Designing large format projects with Microsoft Publisher

Being a student at Rollins College unfortunately comes with a lot of work and projects. At Print Services, many students come with large orders that cannot be printed in the library and need a poster or other large item printed. Among these projects are student-faculty collaboration posters designed in Microsoft Publisher.

While Print Services has no problem printing large orders for students, there is a problem sometimes when the project is designed in publisher. A lot of times a student will design their poster on the standard 8.5 x 11″ standard size without realizing the changes that will occur. When the paper is stretched onto 24 x 36″ poster paper, all the graphics are ruined.

Good thing Publisher allows the adjustment of document sizes! Simply click on the Page Design tab and drop down the Size menu where a dropbox with several options shows up. Click on either the Page Setup or Create New Page Size option and increase the width and height of the document to 24 x 36″. Save the new size and now the perfect size for poster projects is in your computer forever.

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Rollins College Flickr: The best source for professional Rollins College photos

Have you ever been stuck finishing up a project but cannot find the perfect picture for your header or background? Look no further! The Rollins College Flickr page has all everything you might need. Almost a hidden gem of a resource, many students do not realize that almost all of the photos that you see around campus on posters, banners, yard signs and more are all available online.

Olin Library at Rollins College 2015. Photo: Scott Cook

Olin Library at Rollins College 2015. Photo: Scott Cook

Beautiful photos like this, among hundreds more are all available for students to use. Flickr is the photo sharing website where these photos can be found. Students have access to photos of Rollins College posted by Rollins. Note that photos of Rollins posted by another user will probably need permission before using it.  For school projects or for use as a student employee, forget the Google search and head to Flickr.

Print Services Introduction

Hi!

Welcome to our new WordPress site. This site exists to help teach you best practices of print, design, and other things that we try to communicate to students, staff, and faculty.

Need to submit a job? Visit printservices.rollins.edu.
Want to submit a design request? Visit rollins.edu/print-services and complete the Graphic Design Request form.

-Jen Atwell

Less is More: How Less Will Increase Reciprocity

A common misconception in the world is that doing more equals better results. Many times that is true. Hard work and hours spent on something will pay off, but sometimes it is quite the opposite. For example, when building your printable (brochure, flyer, etc.), “having a lower quantity allows more time to focus on quality; and also allows more time for connection through comments” according to tinybuddah.com,

The same philosophy can be applied to artistic concepts. Like the graph shown below, it starts out with a lot of aesthetic components like background images and colors. With too much visual stimulation, it takes away from the message that the graph is trying to convey. The minimalistic graph is easier on the eyes and much easier to understand and therefore a better, cleaner design.

Another way that the ‘less is more’ concept can be used is in web design. Here is an example of a bad website design and here is an example of good website design. The auto parts website is chock-full of images, texts, colors and menus while the Apple website is clean and simple to follow. Try different ideas of how ‘less is more’ can be applied to different aspects of your life. You may be surprised at what you will find!

-Reese