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Digital print signage is created by printing a computer-generated image onto a substrate. One method involves applying ink directly to a flat surface using a flatbed printer. Alternatively, ink is jetted onto self-adhesive signage media using a roll to roll printer. An installer will then transfer the printed image onto a signboard, wall, window or vehicle.

Our range of flatbed and roll to roll printers produce exceptional results using Latex, Eco-Solvent and UV inks. These state-of-the-art machines are professionally calibrated to match any Pantone or CMYK colour required and can replicate any pattern or image created on your screen. Colour can also transition seamlessly from one shade to another, an effect that vinyl cut graphics cannot achieve.

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BENEFITS AND PLACEMENT

Digital Print Onto Print Media

Our High-Performance, Digital-Print vinyl product is a great all-around outdoor signage option. Often exposed to the elements, this material has a UV protective laminate applied to increase its fade-resistance and boost its durability and longevity.

Signbiz can apply this product to a wide range of panels, and we use it when high opacity, outdoor performance and easy removal are required.

Flat-Bed Direct Printing

Our UV flatbed printers can print directly onto various surfaces, including metal, glass, plastic, and wood. The use of white UV ink allows us to print more vibrant colours onto dark and black substrates as the colour sits on top of the white, giving it more opacity.  Furthermore, the UV-cured ink is hard-wearing, scratch-resistant and does not need the added protection of an over-laminate, saving on labour and material costs.

This printing option also has a quick turnaround as there is no dry-time whatsoever, so our team can make full-colour, weatherproof signs in minutes. To illustrate, we load the sheet into the printer, and it exits the other side, ready to be installed.

 

Designing Digital Print Signs

Creating Digital Print Signs

Digital Print Design Considerations

When printing digitally, the image used can be either vector or raster-based. Resolution is, therefore, a significant factor to consider when designing a sign which incorporates raster-based pictures.

A designer needs to ask themselves four fundamental questions when working with an image for digital print: ‘What type of image am I using? ‘What size does the sign need to be? How close will I be viewing the sign’ and ‘What is the print resolution of my image?

Vector images

A vector image comprises a series of interconnected lines and shapes that have a clean, crisp outline. The advantage of using vector files is to enlarge your image to any size without any resolution issues or loss in quality. Therefore, using a vector graphic is always preferential.

Raster Images

Photographic images are raster-based, which means they are composed of millions of tiny pixels or dots of colour placed next to one another to form an image. The number of pixels making up an image and the total pixels displayed per inch determines the quality of an image.

A high-quality image will have more pixels concentrated per inch (high resolution), and a low-quality image will have fewer (low resolution) and may appear blurry. Dpi and Ppi measure resolution and stand for ‘dots per inch’ and ‘pixels per inch, respectively.

Viewing distance and Dpi / Ppi

 Crisp print resolution is usually 300dpi for close up viewing. Resolution can, however, be reduced depending on the distance from which you view an image. The further you are from a photograph, the smaller the resolution can be. Therefore, leaning towards a slightly higher resolution than necessary is always recommended. See the table below as a guide.

Stock Images

Proceed with caution when using stock images. It is imperative that you check the printing size of the image, at the desired Dpi value, before purchasing to ensure that your photograph will enlarge and print clearly.

 

UV Inks

What makes a UV printer different is the pairing of the print head and UV curing light. The light source follows the ink as it is sprayed from the jet, instantly curing the ink and causing it to stick to the substrate. As a result, many passes of overlapping ink build up the image and each layer cures as it is laid down. Furthermore, when you expose these special UV inks to that light source, you get an instant hard, durable surface. Once you add the white ink option to your UV direct printing system, it enables the final image to go from transparent to opaque.

Eco-Solvent Printing

Eco-solvent inks have their colours suspended in a mild biodegradable solvent, which means that the ink has virtually no odour as they don’t contain as many volatile organic compounds. We use Eco-Solvent inks on our roll to roll printers.

A roll printer is the most common printer found in sign and graphics shops. These printers can print on a vast array of digital media that comes on a roll.

Latex Printing

Latex printers work by using print heads to distribute water-based colours onto various signage media, latex works as a carrier for colour pigments, and heat is applied immediately to reduce drying time. As a result, the process is much quicker than other methods and helps produce a superior product.

