I am using GIMP. And I want to design a very basic banner to be printed 3m long. The design is as simple as it could be : it consists of one logo that I have in pdf format (was designed by a professional graphic designer), and a bit of text. I believe this is a very easy task that would take 10 min to complete for someone who knows. It should be in 300dpi res. If I open a new file with 3m long dimensions and a 300 dpi res. the file will be a few GB big, and GIMP refuses to work with such a big file. (may not be the right way of doing) Do you know how to get started with that ?

Thanks in advance for the valuable tips !

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    You'll be better off using a vector application, such as Inkscape or Adobe Illustrator. Assuming that you only use vector elements, you should be able to get away with .pdf file for the banner that is less that 1mb.
    – Joonas
    Oct 2, 2014 at 9:19
  • A vector app should be the choice for this - try inkscape. Regardless of that, if you ever need a raster image for a 3m wide banner you should really consider if you will need 300dpi resolution. That resolution is good enough for photographic at text-reading distance, such as magazine pages, or printed photos. A larger work can - and should - go by with a smaller resolution. 30 DPI should be enough for a banner this large.
    – jsbueno
    Oct 2, 2014 at 20:54
  • Somewhat unrelated, but Paint.NET is better than GIMP on Windows. Oct 5, 2014 at 5:28

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As stated by Joonas I would use InkScape. If you are set on using Gimp you may consider a different ratio instead of 1:1. I would consult the printer with their desired specs and we do have some questions similar to this topic you may find helpful:

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