This how-to is adapted from material prepared by Kirk Larsen, Professor of Biology. For a PDF of Kirk's material which includes screenshots, see Creating and Printing Large Format Posters.
The easiest way to create a large format poster is by making a single custom-sized slide in PowerPoint 2016. Follow the steps below to set up your poster.
A large format plotter is available for a reasonable fee in the Document Center in Main. A second HP plotter is located in the GIS Computer Lab (Valders 377) for use only by approved faculty/staff/student users from the science division (sign-up for approval must be with Michelle Einck in SHL 231). Valders 377 has networked Windows machines with USB slots, CD-ROM, and PowerPoint 2016. The plotter has regular draft paper, while some departments have their own rolls of high-glass photo paper for printing for professional meetings. Extra ink cartridges and rolls of draft paper are kept locked in the closet behind the door of V377. The steps below refer to printing for yourself in Valders 377.
Printing out a (partially) blank poster – check for a “ghost” overlay background and remove it!
Images or Graphs printing in “strips” in inverted order – some types of images do not print properly, even though they appear OK on screen. Delete the image from your poster, resave the image in an outside graphics program as a jpeg or tiff image, and reinsert it into your poster. This seems to happen with images that are copied from other programs and pasted into the poster slide, rather than using the insert option.
Out of ink or out of draft paper – extra supplies are available in Valders 377. If you use the last of any item, please notify Michelle Einck immediately so supplies are available when others need them.