How to Create and Print a Poster

Written by daniel ketchum
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Creating and printing your own poster can be a fun project to undertake. You may want to create a poster for a school or work project, or you have a great idea for a poster for your child's room. You can even include your children in helping you design personalised posters for their bedroom walls. Whatever type of poster you wish to create and print, the process can be a creative and enjoyable one. Best of all, it isn't a hard project to do.

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    Design the type of poster you want to create. Use a sketchbook and coloured pencils to create your poster's design or layout. For example, if your poster is a collage of various photos, then laying out your photos in the pattern you want them to appear is a good idea. Or, you could draw a basic representation of them so as to give you a better idea of how you want your design to look. If your poster needs to include information for a business poster that will be advertising products or services, then creating a list of the types of information your poster must include is important.

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    Select a graphics program to use to create your poster. When choosing a graphics program consider the complexity of your design to determine the type of program that best fits your needs. For example, if you are creating a very basic poster, like an image of a child's drawing or a poster that uses various types of clip art, then using a basic program like Microsoft's Paint program will likely suffice. However, if you need a more professional-looking design or will be adding various elements (photos, graphics, text) to your overall design, then a more advanced program like Adobe Photoshop might be a better choice. If you don't have access to Photoshop, a good alternative is GIMP, a freeware program with many of the same capabilities as Photoshop.

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    Open a "New" file in the program you select. Choose a background like white or transparent. Plug in your desired resolution setting, as well as the height and width of your document. When using Photoshop or GIMP, remember to experiment with the various options available in the program to create or enhance your design. Filters, colour variations, and a variety of tools make creating highly professional posters much easier, even for those with little graphic design experience. If you are adding text to your poster, be certain to review the available font selections to find the perfect font for your poster. Also, remember to make use of the layers feature, if available; this will make the process of creating the various elements of your design (and then changing them when needed) much smoother. Save your design as a high resolution JPEG for printing.

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    Choose a printing method. You can print smaller posters on your home or office computer. The maximum size for printing smaller posters on the average printer is 11'' by 17''. For larger posters you will normally need to find a printing service like the ones offered by office supply chains like Staples or FedEx Office. Another option is to have your posters printed by an online company like CafePress or Zazzle. With these companies, you will need to upload your poster design to their site first.

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