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Making a poster with Microsoft Publisher

Sometimes we have no choice but to make a physical poster instead of using a video projector. Over the weekend, I used Microsoft Publisher to make a 48”x36” color poster. I have two tips for you. First, save your final, ready to print file as a pdf. The printing companies I contacted told me they greatly preferred pdf files. If you need a pdf, you’ll have it. If you don’t need it, no harm done in creating it. Second, I found that a flat panel HDTV is a great way to proof your final draft.

Even my 30” computer monitor was too small to really evaluate how a printed 48”x36” poster would actually look. It’s important to look at the final draft at the same scale the final printed poster will have. Using a flat panel HDTV similar in size to the final poster lets you see the entire file or almost the entire file with little to no scrolling. Because printing and mounting of large posters is expensive, you have to get it right the first time. Get a clear plastic ruler and hold it up over the ruler bar in Publisher. Change the size of the displayed file until an inch on the displayed ruler is an inch on your physical ruler. Now you know that the image you are seeing on the HDTV is the same scale as your print will be.

Published Monday, December 05, 2011 10:05 PM by John Paul Cook

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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is both a Registered Nurse and a Microsoft SQL Server MVP experienced in Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. Experienced in systems integration and workflow analysis, John is passionate about combining his IT experience with his nursing background to solve difficult problems in healthcare. He sees opportunities in using business intelligence and Big Data to satisfy healthcare meaningful use requirements and improve patient outcomes. John graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics and is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2.
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