Poster Creation with Adobe Illustrator
Here are some helpful Middlebury-specific pointers concerning poster creation using Adobe Illustrator.
Naming Your File
Filenames should be your course number, an underscore, and your userid. Like this: COURSE0101a_userid.ai. For example, if I were taking a first year seminar, my poster would be called FYSE1090a_jdurante.ai
Important Plotter Printer Lore
- The plotters thrive on gentle handing. DO SEEK HELP for any task, including changing paper or cleaning the plotter.
- A poster can take up to 20 minutes to print! Schedule your time accordingly and avoid waiting until the last minute before class or during crunch times when many posters are due on the same day.
- Be patient. The plotter will cut the paper for you when the print job is done. Please be patient and wait for job to cut on its own! Tearing can cause considerable damage to the printer.
Location of Poster Printers & Getting Help
- The Wilson Multimedia Development Lab in the Davis Family Library (DFL 220). Contact a DLINQ intern in the lab for assistance.
- Armstrong Library in McCardell Bicentennial Hall (MBIH 209). Contact Shawn O'Neil (443-3286) for assistance.
Getting Started - Setting Up Your Document
The first thing you will do is make a new document. The document size is set in this initial process and Illustrator will read the embeded information in the document everytime it is opened.
- Select File > New (opens the New Document dialog box)
- Name your file (see “Naming Your File” above).
- In the Artboard Setup:
- For Orientation, select Landscape
- For Size, select Custom
- For Units, select Inches
- For Width, enter 64.5
- For Height, enter 41
NOTE: Height and width here are relative to the orientation of the document. If you are using portrait (vertical) orientation, set your width to 41 and your height to 64. If you are using landscape (horizontal) orientation, set your width to 64 and your height to 41.
Remember that the physical width of the paper is 42 inches. We used the dimension of 41 inches because the poster printer does not print to the edge of the paper.