mistake on your part, you will not be able to request a rerun of the poster without having to pay for it.

There are pros and cons to both options, in other words. Many people would choose one of the two automatically. They choose the DIY option if they are on a budget, and they choose the professional option if they look for quality. In reality, the difference between the two is down to your needs far more than to either of those two elements. Regardless of which option you choose, you need to make sure that you have done your research so that you actually get the best possible value for money. For instance, you may believe that a DIY job is the cheapest, but when you consider the price of toner, this may actually not be the case. Similarly, a professional service is not necessarily a service that delivers quality.


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