Same Day Poster Printing in San Francisco
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Here’s how San Francisco Photographer’s Group builds your next posters:
First, our art technicians review your job for several aspects such as size, embedded fonts, resolution, and bleeds.
Once your artwork as this review, your job is passed onto pre-press, the pre-press technicians job is to assemble orders for maximum printing efficiency customers’ jobs are grouped together for properties such as paper stock, size, quantity, and processing options.Hello every one, today we will be discussing which program to use to make scientific posters. You don't have much choice here, but I see frequently people screwing this up. Let's go over potential programs that people are frequently using. First we have normal powerpoint, you can also get this fro free if you use Open office, LibreOffice or StarOffice. and then we have three Adobe programs. We have Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. So which program should you use? Well actually powerpoint is not that bad most people are already familiar with powerpoint. And if you create a big spread in the beginning you can align all your objects on the spread and it's quite simple to use. So if you don't have much time for your poster and you want to have still a decent poster it's totally fine to use powerpoint. However as powerpoint is not supporting any vector graphics you should make sure that all your pictures are really big and have a heigh resolution (dpi). If people are interested I will also make a tutorial and show you how to use powerpoint to make your poster. Then we have the other three programs from Adobe. Let's talk about the obvious bad choice here this is of cause photoshop. As the name says it's fro photos and we want to make a poster. And the problem with photoshop is that it is pixel based so you would need to put out the actual poster for print in a very big resolution to get it to print nicely. Also photoshop doesn't support text very well. So for a movie poster photoshop is very nice but for a scientific poster with quite some text and some lines and figures and so on photoshop should never be considered for making a poster. Then we are left with InDesign and illustrator. And quite often people use Illustrator. And to be honest, that is not a very bad choice however we have some specific problems with illustrator. First wen don't have spelling correction. And then also some text features with text kerning, so the spacing between letters and things like that so the really fine detailed things are not very well implemented into illustrator. Also if you want to use boxes with rounded corners as it is used on posters quite often Illustrator has some problems if you resize the boxes. So if you pay attention when looking at some posters you can really tell if people made those with illustrator and just dragged the boxes to resize them and there where screwing up the corners. So why should you use InDesign then? Well InDesign works pretty much like powerpoint. You have a big spread where you can place things on. Also InDesign is very well made for text because it's made basically for print media like magazines and newspapers. And the really nice thing about InDesign is that it does integrate very well with illustrator and photoshop as well. So inDesign it self gives you the very nice text function and very nice boxes that look very well on posters. Also very nice features to align your elements on the poster it self. Because it's a layout program for print, that's exactly what we need. And the big trick with InDesign is that you can take your illustrator file, so lets say we have made a figure or flowchart. Vector based of cause so it prints nicely. We put it into InDesign and then it actually gets linked so now we have a complex figure in InDesign it self that we would normally make with illustrator, which we actually did. And if we now want to change something in this figure, we can just open the *. Ai document in illustrator and make our changes and this will be updated in InDesign automatically. The same thing goes for pictures that we make with photoshop. This way our main document is not very cluttered and it's still very very easy to work with. If you would do the same thing in illustrator we would get the problem that we would have all of our graphics in one document and this can get very messed up with different layers and so on, so we don't want to do that. So I highly recommend using InDesign and if you don't have much time and you are more familiar with powerpoint there is also nothing wrong with using powerpoint. Sure you can till use illustrator but I think inDesign has some key advantages above illustrator and pleas never try to use photoshop to make a complete poster. So it's very simple; InDesign for the layout, illustrator as the name is telling you only for illustrations and photoshop only for photos. If you keep those things in mid (almost) nothing can go wrong with your poster.
Several customers orders are placed into a single group, for greatest efficiency once assembled, the jobs are sent to plating.
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Here, the plate maker sends each job to an thermal infrared plate imaging machine.
Aluminum plates containing an infrared sensitive emulsion, load into the plate setter where it wraps around the imaging drum.
The drum spins at a dizzying thousand RPMs as an infrared laser exposes an image onto the plate.
From there, the now exposed aluminum plate moves to the processor, a four-step treatment is applied: developer chemical, water, buffing and gumming for further scratch protection.
A place for each color in the CMYK file are printed for transfer to the press.
Maxed out, the Komori press can print a stunning sixteen-thousand sheets per hour.
