Making and printing a poster using latex poster macros
These are instructions for preparing and printing a large-format
poster appropriate for conference presentation.
Click here to
get a postscript file containing a full poster example.
View it in ghostview with "seascape" orientation
& 0.25 magnification (in the PC version (GSView) you may have to
use the "User Defined" options in Media menu; set width to 900
and height to 1200).
1. Making the poster file
- Download template latex source file UFposter.tex, blank figure ps file
blank.ps, and UF logo ps file
You may wish to preview this file to get a sense of how it
looks. To do this:
dvips -o UFposter.ps UFposter
In Ghostview (gv), choose "Seascape" from the orientation
menu and 0.25 magnification from magnification menu to view the
full page. On a PC (GSView) try "User Defined" option in Media
menu with width=900, height=1200. If you want to view the text in the poster,
you may need a larger magnification.
- Edit the file with your favorite text editor. Enter your text &
encapsulated postscript figures, using the macros used in the template.
Follow the steps above to create a ps file for viewing as
you add & make corrections. Free advice: latex and preview often while
- Sizing. You will note in header to UFposter.tex source that
various sizes are possible. These are defined in terms of
Hoehe(Height) und Breite (Width). (macros are originally
from someone in Germany & were cribbed from U. Karlsruhe by P.
The recommended procedure is to first generate a "Special
Format" size poster
file, which is relatively easy to manipulate and view. It can be
resized later to A0 (90 x 110 cm) full poster size, or A4 or Letter size
as desired (see below). Note the large format printers currently
in use at UF's OIR have max width of about 90cm or 3 ft., but the paper
comes in rolls so the length is variable. See below the specifications
for width and height of various formats. Default in the template is
"Special Format", 32 x 39cm with 4 columns. This is the format of the
Once you have edited your latex file and have a nice "Special
Format" size poster, you need to resize file to a size
suitable for printing. Recommended size: A0 (roughly 110cm by 90cm).
To do this,
- Download the postscript resizing script poster_resizeK or try poster_resize . Thx to Fabricio Ferrari for providing latter script.
Some people have had resizing problems, and I don't understand
- Choose your scale factor S. To make recommended size
poster (A0), choose S=2.82. To get roughly letter-size poster
which will print onto a single letter-size sheet, choose
poster_resize UFposter.ps S
where UFposter.ps is your postscript file, and S is the scale factor.
This should produce a new file names UFposter.resize.ps in which
the bounding boxes are changed, etc. You can rename it so that
you can remember the size, e.g. UFposterA0.ps. Check UFposterA0
one last time before printing!
2. Printing out at QTP
I now recommend that you contact Eric Deumens in QTP or Lanie Merrill
to print your poster on the QTP DesignJet.
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With luck, you have a beautiful poster with which to impress your
colleagues at the conference in Maui.