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Poster Printer Faq - December 2007

 

This document is a  work in progress and contains suggestions to avoid problems.  Some of the suggestions may not always be necessary (e..g., PowerPoint isn’t always squirrelly at 56 inches), but all of them have helped fix problems at one time or another.

 

Please report errors in this document to mailto:request@ldeo.columbia.edu.

 

In General:

1) What's available to print my poster?

2) Using Fonts

3) What file format to use?

4) What is the longest plot I can make?

PowerPoint:


5) How do I make a plot wider or higher than 56 inches?

6) My plot is 56 inches, but it’s still cut off – what’s wrong?

7) How do I set the document and paper size for printing?


Illustrator:


8) How can I place other graphics in the poster without causing problems?

9) How do I set the document and paper size for printing?

 


In General:

 

1) What's available to print my poster?


There are two poster printers.  Both are 600 DPI and make excellent prints.

 

HP60 [HP5500 Designjet] 60 Inch – Seismology (1st floor)


       See this for installation:

              http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/ldeo/it/Hardware/HP60.shtml


       See this for a web-cam of the plotter:

               http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/network/Hardware/hp60-cam

 

HP61 [HP Z6100ps Designjet] 60 Inch Seismology (1st floor)


The HP6100 is a new plotter. It is similar in size and function to the HP60.

See this for a web-cam of the plotter:

         http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/network/Hardware/hp61-cam

 

2) Using fonts.


Use only fonts that the plotter supports.  For a list of fonts that the HP60 supports go here.  If you use a  font the HP60 does not support, the plotter may substitute a font that doesn’t fit in the space you provide, or the plot may not print at all.  The HP54 is less demanding in this respect and can use the fonts you have on your computer, but it’s better to stick to the HP60 fonts so you have two places to print.


3) What file format to use?

In most cases, it is better not to convert your plot to another format for printing.  Try first to print from the application you used to create the plot.  We are more familiar with Illustrator, Photoshop, and Power Point if you need help.  If printing from the application does not work, the next thing is to save a copy of the plot as PDF and try to print the PDF file.  If that doesn’t work, contact us (mailto:request@ldeo.columbia.edu).


4) What is the longest plot I can make?

On the HP60 this is around 8 feet.  On the HP54,  6 feet.

 

PowerPoint:


5) How do I make a plot wider or higher than 56 inches?

You can’t, using PowerPoint alone, at least as far as we know.  If you figure out a way tell us.  And, it’s safer to limit your size to say,  54 inches.  PowerPoint sometimes gets squirrelly at the full 56 inches and cuts stuff off.

 

Here is an example to create a 6 x 4 foot landscape plot using PowerPoint followed by Adobe Reader on a Mac (OS X).  For a PC see the following example.

In PowerPoint:

File->Page Setup->Custom

   "             "        ->Width->54 inches

   "             "        ->Height->36 inches

(this gives the same aspect ratio,  3 x 2, as a 6 x 4 foot plot)

   "             "        ->Options->Settings:->Page Attributes

   "             "        ->Options->Format for:->HP60 (or however you installed it)

   "             "        ->Options->Paper Size:->54"x72" (>= 4'x6')

   "             "        ->Options->Orientation:->Landscape (either one)

   "             "        ->Options->Scale:->100 %

   "             "        ->Options->OK

   “             “        ->OK

 

File->Print->Printer:->HP60 (or however you installed it)

   "         "  ->PDF (lower left hand corner)->Save as PDF (and save it)

 

In Adobe reader:

 

File->Open…->(the PDF file you saved above)

 

File->Page Setup->Format for:->HP60 (or however you installed it)

  “            “        ->Paper size:->54” x 72”

  “            “        ->Orientation:->Landscape (either one)

  “            “        ->Scale->130 % (133 % may give squirrelly behavior)

  “            “        ->OK

 

File->Print->(third list box down =) Copies and Pages

  “        “  ->Page Scaling->None

  “        “  ->Print

 

Here is an example to create a 6 x 4 foot landscape plot on a PC with Office 2000 and Adobe Acrobat Professional 4.0.  Adobe Reader alone isn’t enough – you need the Professional version to write the PDF file.

