Q. Are there any special considerations when printing a poster from a PowerPoint slide?
PowerPoint was not developed as a print layout software package. It is important that the proper steps are taken to ensure your file will print successfully.
- When designing in PowerPoint, never "copy and paste" image graphics into your file. Always "insert as picture."
- There are occasionally inconsistencies between the screen version of your slide and the printed output. These include text shifting or wrapping to the next line, or colors appearing somewhat differently than they do on your monitor. If these issues are of concern, we suggest using software designed for handling print layout, like Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, or Photoshop, all of which are available in the Digital Media Lab and on all computers in the Information Commons.
- Avoid using preset pattern fills for graphs and other objects as they may not show up clearly.
- "Ungroup" all graphs, charts, and formulae generated outside of PowerPoint after insertion to prevent printing errors.
- All symbols must be "inserted". After placing your cursor in a textbox, go to the Insert menu, then choose Symbol and select the symbol you want to place in your file. If the symbols are not placed in your file through the Insert menu, they may not print.
- We strongly recommend exporting your PowerPoint slide as a PDF, JPG, or TIFF, preferably on the same computer you used to create the slide, before bringing it to the lab for printing as a poster. Make sure your final file is at least 150dpi at the size you wish to print it. (for example, a 24" x 36" poster should be 3600 x 5400 pixels.) All Information Commons computers provide this functionality. We also recommend bringing your original PowerPoint file to the lab, just in case of any problems.
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