Selected Topics in Geol Scienc
Selected Topics in Geol Scienc GEOL 5215
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i Creating a Poster wrth Adbbe Illustrator I recommend using Adobe Illustrator to create posters for a number of reasons 1 It is available on all of our department PCs 2 It prints quickly and cleanly to our department plotters 3 It is relatively easy to use at rst but can be very advanced 4 II 39 layers or raster and vector information andquot 5 It is a widely used program and useful to learn for the real world I Other possible formats PDF Postscript Canvas L Photoshop Step 1 Preparation Sketch the general appearance of your poster rst with pencil and paper so that you have a general idea of what you wish to accomplish Take an inventory of what gures you have and how much text you want to display Gather all of your prepared gures and text in one location Determine the required dimensions of your nished poster Step 2 Launch Adobe Illustrator You will most often use the following tools on the tool bar Selection tool Lets you select entire objects resize delete T001331 move them etc Text tool Allows you to create and edit text Pen tool 39 Lets you draw straight or curved lines Rectangle tool Lets you create rectangles which are good for borders and backgrounds Hand tool ets you navigate around on the page Zoom tool Allows you to zoom in and out of the page Holding down the ALT key allows you to zoom out Step 3 Page Setup The default page size once you begin Illustrator is 85 inches by 11 inches You want to change these speci cations to be the intended size of your poster Our paper is available in 36 inches or 42 inches high Check your poster requirements as for most conferences it is 36 inches high To ch ge the page size Go to File gt Document Setup and change the following information to poster dimensions Change the Units to inches set the Height at 36 inches and set the Width you wish to use The Size will automatically convert from Letter to Custom Default Poster Dimensions Note There may be a dotted box in the upper le corner of the page you just created Ignore this box for now It shows the 85 x 11 area that is printable from the current printer The box is irrelevant because you will eventually be handing off your poster to be printed from a computer that is con gured to a large format printer Step 4 Creating and Importing Images Adobe Illustrator can import just about any graphic format However if you have several raster images lesize can become an issue For digitized pictures the tif format is most common however pictures in this format take up a tremendous amount of disk space Consequently it will take a long time to load save and make changes to your poster I recommended converting your photos from tif format to jpg format JPEG les use signi cantly less disk space without compromising noticeable quality 300 dpi is adequate resolution Magnitude 1 Select the Pen tool from the tool bar Draw segments by clicking around the page You can close your polygon by bringing the cursor near your starting point and clicking Clicking and holding the mouse button allows you to create complex curves To import a graphic 1 Go to File gt Open Search for the le that you wish to import into Illustrator Highlight it and click on Open The graphic will appear on a new page 2 Type CtrlA to select all objects If this is a raster image only one item is selected If this is a vector image all objects are selected 7 317GB t6 WindowSF iler i e ia39s a eat your39p d39s t r 39T CtrIiWB paste your image quot 39 4 Using the Selection Tool you may move the graphic anywhere on the page by clicking on the graphic and dragging it 3 You may also resize the graphic by clicking and dragging any of the boxes that outline the selected graphic To keep the graphic to scale and not distort it in any way press the SHIFT key while dragging the box To place a graphic Placing a graphic is a more advanced technique in which a placeholder link is created to the original graphic You can move and modify the placed graphic but the original graphic will remain unaltered The end result is a poster with a smaller lesize because it only contains the modi cations to the link not the original graphic But if you save the poster and move the le all placed graphics must be moved with it maintaining the le structure or the links will be broken Unless you are well organized over time this can create unusable posters because your original graphics have been moved renamed or altered 39 Step 5 Creating and Importing Text Illustrator is good for creating text that is short in length such as gure labels but it is not recommended for writing long paragraphs It is easier to create paragraph text in a word processing program and then import it into Illustrator To create text Select the Text tool and click on the page where you wish to have the text Start typing You can always change the formatting later Also using the Text tool you can click and drag creating a text box This is useful for forcing text wrap in long passages of text To import text You can create text in Illustrator but it is often easier to create paragraph text in a separate word processing program like Microsoft Word Importing text is almost identical to importing a graphic using File gt Open However Illustrator doesn t like to place documents in Microso Word doc format For Word documents launch Word and copy CtrlC the appropriate text switch back to Illustrator use the Text tool to select a location and paste CtrlV your text Basic formatting like bold italics and paragraph structure is usually but not always maintained Step 6 Formatting Text Adobe Illustrator has extensive tools for formatting text It is a good idea to explore many of the options on your own if you want to be creative Many of the options lie under the Type pull down menu and in the Character and Paragraph categories As a general rule you do not want your main body of text smaller than 12 point font 18 point font is easily readable Titles and section headers should be large and 24 or 36 point font works well To perform basic text formatting 391 Highlight the text you wish to format with the Text tool 2 Go to Type gt Character or Paragraph This will open the CharacterParagraphW Design Palette 3 To toggle between the palettes just click on the titles 4 Perform the necessary formatting An easy way to change the size of an entire group of text is with the Selection tool Select the text then click and drag any of the boxes that outline the selected text Again holding down the SHIFT key keeps the text in its original scale Paragraph Palette Character Palette Step 7 Create a border 1 Use the Rectangle tool and create a box that is 1 inch from all sides of the page 2 Highlight the rectangle you have created using the Selection tool You may also use the selection tool to adjust the size of the rectangle at this time Click on the Stroke box located on the Tool our 1 m 4 Then go to the Swatches Menu or the Brushes Menu for a desired color or pattern you wish to use for a border If these menus are not on the desktop then go to Window gt Show Swatches or Show Brushes 5 Go to the Stroke Menu which should be on the desktop Again if this menu is not on the desktop go to Window gt Show Stroke Adjust the Weight which is the thickness of the border Step 8 Adding a layer and using a graphic as a background Some people like to add to the visual appeal of their poster by adding a background This is a matter of personal preference If you have lots of text and images it can make things hard to read Or if your poster is a little thin on content it can help ll up space You can use either a color or a graphic to create a background 1 Create a new layer by selecting the small arrow in the top right of the Layer Window and label it Background If the Layer Window is not visible open it by selecting Window gt Layer 2 Import a graphic by following the directions for Step 4 Creating and Importing Images 3 Then resize the graphic using the Selection tool so it covers the entire page some distortion of the graphic may occur 4 Double click on the Background layer to open the Layer Options window 5 Adjust the transparency of the layer 2040 works well Layers have a number of other useful features You can select Whether or not the layer is 39 visible you can lock the layer and you can reorder the stacking of the layers If you have a very complicated poster this become very useful Step 9 Printing the poster 1 Check your poster for spelling and grammar in the text and for importing errors unusual fonts are replaced symbols may be resized replaced or missmg
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