The fees charged by Central Services for printing posters are as follows:
$25.00 for a 24X36 inch poster or $30.00 for a 36X48 inch poster.
Printing requests can be made through the my.trincoll.edu portal by selecting the Poster Print Submission link from the Resources & Services category.
Before placing a printing request, it is advisable to verify that the poster meets certain criteria. Please look through the following list and make sure your poster meets these guidelines:
- If your poster is in a format different than PDF or PowerPoint, then you should convert your poster to one of these formats. For converting files to PDF, use Adobe Acrobat Pro and click on the Create button and from the list select PDF From File. Locate the file on your hard-drive and click Open.
- Be sure to test your poster on a Windows machine, since that is going to be the type of machine Central Services uses to print the posters.
- If your poster is a PowerPoint file, then you need to make sure that the slide(s) is/are the same size as your poster. Therefore, if you want to print a 2X3 feet poster, then you need to change the size of your slide in PowerPoint to 2X3 feet. In order to do this, in PowerPoint 2007, go to the Design tab and click on the Page Setup button. Type-in the width and height according to your poster size, select the orientation (landscape/portrait) and click OK.
- Pictures in the PowerPoint file have to be in one of these formats: .jpeg/gif/png. Usually, the jpeg and png formats provide better quality than gif pictures. To check the format of your pictures in PowerPoint 2007, right click on a picture, select Size and Position, and from the window that opens select the Alt Text tab. Here you should see the path to the picture on the hard-drive followed by the name of the picture and its format. To convert a picture to any of the file formats mentioned above, please use Adobe Photoshop to open your current picture and use Save As to save it to jpeg, gif or png.
- Make sure your graphics and pictures have a good quality, otherwise they will appear to have blurry or jaggedy edges. Keep in mind that printing a large poster requires pictures with large resolutions.
- If you copy/paste equations from Microsoft Word to PowerPoint, in some cases the equation appears as symbols rather than the equation you need. It is recommended that you use the same version of PowerPoint and Word to avoid any compatibility issues. Nevertheless, in some cases, the user does not properly copy the equation from Word. Here is what I mean by that: when creating an equation in Word, the text and all the symbols are placed in a text box->copying the text box does not result in copying the equation, such that when you paste it in PowerPoint it appears blank. To properly copy the equation, double-click the text box that the equation is in and select the equation and then copy/paste to PowerPoint.
- Use common font-types such as: Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana, Garamond, Courier etc. If you use a font that doesn't typically come with the distribution of the operating system, then rasterize the text. You can do this in Photoshop by creating a new transparent file and pasting the text:
- Open Photoshop
- Go to File->New
- From the menu select a width and a height for the document and select Transparent from the Background Contents drop-down menu.
- Click "T" on the keyboard to select the Horizontal Type Tool, click somewhere inside the document window and paste the text that you want to rasterize.
- Go to the Layer menu-> Rasterize-> Type
- Save your document by going to File->Save As and typing in a name for the file and selecting the format to PNG.
- Take the image and insert it in the PowerPoint poster.
- Proofread the poster's content.