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FAQ

What is large-format digital printing?

Large-format digital printing is the process in which printed output is generated on demand by an output device. Large-format printing generally refers to an output larger than tabloid sizes or approximately 11×17 inches and 22×28 inches in billboard sizes.

How does large-format differ from traditional printing methods like offset printing?

Offset printing or offset lithography requires extensive equipment such as printing presses, specialized operators and is designed for mass production of printed material. Substantial setup is required for offset printing, therfore added costs must be distributed among the quantity of materials. Process color printing is typically on 11×17 inch paper with quantities of 1000 or more. Larger output sizes require less common and more expensive printing presses and film, leading to minimum purchased quantities and higher charges.

Large-format digital printing is more cost effective due to the ability to purchase smaller quantities, with little or no trade-off in quality.

What product applications are used in large-format digital printing?

Large-format digital printing is used rather than traditional techniques because of the flexibilty and ability to print smaller quantities when needed, saving the customer money. Large-format applications include posters, displays, indoor and outdoor signage, point-of-purchase displays, banners, fleet graphics and vehicle wraps, wall murals, billboards, custom fabrics, wall and floor adhesive vinyls, decals and much more.

How accurate is your color?

Six color CMYK +LC +LM and four color CMYKs do not always match SWOP inks precisely, so the finished product will differ in color from traditional offset printing. The use of Pantone color matches are not always a guarantee as well, so Pixus' color match process reproduces colors to within 95% of Pantone standards.

What does cost effective mean when thinking in terms of quantities?

Faster printing speeds and the advantages of multiple printers save time and man hours making larger quantities more cost effective. Which means more savings to you.

Which computer platforms are supported by Pixus?

Pixus designers use the latest Mac computers and software, but also accepts P.C. and Microsoft Window files.

How do I contact Pixus?

See our Contact Page for address, phone numbers, fax numbers and emails.

Which software and file formats are compatible with Pixus?

For Technical Specifications please refer to our Pre-Press Specs.

What sizes can Pixus print?

Pixus' digital output is 120" wide and roll-fed. The output can be tiled to produce full color images as large as 40' x 20'. Larger print projects may require a billboard printer.

How does lamination effect color?

Glossy lamination finishes tend to make prints look and feel more vibrant. Satin finishes prevent unwanted glare, which is important for trade show exhibits or backdrops being used on television or camera. Sorry, but lamination does not enhance the color.

What is the life expectancy of print?

Much depends on the substrate or materials being used along with the environmental conditions. Pixus' output can last indefinitely under indoor conditions. Outdoor applications such as billboards and banners may last several years depending on finishing options like overlaminates.

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