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 (Plotting Instructions - Creating a .pdf file ).

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.
Properties

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.
Printer Select

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 GPlotter, Plotter 1, and Plotter 4

5) Select the Advanced tab

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

6a) Under Paper/Output->Paper Size:, select the desired preset

Standard Size

IF YOU WANT TO PRINT A CUSTOM SIZE

6b)
Under Paper/Output->Paper Size:, select PostScript Custom Page Size
Custom Size

7b) Enter the desired Width and Height
Custom Settings

Instructions for Plotter 5 and Plotter 6

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
Standard Size

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
Custom Settings

Instructions for all plotters are the same from this point on

8) Ensure Paper Handling->Page Scaling is set to None

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 the Helpdesk window. When your job disappears from the queue, you can pick it up from the Operations Center

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