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The tips I am including are all about creating the most vivid and gorgeous colors possible and making your posters durable! I don’t know about you, but I want items to last- for more than one school year!
Let’s Start with Paper
Use a heavier weight of copy paper – like a 24-30 lb. with a high brightness level. The best paper I have ever found for posters is from Staples- Premium Color Laser Gloss paper, 96 bright and 32 lb. Posters print beautifully on this paper.
But, be cautious with the glossy paper. The ink does not dry as quickly and will smear easily.
Do You Have a Good Printer?
So, what’s the tip? I am much more likely to print color pages because of this printer and the ink program. The colors are vivid and bright! Trust me: I print every poster set before uploading it to my store to make sure the colors work well, so having a great printer solution is a big deal!
If you are interested in the Instant Ink program (you have to have an HP printer) here’s my affiliate link: INSTANT INK By using the link you will receive a free month!
If you are not interested in purchasing a printer to use at home, you can also get an office supply store to print posters for you. This adds to the cost of the posters, but they look fantastic!
How about Laminating?
I know you already know this- laminating makes items last! Do you use a school laminator? I do sometimes, but never for my poster sets. Therein lies my tip. If you are laminating brightly colored posters don’t do it at school! I can’t tell you how many times the school laminator has wrinkled or ruined something I was feeding through.
I have a personal laminator at home and it works great! The lamination is a heavier plastic and trims well- if you need to do any trimming.
Hanging in a Line (that is not crooked)!
TIP: What if you want your letters to stay in a line? I used to measure and draw a pencil line, but now I just use blue painter’s tape. I spread my letters out on a large table and use the edge of the table as the guideline. When the letters are in place I lay the tape over the top of them and then tape it to the board. Staple all the letters in place and remove the blue tape! Tip #2- the blue painter’s tape will not work on paper letters! Laminate them first. I learned this the hard way:(
Bulletin Board Tips
So, I am often asked what size my poster sets are and the answer is 8.5 x 11 inches. However, sometimes you want a larger poster. So, I have created the steps below to show you how to do this! This works when you have a poster resource that is saved as a PDF.
This poster is enlarged to 200% and this one will take 6 pieces of paper.
So, after printing the sheets of the poster, what is next?
Below, you can see my poster printed at 150% on 4 pieces of paper. The next step is to trim. Posters made like this will have overlapping edges. For this poster, I trimmed off the sides of the left two posters and trimmed off the bottom edges of the top two posters. (The green arrow is pointing to trim lines that are on the printed poster. You can use those as a guide for your paper cutter.)
Just to show you how much this was enlarged I made a photo of the enlarged one beside the original. I did leave a white edge around the outside- just my preference.
A final tip about enlarging: If you try enlarging a page I would suggest you change the percentage to something that will only use 2 pieces of paper. Lining up the edges for 4 sheets and getting them taped in place is harder!
Have fun printing your posters and I hope my tips will save you time and money (by not wasting paper or ink)!
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