Keynote A0 poster

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  1. shiunn macrumors 6502

    Dec 18, 2006
    hi guys,
    i need some help please. I'm trying to use Keynote to prepare a poster. So far, I have changed the page setup to 841 X 1189cm. And changed the slide size in inspector to 1080 X 1920.
    Are these 2 settings correct? so, after preparing everything, do I just export it into PDF, and then send it off to print? anything I'm missing here?

  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    You need millimetres, not centimetres. Those dimensions you've put in are almost 12 meters high; about 13 yards. :D

    Any printer will want a file with a dimension size slightly larger than the trimmed size. It's called bleed; extra artwork over the trim.

    I presume Keynote will work only in RGB. Speak to your printer and let them know. Ensure that all fonts are embedded. Export to PDF-X. Contact your printer/repro people when in doubt; they usually would rather you get your files right instead of sending them something difficult to work with.
  3. shiunn thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 18, 2006
    Hm...when was the last time I did arithmetics...oh dear
    So, regarding the bleed.. i just enlarge my dimension slightly more than 84.1 X 118.9? like, 86 X 120?
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Yeah, that's plenty, but tell them you want it printed at 100% but trimmed down to A0. Tell them you haven't put crop/trim marks on the artwork. Run any backgrounds/art to the edge of that page size so when it's trimmed, you have ink/toner coverage to the very edge of the final trimmed page. If that makes sense.

    Try to keep any included images to about 200ppi for such a large page, 300ppi is a bit overkill for a large poster seen from further back. The PDF-X setting is important. And if the final PDF is too large to email, then use something like YouSendIt. :)
  5. shiunn thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 18, 2006
    i'm not sure about the dpi's. All i do is drag and drop my photos. and just resize them down

    and about pdf-x. i'm not sure what that is or how to do that. All i'm going to do is to click on export, and uncheck all the boxes.... is this okay?
  6. shiunn thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 18, 2006
    something went wrong. the poster was longer than it's supposed to be.
    what could the reason be? could it be the slide size of 1080 X 1920?

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