POSTER PRINTING HINTS
The plotter that is in the graphics department is a 36" plotter, the plotter itself can plot images that are 34" wide.The plotter leaves a border on the sides of the image, therefore it is important to keep this size in mind when you are designing your poster.
Text size: This is important, your poster will be viewed by people at a distance of approximately 3'-0", for this distance a typical poster size of 36" x 48" will need a minimum font size of 18 point.
Colours: Try to stay away from colours like YELLOW on WHITE, dark BLUE on BLACK, these colours look good on the computer screen but they do not print very well.
Embedding: Cut and paste works very well in most cases but this causes the image in Corel to be embedded which the program dose not like very much especially the plotter. Try to Export or Save the image as a Bitmap first and them IMPORT it into your corel file. This will prevent the embedding problem.
Transparency: If you would like to make the opeque white box around the bitmap transparent, export or save your work as a Gif, choosing the transparent feature in the dialouge box.
Finished work: All new images created in PhotoPaint must be Combined to Background first or this to will create problems.
Bitmaps: Editing a Bitmap, do this in a Software Package like PhotoPaint or PhotoShop instead of adding lenses in CorelDraw or Illustrator, the calculation time that the computer takes to send the poster to the plotter is reduce quit a bit.
Fills: Fountain Fills in Corel look very nice but do not create a circular blend (two colour mix that creates a rainbow looking fill), this fill looks good on the screen and prints very well in most small printers. On the plotter it prints solid Black, use the straight blend or create a multi colour blend, this prints well. If you must create one of these special fills, save them as a bitmap.
Backgrounds: Backgrounds must be drawn or they do not print (unless you change your defaults to print backgrounds). Changing the background page colour in the page setup is for viewing only, to add a background you must draw a box and fill it with your colour choice, solid colours or fills. To create a box the size of the page you have set up, double click on the box icon, this will draw a box around the page. Choose the page outline with your pointer and fill with colour of choice.