When it comes to the planning, production and implementation of large-scale wall murals there are multiple factors that need to be considered. While it may sound simple to say, “Just print a graphic and apply it to the wall”, there is so much more that goes into the creative strategy and planning for spaces where wall murals will be placed. In this article, we will explore five primary considerations that ensure your custom wall murals will live up to your expectations.
Since custom wall murals come in all sizes that means starting with accurate dimensions. Keep in mind that walls are never perfectly square and determining exact dimensions for cutouts, extrusions, angles, or protrusions is critical to ensure the new mural will fit accordingly. If at all possible, have your graphic installer do site surveys of available spaces prior to design and installation.
It is also important to consider any possible obstructions that might be within the viewing path of the mural. In addition, keep viewing distance in mind by considering the overall size and use of the space. A mural up high or viewed from afar can have a lower resolution while a mural that’s designed to be viewed up close will need higher resolution imagery.
When executing wall murals, the surface and texture of the wall play a significant role in making sure the project is installed correctly. With that in mind, here are some critical considerations when planning your wall mural:
Mural installation is tricky, so you’ll want to leave it up to professionals. The additional “installation questions” listed below are queries that will help ensure your installers have the information needed to do their job.
Good file prep and image resolution is a vital part of ensuring your mural has the clarity and visibility you are expecting. Large murals require very high-resolution imagery and graphics which means detail is more important the closer a person is to the mural.
Be sure and use the highest resolution possible if you are using raster imagery (non-line-art photos such as .jpg or .tif) to obtain the most detail possible. We recommend large format imagery be at least 100 DPI when sized at 100% scale. Remember…the larger the mural, the higher the resolution needs to be.
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