How to design A1 posters
Designing your A1 print yourself? Have an expert design team on hand? However you are creating your artwork, we have some helpful tips and advice on getting started with the design process. Making sure you set up your A1 poster correctly is crucial when you begin. Your finished A1 print size will be 594mm x 841mm, so you’ll need to set your artwork up at 600mm x 847mm. This is so you have a 3mm bleed on both sides.
Don’t forget to set your colour mode as CMYK and use high-resolution images (at least 300dpi) only as using anything less than this can affect the finished A1 poster print quality. Using bespoke fonts in your design? You’ll need to ensure you embed or flatten your fonts as we may not hold these in our arsenal here at instantprint.
What if I don’t have an A1 poster design?
No design? Fear not! We have a wealth of A1 poster design online templates in our extensive library which are perfect if you need a helping hand to get started, or need a little bit of inspiration to get those creative juices flowing.
Have some ideas in your head but just need help setting a template up? No problem! We have blank templates available for your A1 poster design, compatible with several design programs such as Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and PDF.
Which paper type should I choose for my A1 print?
The type of paper you choose for your A1 print is all dependent on what you’ll be using it for, and where you’re likely to be displaying it. If you’re planning an outdoor event or concert in the park, you’ll probably be looking to hang or fasten up your A1 poster prints outside. With this in mind, we would recommend choosing the waterproof PVC paper type – so that whatever the weather, your message will remain intact and hang proud.
In need of some permanent signage for outside your shop? Our heavyweight waterproof stock is ideal as it’s long-lasting, strong and sturdy. Plus, as your A1 poster will be printed on 400mic PVC material, it’s hard enough to endure whatever the British weather has to throw at it.
Affordable, sturdy and still high-quality. Our value silk (170gsm) option is ideal if you’re wanting to get your message out there, but are on a budget and need to make your money go further.
Have a little more in the marketing budget? Our classic silk (250gsm) is thicker than our value silk and is firm to the touch, making it a great all-purpose option for your A1 posters.
Here’s a quick checklist for setting your artwork up for poster printing.
- The finished size of an A1 poster is 594mm x 841mm, so set your artwork up at 600mm x 847mm to add 3mm bleed to both sides
- Set your colour mode as CMYK
- Use high resolution images (at least 300dpi)
- Embed or flatten your fonts
Unsure how to set up your file? We've created support guides on our blog to help you with everything from bleed to resolution. Click on the guide you'd like to read to open them in a brand new window.
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