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Poster Printing Print
Written by thyme   
Thursday, 01 September 2016

Plotters in CAT/MCECS:

Types and sizes of paper available:

36"(roll) paper is the default width, it is 46# paper, there is a 0.5"
unprintable margin - maximum length? I generally don't recommend going much
past 80", the prints get rather awkward to handle, and the absolute length
limit is the 100' of the roll

42"(roll) paper is available, right now all I have is 36#, I can get 46# on
request with a few days of lead time - there is a 0.5" unprintable margin -
maximum length? I generally don't recommend going much past 80", the prints get
rather awkward to handle, and the absolute length limit is the 100' of the roll
Because of driver issues, best results are obtained from printing from source
files. PDFs give very large margins.

OIT's IDSC has 44" printers:
note: IDSC accepts only PDFs for printing


We're still working out what to charge, 36" regular poster paper probably is
about $2.50 per linear foot. Or you can cover the cost of a roll of paper from
the Facilities store.

Poster Creation Information and Guidelines:

The poster can be created in any number of tools, we recommend Powerpoint,
Publisher or Adobe Photoshop or open source equivalents. Some folks have
successfully used Google Docs or Slides. MS Word has a page print size
limitation that causes problems.

Highly detailed images and data charts may need to be down resized to keep file
sizes manageable and remember that grainy images only get grainier blown up.

Please create the original poster and PDF to actual size.
Try to avoid saturated background colors; what looks good on the screen does
not always translate to paper, and it uses a lot of ink and often wrinkles the

Greens are very hard to accurately reproduce.

Proofread! Proofread! Proofread!

Be sure to save for yourself separate files of images/charts in case changes
need to be made for printing purposes.
Fancy or unusual fonts should be avoided as they do not always translate well
into PDF. If you _have_ to use special fonts, please embed them in the PDF and
let us know you've done so.

Required margin:
Assume an unprintable white margin of at least 0.5" - so try to keep text and
anything critical inside a ~1.0 margin to allow for resizing.

The file that the poster was created with should be saved-as out to a new
filename as the final sourcefile.
This gets rid of the history information and improves the stability of the
This new sourcefile is what you want to use to make the PDF that I want sent at
least as a reference. I will usually print from the PDF as any needed rescaling
is easier.

An easy way to preview a poster at close to scale is using a projector in one
of the classrooms so equipped.

If we determine that changes need made to the poster, we'll let you know. If we
have any questions, we will do our best to track you down before your need

Please send the source file(s), include tested and inspected PDFs made from the
source files.

Proofread! Proofread! Proofread!

Allow at least two business days, and send the request with the files to

Let us know either a delivery location in FAB or EB, or if you can come(and
when) to our front desk to collect them.

The turnaround will depend on the availability of people to run the jobs, so if
you are sending more than 4 posters, please allow an extra day.
IFF you run into a time crunch with poster prep, your best option is to make
sure you contact the CAT in advance and that you verify that a HISS member
knows the posters are coming so we can be ready. And follow up emailing the
poster(s) with a phone call and keep calling until you get an acknowledgment
from a HISS member.

And please remember to proofread. -Peter Phelps


Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 September 2016 )

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