Attention to All
- The dimension of a standard size of poster is 36 x 48 inches (121 x 91 centimeters)
- The cost of printing a color plot is depending the printing material (paper type), the contents of the poster (images/graphics) and the size of the poster. The following is the general cost for a standard size color plot.
- The cost for non-standard size posters varies depending on the size and contents.
- If there are multiple plots to print it is best that we have all of them at once, as there is a fixed cost to warming up the plotter.
NOTE: YOU ARE REQUIRED TO MAKE THE PAYMENT WHEN YOU SEND THE POSTER FILE TO GIS LAB.
- The payment can be made either by internal requisition (FUND) or (CASH) only to one of the Instructors (Ping / Scott). The contact information is listed at the end of this page.
- NO Cheques and Credit card
- NO PD fund for the payment as there are some issues on money transfer on PD fund.
- In general, the GIS lab can print any file format:
- Power Point
- If you send a PDF file, make sure you have the PDF file in the right size (36″ x 48″, check it by clicking File->Properties in Acrobat Reader), otherwise the poster has to be scaled to the poster size, that will cause lower quality of the graphics/images due to the scaling.
- Do not use transparency in any situation for PowerPoint file . It causes problem when the poster is sent to plotter.
- We recommend you bring the original file to us (i.e. do not print to postscript incase some minor changes have to be made)
-i.e. is the plot was created in powerpoint (ppt) bring that file to us and we will print a postscript file here.
Use standard fonts to ensure that the GIS Lab will have the same fonts you have used
- The standard posters are 36″ by 48″. The maximum page size for the plotter is 42 inches by 120 inches. Remember that the plotter needs at least one inch for the printing edge. So do not put poster contents too close to the page edge (leave one or two inches at edge)
- You must remember to have the correct page size when creating your poster in whatever environment you are working in. Otherwise, scaling will cause the final output looks different, especially for the images.
- The HP 5500ps cannot print plots to the very edge of the paper, we recommend that 2″ margins are used around the extent of your plot
- When setting up the plot remember that the maximum resolution of the HP 5500ps is 1200 X 600 DPI, giving us a plot with higher resolution imagery will result in more time to print, but will not result in higher quality.
- The posters printed with the HP 5500ps can be laminated. We do not do laminating in GIS Lab. London Drugs and SpeeDee do the laminating job. You can contact them for instructions and prices.
- The HP 5500ps can handle file sizes of up to one gigabyte (in postscript format). In practice, all plots should be smaller than this, unless they are composed of many high-resolution images (satellite imagery, aerial photos, etc).
- Printing a plot requires a fixed amount of time, at bare minimum it is best to give us the plot at least 3 – 4 full working days before the plot is required, but to be safe four days is recommended (in case revisions are needed on the plot or hardware problem on plotter, such as plotter parts replacement, ink shortage, etc).
- If you are preparing a plot for the HP 5500ps, it is good practice to let us know when you expect to give it to us and when you need it by, if you have any questions, contact one of the Senior Lab Instructors.