- Please do not use dark backgrounds. These can be
expensive to plot due to high ink volumes required and also do not look good.
Colors appear darker when plotted as opposed to how they appear on the computer
- If you use an image as your background in
PowerPoint, use the Design tab, select Background Styles, select your image and
set Transparency to 75 percent. Make sure your image is close to the XY ratio of your
slide, as it will be stretched to fit.
- Leave at least 1/2 inch margins, based on final
output size, and ensure that the object boxes are all within the poster.
- Maximum paper width is 42 inches.
- If the longest dimension of your final product is 42" or less, to reduce paper waste please select the features tab in printer properties and check Autorotate.
- A 60" paper cutter is located in room 112.
- PDF files created on a Mac can sometimes be problematic. If this is the case try using Adobe Photoshop to send the PDF to the plotter.
Hot off the presses... It would appear that the below methodology is no longer prudent at PowerPoint 2013. Plotting directly from PowerPoint now may be the preferred alternative for plotting a PowerPoint presentation. Please give this a try first, rather than converting to PDF as indicated below. Please use the printer configuration instructions in the below PDF section as a guide.
- Powerpoint does not always play well with our
plotter. To be on the safe side, you should use a PDF format.
- First, make sure your presentation is saved in
- Then, save it as a PDF file using the Office
Button > Save As > PDF.
- Open this PDF file with Acrobat Reader and
proceed to the following section.
NOTE: PowerPoint only allows maximum X and Y
dimensions of 56 inches. This sometimes is not long enough for a poster or
banner. To create posters larger than 56 inches, create the slide (i.e.,
poster) in PowerPoint at a scaled-down size, and then scale the print up when
it is plotted.
Acrobat Reader (PDF)
- Select File > Print.
- In the Name: field of the Print dialog box,
using the drop-down menu, select "Plot Room 224".
- In the Comments and Forms: box select Document.
- Click the Properties button.
If you are scaling your document, choose the
appropriate option for Page Scaling: Most likely this will be Fit. You will see a small preview, including dimensions, in this Print window.
This will help you determine the layout of your resultant output.
Click OK to print. Please watch your poster
start to plot... layout/page/paper size problems are evident immediately. If
there is a problem, the red X button on the plotter will cancel your plot.
- Select the Paper/Quality tab.
- Click the Custom... button.
- Enter a Name other than Custom.
- Set the desired Width and Length of the output.
If this is different than the size of your slide due to scaling, maintain the
XY ratio of your slide.
- Click the Save button.
- Click the OK button.
- In the Print Quality section, under Standard Options, move the slider from Quality to Speed.
- If the longest dimension of your final product is 42" or less, to reduce paper waste please select the Features tab and check Autorotate.
- Click the OK button.