What is Wide Format Latex Printing?


Using a latex based pigment ink, Wide Format Latex printing offers dramatically more durable prints that can handle outdoor use, floor use, or any application where increased durability & water resistance is needed. Our wide format latex printer also offers white ink making printing on transparent and dark surfaces possible. 

Great for canvas/fabric printing, banners, stickers, signs, extra large posters, floor graphics, window decals, car wraps, & much more!


One of the few downsides to Wide Format Latex printing is a slightly reduced color gamut & sharpness. Those seeking the highest possible color accuracy, sharpness, or archival qualities should use our Wide Format Inkjet printing instead. 


Our latex printer can print on rolls up to 64″ wide

A paper sample book of all our media is available to view at the Service Bureau.

  General Guidelines

Color Profile & Resolution
We recommend that you work in CMYK color mode using the GRACoL 2006 Coated1v2 profile with a minimum resolution of 180 dpi and maximum of 300 dpi.

Files should be flattened with NO Alpha Channels.

File Format
Files should be saved as TIFF or PDF (Click for PDF Settings) at exactly the size you intend them to be printed. We will not adjust files that are submitted incorrectly.

There is a 400MB file limit when uploading. Please make sure your file is flattened, is 8 bit and is at the most 300dpi. We can accept files with at least 180dpi for especially large files. 

If you need to upload a file larger than 400MB, please use the OTHER option in DSF and copy and paste a Google Drive link into the text window. 

TIFF is preferred because all settings are applied visually, PDF can offer different options for Press Printing that our printers don’t use, or aren’t reflected visually in the PDF but show up during printing. For PDF files we recommend using the PDFx1A export settings.


Document Size & Borders

  • The document you upload must be the exact size you intend it to be printed. We do not scale files and will ask you to resend files that don’t match the order form.
  • If you require a white border around the image you will need to add this to your document before submission.
  • The width and height you input and the file you upload should be the same exact dimensions. The size information must be entered correctly into the Digital Storefront because this information is used to calculate the price of your order. Not including the correct size information will delay or cancel your order.
  • Your file will be printed with crops marks on a larger sheet of paper. If multiple files are sent they may be printed on one large sheet, depending on file size. You are responsible for trimming down your prints to the final size. Crop marks can be left off by adding a note in the Special Instructions when submitting through the digital storefront.
  • If you intend to mount or stretch your print, we recommend adding extra bleed to your image. Due to variations in paper thickness that affect roll feeding, the image size of your print may vary up to 1/8″.

Test Strip
A test strip can be selected as an option in the Digital Storefront. There is no charge for the first test strip. The test strip will be done within 2 business days of submission of your order.

Please be sure to read our Policies and Guidelines Reprint Policy.


Turnaround times only include business days and do not include weekends or holidays.


Test strips add an additional 1 business days to all turnaround times. Test strips will be completed within 1 business day of file submission. Once you approve the test strip we will begin production on your final print.

Note: Our wide-format printers print on roll media. Your print will be printed at the size you ordered on the appropriate sized roll. We will roll your print in butcher paper until it is ready for pick up.


There is a 2 square foot pricing minimum on all latex orders.

Our Digital Storefront will give you an exact quote using the width x height (in square feet) + the cost of the media.

Enter the quantity, size, and paper type in the Digital Storefront like a normal order, at the bottom of the window it will display the price. Items can be ‘Added to Your Cart’ or ‘Saved for Later’ depending on when you want to submit the order.

Latex prints are priced by the square foot. To calculate out the square footage of your file use this equation: (height” X width”) ÷ 144.

To estimate how much a print will cost you need to know your image’s exact height (H) and width (W) in inches. Using those dimensions you can figure out the square footage.
(H” x W”) ÷ 144 = (# of sq/ft). This number you will then multiply by the cost of the paper.

   Order Submission

Wide Format Latex orders are submitted via our Digital Storefront at the link below.


Price Quotes
The Digital Storefront provides a real-time price quote without placing an order. Simply choose the Wide Format Latex product, put in the width and height, choose the desired media and the price quote will display in the lower left of the screen.

At any time if you feel that the jobs are not being calculated correctly please alert us in the Special Instructions section and we will make sure the total is correct.

Ordering Multiple Files
If all the files you will be ordering are the same size you can simply add them all at the top of the window with the Add More Files option during document upload. The DSF will add up the total square feet for the multiple items and list them in the same order.

If you have files that are multiple sizes you will have to add them to your cart individually. After adding each file to your cart simply click the Return to Storefront option and continue with the next file. Although this is time consuming it will allow DSF to calculate your job correctly with the collective square footage for all jobs combined.

We only only accept ARTICard payments for jobs is required when you pick up your order and are paid for with your ARTICard. For more information on what ARTICard is and how to add funds to your account please visit the ARTICard departments page here.

Pick Up
The Service Bureau does not offer finishing options on Wide Format Latex prints. Your print will be printed at the size you ordered on the appropriate sized media with crop marks to indicate where it will need to be cut down. We will roll your print in acid-free paper until it is ready for pick up.

If you are having difficulty using our Digital Storefront please contact the Service Bureau at 312-629-9155 or sbureau@artic.edu.

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