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FAQ

What is large-format digital printing?

Digital printing is the process in which printed output is generated on demand by an output device. Large format printing generally refers to output larger than tabloid sizes, or about 11×17. At Pixus, large format usual means 22×28 inches to billboard sizes.

How is this different from traditional printing methods like offset printing?

Offset printing, or offset lithography, requires extensive equipment and specialized operators. Printing presses are designed for mass production of printed material. As a result, offset printing requires substantial setup and the costs of this setup must be distributed among the quantity of printed materials. For process color printing on 11×17 paper, quantities of 1000 or more must be ordered before the cost per print begins to be linear versus quantity. Larger sized output requires less common and more expensive printing presses and film, driving up minimum order quantities substantially.

Digital printing is cost effective in low quantities, with little or no tradeoff in quality.

What are the applications of large-format digital printing?

Large format digital printing can be used whenever traditional printing techniques is cost prohibitive because of quantity or unnecessary extreme quality. Some applications are posters, displays, signage, point-of-purchase displays, banners, fleet graphics, murals, billboards, custom fabric, wallpaper…etc.

How accurate is the color?

A 6 color CMYK +LC +LM or 4 color CMYK do not match SWOP inks exactly, so output is not identical to what comes from offset printing. Pantone color matches are not guaranteed, but the color range Pixus can reproduce is within 95% of the CMYK Pantone standards.

What quantities are cost effective?

With the higher printing speeds and multiple printers, quantities of up to 200 are now cost effective, depending on sizes.

What computer platforms does Pixus support?

Pixus uses Macintosh workstations but can accepts PC or windows files as well.

How can I get in touch with Pixus?

See our Contact Page for our address, phone numbers and email addresses.

What software does Pixus support?

Please download our Technical Specifications pdf file.

What file formats does Pixus support?

Please download our Technical Specifications pdf file.

How large can Pixus print?

Pixus digital output is 60″ wide roll-fed. Output can be tiled to produce full color images up to 40′ x 20′. Anything larger and we would recommend a billboard printer.

How does lamination effect color?

Glossy finish lamination tends to make prints look more vibrant. Satin finishes will prevent unwanted glare (important for trade show exhibits or backdrops being used on television or camera) but do not enhance color.

How long does a print last?

Depending on the substrate used and extreme environmental conditions, Pixus output can last indefinitely under indoor conditions. Outdoor applications, such as billboards and banners, can last several years, depending on finishing options like overlaminates.