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Fully foldable triangular standee (or table)

triangular_standee

We present to you this time a fully foldable and collapsible triangular standee. Made from sunboard with digital printing, this is a 3 sided stand that is transported flat but can instantly transform into a full blown table. With a top cover that fits easily, it’s convenient to keep lightweight items on it.

The print quality is breathtaking and the ease with which the literally product installs itself is exemplary. This could also be used as a POPup stand since it can be easily folded and moved to a different location.

What printing resolution do I need: Printer resolution demystified

What printing resolution do I need?

 

What is DPI and how does it relate to print size?

DPI stands for dots-per-inch. Any digital printer in the world converts your images to dots and places those dots on the paper/media. These small colored dots merge up to form your printed image. A lot of complicated algorithms go into how to printer optimizes its internal printing mechanism but we’ll keep it extremely easy to understand.

You would surely know that your images on your computer are also made of up several dots – called pixels. So when we say an image is 1240 by 900 – we’re essentially saying there are 1240 columns and 900 rows of pixels – a total of 1240 x 900 = 1,116,000 dots (or pixels) that make up the image.

Now when we go ahead and print this image, the printer needs to understand how large we want to print it. So we tell the printer that this image is 100 dpi (or ppi). Which means we are asking the printer to place 100 dots of this image per inch. And since we have 1240 dots in the horizontal direction, the width of the print will be 12.4 inches. Similarly, the height will be 9 inches.

The simple formula is

Print dimension = Pixels / Resolution

Relation of dpi, pixels and print size

What resolution do I need for various digital printing formats?

Remember the number of pixels is the information contained in an image. You can’t change it. (You can do so forcefully, but it really doesn’t help – see later questions). So if an image is 1240 x 900 pixels, we can choose a resolution for the image (in a software like Photoshop) to suit our printing requirements. The smaller the resolution, the larger the print we can get from the same image. But if we keep the resolution too low (or print size too high) then the print gets pixellated and doesn’t look good. This is where experience comes in. We have been printing images for years now and these are just some rough guidelines to follow for the best resolutions.

Very important: You DO NOT need 300 dpi for all printing formats. Especially not for large-format printing (where the sizes in the range of a few feet)

Sunboard / Vinyl printing: Due to the relatively smooth surface, a good printing resolution is around 100-120 dpi. You can of course use a larger resolution at your print size, but it won’t make a difference.

Flex printing: Since the flex surface is extremely rough, anything around 72-80 dpi is good enough. But for very very large sizes like hoardings – we even use resolutions between 35-60 dpi sometimes.

Glass/Acrylic printing: You want to stay within 90-120 dpi for a smooth surface like glass

Canvas Printing: Since canvas again is textured, a 72 – 100 dpi works perfectly.

Leather printing: For leather, depending on leather grain, stay within 70-100 dpi.

Paper printing: Coming to small format printing the widely accepted norm is 300 dpi. The reason is that we have to hold paper prints very close to our eyes. So the printing has to be extremely crisp which means resolution must be high.

 

What does hi-res mean?

Hi-res simply stands for high-resolution. There is no standard for this and it is relative. Basically any image that fits your print size and resolution is hi-res. Anything that is way below that is low-res.

 

Can I convert low-res files to hi-res?

There can be no automatic way of conversion. Only because if a file does not contain enough information to display it in a very large size, you can’t force it to acquire more info. If a file is 1200 x 900 pixels, you can force it to resize to 2400 x 1800 pixels in many software but they use approximation algorithms to extend already available data.

If you have a file 1200 x 900 which you forcefully resize to 2400 x 1800, and you print it in 100 dpi resolution (24 inches x 18 inches), you will see the the result will not be very satisfactory. The pixels will appear botched and squared. Only because the files does not have enough information to be represented in such a size. You can get away with this if the print has to be seen from a large distance – that’s when a relatively low distance works.

Usually, if you have a really large print size say more than 10ft, it will probably be viewed for a greater distance and that is when you can afford to have a low-resolution print without the viewer noticing.

 

Where do I find hi-res files?

Images and pictures with very good resolution and print size capability are found all across in the internet. Depending on your use, you can purchase images from stock sites such as shutterstock.com, istockphoto.com, 123rf.com etc. You can also find large sized images on google and bing image searches but be careful about copyright issues.

Finally, if get prints at Amitoje India, we will  guide you through the process and make sure the files that you give are good enough to be printed at the size you want.

 

DIRECT UV PRINTING VS VINYL PRINTING ON SUN BOARD

Direct UV printing vs Vinyl Printing on Sun board

6 reasons why UV printing is a better and smart choice

Direct UV printing entails feeding a blank sheet to the machine and the sheet is directly printed without the need of any other film or sticker to be pasted on it. This form of printing has a lot of benefits over the traditional form of vinyl pasted on MDF/Sunboard.

