Poster Production Workshop Andy Rogers Office of Information Technology Capital University http://www.capital.edu/it/posters/ firstname.lastname@example.org 236-6508
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.
Where To Start? Initial Page Setup Formatting & Composition Graphics Page Setup for Printing Final Inspection Saving & Transporting Other Methods Agenda
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 • 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
Slide Show vs. Freestyle Layouts “Freestyle” “Slide Show” Combination
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 • 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
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
Graphics • Photo file types • .JPG/JPEG, .TIF/TIFF, .BMP • Avoid .GIF • NO Animations!
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 • 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 • 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 • Variety of graphics programs • Can print JPG/JPEG, TIF/TIFF, & PDF • Avoid word processing & page layout program files • Can convert to PDF
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 email@example.com • Include “poster” reference in subject line • Website: http://www.capital.edu/it/posters/