How to decide the size of artboard for printing?

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Hello,

I'm not familiar of using Illustrator for printing. All I know is that the resolution should be high (300dps) and bleeds. But how do I decide the size (wxh) of the artboard?

For example, I'm asked to deisng for a banner print that'll be printed on a stand, what are my steps to know how to size the artboard?

Should I ask them for the dimensions of the banner?

and after i get that dimension, how much should the artboard size be? 

and what about the bleed?

 

I appreciate any help given

Thanks

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I'm not familiar of using Illustrator for printing. All I know is that the resolution should be high (300dps)

 

Resolution when setting up a new Illustrator document is only relevant to raster effects (drop shadow etc.). It has no relevance to the overall PPI of the output file.

 

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For example, I'm asked to deisng for a banner print that'll be printed on a stand, what are my steps to know how to size the artboard?

Should I ask them for the dimensions of the banner?

 

Yes.

 

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and after i get that dimension, how much should the artboard size be? 

 

It should be whatever size they just told you.

 

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and what about the bleed?

 

There are standard assumptions/rules-of-thumb, but it's best to ask the printer that.

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and after i get that dimension, how much should the artboard size be? 

 

It should be whatever size they just told you.

 

 

Won't the size be too big if I use the same dimensions of the banner? Correct me if I'm wrong, I thought maybe I should size it down and when it's time to print they can size it up.

 

Thank you a lot Doug for the fast reply

 

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Won't the size be too big if I use the same dimensions of the banner? Correct me if I'm wrong, I thought maybe I should size it down and when it's time to print they can size it up.


By @Halah5EF6

 

It is of course possible to work at scale if necessary. But it might not be necessary. You can make a 'normal' Illustrator document up to 5.7m square, and a 'large canvas' file up to 57m square.

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Crucially, you need to forget about working in pixels. You get a size in inches or mm, and that is what you use. Don't slip into thinking in pixels, that's not relevant. 

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Hi,
use the original size (100 %) inkluding the bleed for your artboard.
you could change the size with "command"+""alt"+"P"
My best.

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I'm not sure why you're not asking all these questions directly to your printer - how are you going to design something if you don't know the size they are going to print it?

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