There are many graphics and layout programs available. We strongly recommend creating your file in Microsoft Publisher.
Microsoft Publisher is available to everyone on vDesk (in the Microsoft Office folder) and is great for creating layouts from scratch. Here, on our website, we have lots of Publisher templates that make it very easy to create brochures, posters, presentations, fliers, calling cards, and more.
You may have Microsoft Word or Pages already on your computer. These may also be used for simple layouts. For more advanced layouts, Scribus (similar to Adobe Indesign) is available on vDesk; Gimp (similar to Adobe Photoshop) is also available for image and photo editing.
Always check the size of your PDF before sending! The print size will appear in the lower left corner if you hover your mouse over your document, or you can look under File > Document Properties.
Incorrectly sized documents won’t always work for your requested print size. Should your print to be as large as possible to fit the paper or kept at a smaller size to fit a frame? Would you rather have wide margins on two sides or crop part of the image to make it fit the paper? It is much easier to make your document the right size from the start.
Open a new Word or Publisher file and set your desired page size. Then insert or paste the image on the page. Resize the image, either by clicking and dragging or right-click and choose Format Picture > Size.
Open the image in GIMP or your favorite photo editing software. To re-size an image in GIMP, go to Image > Print Size. Choose inches in the drop-down menu on the right and enter your desired size.
In recent versions of both Publisher and Microsoft Word, Page Size is one of the options under Page Layout. Common sizes like Letter (8.5x11) and Tabloid (11x17) are available on the preset size list, or you can enter a new custom page size.
Don’t see that option on yours?
Other versions of Word have the size option under File > Page Setup > Paper. Once again, there are preset sizes or you can enter a custom size.
To print a large presentation-style poster from a PowerPoint slide, first go to Design > Page Setup. In the pop-up window, choose ‘Custom’ size and enter 48 x 36 inches.
If you need a different size for you project, you may also choose to size your slides as Letter (8.5x11) or other common sizes.
Note that these size changes will alter the appearance of your projector slides!
For example, if you created your file in a Microsoft Office product such as Publisher or Word:
Foxit PhantomPDF is available on vDesk.
If you are using Gimp to edit your images, saving a PDF version is a little different.
You may also have a Print to PDF option on your computer.
Go to File > Print and choose Print to Adobe PDF instead of your usual printer.
Special Tip for Mac Users:
Don’t export to PDF directly from Previewer.
It will make a very large file. Use another program to save your image as a PDF.
Don’t forget to check our more detailed walkthroughs for additional help.