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bill board advertisement design

bill board advertisement design

bill board advertisement design

I was given a job to design a billboard advertisement ( 8 meters width  x 4 meters height and 6 meters width x 4 meters height).
The problem is my computer, first of all  it is assembled, it has 256mb ram and 40 GB hard disk with windows XP O.S.I am asked to submit the desaign at 1440 dpi resolution.
Can any one tell m is there is any way i can use my pc for this job?
Thank you.

RE: bill board advertisement design

It will be very slow if the design utilizes bitmaps...you might get away with it if you make it an all vector design?

RE: bill board advertisement design

...8m/6m wide design at 1440dpi actual size?

...sounds ridiculous to me...

...even with a higher spec computer billboards don't need to be this high a resolution at actual size, and photoshop would be a sloth to use, even unusable...

...more RAM than 256Mb would be advisable and a worthy upgrade for any machine to perform better...

...you can adequately calculate your artwork to be reproduced at 100dpi actual size, so working to scale you can have for example a PSD at 80cm x 40cm (10% actual size for the 8m x 4m) at 1000dpi...

...when output you end up with 100dpi, which for billboards is sufficient, simply because they are viewed from a great distance, probably 20 metres or more away...

...of course you till have a very large image data (around 1.39gb) even when considering output to 100dpi, so 1440dpi actual size you can see would be ludicrous and unmanageable...

...sure, you can submit it at 1440dpi, but at a scaled size, so for further example your 8m x 4m would need to be 55.56cm x 27.78cm at 1440dpi, which again means an output of 100dpi, this is about 7% scale...

...and as mentioned, the more you can keep vector format in illustrator or another vector package, the smaller your file sizes will be, but you still need to work to scale in your vector package, so it is easier to work to a rounded scale such as 10% of actual size...

...personally i would approach your print provider to ask if your target of 100dpi when output is OK, it could well be less, it is not uncommon for designs to be calculated on resolution output as low as 35dpi (or even lower), but that would be more for artwork to span the size of multi-level building, viewed from streets away...

...if they insist on 1440dpi at actual size on computer they are barking mad, or they really mean a resolution of 1440dpi at a scaled size, which is more likely...

...but even with what I have said, you need more RAM as photoshop is a beast for memory, in fact Adobe applications are all pretty memory hungry...

...as you only have 40Gb hard disk too, worst case you'll be using a good 2 to 4Gb just for the artwork if all you have is photoshop (based on 100dpi output), so make sure it is a clean and well backed up machine...


RE: bill board advertisement design

I agree with Andrew and...

It should be designed at 25% the needed size and at 600 dpi or similar (i.e., 50% the needed size and 300 dpi)

RIPs that they use for printing these are very good at scaling and interpolation anyway.

It's going to be viewed so far away that the human eye will never be able to see the jaggies.

Have you ever gotten close to a billboard?


RE: bill board advertisement design

Thank you guys....you have all been a great help.
apepp, thanks a lot for ur detailed answer.all u have written was helpful.
I will use this and design th artwork and let you know how it all went.
Thanks again.

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