Printing Poster Size Tips?

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bonnijose
Oct 11, 2005
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hi everyone,
i have one of those large format plotters that can print up to A1 size sheets. last week a friend of mine asked me to plot for her several an image file on a large poster size – A1 in height and 2 meters in length.
the original picture is in tiff format and was made at a resolution of 400 dpi.
when i tried to plot it in the required poster size the resulting image size just caused my computer to hang. it was something in the size of
1.2 GB!!! is that correct? this was the file size that i see in the
photoshop information tab.
i have ample disk drive space for the scratch disk but my computer just hangs evertime i try to enlarge it to the needed size…

what am i doing wrong?
or how do those advertisers print those large canvass ads? thanks in advance…

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Mike Russell
Oct 11, 2005
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hi everyone,
i have one of those large format plotters that can print up to A1 size sheets. last week a friend of mine asked me to plot for her several an image file on a large poster size – A1 in height and 2 meters in length.
the original picture is in tiff format and was made at a resolution of 400 dpi.
when i tried to plot it in the required poster size the resulting image size just caused my computer to hang. it was something in the size of
1.2 GB!!! is that correct? this was the file size that i see in the
photoshop information tab.
i have ample disk drive space for the scratch disk but my computer just hangs evertime i try to enlarge it to the needed size…
what am i doing wrong?
or how do those advertisers print those large canvass ads? thanks in advance…

Use a lower resolution – 100 pixels per inch should be plenty for such a large poster. Verify that this is enough by plotting a small section of the image first, and increase the resolution only if necessary. —

Mike Russell
www.curvemeister.com
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KatWoman
Oct 11, 2005
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hi everyone,
i have one of those large format plotters that can print up to A1 size sheets. last week a friend of mine asked me to plot for her several an image file on a large poster size – A1 in height and 2 meters in length.
the original picture is in tiff format and was made at a resolution of 400 dpi.
when i tried to plot it in the required poster size the resulting image size just caused my computer to hang. it was something in the size of
1.2 GB!!! is that correct? this was the file size that i see in the
photoshop information tab.
i have ample disk drive space for the scratch disk but my computer just hangs evertime i try to enlarge it to the needed size…
what am i doing wrong?
or how do those advertisers print those large canvass ads? thanks in advance…

IF the file has more than one layer, flatten it first, then image size with resample UNCLICKED
if the resolution is way too low you may have to up it a bit but unlikely you need 400 for large poster, low 200’s is usually fine.
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Bart van der Wolf
Oct 11, 2005
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SNIP
i have ample disk drive space for the scratch disk but my computer just hangs evertime i try to enlarge it to the needed size…

what am i doing wrong?

You didn’t mention your platform (Win ?? , MAC, Linux, …). What were the spoolfile settings?
Have you tried Qimage (http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage/)?

Bart
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bonnijose
Oct 12, 2005
hi to everyone,
thanks for replying.

my specs are P4 2.8 winXP Pro using both PS6 (and CS Trial) at 1GB Ram, hd space ~80 GB Free.

if i resample it to 200dpi would that be course?

someone told me that i may need a RIP software but the PosterJet version is a bit expensive. we are only using our plotters for CAD drawings so we have not encountered this problem before.

do i really need a rip? any version that is free?
thanks.

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