These links aren’t flammable, they don’t contain hazardous air pollutants, and they’re nickel-free.

We use latex inks on hybrid flatbed printers as well as roll machines. In addition, they can also be used on various materials, including paper stocks, synthetic papers, backlit transparency films, PVC, canvas and other materials.

Application

Digital print media application is typically less labour intensive than working with cut vinyl graphics as it is easier to apply. Signage printed on a roll printer is trimmed by one of our Sign Makers and peeled from its backing, often as a single piece. It then adheres to a rigid substrate. Completed prints from a flatbed printer are usually ready for installation and need no further attention.

Designing Digital Print Signs

Digital Print Design Considerations

When printing digitally, the image used can be either vector or raster-based. Resolution is, therefore, a significant factor to consider when designing a sign which incorporates raster-based pictures.

A designer needs to ask themselves four fundamental questions when working with an image for digital print: ‘What type of image am I using? ‘What size does the sign need to be? How close will I be viewing the sign’ and ‘What is the print resolution of my image?

Vector images

A vector image comprises a series of interconnected lines and shapes that have a clean, crisp outline. The advantage of using vector files is to enlarge your image to any size without any resolution issues or loss in quality. Therefore, using a vector graphic is always preferential.

Raster Images

Photographic images are raster-based, which means they are composed of millions of tiny pixels or dots of colour placed next to one another to form an image. The number of pixels making up an image and the total pixels displayed per inch determines the quality of an image.

A high-quality image will have more pixels concentrated per inch (high resolution), and a low-quality image will have fewer (low resolution) and may appear blurry. Dpi and Ppi measure resolution and stand for ‘dots per inch’ and ‘pixels per inch, respectively.

Viewing distance and Dpi / Ppi

 Crisp print resolution is usually 300dpi for close up viewing. Resolution can, however, be reduced depending on the distance from which you view an image. The further you are from a photograph, the smaller the resolution can be. Therefore, leaning towards a slightly higher resolution than necessary is always recommended. See the table below as a guide.

Stock Images

Proceed with caution when using stock images. It is imperative that you check the printing size of the image, at the desired Dpi value, before purchasing to ensure that your photograph will enlarge and print clearly.

 

Creating Digital Print Signs

UV Inks

What makes a UV printer different is the pairing of the print head and UV curing light. The light source follows the ink as it is sprayed from the jet, instantly curing the ink and causing it to stick to the substrate. As a result, many passes of overlapping ink build up the image and each layer cures as it is laid down. Furthermore, when you expose these special UV inks to that light source, you get an instant hard, durable surface. Once you add the white ink option to your UV direct printing system, it enables the final image to go from transparent to opaque.

Eco-Solvent Printing

Eco-solvent inks have their colours suspended in a mild biodegradable solvent, which means that the ink has virtually no odour as they don’t contain as many volatile organic compounds. We use Eco-Solvent inks on our roll to roll printers.

A roll printer is the most common printer found in sign and graphics shops. These printers can print on a vast array of digital media that comes on a roll.

Latex Printing

Latex printers work by using print heads to distribute water-based colours onto various signage media, latex works as a carrier for colour pigments, and heat is applied immediately to reduce drying time. As a result, the process is much quicker than other methods and helps produce a superior product.

These links aren’t flammable, they don’t contain hazardous air pollutants, and they’re nickel-free.

We use latex inks on hybrid flatbed printers as well as roll machines. In addition, they can also be used on various materials, including paper stocks, synthetic papers, backlit transparency films, PVC, canvas and other materials.

Application

Digital print media application is typically less labour intensive than working with cut vinyl graphics as it is easier to apply. Signage printed on a roll printer is trimmed by one of our Sign Makers and peeled from its backing, often as a single piece. It then adheres to a rigid substrate. Completed prints from a flatbed printer are usually ready for installation and need no further attention.

Viewing Distance / Image Resolution Guide

Viewing Distance Minimum Dpi
0.6m 300 Dpi
1m 180 Dpi
1.5m 120 Dpi
2m 90 Dpi
3m 60 Dpi
5m 30 Dpi
10m 20 Dpi

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