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Wide Format (A0) Printing

You can select wide format (A0) printing from any IT Services lab computers and can produce A0, A1, A2, or custom sized output (but nothing larger than A0).

This service is provided by Creative and Print Services located in the Herbert Manzoni Building (opposite the EHB). 

Printouts are regularly checked and added to the collection bins outside of the main counter area. Printouts cost £6.00 on plain paper or £9.00 on satin paper.

Important: To keep the costs to the barest minimum, we will have to be strict on refunds where user error has caused a problem. Refunds are only available when caused by a technical fault.

Setting up A0 printing on Windows

Setting up A0 printing on Mac OS X

Troubleshooting Guide

Please avoid using Microsoft Word; if you have created a Microsoft Word document please save it as a PDF and print the PDF from Adobe Reader.

Don't print from Adobe on Mac OS X
Please do not print posters from Adobe Acrobat from Mac OS X as they do not scale no matter what settings you use. If you have an Adobe Acrobat PDF file, please print from Windows
Image Resolution
Images should print at 150 d.p.i. (dots per inch). Scan your image in at this resolution. However, if you are going to expand the image, scan at the appropriate resolution, e.g. scan at 300 d.p.i. if you are going to double the image size.
PowerPoint slide edges
Please note that it is possible in PowerPoint to add items to a slide that extend over the edge of the slide, however these will not be printed.
PowerPoint Images
If embedded images in PowerPoint fail to print, it may be worth using Copy and Paste instead of Insert Picture, or vice versa.
 
PowerPoint Images do not print
 If embedded images in PowerPoint fail to print, it may be worth trying a different file type, e.g. P.D.F. rather than JPEG.
 
PowerPoint Fonts
 If you create in PowerPoint on another computer, you need to use fonts present on our lab machines. We suggest you save as a PDF and print using Adobe Reader in Windows.
 
Windows Acrobat Printer Quality Normal
 If, following normal documented procedures for Acrobat on Windows, your work still fails to print, select File and then Print, then in Printer Properties select Advanced and then Options and set the Quality setting to Normal rather than Best.

Instructions

To connect your device to the A0 printer you will need to go to Start, type \\printers.lboro.ac.uk and enter, then select the relevant Large Format printer to install it.

When selecting the printer for wide format output please use Large-Format-Poster-Plain for plain paper (A0 Plain on OS X), or Large-Format-Poster-Photo for satin paper (A0 Photo on OS X).

There is also a professional poster service available through Design and Print Services, for which further details can be found on their website at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/designandprint/print/students/posters/

Information

Typically the Large Format printers can take up to 15 minutes to process one poster. During busy times queues can become very long, and it may take more than a day for your printout to appear.

We advise, particularly during these busy times, that you plan your work ahead, and start work on your project as early as possible, submitting jobs 24 hours in advance of its required date where possible. The busiest Large Format Printing weeks are:

  • Weeks 7, 11, and 12, Semester 1
  • Weeks 1, and 11 to 13, Semester 2