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    Best way to make poster in photoshop

    I have to make a poster for a class, so I want to make it look nice with photoshop, whats the best way to do this, by this I mean the size of the file, how to print it out in multiple pages and cut it to fit to make one big poster, I am clueless on making posters or anything that is bigger than a regular paper.

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    I would us adobe Illustrator, you can do everything in vector format, print it up on a normal piece of paper, then hand your professor the disk if he want's it full size, Or take the .AI file to a printing place that would support it.

    The thing about vector is you can resize it to any size and it won't loose any quality.
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    How big a poster?

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    umm, this isnt for a computer class, i have to print it up myself, and im not paying for someone else to do it, hence why I posted here. And to top it off, I dont have illustrator, soo, that'd be why I asked for how to do it in photoshop. Any size really, probably size of normal poster board, which Im not sure how big that is.

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    Hi Kyle. Maybe this link will give you a little inspiration. I recommend using A4 (8x17) for your poster. It's big enough to be considered a poster, and you don't have to worry about cutting and pasting (unless of course, it's required) for printing. Anyway, the automation tools (for PS 7 and above) come in very handy for projects like this .

    Good luck.

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    ok, I dont think I needed the tut for that but thanks, Thanks for the dimensions too, I think I am just going to use the dimensions of regular postar board though. Now, what you mean by "cutting and pasting" is the printing of X amount of pages to get the full poster? This is my problem, I need to know how to go about printing these so that I can use a paper cutter and put each page together on the poster board. I know that you could just drag the image around in the print preview area but it wont give you the exact results of the poster enless you spend a ton of time examining which pixels it ended at, so that I know which to start printing at.

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    i promote my own club night and often have to produce posters and flyers. i simply use the Photoshop A3 preset, give myself guides 1cm in from each edge, then start designing

    or are you talking about billboards? like a big roadside billboard?

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    Designing big print stuff in Photoshop is painfully slooowwwwwwww, even on a very fast computer, just so you know.
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    use illustrator...and it only costs like $10 to get it printed at a quick service printer like Kinkos
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    gah! OK, I am aware that I should be using illustrator, I dont have it, and I am aware that I should get it printed at a shop, but I am not going to, so, please answer my question...
    Is there a wat to print these multiple pages withut useing a hit and miss on the movement of the image(in print preview)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K. Wolfe
    gah! OK, I am aware that I should be using illustrator, I dont have it, and I am aware that I should get it printed at a shop, but I am not going to, so, please answer my question...
    Is there a wat to print these multiple pages withut useing a hit and miss on the movement of the image(in print preview)?
    I suppose you could create guides every 8 inches across and 10 inches down (about the printable size of a piece of paper), flatten your poster layers, copy and paste each "page" to a new document and print them out. Then cut off the borders and put it back together.

    One recommendation if you are going to adhere it to a posterboard, use some form of spray-mount to stick them on. Using regular glue or a glue stick will wrinkle the paper and make it difficult to get the edges lined up and near impossible to keep the edges down.
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    yup, I have some spray glue, I used it for my science fair project last month. Thank you, I ithink I will do what you said in splitting it up into sections on different documents.


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