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Specialty Printing from Your Laptop

  • Ensure connection to the NDSU network. Most typically a connection is made through the NDSU Secure Wireless. Other forms of connectivity include, but are not limited to a physical connection with an Ethernet cable, VPN’s, certificate based connection, etc.
  • Open the file that you would like to send to the specialty printer.
  • You may want to print your file to PDF to double-check for any errors that may have occurred as well as to preview the document before it is printed.  See optional Printing to Acrobat (PDF) instructions found at the end of this document if you would like to do so.

 

Specialty Printing from Photoshop

*Note: Due to the different ways in which a person could have installed the specialty printer to print to, we are unable to provide specific steps to get to the features listed. This is simply a guideline for the kinds of settings you will want to keep in mind.

 1.    Select Print from the File menu.

2.    Select the Name of the specialty printer you have setup on your machine from the Name drop-down menu in the Printer section of the window.

  • Note: For a tutorial instructing how to install the Barry Hall specialty printer software for your operating system, click here.

3.    Find and click the Properties button (It may take a few minutes for the window to come up after clicking on properties).

4.    Change the document size. You may have to look for a “custom” option.

5.    Select the appropriate setting for the Paper Feed Direction. See the “Which edge should I print first” document for more information.

6.    Ensure that the project looks correct in the preview.

7.    When satisfied with any further settings, it should be ready to be sent to the specialty printer.

 

Other things to keep in mind:

  • You may want to adjust the percentage of the document to print to ensure borders are not cut off.
  • You may also want to adjust the print resolution of the document to a recommend 300 dpi (600 or 1200 if there are many high quality photos).
  • Print in “High Quality” if you have the option.

 

 

Specialty Printing from PowerPoint

*Note: Due to the different ways in which a person could have installed the specialty printer to print to, we are unable to provide specific steps to get to the features listed. This is simply a guideline for the kinds of settings you will want to keep in mind.

 

1.    Open the slide that you would like to print.

2.    Select Print from the File menu.

3.    Select the Name of the specialty printer you have setup on your machine from the Name drop-down menu in the Printer section of the window.

  • Note: For a tutorial instructing how to install the Barry Hall specialty printer software for your operating system, click here.

4.    Find and click the Properties button (It may take a few minutes for the window to come up after clicking on properties).

5.    Change the document size. You may need to look for a “custom” option.

6.    Select the appropriate setting for the Paper Feed Direction. See the “Which edge should I print first” document for more information.

7.    Ensure that the project looks correct in the preview.

8.    When satisfied with any further settings, it should be ready to be sent to the specialty printer.

 

Other things to keep in mind:

  • You may want to adjust the percentage of the document to print to ensure borders are not cut off.
  • You may also want to adjust the print resolution of the document to a recommend 300 dpi (600 or 1200 if there are many high quality photos).
  • Print in “High Quality” if you have the option.

 

 

Which edge should I print first?*

For specialty prints at ITS you have two choices: to print on 36” paper or on 42” paper. In order to know which edge to send through the plotter first follow the directions below:

 

1.    Refer to the dimensions of your project as set up in the previous directions.

2.    Decide which dimension is closest to either 36” or 42” depending on which width you have selected for your plot.

3.    The other dimension (the one that is not closest to 36” or 42”) will indicate whether you should use short or long edge first.

4.    If this dimension is less than or equal to 36” (or 42”) select Long Edge First.

5. If this dimension is greater than 36” (or 42”) select Short Edge First.

 *These steps will ensure efficiency of the amount of paper being used.

 

 

Printing to Acrobat (PDF)--Optional

Be sure to save your file to some location as a precaution for mistakes made on the project or if you would like to print the same file in the future. Please disregard these instructions if you are using PowerPoint 2007 as there is a “Save As” option to save it in PDF form.

 

If an Adobe PDF printer is installed:

 

1.    Select Print from the File menu of the source program.

2.    Select Adobe PDF as the from the Name drop-down menu in the Printer section of the window.

3.    Click the Properties button to the immediate right of the drop-down menu from step 2.

4.    Click the Layout tab along the top of the window.

5.    Adjust the orientation of the document by selecting the appropriate option from the Orientation section located in the upper left part of the window.

6.    Click the Advanced button in the lower right corner of the window.

7.    Select Postscript Custom Page Size from the Paper Size drop-down menu.

8.    Enter the width and the height of the document.

9.    Click the OK button.

10. Adjust the printing resolution by selecting 300dpi (600 or 1200 if there are many high quality photos) from the Print Quality drop-down menu.

11. Click the OK button.

12. Check the High Quality combo box located near the lower right corner of the window.

13. Click the OK button.

14. Save the PDF to your preferred location for possible use at a later time.

 

If an Adobe PDF printer is not installed:

1.    There may be some free print to PDF programs available online; however, we cannot suggest one in particular and we will not have technical support for it.

 

 


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Last Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:11:04 AM