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  • #47542
    blessings captured
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    I need some help with a 2’x 6′ banner I’m designing in Photoshop. I’m going to be using only vector shapes and text.

    When I create a new file, do I make it 2’x 6′ and then 300 ppi? Is that the only way to do it, because that’s going to be an enormous file.

    Thanks for any advice!

    #47543
    David Frazer
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    Just to be clear, a Photoshop file 24″x72″ at 300dpi would definitely be enormous because Photoshop does not do vector shapes. You need a vector program. In the Adobe suite, that would be Illustrator. A free alternative would be Inkscape.

    #47544
    blessings captured
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    OK, I didn’t know that Photoshop didn’t do vector shapes. So even though I place a vector shape into the file, it converts it to something else?
    So if I want to use Photoshop I would have to do a file 24″x72″ at 300dpi?

    Thanks, I’ll look into Inkscape.

    #47546
    Ezra Morley
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    Correct me if I’m wrong, but Photoshop can open vector files. Is that not all that is needed to design a banner? Unless you need to save a vector file, I don’t think you need Inkscape/Illustrator.

    @blessingscaptured, how do you plan to print this banner? Your printing company should certainly have guidelines available for what sizes and resolutions you need…

    Based on VistaPrint’s and Banners.com’s specs, it looks like you only need 150 DPI for a similarly sized banner. (i.e. 10,800×3,600px)

    Make sure you have plenty of room for bleeds, of course. 🙂

    #47547
    Ezra Morley
    Moderator

    So if I want to use Photoshop I would have to do a file 24″x72″ at 300dpi?

    Correct, but you only need 150 DPI. 🙂 Just create a new file with those dimensions, add your text/vector graphics (making sure to leave at least an inch of margin all the way around to keep any important info from getting cut off) and then export to whatever file format your publisher desires: PDF, TIFF, etc…

    #47548
    blessings captured
    Participant

    Yes I’ve opened vectors in Photoshop, but I don’t know what Photoshop does with them after that.

    I’m going to have it printed at a local shop, I’ll have to get with them on recommended resolutions.

    When you say “bleed”, are you talking about the couple inches around the edge of the banner? I don’t have to worry about a shape bleeding with text, do I?

    #47549
    Ezra Morley
    Moderator

    Yes I’ve opened vectors in Photoshop, but I don’t know what Photoshop does with them after that.

    Right, it can open them, but can’t save a “true” vector file. If your print shop absolutely REQUIRES a vector file in order to print, then you’ll need to use Illustrator/Inkscape (or find a different print shop 🙂 ) So far in my printing experience, I’ve never needed to save a vector file; they were always happy with TIFF or PDF.

    When you say “bleed”, are you talking about the couple inches around the edge of the banner? I don’t have to worry about a shape bleeding with text, do I?

    Yes, I’m referring to the margins around the edge. https://www.carlisleprinting.com/content/article/bleeds-page-bleeds

    #47550
    blessings captured
    Participant

    Thanks a lot, that answers my questions!

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