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Creating a JPEG Image File For Plotting

This procedure is helpful to avoid layer and margin errors that may occur when plotting other ways. A JPEG image file will plot exactly as you see it.

To Create The JPEG Image:

  1. Choose File > Print (or whatever it takes to get to the Print dialog in your program) and select PDFCreator from the Printer Name drop down list.
  2. Click on Properties.
  3. Choose the Advanced tab. Expand Paper/Output.
  4. Input the Width and Height of your document (see note below) under Custom Page Size Dimensions. Select OK, OK, OK. (This will bring up a new window titled PDFCreator 0.9.8.)
    NOTE: If your image will be 60" or less, set the Width value as the longer edge of your image. Otherwise, set the Height as the longer dimension. Set the width and height values to 0.5" greater than the document size, to ensure that clipping or scale reduction does not occur. (For example, if your document is 30" x 10", make the width 30.5" and the height 10.5".)
  5. Select Options > and click Save on left side under Program > choose JPEG from the Standard save format drop down list.
  6. Expand Formats on the left side and select JPEG > Under Settings set Resolution to 200 dpi and set Quality to 100% > click Save on the bottom right corner.
  7. Under Document Title, rename the document as desired, then click Save on the bottom right corner and choose a location to save your JPEG image.
  8. Open the newly created JPEG in Photoshop and follow the Plotting with Photoshop instructions for the appropriate plotter.
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This document last modified Monday June 17, 2013

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