Psychology Poster Printer Tutorial: Document Formatting
PAGE SIZE - VERY IMPORTANT
- It is VERY IMPORTANT that your document fits one STANDARD (8x11") PAGE. The poster printer will perfectly resize it to fit the size paper you have loaded.
- You should be able to print a mini preview of your poster on any standard laser printer on normal paper.
- Do not try to create a custom page size like 60"x30". The printer is expecting a document of 8x11". If you choose not to heed my advice and try to override this setting, you will be very frustrated and printing a proper poster will be difficult.
- If you format it improperly, please resize your document to fit the Standard page criteria. I will not assist in the printing of custom sizes.
- You may select either a portrait (longest top to bottom) or a landscape (longest side to side) page orientation.
- You may use any program or file format that MS Office and Adobe CS can open. This includes Powerpoint documents, PDF, JPG etc.
- The Powerpoint 'transparency' percentage setting for adjusting the tone of background colors prints oddly. Don't use it.
- The printer allows for a small white border. Do not try to reduce the standard page border in powerpoint or other program too much, or your poster may be cropped.
- Posters with white backgrounds and without a frame all the way around generally look best.
- There is not a font size recommendation. If it seems to be readable and you like the difference in size of your titles to text, it will look great when it is on a poster too.
- Use the 'zoom' function in Powerpoint to help with layout.
- When using graphics, avoid low resolution web icons and graphics. They may pixilate.
- Posters should be short and concise and not be a reprint of your entire paper.