I require a 10ft x 10ft banner. My printer asked HI-resolution .jpeg file in actual size (1:1), but when I make the .jpeg file, pop up show I get an error of insufficient memory.

How much memory is required to make a hi-resolution (300 dpi) .jpeg file of 120 x 120 illustration

I read the answer, but not satisfied.

I make the design in 10in x 10in & and apply gaussian blur and a lot of other effects and send file to vendor. When he increased the file in actual size (10ft x 10 ) the original design has changed. So he asked for the .jpeg in 300dpi (10ft x 10ft) actual size. The design is for branding a store (digital print + pasting on sun board).

My system is I5 with 4gb ram.

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    Your printer specifically told you to provide a 120x120 inch 300ppi jpg file? See Here One workaround may be to open the AI file in Photoshop and save a JPG. – Scott Jun 14 '14 at 7:32
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    Seriously...? Actual size high re JPEG for a banner? – GoofyMonkey Jun 14 '14 at 15:25
  • That's a 13 megapixel file. That's crazy. – DA01 Jun 15 '14 at 22:04
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    well the raw pixels of that file will eat nearly all of the 4 Gigabytes doesent leave much space to work with. So expect it to be slow. So changing over to photoshop may be in order then atleast your not using more memory. – joojaa Jun 16 '14 at 4:39
  • Try sending him a high quality PDF. He is most likely having issues with the Rasterized effects you are using. – GoofyMonkey Jun 16 '14 at 19:36

My first, second and third answers to this question would be "Find a different printer, because the one you have is incompetent." There is no grande format equipment made that requires jpeg as input. Typical spec, this one from the Fuji website:


All popular desktop formats including PostScript 3, EPS, TIFF, PDF, both RGB and CMYK color spaces.

If you're stuck with this printer, ask him to be a little bit brave and try a PDF instead. Get him to experiment with a small PDF first. When he finds that works, he can tackle the big one. Many grande format shops are small operations with little technical understanding of the technology, but I've not come across one that didn't know how to handle a PDF.

If, in the last resort, you have to use jpeg, create it at 75 ppi, not 300. No 10 foot banner is viewed from 16 inches away, which is where it would have to be to justify 300 ppi artwork.

If even that isn't accepted, create a 120x120, 300ppi RGB document in Photoshop and place the .AI file, rasterize it, flatten, and output as a jpeg. Be prepared to wait while Photoshop works, because a huge image like that takes a long time to process.

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    Agree with the Alan's first 3 answers. A jpg that size is ridiculous. – GoofyMonkey Jun 14 '14 at 15:26
  • Really? TIFF of such size even more ridiculous. So printers use CMYK JPG. It is quite common here as well. – Vnovak Jun 16 '14 at 14:47
  • @Vnovak Nothing wrong with a CMYK jpeg in principle if it's not too compressed and there's no vector information in the file, but a 120-inch grande format banner at 300 ppi is ridiculous, no matter what the input file type is. – Alan Gilbertson Jun 17 '14 at 20:49

Well, the answer was done. Personally, I think more interesting how to solve a problem instead his many memory you need ) You can open Preferences - Performance and increase Memory Usage, as well as assign Scratch Disk to your drive with most of free space. Let me know if you still have an issue.

  • looks like not useful ))) can't help without any feedback.. anyway, never had issues with files up to 40,000 x 40,000px. – Vnovak Jun 16 '14 at 11:02

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