How to make/print posters
Using the physics department poster printer
Lab Home --
Experimental facilities --
July 2008 instructions, written by Pearl Young
- Make your poster in powerpoint. Specify the dimesions of your
powerpoint slide to the final dimensions of your poster. The
SURE program recommends poster be 44" high and 48-54" wide.
- Install \\scribe\Macro as a printer on your computer or print
off a computer
that already has \\scribe\Macro as a printer.
- Make sure the poster printer is on, has paper and ink, etc.
Take note of the width of the paper roll while you are there as
you will need it in step 6.
- If you need to put a paper roll in the printer, open
the second door, and follow the 10-step instructions there.
Follow them carefully, and remember that 44 cm is approximately
1.5 feet. After you finish the 10 steps, follow the on-screen
prompts to make sure the printer is ready to go.
- Jon Carr is an expert on this printer, so ask him for
- To print from a Weeks lab computer: Open the powerpoint file
that you would like to print.
- Choose File --> Print, and then select \\scribe\macro as your
- Select properties (next to the printer choice.) Go to the
paper quality tab
and select "advanced".
- Paper size should be "PostScript Custom Paper Size." "Edit
custom paper size" to be the dimensions of your poster & select
whether the long or the short side feeds in first. This should
correspond with your measurement of the paper roll width in step
- Click "OK" twice and return to the original "print" menu.
Make sure none of
the extra options are selected (Grayscale, Scale to paper size,
etc.) And then
- You may want to check the printer after a while to make sure
it's printing what you want. It took about 15 minutes for the
printer to receive my file and then about an hour to print it.
Older version, written by Piotr Habdas
- Go to ducttape
- Log in and double click the corel draw 12 icon
- click open and in the c:\Temp\ directory there is a
file called FreshSemPoster3.cdr which you should open
This is your file to edit.
- First important thing you need to do before pasting
any text or figures is to set the size of your page.
So, find out at the conference site what is the size
of the poster they want then go to Layout and scroll
down to Page Setup. Then you can input the size of
the poster (width and height).
- Now you're ready to copy/past/type pictures or text.
To type a new text click "A" on the tool bar to the
left. If you want to edit old text: click just double
left click on it.
- If you're finished with your poster and you are happy
with it, and what's more important Eric likes it
it's time to prepare it for prining. First, save
it as usual cdr (corel draw) file. You should be
doing this along making the poster anyway. Then export
it as AI file (Adobe Illustrator) by going to File and clicking Export
and choosing the AI file type. You have some more parameters
that you can play with, I never did, before clicking the
- Now you have file to print. Close the Corel Draw and open
your exported file with Adobe Photoshop. Be patient it
takes some time. I left the AI file in the Temp directory
- It's time to print !!! Go to File, and setup the printer.
Make sure the printer that you are going to print on is
\\Scribe\macro. If you print your poster on EH_print01 it will be
very small. Change the paper size to 44" by 62" or smaller. The
width of the paper in the printer is 44" but double check this
with Jon Carr who it's a good idea to call before prining (make
sure the printer is on, etc). Chose Landscape orientation.
- Then, go to File and choose the print options. This is important
step. If you set up the printer correctly you will see a preview
of your poster on a sheet of paper and it's dimensions to the
right of that preview. You, can now scale the poster to fit the
paper or change it's orientation. Just make sure it looks
fine and you're happy with the poster's dimensions.
- Still in the Print Options Hit PRINTTTTTTTTT
and be patient, it can more than 4 hours to print the poster.
- Copies of the template files are on Ducttape in Temp/
and on Luma in PeterConferences/2004GRCTeachingPoster/ --
any of the cdr files can be used as templates.
- One important note. It may be possible with this new
version of corel draw to print on the big printer straight from
the program. So you wouldn't have to do all the exporting etc
to Adobe. Guy Jameson mentioned that with the new version of
corel draw he was successful with that. It might be worth a
try in the future.