1. Speed: Believe it or not, printing a substrate like Sunboard or sunpack or MDF directly is a much faster process than printing on a vinyl (which is usually quite slow itself), and then pasting it on another material. When time is of the essence faster production makes all the difference.

2. Cost: Since a lot of material, time and effort are saved in this process, direct UV printing will usually turn out to be cheaper than vinyl mounting. This cost benefit can further be passed to the custom and creates a win-win situation.

3. Peeling/durability: One of the major problems seen with vinyl applications are peeling edges. When you print a sheet directly, there is no question of any print peeling or scraping since the inks are UV cured and therefore permanent. These inks are water-proof and sun-proof so ensure a much longer durability and quality of the end product.

4. Color fading: Since the inks used to directly print a sheet are UV cured, they’re inherently protected from the Sun’s UV rays which are responsible for fading prints over time. These materials can last for as long as 3-5 years even in direct sunlight

5. Eco-friendly: Direct UV printing does not use solvent or eco-solvent ink forms. This is the latest technology in the printing world and is the most eco-friendly solution available. If you care about the environment, let your products show that.

6. Print-Cut-Sync: If you want a sun board or MDF cut out, it is much easier and efficient to sync a directly printed sheet with the cutting shape since the whole process is automatic and no manual intervention is needed. As a result, cut outs are faster and neater.

All of these make choosing direct UV printing a logical choice over digital vinyl printing. People are still not aware of the advancements and benefits of newer technologies and we at Amitoje India, feel it is our responsibility to spread this knowledge. We house all printing technologies like solvent printing, eco-solvent printing, digital printing and UV printing in-house and understand the benefits and disadvantages.

What is Sun board (foam board) and how is it used in printing?

What is Sun board (foam board) and how is it used in printing?

Sun board or Foam board is a very strong, light, and easily cut sheet material used for the mounting of vinyl prints, as backing in framing, and for painting. It usually has three layers — an inner layer of polystyrene foam and a white claycoated paper on the outside.

Apart from printing, Sun board is commonly used to prototype objects, produce architectural models, and to make casting patterns. Backgrounds for scale model displays, dioramas, and games (computer) are often produced by hobbyists from sun board. It’s often useful for photographers as a reflector for light in the studio, and in the design industry to display presentations of new products; Another use is with aero-modellers for building small radio-controlled aircraft.

 

An example of printed sun board  (using UV flatbed)

An example of printed sun board (using UV flatbed)

 

But nowadays sun board is widely used in India and around the world for large format printing and store branding. Photos or creatives are first printed on a self-adhesive vinyl which is then mounted on to the sun board. This sun board can then be taken pasted on a wall, pillar or other flat surfaces using either double-sided adhesive tapes or nails depending on the surface. The more modern method is to print the sun board directly using a UV flatbed printing machine. UV prints on sun board last longer and are free from peeling problems.

What is the image resolution required to print on sun boards ?

In any large-format printing solution, the recommended image resolution is between 72 to 100 dpi at actual size. It is a myth that your images need to be 300 dpi. That is valid for small format printing (like brochures or catalogs) but for prints which are larger in size and have to be seen from a distance, 72 to 100 is a really good print resolution.

Where can I get sun board prints in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida ?

Amitoje India is your best source for printing on sun board in and around the NCR region.

What is the general price for sun board printing in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida and other parts of India ?

The price can range from Rs. 75 per sq ft to Rs. 200 per sq ft (USD 1.2 to 3.5) depending on the total quantities for print and quality of print and material required. Contact us to find out more information.

Innovative Sunboard Vinyl Printed Dangler for Mother Dairy India

Innovative Sunboard Dangler for Mother Dairy

Recently our client Mother Diary started a new campaign called “Doodh Morning, Good Morning” which shows the health benefits of milk and diary products. Even though the client team wanted a simple dangler for their stores, we came up with a much more elegant and eye-catching solution.

After several iterations and sampling, we’re sharing some pictures of the innovative sunboard dangler we ended up making and can be seen at Mother Dairy stores.

The dangler is made from 3mm sunboard with digital vinyl printing and a layer of UV lamination. What seals the deal, are the smartly placed sunboard 3d cutouts on the dangler which make it look 3D and different. The elements are raised from the background surface by around 5mm thus giving a natural shadow around the cutout.

This was a low-budget mass-quantity product, but it can be enhanced according to your budget. Contact us for your similar requirements.

Sunboard print with sunboard cutout - in form of a dangler Sunboard print with sunboard cutout - in form of a dangler Sunboard print with sunboard cutout - in form of a dangler

 

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