Poster Printing Tips & FAQ

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How can I save a copy of a poster to my computer?

1.) Click the poster and you will be taken to it’s page here on my site and you will see the full resolution version. Be careful that you don’t just “right click” a poster within a post. The version that appears within a post, or on Facebook, is a reduced resolution version and will result in very poor print quality. By clicking the poster first, you will land on a page that has JUST the poster displayed, like this one: http://venspired.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/youmatter.jpg   :)

2.) Right Click and Save the file.

3.) Print it: Take to your favorite poster printing company, see below for some ideas.

4.) Share it forward. If you use a poster, please do something nice for another educator. That’s what education is all about.

 

How can I save a copy of a poster you’ve created from Flickr?

1.) You can view my Flickr Photostream or visit the Poster Set 2013 (or NEW: Poster Set 2014)  on Flickr. You’ll notice some posters are from my old site (TeachFactory) and some from here. All of these posters are downloadable, from free, straight from Flickr.

2.) Click the poster to view it full size in your screen.  Then right click.

3.) You should get a pop-up box that will have the options for various sizes. If you plan to print, go for “Original Size.” If you simply plan to use in a digital format, the smaller sizes will work.

4.) Once you select your size, the size will display and you can right click to save to your hard-drive!

How can I print these posters?

1.) Once you have the poster saved to your computer, you need to select a place to print it.  You can print on your home computer, a local photo printer for pickup, or you can use an online service and have them mailed directly to your home or school.  Options include Staples, MPix,  WalMart, Walgreens, Shutterfly, Costco, VistaPrint, and the list goes on.  I print everything from Costco because that’s where I’ve found the most inexpensive pricing ($1.99 for 11×14, $2.99 for $12×18, $5.99 for 16×20, and $8.99 for 20×30) with the best quality.

2.) Consider the ratio of the poster when you select a print size.  When you upload, you will be asked to select what size you would like.  You will often receive a warning if the photo will be cropped in the print or if the resolution is not high enough for the size you’ve selected.  A poster made for an 8×10 is the same ratio as an 16×20, but if you wanted to print that same poster as a 12×18, since the shape of the rectangle varies, cropping will occur.  Many times, you can adjust this yourself before clicking “Order,” and that will allow you to crop off the part of the poster that might not matter as much.

3.) If you’re printing for classroom use, I highly suggest Luster finish.  You typically get the option of glossy or luster.  Luster just means no glare on the wall and no fingerprints from tiny hands that like to explore in the classroom.  Or big teacher finger prints if you’re clumsy like me. :)

Where can I buy these posters?

I receive emails and messages often for people wanting to not mess with downloading themselves and purchase posters, or to request customized designs.  I am afraid that by the time I save a poster, pick it up, and print it to mail to you, the amount it would cost me in shipping, well, it would not be a great deal for you, at all.  This is why I have always offered the digital files, for free, and will continue to.

What program do you use?

I use PhotoShop CS5.  I am a self-taught graphic designer… meaning I simply had a passion for making graphics on the computer that goes way back to Print Shop in 5th grade. I can still remember the sound of the old dot-matrix printer while my greeting cards churned out.  All of the photos I use in my posters were taken by me with either my iPhone or my Canon Rebel XTi DSLR, whom I affectionately refer to as Rafael.   I wrote a tutorial for turning your own photos into posters right here.

Do I need your permission to display these posters in my school?

You have my permission.  The posters on my blog and on my Flickr page are 100% free to share in anything related to education.   I really appreciate when you link back to my blog.  The only thing I ask is that you please do not copy the exact idea of a poster design wise  to sell or use the poster in something you sell.

What font did you use on ____ (insert poster name here)?

I can sometimes look them up, but I have over 1000 fonts on my computers, so there are times when I just can’t go back and find it.  Yes, I’m a font hoarder.  That’s another post in itself.  If you’re looking for fun fonts, check out KimberlyGeswein.com, Dafont.com, KevinandAmanda’s Free Fonts, and FontSquirrel.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you… font collecting is not a hobby, it’s an addiction.

Are you obsessed with making posters?

Yes. Indeed, I am.  I am more obsessed though, with seeing the bright side in education and sharing with the world.  Thank you for being a part of that.

I still have a question, can I contact you?

Sure! You can use emailTweet me, or even Facebook.