The Pressman takes the aluminum plates and hangs them on ink units each corresponding color.
Cling sheets are fed from the back of the machine.
A series of conveyers and rollers rapidly shoot each sheet under cyan, magenta, yellow, and black ink units.
The rollers even distribute shoot ink to the plates, which offsets the ink to a blanket roller than in turn applies ink to the paper, coated sheets are then fed through aqueous coating unit and run across heating elements for drying.
Every few hundred sheets, the pressman pulls a sheet for analysis.
He scans a color bar along the bottom edge for color accuracy.
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Visual inspection is also needed to check for highest quality, after printing the sheets move to the cutter.
A large industrial cutting machine slices up to 1,000 sheets.
Each job is then separated for transfer to their Particular finishing processes.
From there, your booklets are placed into a machine for scoring and folding.
A conveyer allows for continuous loading of jobs for maximum efficiency.
After the worker activates the machine, each booklet shoots towards the folder plates where up to four folds are applied along with scoring.
The final step is stitching.
The stitcher loads your booklet pages sequentially into the saddle stitching machine, the gathering chain pulls each booklet to the stitching unit, which places two wire stitchings along the edge.
The booklets then move to the trimming unit, slicing off the remaining edges.
The result? A high-quality, quick turn booklet ready to ship via our in-house mailing facility to your customer’s door.All right every one, before we get started designing ur own poster with InDesign I want to show you some posters I made over the years in my studies as a biologist. Here we go with the posters. The poster you see here is the very first poster I made and this is really just this typical wall of text that you see so often. Every one just tries to get as much information on the poster as they can but on a conference no one will stand in front on a poster and read it for 10 minutes. Also you see here that the edge to the border of the paper is not very big. So, actually when I printed this thing and put it into the frame on the wall of our department it was cutting some text on the edges, because the frame was overlapping. So make sure you have also some distance from your text and the border. Also make sure that the color is really emphasizing something important. In this case here the color is emphasizing on something that is more background information and not really your own result. But your poster, it's your poster / your research and you should pitch your results to the person who is looking at your poster, and not some "boring" background information. The next poster was part of my bachelor thesis. As you can see in this poster, putting boxes around your text can give your poster a little bit more structure. However the layout on this poster is still very tight, there is not a lot of (free) space. And if you look clotser you will spot some small arrows that are pointing to the next box you should read. If your poster layout needs arrows to give the reader a guide which panel to read next, your layout is probably not very good. So the poster should have a natural flow and should be self explaining which way it should be read. I also think text wise this is still a little bit to much and you should cut down on the information. Here you see a poster from my bachelor thesis again. this one I made a few years later as part of an English course. And as you can see here, the amount of text is a lot less and also the bars on the side give the poster a nice structure and flow. So it's not confusing, you know where to start reading and which way to go. Actually I stole this poster idea pretty much from another poster. But thats not a big problem, because I think design is always redesign. Look at some posters and get inspired and just take the best parts from each poster for your own poster. At the end of the day, it wont look one to one the same you always will have your own style a little bit in there. I also want to point out that you have a picture of your organism which is always nice, because people might not be familiar with the organism in this case its some fungi on the anthers of the flower (the black dust). And then in the material and methods, you have a nice flow chart which makes it really easy to explain to your viewers what you actually did. And then the most emphasize is of cause on your results. And also the graph here is keep very very simple. And you have a map, which shows some population structure. So with a poster like this, it's really easy to explain the results of your work. This poster I made in my time in Sweden in a group project with some other people where we were working on sustainability. And actually I really like this poster because its very simple. We brought this poster to a conference and it was really nice to discuss the poster in front of people because you have only very little text and a few pictures so it's not overwhelming, it's very clear. And you can point out the important thing of your project very well with the pictures. So it's easy to pitch the main idea to the people who are interested in your poster. Whoever this really depends on the topic you want to present because if you have some scientific experiments and things like this you also need to include some background information and material and methods things. So in this case it was just a (small) project we were working on, not so much data more like a concept on a project that could be implemented in schools to get kids reconnected to nature. This next poster is also a little bit unconventional. This one is about a concept in developed for sustainability to visualise the main idea of sustainability in another way. I actually never had the chance to show this off somewhere but I think still it's a nice layout, because it's not your traditional layout in columns. I mean columns give you a very nice structure. But if we see