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I have a poster that I want to print in A0 size. For technical reasons, the output PDF file unfortunately is currently not in A0 size. How can I print this poster in A0?

Should I first convert it to A0 somehow before sending it to the printer (which I don't know how) or I can just send the file to the printer and there just simply select the A0 option in the printing menu and the printer would take care of it?

I have used LaTeX to make the poster.

Thanks

  • You could print it and Select 'Fit to Page' in the print settings. If it's all Vector, then no problem. If it's bitmap (jpeg or so) then - depending on the resolution of the file - it could get pixely. If that's the case I would at least open it in PS or Gimp and scale it to A0. The quality won't get better but the pixels will be smoothed out. – Yokel Feb 7 '14 at 13:47
  • I see. Thank you! It's all vector graphics made in LaTeX. So I just take it to the store and hope that they don't ask for an A0 PDF. Hopefully it goes through. – user19697 Feb 7 '14 at 14:06
  • BTW, when I scale it by gimp, it doesn't scale the PDF to fit the page. It simply makes a A0 canvas and puts the original PDF on top left cornor. So it adds a lot of white space on right side and bottom to fit it to A0 size. – user19697 Feb 7 '14 at 14:43
  • if you have vectors I wouldnt use Gimp I would use Inkscape – DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ Feb 7 '14 at 14:53
  • Inkscape -->Object --> Transform --> Scale to A0 size. Save as PDF. The final output still comes out to be the original size, not A0 ! – user19697 Feb 7 '14 at 15:30
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In my opinion, let the printing company study the document.

There are two main factors at hand.

1) Does the document have the correct proportion? Is the document A4 for example, and not a horizontal long banner-like document?

2) Is the document in vector format? If it has images, are they in a good enough resolution?

If the answer to those questions is yes, the printing company can simply check a box to fit the print to the page.

Just be sure to tell the printing company that you need them to print it on A0 84.1 × 118.9 cm. size.


P.S. Do not try to rescale it by yourself because you will potentially add some problems to the file, like resampling, changing color modes, etc. I read on the comments that you were trying to modify it on Gimp... Do not do that.

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As it is all vector graphics you can simply scale the PDF to the desired dimension:

There are several ways but the easiest way is using Print Production tool inside Acrobat Pro

  1. Open Preflight under Print Production
  2. Click the wrench icon to get into the Fixup Profiles
  3. Use the search field to find Scale pages to specified size
  4. Hit the Fix button and type in the new dimensions

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Note: The new dimension might need to be larger than the A2 pending your file (does it include crop-marks etc?)

You can easily get the current trim and art dimensions with Page does has not trimbox profile.

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Once you know the scale it might be easier to use the same Fixup but change the units to percent

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