Plot a Poster


  1. IMPORTANT! If you are charged for printing, please be aware that any job sent to the plotter will be charged to your account. If your plot job fails due to printer malfunction or misconfiguration please bring the failed output, with the time, date, and your userID, to room 231, room 113, or place it in the room 116 mailbox of Steve Andariese within 24 hours. The charge will then be expunged from your account. You will be charged for the entire poster even if you cancel it and only six inches are output!
  2. IMPORTANT! Sometimes the Plotter may report unable to connect or the Printer Properties button referenced below is grayed out. To rectify this,
      open Devices and Printers,
      right click over the plotter,
      select Printing preferences, and
      click Okay.
    The Printer Properties button generally is now funtional.
  3. 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 monitor.
  4. 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.
  5. Leave at least 1/2 inch margins, based on final output size, and ensure that the object boxes are all within the poster.
  6. Maximum paper width is 42 inches.
  7. 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.
  8. A 60" paper cutter is located in room 112.
  9. 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.

Microsoft Powerpoint, Adobe PDF, et cetera...

  1. Select File > Print.
  2. Select "Forestry Plot Room 224 on acadprint4...".
  3. Select Printer Properties. (If grayed out please see number 3 above.)
    • 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 tab, under Standard Options, move the slider from Quality to Speed.
    • Select the Features tab and in the Roll Options section check Autorotate and set the Roll width to 42 inches.
    • Click the OK button.
  4. If you are scaling your document, choose the appropriate option for Page Scaling... most likely this will be Fit or Scale to Fit Paper.
  5. 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.

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.