this poster compared to your standard posters on a conference I'm pretty confident that people get interested in the poster because it just looks different, it stands out. And standing out should also be a goal of your poster to get people interested. However this is kind of a difficult thing because it is scientific data you can't do it like this most of the time. This is more like a louse concept and you don't have the typical structure of your normal poster. But maybe keep in mind that you should have one eye catching element on you poster, even if it's traditionally organised. I always like to look at some info-graphics on the web. So if you do a quick search on google for info-graphics, you will find a lot of them. The funny thing about info-graphics is, they also present some information to you but usually people really like to read them, because they are prepared in a nice visual way. And this is incredibly difficult to really make also with your scientific data because scientific data is a lot of the times very complex. But if you manage to break down your data and make it even a little bit like a info-graphic, I think it will look very nice. So you could set your goal to make an poster that looks like an info-graphic, or even a movie poster or an ad. And if you keep those ideas and concepts in mind, while you're making your poster you poster hopefully will not look like an info-graphic but it also won't look like a boring poster with a lot of text in it. So it really is something in between which which I think is very appropriate for a scientific poster. So it will be visible in the mass of posters you find on conferences but it won't right jump at you in a very negative "too manny colors" way. This one is the latest poster I made, and I had it on two conferences in 2012. And one one I actually won a poster prize YAAAY! ; ) This one is presenting the results of my master thesis. And as you can see here, I have basically two main figures with the results so you really want to cut down on your results, and only show the most important key things. And other than that, it's a pretty standard poster with a two column layout and with a eye catching Dinocras cephalotes, the organism I worked with, on the side here. Also notice again, we have a flow chart for our methods. And one thing I like, the main question and some key conclusions so if someone walks by your poster, he can read the question; what was the goal of the research and then the conclusions what did they find out. And then decide if they are interested in reading the poster further. What is maybe bad about the poster that it's a little bit clouded, could be a little bit less text a little bit more free space and also not every one might be a big fan of the colorfulness of this poster. So with colors it's kind of up to you which colors you like. But don't overdo it with to much colors keep it very consistent with the layout and also the text, don't mix to much stuff. Actually the secret, why I think I won did win poster prize is on the corner right here. I made a video for the poster, so people could take their smartphones and scan the little QR code down here to see a 3 minute video presentation about my work. And if you want to take a look at the video you can click on the poster right now to see that video. And actually as you are watching this video almost to the end, I shall give you another great tip how to win a poster prize. I went to two conferences where this hapend, it's quite funny. Because if you build a moddel of your organism this sounds very stupid, but like build an insect out of some paper or what ever and have it this size and just put it on your poster. Because this really helps your poster to stand out and on two conferences people who did this actually won a poster prize. So even if you don't study biology if you study physics or what not, you could build the star that you are working on of you could build a little house if you are an architect. just something that is sitting in front of your poster and this will really help your poster to stand out and I would say very likely help you win a poster prize. So if you are building something like this, make sure to send me a picture and tell me how it went on the conference. However, don't get to excited, don't get especially your hopes to high for conferences. Sometimes it really can happen that no one cares about your poste ror your topic and you just sit there for two hours and no one is talking to you. this pretty much hapend to one of my posters but then on the next conference I got a prize for it. But don't focus to much on those things, make a great poster because you enjoi doing it and because you think its fun to have a nice looking poster. All right I hope I was able to give you dome do's and dont's. We now going to get into much more detail when we are making the poster and I will point out all the little things you should take good care of. I have chosen to make a poster about how to make a poster, because I think this will help me personally to keep it to 300 words and tell you only the key things that you should really watch out for when you are making your poster. Because I could stay here for one more hour and tell you all the little details but in the end it's really important that the key points on your poster are right. However, I will also if I make a poster about scientific things, about my research again I will also talk about this a little bit more, so that you can also see what it is like to make a scientific poster about your research project. Because I think making a poster about your research, it's a little bit more difficult than making a poster about some arbitrary topic like "how to make a poster" or "what color is the sun" or what ever. So you can click here to go to the next step and there we will open up InDesign and start making our poster. However I really hope you have watched the first video, you can watch it here and check that you have checked of all points in the "What to do before making a poster" check list in the introductory video. So, let's get started!.