 

In PowerPoint:

File->Page Setup->Printer->Name:->HP60 (or however you installed it)

   "             "        ->Paper->Width->54 inches

   "             "        ->Paper->Height->36 inches

(this gives the same aspect ratio,  3 x 2, as a 6 x 4 foot plot)

   "             "        ->Orientation->Landscape

   "             "        ->OK

 

File->Print->->Acrobat Distiller

  "         "       ->Properties->Layout->Landscape

  "         "                         ->Paper/Quality->Advanced->Paper/Output->Edit Custom Page Size->Width->36

  "         "                                                                                                                                 ->Height->54

  "         "                                                                                                                                 ->Paper Feed Direction->Short Edge First

  "         "                                                                                                                                 ->OK

  "         "                                                                    ->OK

  "         "                          ->OK

  "         "        ->OK

 

Then in Acrobat:

 

File->Open…->(the PDF file you saved above or it may open automatically)

 

File->Page Setup->Name:->HP60 (or however you installed it)

  “            “        ->Paper->Size:->54” x 72”

  “            “        ->Orientation:->Portrait

  “            “        ->Properties:->Layout->Orientation->Portrait

  “            “                           ->Paper/Quality->Advanced->Paper Size->54x72

  “            “                                                                     ->Scaling->130 (133 % may give squirrelly behavior)

  “            “                                                                     ->OK

  “            “                           ->OK

  “            “         ->OK

 

File->Print->OK

 

6) My plot is 56 inches, but it’s still cut off – what’s wrong?

It’s safer to limit your size to say,  54 inches.  PowerPoint sometimes gets squirrelly at the full 56 inches and cuts stuff off.  If you change your size after you’ve created your plot, you may create other formatting problems.  Start with 54 inches.

 

7) How do I set the document and paper size for printing?

Here’s an example for a plot 54 inches wide by 36 inches high.  Substitute your own dimensions (don’t exceed 54”) and set the orientation as needed.  Pick a Paper Size that is bigger than the Page Size – in this example, the Paper Size is 42” x 60” (compared to the Page Size 54” x 36” – the dimensions are exchanged to fit using Landscape mode).

 

File->Page Setup->Custom

   "             "        ->Width->54 inches

   "             "        ->Height->36 inches

   "             "        ->Options->Settings:->Page Attributes

   "             "        ->Options->Format for:->HP60 (or however you installed it)

   "             "        ->Options->Paper Size:->42”x 60”

   "             "        ->Options->Orientation:->Landscape (either one)

   "             "        ->Options->Scale:->100 %

   "             "        ->Options->OK

   “             “        ->OK

 

File->Print->Printer:->HP60 (or whatever you called it)

   "         "  ->Print (lower right hand corner)

 

 

Illustrator:

8) How can I place other graphics in the poster without causing problems?

When placing a graphic in your poster, make sure that the Link box is not checked.  It is checked by default, so be sure to turn it off.

 

File->Place…->(uncheck Link near lower left corner)

 

9) How do I set the document and paper size for printing? 

Here’s an example for a plot 72 inches wide by 48 inches high.  Substitute your own dimensions and set the orientation as needed.  Pick a Paper Size that is as big or bigger than the Page Size.  The example was done with Illustrator 11.0.0 on a Mac.

 

File->Document Setup…->Artboard

                                     ->Size:->Custom

                                     ->Units:->Inches

                                     ->Width:->72

                                     ->Height:->48

                                     ->Orientation:->(pick landscape)

                                     ->OK

 

File->Print…->Print Preset:->Custom

                 ->Printer:->HP60 (or however you installed it)

                  ->PPD:->Default (designjet 5500ps) (this should already be there)

                  ->Media->Size:->Custom

(this should fill in Width, Height, and Orientation correctly)

                  ->Width:->72 in (this should already be filled in)

                  ->Height:->48 in (this should already be filled in)

                  ->Orientation:-> (landscape) (this should already be filled in)

 

The small plot preview in the lower left should look correct – if it doesn’t something is wrong – fix it before pressing print.

