Poster Printing

Report
Pharos
Poster Printing
OIT Large Format Printer/Plotter in ERB 1102:
INSTRUCTIONS
R.10/23/2012
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
 Read ENTIRE instruction manual carefully!
 Your poster needs to be on a SINGLE SLIDE in Microsoft Powerpoint. We
are currently developing printing instructions for other programs, but for
now, this is the easiest way to print from the plotter and the best way to
ensure your poster prints correctly.
 Replenishing supplies is costly. Precisely follow the instructions; double
check everything and ensure that what you’re printing is what you want. A
second print attempt will be charged to you, unless the plotter itself
malfunctions.
 If ANYTHING AT ALL seems wrong, wacky, or out of place, or you would just
like someone to double check something, talk to the Lab Support Staff.
It’s what we’re here for. :)
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Before Printing
About Image Quality:
 If you are using ANY kinds of images, ensure they are hi definition,
as anything less will come out pixelated/distorted when printed.
 To see if your poster will come out distorted, zoom in on it in PPT.
The following chart will tell you how far to zoom in based on how
big your poster is meant to be once it has printed:
Length of Longest Side
Percent to Zoom To
11.5 inches
100%
22 inches
200%
36 inches
330%
44 inches
400%
(x) Inches
(10 · x)%
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Plotter Printing
 Open up your poster in Microsoft
Powerpoint
 Click the Design tab at the top of
the program, and on the left side of
the toolbar, click the button labeled
Page Setup.
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Plotter Printing
 In the “Slides Sized For” drop down
box, pick Custom. In the fields below,
change the Width to 44 in, and Height
to 36 in. Click OK. (note: This might
resize or stretch a couple things, double
check your poster to make sure it is the
way you want it)
 For posters OTHER than standard
size, refer to pages 7-11.
 Once you’re sure it looks right, click
File, then Print. For the Printer, select
the Plotter (Bsu Plotter Pearlcreek on
PEARLCREEK). Then Click Printer
Properties.
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Plotter Printing
 Under the Paper/Quality tab, open
the‘Quick Sets’ and select Poster.
Under ‘Paper Options’ click Custom.
 Under Custom Paper Size, change
the Width to 36 in, and Length to 44
in. Change the name to Poster .
Click Save and then click OK.
 Click OK, then click OK again to
return to the Powerpoint Print
Preview screen.
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Plotter Printing
 Your poster should fit the entire
preview screen with a small white
edge—this is because the plotter only
has a printable range up to the last
quarter-inch of the poster on all sides.
 If the poster does not fit the
description, consult the Lab
Support Staff!
OIT
Helpful info!
 If the preview looks correct, then click
the print button at the top and enter
your information in Pharos to print
your poster. Then swipe your print
card out in the hallway to send the job
to the Plotter, and the Lab Staff will
help you retrieve the job.
SKIP TO PAGE 12
Page 6
Plotter Printing
 For posters OTHER than 36” by 44”:
 In page setup under the design tab, select the size of poster that you’d like
to create. Ensure that the width is the longer side.
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Plotter Printing
 Go to File, and click Print. A preview screen like this should appear, with
your poster not fitting the scale of the page.
 Select BSU-Plotter Pearlcreek on PEARLCREEK as the printer, then click
printer properties.
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Plotter Printing
 Under the Paper/Quality tab, open
the ‘Quick Sets’ drop-down menu,
and select Poster. Under Document
size, click Custom.
 Enter the same dimensions you
entered under Page Setup for the
size of your poster (page 7). In this
case, it will force you to make width
the shorter of the two sides—this is
OK!
 Name the custom size by it’s
dimensions—here, it’s 34hx9.75w,
as that’s what is entered in these
fields. Click save, then OK.
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Plotter Printing
 Now click on the Features tab
 Under Resizing Options, click Print
document On: and select the custom
setting you just created.
 Look at the document preview on
the right; if it shows the poster is
oriented so the long side is vertical,
make sure to select the Rotate by 90
Degrees option. This lays it down,
long edge first. (If your poster is
LARGER than standard (36”x44”),
DON’T check the Rotate by 90 box)
 Now click OK to return to the Print
Preview screen.
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Plotter Printing
 Your poster should now be set up so that it’s centered, with only a tiny
white margin on the top and bottom of the long edges. There may also be
decent sized white margins on the left and right, this is OK.
 Final preparation step: Under slides, click Full-Paged Slides, and select
Scale to Fit Paper. This should make sure all edges of your poster are
visible when printed.
 If the poster does not fit the description, consult the Lab
Support Staff!
 If the preview looks correct, then click the print button at the top and enter
your information in
Pharos to print your
poster. Then swipe your
print card out in the hallway to send the job to
the Plotter, and the Lab
Staff will help you
retrieve the job.
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Plotter Printing
 When you are positive that your file
is ready to print, press OK. Check
the screen on the plotter to see if it
is receiving the data. If something
looks horribly wrong, press cancel
on the plotter (marked by red arrow).
 Remember, you will be charged to
reprint unless the plotter
malfunctions on its own.
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Plotter Printing: Catching
 Once the plotter has stopped printing, a drying delay will take place
and be timed in the printer dialog window.
 Pick up the poster by holding the edge closest to floor and hold it
away from the plotter (step back two or three steps)
 Leave some slack (the paper roll will move suddenly).
 Do NOT pull. You will hear a definite slicing noise from the cutter
when the plotter is done. After the poster is cut, you may need to
gently pull to help the poster release from the printer
 KEEP INK SIDE AWAY FROM YOUR CLOTHING, and let the other end
of the poster float down in front of you, ink side away
 Lay the poster over the printer or an empty computer station. Some
may take up to 30 minutes to dry, others are dry by the time the paper
is cut.
 Roll the poster with the printed side out so the edges don’t curl when
posted.
 Congratulations! If you have any suggestions for these directions,
please contact the Lab Support Specialist on duty or the OIT Labs
Manager at [email protected]
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