Media Making

This guide is aimed at helping you learn more about media sources

Using the Plotter to print posters

The Plotter Printer 
 Plotter Printer at the Holman Library

When you need to print an oversized print, the Plotter is your best option! This tabbed box has more information about how to successfully print from the Plotter. Click on the links to navigate, but also keep in mind that the librarians are always happy to review your printer settings or poster before you print! It can sometimes be a tricky process, and an extra pair of eyes always helps, so don't hesitate to stop at the nearby reference desk for help!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plotter printer at the Holman Library

 

 


Printing size options

Common paper sizes chart

Step 1 - Before you print:

Save/export your poster file as a PDF:
  • Open your document
  • Click File-->Export
  • Adobe will require that you log in with your Adobe ID in order to access your PDF. If you need to create an Adobe ID, please use the link below.

*you should be able to export your file as a PDF regardless of the application that created it

Step 2 - Open your PDF:

Adobe Acrobat logo

  • Use Adobe Acrobat* to open your PDF by right-clicking on your PDF file and selecting Open with -->Adobe Acrobat

Note: *Do not double click on your PDF file to open your document. Files will open in a web browser rather in Adobe Acrobat

**You may be asked to create an Adobe ID with your GRC email address when you open Acrobat

  • Click the print icon 

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printer options highlighting printer setting

Step 3 - Print setup

  • Select the Plotter from the list of available printers

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Screenshot of printer selection menu with plotter printer selected

  • Click Page Setup and select the paper size that best matches the size of your document (you may need to go up a size if you don't see an exact match)
Oversize E (44"x34") is the most common size used for poster printing

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Screenshot of page setup dialog box with Oversize E paper selected

  • Check the Print Preview window to see if you need to resize your poster

Step 4 - Resize and print:

Do you need to resize your poster?

  • Close the Page Setup box and click Fit AFTER choosing your paper size
  • You should see the image in the print preview window expand to the proper page size

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Screenshot of Fit button in Print Dialog box

Printing
  • If everything looks ok, go ahead and click the Print button
  • Log in to the color print release station to release your print job

Note: **For step-by-step printing instructions and troubleshooting tips click the printable guide in the left column.**

Poster Printing During the COVID Shutdown

Printing information

The Holman Library (HL) and Technology Building (TC) computer labs both have plotter printers available to students wishing to print large color posters. 

Cost:
  • printing a poster on the plotter will use 100 printing points (students are allotted 350 print points per quarter)
File size:
  • the maximum file size you can send to the printer is 500MB.
File type:
  • most students will save and print their poster as a PDF (even if the poster was created using PowerPoint, Publisher, etc...). Use Adobe Acrobat* to open your PDF document. Double-clicking on the PDF file will open your file in a web browser and you will not see the same print dialog boxes described below. *You may be asked to create an Adobe ID with your GRC email address when you open Acrobat.
Paper size: 
  • the plotter printer prints from a roll of paper that is 36" wide. The most common size for printing posters on the plotter is 34"x 44"  also known as "ANSI E", " Oversized E" or just "E". Click the Page Set-up button to select the correct paper size. 
  •  You can enlarge a smaller design to poster size by clicking the Fit button after choosing the larger size paper. *Please be aware that any low-resolution images on your poster may become blurry or pixilated as you enlarge your poster. 
Resizing:
  •  You can enlarge a smaller design to poster size by clicking the Fit button after choosing the larger size paper. *Please be aware that any low-resolution images on your poster may become blurry or pixilated as you enlarge your poster. 

In filling out the print-request form, please specify your chosen paper size, in the "special formatting" section.

Designing Posters


Using LinkedIn Learning 

Access thousands of video tutorials on creating multimedia projects and using multimedia software with LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com). Topics includes:

  • Graphic Design
  • Photo Editing
  • PowerPoint
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • Publisher