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So I have a friend who wants a vector image done for a wall print in their karate studio. But they want the image 8 ft high and 5ft long. Do you actually make a file that big then draw the design then print it? Or is their some way to make it so its smaller, but for printing, scale it up proportionally?

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Please see this q+a: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/q/4925/5746 –  Olle Sjögren Nov 14 '12 at 23:27
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Vectors can be scaled forever, so no need to worry about the size. –  Johannes Nov 15 '12 at 2:53
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I usually just work in some reasonable scale like 10% of actual. I do the same for large raster work but, obviously, increase the dpi accordingly.

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For printing it, is their someway to scale it up? EDIT: I actually just looked at my printing settings, my guess is you print directly from illustrator and go to custom scale and scale it up. –  Christine Austin Nov 14 '12 at 19:06
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You got it. I typically just give the printer my scale off the artboard and let them worry about how they want to get it to full size. –  plainclothes Nov 14 '12 at 21:47
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