Poster Printing

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Poster Printing

Types and Sizes of Paper Available

36″(roll) paper is the default width. It is 46# paper, and there is a 0.5″ unprintable margin. The CAT recommends avoiding prints longer than 80,” as the prints get rather awkward to handle, and the absolute length limit is the 100′ of the roll

42″(roll) width paper is also available. Right now all I have is 36# which is lighter weight, but 46# is available on request with a few days of lead time. Again, there is a 0.5″ unprintable margin, and the maximum recommended length is still around 80.” The absolute length limit is still the 100′ of a single roll. Best results are obtained from printing from source files. Be aware that PDF files will give very large margins.

OIT’s IDSC has 44″ printers: http://www.pdx.edu/oit/idsc-printers

NOTE: Be aware that IDSC only accepts PDFs for printing.

Printing Costs

Final costs have not yet been set. Currently, 36″ regular poster paper is around $2.50 per linear foot.

You can cover the cost of a roll of paper from the Facilities store as payment.

Poster Making Software

The poster can be created in any number of tools. We recommend Powerpoint, Publisher, or Adobe Photoshop. Open source equivalents, or Google Docs or Slides may also work. Keep in mind, Microsoft 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 when blown up.

NOTE: Some things should be kept in mind when printing posters

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.

Color Choice: Greens are very hard to accurately reproduce. Avoid them if possible.

File Size: Please create the original poster and PDF to actual size.

Fonts: 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 make sure to let us know you’ve done so.

Proofread: Please remember to spell check your work – grammatical errors are a small thing to lose a print over.

Poster Making Tips

  • Try to avoid saturated background colors; what looks good on the screen often does not translate to paper, and it uses a lot of ink and often wrinkles the paper.
  • Be sure to save for yourself separate files of images/charts, in case changes need to be made for printing purposes. The final file that the poster will be created with should be saved-as out to a new filename as the final source file. This gets rid of the history information and improves the stability of the file.
  • This new source file 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.
  • If you need to get the scale for your poster, an easy way to preview a poster at close to scale is using a projector in one of the classrooms so equipped.
  • Please send the source file(s), include tested and inspected PDFs made from the source files.

Submitting a Poster

We need at least two business days notice, and send the request with the files attached to plotter@cat.pdx.edu. Let us know either a delivery location in FAB or EB, or if you can come (and if so 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.

If 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.

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 date.