 

Note: Versions of Illustrator before 11.0  look different.  In Document Setup, check the box Use Print Setup.  Click on Print Setup… to go to Print Setup.  Set the Printer Name: (HP 60 or however you named it), Paper Size:, and Orientation, in that order.  Click OK and OK.  This locks the Page and Paper Sizes together for less confusion.  The Print window doesn’t have a preview (bummer).

 

11) HP60 Fonts:

AdobeSansMM

AdobeSansXMM

AdobeSerifMM

AlbertusMT

AlbertusMT-Italic

AlbertusMT-Light

AntiqueOlive-Bold

AntiqueOlive-Compact

AntiqueOlive-Italic

AntiqueOlive-Roman

AntiqueOliveCE-Bold

AntiqueOliveCE-Compact

AntiqueOliveCE-Italic

AntiqueOliveCE-Roman

Apple-Chancery

Apple-ChanceryCE

Arial-BoldItalicMT

Arial-BoldMT

Arial-ItalicMT

ArialCE

ArialCE-Bold

ArialCE-BoldItalic

ArialCE-Italic

ArialMT

AvantGarde-Book

AvantGarde-BookOblique

AvantGarde-Demi

AvantGarde-DemiOblique

AvantGardeCE-Book

AvantGardeCE-BookOblique

AvantGardeCE-Demi

Bodoni

Bodoni-Bold

Bodoni-BoldItalic

Bodoni-Italic

Bodoni-Poster

Bodoni-PosterCompressed

BodoniCE

BodoniCE-Bold

BodoniCE-BoldItalic

BodoniCE-Italic

BodoniCE-Poster

BodoniCE-PosterCompressed

Bookman-Demi

Bookman-DemiItalic

Bookman-Light

Bookman-LightItalic

BookmanCE-Demi

BookmanCE-Demiltalic

BookmanCE-Light

BookmanCE-LightItalic

Carta

Chicago

ChicagoCE

Clanendon

Clarendon-Bold

Clarendon-Light

ClarendonCE

ClarendonCE-Bold

ClarendonCE-Light

CooperBlack

CooperBlack-Italic

Copperplate-ThirtyThreeBC

Copperplate-ThirtyTwoBC

Coronet-Regular

CoronetCE-Regular

Courier

Courier-Bold

Courier-BoldOblique

Courier-Oblique

CourierCE

CourierCE-Bold

CourierCE-BoldOblique

CourierCE-Oblique

Eurostile

Eurostile-Bold

Eurostile-BoldExtendedTwo

Eurostile-ExtendedTwo

EurostileCE

EurostileCE-Bold

EurostileCE-BoldExtendedTwo

EurostileCE-ExtendedTwo

Geneva

GenevaCE

GillSans

GillSans-Bold

GillSans-BoldCondensed

GillSans-BoldItalic

GillSans-Condensed

GillSans-ExtraBold

GillSans-Italic

GillSans-Light

GillSans-LightItalic

GillSansCE-Bold

GillSansCE-BoldCondensed

GillSansCE-BoldItalic

GillSansCE-Condensed

GillSansCE-ExtraBold

GillSansCE-Italic

GillSansCE-Light

GillSansCE-LightItalic

GillSansCE-Roman

Goudy

Goudy-Bold

Goudy-BoldItalic

Goudy-ExtraBold

Goudy-Italic

Helvetica

Helvetica-Bold

Helvetica-BoldOblique

Helvetica-Condensed

Helvetica-Condensed-Bold

Helvetica-Condensed-BoldObl

Helvetica-Condensed-Oblique

Helvetica-Narrow

Helvetica-Narrow-Bold

Helvetica-Narrow-BoldOblique

Helvetica-Narrow-Oblique

Helvetica-Oblique

HelveticaCE

HelveticaCE-Bold

HelveticaCE-BoldOblique

HelveticaCE-Cond

