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Plotting Instructions

Instructions for printing posters from the PCs in the Mudd 101 Computer Lab

These instructions assume that you already have a .pdf file ready to print. If you need help saving your plot as a .pdf file, click here ([Link for document 68671 is unavailable at this time.] ).

1) Open the plot in Adobe Acrobat Pro
The instructions are similar for Adobe Reader, though the screenshots may not match precisely.

2) Verify the size of your plot
Go to File->Properties (or press Ctrl+D) to open the Properties menu. Look at the Page Size of your .pdf file and ensure that it matches the desired size of the poster. If not, return to the program you used to create your plot (probably Powerpoint) and ensure your size settings are correct.
Figure1-Verify.png
3) Open the Print dialog box
Go to File->Print (or press Ctrl+P) to open the Print menu. Select which plotter you wish to print to.
NOTE: Select gplotter if you wish to print on glossy paper. Otherwise, select from Plotters 1, 4, 5, and 6 based on whichever has the least items in its queue. You can view the plotter queues on the monitor in the Helpdesk window.
Figure2-Print_Dialog.png
4) Click on the Properties button

At this point, the instructions diverge slightly depending on which plotter you have selected. Make sure you are following the correct set of instructions

Instructions for Plotter 1, Plotter 2

5) Select the Advanced tab

IF YOU WANT TO PRINT A STANDARD SIZE SUCH AS 36X48" (ARCH E)

6a) Under Paper Options->Document Size select More..., then select the desired preset

Figure3-PaperOptions.png


IF YOU WANT TO PRINT A CUSTOM SIZE

6b)
Under Paper Options->Document Size select the button labelled Custom...
Enter the desired Width and Height, and Name the custom size
Figure4-Custom.png

7b) Enter the desired Width and Height

Instructions for GPlotter

 5) Select the Paper/Quality tab

 IF YOU WANT TO PRINT A STANDARD SIZE SUCH AS 36X48" (ARCH E)

 6a) Under Paper Options->Document Size select More..., then select the desired preset

gplotter1.png

 IF YOU WANT TO PRINT A CUSTOM SIZE

6b) Under Paper Options->Document Size select the button labelled 
Custom...
Enter the desired Width and Height, and Name the custom size

gplotter2.png


Instructions for all plotters are the same from this point on

8a) Note:  Select the appropriate setting for Paper Sizing & Handling and 8b) Select the Orientation

paper sizing and orientation


  • Fit
  • Shrink oversized paper
  • Actual Size
  • Custom Scale 
  • Choose paper source by PDF page size
Take a look at the Preview (step 9)


8b) Select the Orientation


  • Auto portrait/landscape
  • Portrait
  • Landscape


9) Ensure the dimensions marked on the preview image are correct

10) Click OK to print!
Final Steps

11) You can see the status of your print job on the monitor in front of Student Support Helpdesk (Mudd 103) or Operations Center (Mudd 109 - Lobby) window. When your job disappears from the queue,  your job is still printing / drying and will shortly be ready for pick it up outside  Operations Center (Mudd 109 window).

Plotter Queue

GPlotter - Glossy plotter jobs take longer to "finish" due to drying time.

Caution:  If Plotter 5 or Plotter 6 print queue is full, jobs sent to the full queue may not print properly due to memory resources of plotter.







Keywords:poster, plotter, plotting, printing, .pdf, paper, computer lab, mudd   Doc ID:68662
Owner:Diane Y.Group:Rice University
Created:2016-11-14 10:51 CDTUpdated:2021-03-25 01:37 CDT
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