Large format printing uses speciality production equipment to accommodate large print dimensions and produce high quality printed materials. Large format printing is different to simply making a large print due to the specialist processes and production equipment involved.

Newer large format presses mean that the quality and speed of this kind of printing has come a long way, reducing costs and giving you a brilliant end result in a short turnaround time.

You may also have heard the term wide format printing. This is actually a type of large format printing.


How does large format printing work?

Once a material has been selected and the size, shape and design have been programmed into the printer, the large format printer gets to work.

The large format printer will spray ink to match the graphics exactly to what has been inputted. The printer may also feature a rapid drying process, usually using UV lights, so that the print will dry more quickly and be ready to move.


Which products is large format printing used for?

Large format printing can be used for a wide range of projects including exhibitions, retail displays, pop-up and short run stalls, architectural drawings and installations.

Some of the most popular products a wide format printer is used for include:

  • Signage
  • Roller (pop-up) banners
  • Point of purchase
  • Vinyl stickers
  • Wall graphics
  • Window graphics
  • Hanging displays
  • Exhibition displays
  • Posters
  • Vehicle graphics

What materials can be printed on?

The beauty of large format printing is that you aren’t limited to just paper! Popular materials for large format printing include:

  • Plastic
  • Foamex
  • Perspex
  • Glass
  • Vinyl

Benefits of large format printing

Double-sided prints

The thicker materials used for large format printing mean they can have both sides printed on. This is especially useful for hanging displays or freestanding exhibition banners.

Weatherproof materials and finishes

Some large format prints need to be mounted outside and so are printed on materials designed to withstand the elements.

Custom shape prints

Want a print outside of the usual square or rectangle dimensions? Large format printed materials can be cut to shape to fit the environment they are to be used in.

Print on-demand

Unlike offset printing that can only be done in bulk, large format printing allows you to print only what you need.

Large format printing services for your next project

Taylor Bloxham has over 80 years of experience in the print industry and specialises in large format printing and finishing. Speak to our expert team for quotes and advice on your next large format printing project.

Contact Taylor Bloxham today on 0116 234 2600 or email

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