HelveticaCE-CondBold

HelveticaCE-CondBoldObl

HelveticaCE-CondObl

HelveticaCE-Narrow

HelveticaCE-NarrowBold

HelveticaCE-NarrowBoldOblique

HelveticaCE-NarrowOblique

HelveticaCE-Oblique

HoeflerText-Black

HoeflerText-BlackItalic

HoeflerText-Italic

HoeflerText-Ornaments

HoeflerText-Regular

HoeflerTextCE-Black

HoeflerTextCE-BlackItalic

HoeflerTextCE-Italic

HoeflerTextCE-Regular

JoannaMT

JoannaMT-Bold

JoannaMT-BoldItalic

JoannaMT-Italic

JoannaMTCE

JoannaMTCE-Bold

JoannaMTCE-BoldItalic

JoannaMTCE-Italic

LabalinGraphCE-DemiOblique

LetterGothic

LetterGothic-Bold

LetterGothic-BoldSlanted

LetterGothicCE

LetterGothicCE-Bold

LetterGothicCE-BoldSlanted

LetterGothicCE-Slanted

LetterHothic-Slanted

LubalinGraph-Book

LubalinGraph-BookOblique

LubalinGraph-Demi

LubalinGraph-DemiOblique

LubalinGraphCE-Book

LubalinGraphCE-BookOblique

LubalinGraphCE-Demi

Marigold

MonaLisa-Recut

Monaco

MonacoCE

NewCenturySchlbk-Bold

NewCenturySchlbk-BoldItalic

NewCenturySchlbk-Italic

NewCenturySchlbk-Roman

NewCenturySchlbkCE-Bold

NewCenturySchlbkCE-BoldItalic

NewCenturySchlbkCE-Italic

NewCenturySchlbkCE-Roman

NewYork

NewYorkCE

Optima

Optima-Bold

Optima-BoldItalic

Optima-Italic

OptimaCE-Bold

OptimaCE-BoldItalic

OptimaCE-Italic

OptimaCE-Roman

Oxford

Palatino-Bold

Palatino-BoldItalic

Palatino-Italic

Palatino-Roman

PalatinoCE-Bold

PalatinoCE-BoldItalic

PalatinoCE-Italic

PalatinoCE-Roman

StempelGaramond-Bold

StempelGaramond-BoldItalic

StempelGaramond-Italic

StempelGaramond-Roman

StempelGaramondCE-Bold

StempelGaramondCE-BoldItalic

StempelGaramondCE-Italic

StempelGaramondCE-Roman

Symbol

Tekton

Times-Bold

Times-BoldItalic

Times-Italic

Times-Roman

TimesCE-Bold

TimesCE-BoldItalic

TimesCE-Italic

TimesCE-Roman

TimesNewRomanCE

TimesNewRomanCE-Bold

TimesNewRomanCE-BoldItalic

TimesNewRomanCE-Italic

TimesNewRomanPS-BoldItalicMT

TimesNewRomanPS-BoldMT

TimesNewRomanPS-ItalicMT

TinesNewRomanPSMT

Univers

Univers-Bold

Univers-BoldExt

Univers-BoldExtObl

Univers-BoldOblique

Univers-Condensed

Univers-CondensedBold

Univers-CondensedBoldOblique

Univers-CondensedOblique

Univers-Extended

Univers-ExtendedObl

Univers-Light

Univers-LightOblique

Univers-Oblique

UniversCE-Bold

UniversCE-BoldExt

UniversCE-BoldExtObl

UniversCE-BoldOblique

UniversCE-Condensed

UniversCE-CondensedBold

UniversCE-CondensedBoldOblique

UniversCE-CondensedOblique

UniversCE-Extended

UniversCE-ExtendedObl

UniversCE-Light

UniversCE-LightOblique

UniversCE-Medium

UniversCE-Oblique

Wingdings-Regular

ZapfChancery-MediumItalic

ZapfChanceryCE-MediumItalic

ZapfDingbats