Poster Production Workshop
Office of Information Technology
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? Page Setup for
Initial Page Setup
Composition Saving &
Graphics Other Methods
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
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
Save slides as .jpg files
Create poster slide & insert like photos
Photos & text boxes
Background/Foreground – High Contrast
– Usually dark text on light background
Photo for background? “Wash out”
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
Video display resolution vs. print resolution
Web content usually intended for video display
Screen resolutions may distort in print
Check printability before using
Photo file types
.JPG/JPEG, .TIF/TIFF, .BMP
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
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!)
USB “thumb” drive
E-mail to yourself for backup
– (no network/Internet access on poster printer computer.)
Save in multiple locations!
Variety of graphics programs
Can print JPG/JPEG, TIF/TIFF, & PDF
Avoid word processing & page layout
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Include “poster” reference in subject line