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    New to this need some help.

    Hey guys, Im new to the site and need alittle help. I have been working with Photoshop for about 5 years but never created a large image. I have need to create my first large file which is an 8ft x 8ft banner, how do I go about setting up the file? Any ideas or help would be great. Thanks everyone.

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    Re: New to this need some help.

    That would be 28800 pixels x 28800 pixels @ 300 dpi .

    Pretty big image so everything you make/use within this image will need to be top quality.

    What is going to be on this banner, digital art, photo's??
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    Re: New to this need some help.

    The banner is for a wedding so its just font no images. Its the couples initials and wedding date

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    Re: New to this need some help.

    If you want to make it yourself then create a new document to the size I have given above and lay it out how you want it. Making sure the text fits the canvas correctly.

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    Re: New to this need some help.

    If it's really just text with no photographic image, you would probably be much better served with a vector based program like Adobe Illustrator rather than a pixel based program like Photoshop. The forte of vector based programs is to produce very large, very sharp output from surprisingly small files.

    There are many other vector based programs on the market, but Illustrator is one of the standards and it is currently available on a monthly basis at a very nominal cost.

    Just a thought,

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    Re: New to this need some help.

    FYI, 300 dpi is considered best when printing a photorealistic print but that assumes your viewing a print at a distance of a few feet away.
    When you're viewing an 8'X8' banner you're going to be 10-15 or more feet back, the resolution can be much lower.

    For example a billboard can be printed at 18 dpi and look fine.

    I'm sure there's a formula or calculator and I don't know what the ideal resolution should be, but I just wanted to point this out.

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    Re: New to this need some help.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    FYI, 300 dpi is considered best when printing a photorealistic print but that assumes your viewing a print at a distance of a few feet away.
    When you're viewing an 8'X8' banner you're going to be 10-15 or more feet back, the resolution can be much lower.

    For example a billboard can be printed at 18 dpi and look fine.

    I'm sure there's a formula or calculator and I don't know what the ideal resolution should be, but I just wanted to point this out.
    Agreed Steve, because it's going to be so big as Steve has said the dpi can be much lower. I wasn't sure where this was going when I suggested 300dpi earlier but I guess habit kicked in as well as I always work at that. Sorry for any confusion.

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    Re: New to this need some help.

    WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET

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    Re: New to this need some help.

    Thx so much for all the help guys, I usually always work on small things like spreadsheets and business cards, letter heads etc and to be doing a wedding red carpet banner is a big step so want to make sure I do it right.I will look at getting illustrator also as I heard it is great for doing decal work.

 

 

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