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Poster Production Workshop Andy Rogers Office of Information Technology Capital University http://www.capital.edu/it/posters/ helpdesk@capital.edu 236-6508 Why require a workshop? 30+ minutes to print if file ready. Previously, people often not really ready. Highlight most common issues.

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poster production workshop

Poster Production Workshop

Andy Rogers

Office of Information Technology

Capital University

http://www.capital.edu/it/posters/

helpdesk@capital.edu

236-6508

why require a workshop

Why require a workshop?

30+ minutes to print if file ready.

Previously, people often not really ready.

Highlight most common issues.

Reduce last minute problems & delays.

agenda
Where To Start?

Initial Page Setup

Formatting & Composition

Graphics

Page Setup for Printing

Final Inspection

Saving & Transporting

Other Methods

Agenda
where to start
Where To Start?
  • Complete all research and writing first
  • Plan & prepare/gather text clips & graphics
  • Save components separately!
      • Might have to start over from beginning
      • Difficult to re-gather graphics, quotes
      • Save everything individually, separately
      • Keep until poster printed
  • Storyboard – Rough sketch of poster
initial page setup
Initial Page Setup
  • Using PowerPoint
      • Poster is essentially giant slide
  • Portrait vs. Landscape Orientation
      • Normally portrait, check with Symposium committee member
  • Final dimensions 36 x 48 (35.5 x 47.5)
      • Setting now vs. later
  • Slide Show vs. “Freestyle” poster
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Slide Show vs. Freestyle Layouts

“Freestyle”

“Slide Show”

Combination

formatting composition
Formatting & Composition
  • Inserting content
    • Slideshow
      • Save slides as .jpg files
      • Create poster slide & insert like photos
    • Freestyle
      • Photos & text boxes
  • Background/Foreground – High Contrast
    • Usually dark text on light background
  • Photo for background? “Wash out”
graphics
Graphics
  • Charts & Graphs
      • Photo vs. original
          • Poster printer chokes on charts & graphs
      • Should use photo
          • Create chart/graph on separate slide in separate PPT presentation
          • Save slide as JPEG
          • Insert in poster like photo
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Graphics
  • Resolution
      • Video display resolution vs. print resolution
      • Web content usually intended for video display
      • Screen resolutions may distort in print
      • Check printability before using
graphics10
Graphics
  • Photo file types
      • .JPG/JPEG, .TIF/TIFF, .BMP
  • Avoid .GIF
  • NO Animations!
page setup for printing
Page Setup for Printing
  • If in default page size, set to poster size
      • 35.5 x 47.5
  • Check layout & proportions
      • May change when size changes
final inspection
Final Inspection
  • Poster cost is $4.25 per foot
      • mistakes are expensive
      • “free printing” certificate does not cover reprints due to content or formatting mistakes
  • Check spellings, data, graphics, formatting, etc.
      • Catch problems BEFORE printing!
saving transporting
Saving & Transporting
  • CD-R (avoid CD-RW)
  • Floppy diskette (definitely back up!)
  • Zip
  • USB “thumb” drive
  • E-mail to yourself for backup
        • (no network/Internet access on poster printer computer.)
  • Save in multiple locations!
other methods
Other Methods
  • Variety of graphics programs
  • Can print JPG/JPEG, TIF/TIFF, & PDF
  • Avoid word processing & page layout program files
      • Can convert to PDF
hours support
Hours & Support
  • Poster hours Mon-Thu, 9-7; Fri, 9-4:30
  • Can assist with PowerPoint questions, printing
  • Cannot assist with poster design nor revisions
  • Questions to helpdesk@capital.edu
      • Include “poster” reference in subject line
  • Website: http://www.capital.edu/it/posters/