Best way to make a large poster with photoshop/illustrator without killing computer?
July 12, 2008 2:05 PM Subscribe
What is the best workpath to use when making large poster with Photoshop + Illustrator?
posted by figTree to computers & internet (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I need to make a poster that is about 43 by 43 inches and 250-300 dpi. It has a lot of placed images (about 30), which all together are only about 20Megs.
My first approach was to begin the project in illustrator, placing the rasters, adding some additional vector graphics, then exporting this as a photoshop doc. However, I found out that this export is extremely taxing on the computer since illustrator isnt setup well to deal with scratch disks for exporting. My computer (2RAM, about 150Gigs of scratchdisk space), could only export a flattened version, not one with editable objects, which sort of defeats the whole purpose of setting it up in illustrator.
I am planning to start this poster again from within photoshop and was wondering if the following approach is the best:
I want to start of a document that is 43 by 43 inches with 72 dots per square inch, do all the composition, and place some illustrator files as well.
Next I want to change the dpi to 300, rasterize everything while keeping keep objects. Then do any effects i want to do, alas flatten everything, then finally export to pdf and print.
Is this the best way of doing things or am i missing some crutial information?
I've never had to deal with printing anything bigger than a legal sized paper, so any tips/rules of thumb would be greatly appreciated!