I found some internet mail order companies doing high res large
format inkjet printing. Anything as large as you want and bigger will
probably not be standard exposure photos. I have wanted to do something
really big too but there may be limiting factors you need to consider.
It takes money, which has been my limiting factor to do this. Not to
mention a big wall.
Other problems come into play also.
1. Large printed images. The larger the paper image the greater chance
you will kink the paper just in handling it, before actually doing
the framing work. Have you got a large enough flat work surface to
deal with a seriously large paper sheet?
2. Matting and framing.
A. Mat board comes in 60" lengths. Allowing a 2" miminum mat border
limits the image to about 56.25" and allowing a 1/8" overlap of
B. Framing lengths are probably longer tham 60" but I am not sure.
C. Glass or Plexiglas front. Glass will break if you flex the long
framing. Its also expensive and weighty. Coated UV glass is cool
and makes it look like there is no glass, but the price is
hideous. Plex is your best protection against flexing. Again
there is the weight consideration, but also take into account it
scratches easily if you try to clean it or wipe dust off of the
surface. Do you smoke?
3. Are you going to attempt this work or will you farm it out? $$$
4. Considering the potential weight: How will you mount it to the wall?
Have you got a wall big enough? Will the significant other put up
with it? :-)
The local Michaels craft supply store is framing up two prints
with a 10" x 35" image size. It is actually on 12 x 36 paper done at
Costco on their new printer. At half price for the work, it is
And they were concerned about the flexing on the glass. Final framed
size will be about 15" x 40". It will be eye popping even at that size.
Before this new machine came in, the largest I could get was 18".
Quading the image size really made an impact.
I still want to do a 56" image at some point. Once I get the
framed prints around Wednesday, I will have a better idea of the
framing logistics coupled with the weight issue. Plex might have to be
the front of choice.
Another point for printing: I prep them all at 300 PPI 8 bit tiff
but a 12 x 36 comes in at 111 mbs. Costco can handle this. However, I
did look into one local company for an inkjet print but their machine
could only take max file size of 25 mbs. I created a high res JPG of the
300 ppi tiff and it still was 40mbs. I was unwilling to compress the jpg
and loose quality. So I did not attempt to do the print with them.
Getting the best quality before a larger size should be you first
choice. Once you have tested yourself with a large image like 35", then
consider going larger. I am certainly having fun when I can afford it.