How To Print
Various Ways of Printing Posters
by: Jinky C. Mesias
There are so many ways of printing posters, just choose the one
that you deem is much easier for you.
The steps involved are quite simple to follow and anybody can do
it. The first thing to do is to find and then open the Adobe Photoshop
application. Then Open from the file menu. Choose your file and
then click Open. If ever you want to resize your image, bear in
mind that any changes made in the physical size of your image will
have a direct effect on its file size. The larger the physical size,
the larger the file size and a large file size takes quite a while
to process. What you can do is to print at a resolution of 150 dpi.
The reason for this is that, even if you choose a much higher resolution
it will only be deemed useless since additional data from a higher
resolution is usually ignored by the printer. Then don’t forget
to use RGB color mode. If you’re already satisfied with the size
of your image then you may save your file.
To save your file you have to choose Save As from the file menu
in which a dialog box will appear prompting you to type a descriptive
name for your file. Be sure to select Photoshop EPS as your format
however if ever the Photoshop option is dimmed then you ought to
click Cancel and then check if your image has been flattened. Afterwards,
choose a directory and then click Save. To print your saved file,
you may just open an on-screen preview and then print away.
The first step is to set the page setup size to 8.5”x11” or A4
or you may choose to use the custom 36”x48” or the 50”x56”. However,
the generally used page size is the 36”x48”. The second step is
to set your page to either landscape of portrait bearing in mind
that the poster is capable of 50” wide printing.
The tables and text should be created in PowerPoint and should
never be cut and pasted from other window applications. Then place
all of your texts and pictures in a slide which will be printed
to become your poster later on. However, you have to use very small
font sizes if you want to include every text on the page. You may
use the Zoom function to see what you have typed that is of course
if you use the small page sizes but if you have chosen to use the
custom page size (36”x48”) then you may view it at a 100%. This
will display how your poster will come out. And another thing, avoid
using dark backgrounds on your posters since it will only make your
poster susceptible to scratches and then make fingerprints more
obvious. Then save your work on a 3.5” diskette or Zip 100 or 250
mega disk or CD or you may save it on a USB Flash Drive.
There is a need for you to create your poster to actual size. You
may make use of Document Set-Up 42xN or 36xN. To view the actual
size of your poster you may choose 100%, this way you can verify
the resolution as well as the quality of your poster. Then don’t
forget to make use of RGB color mode for that vibrant color of your
poster. In order not to have any problem with your font, make use
of only the cross platform system fonts either Arial or Times New
Roman, two of the most reliable fonts.
Likewise, ensure that you bitmap images are scanned to a high enough
resolution of 150 dpi. Any resolution much higher than 150 dpi will
only result to excessive file size and will just be ignored by the
Refrain from using solid black or dark backgrounds since it make
the surface of your poster prone to scratches and make fingerprints
more visible. Then Save-As as EPS but be very careful not to insert
any special fonts or you may Export your file as a Tiff rasterizing
the image to a 150 dpi.
Just like the rest of the poster printing methods, canvassing requires
for you to create your poster to actual size. To do this you have
to Layout/Document setup 42xN or 36xN. Then view your file at 100%
to verify the resolution plus the quality. Then make use of only
system fonts either Arial or Times New Roman. Make certain that
the bitmap images contained in your file are scanned to a resolution
of 150 dpi. Then as usual refrain from using dark backgrounds. You
may save your file as Tiff rasterized at 150 dpi or you may also
save it as an EPS file as long as you don’t have any problems with
| About The Author
Jinky C. Mesias is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in
Business Administration Major in Management. She is at present
an Associate Manager of a Life Insurance Corporation and
a freelance writer.
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