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.