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zbharucha
Hello everyone,
This question would and should fall under the "very general" category:
I have been using Inkscape for a while - but only to make small and
simple graphics (I am a PhD student and I need to create figures every
now and then). I now am faced with the daunting task of creating a
poster. I have never done this before. Does anyone have any tips on
how to make a powerful, yet beautiful and simple poster using
Inkscape? In particular, if you have made a poster using Inkscape
before, could you share your experiences with me? Any input would be
helpful given that I know nothing about graphic design.
I apologise in advance to those of you to whom this email doesn't apply.
Thanks!

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Re: Making a poster with Inkscape

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Zubin schrieb:

> Hello everyone,
> This question would and should fall under the "very general" category:
> I have been using Inkscape for a while - but only to make small and
> simple graphics (I am a PhD student and I need to create figures every
> now and then). I now am faced with the daunting task of creating a
> poster. I have never done this before. Does anyone have any tips on
> how to make a powerful, yet beautiful and simple poster using
> Inkscape? In particular, if you have made a poster using Inkscape
> before, could you share your experiences with me? Any input would be
> helpful given that I know nothing about graphic design.
> I apologise in advance to those of you to whom this email doesn't apply.
> Thanks!
Hello Zubin,
when you say poster, which size do you have in mind?
You need to figure out who can print this for you (if you need to have
it in one piece).
The person who prints will give you the requirements (file-format, etc)
You might end up using scribus for the file export.
hth, Adib.

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Re: Making a poster with Inkscape

zbharucha
The final poster will be A0. Printing is not a problem. We have to
submit an A4 version.
-Z

On Sat, Mar 22, 2008 at 9:18 PM, Adib Taraben
<[hidden email]> wrote:

> Zubin schrieb:
>
>
> > Hello everyone,
>  > This question would and should fall under the "very general" category:
>  > I have been using Inkscape for a while - but only to make small and
>  > simple graphics (I am a PhD student and I need to create figures every
>  > now and then). I now am faced with the daunting task of creating a
>  > poster. I have never done this before. Does anyone have any tips on
>  > how to make a powerful, yet beautiful and simple poster using
>  > Inkscape? In particular, if you have made a poster using Inkscape
>  > before, could you share your experiences with me? Any input would be
>  > helpful given that I know nothing about graphic design.
>  > I apologise in advance to those of you to whom this email doesn't apply.
>  > Thanks!
>  Hello Zubin,
>  when you say poster, which size do you have in mind?
>  You need to figure out who can print this for you (if you need to have
>  it in one piece).
>  The person who prints will give you the requirements (file-format, etc)
>  You might end up using scribus for the file export.
>  hth, Adib.
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Re: Making a poster with Inkscape

Robert Funnell
Zubin -

I'd suggest a Web search for 'poster design' and some reading before
you start. A quick search just now turned up some useful university
Web sites.

I'd be inclined to use OpenOffice.org (Writer or Impress) for the
overall poster and import from Inkscape, GIMP and Gnuplot for the
graphical bits, but Inkscape may also work for the whole thing. I'm
not familiar with Scribus.


On Sat, 22 Mar 2008, Zubin wrote:

> The final poster will be A0. Printing is not a problem. We have to
> submit an A4 version.
> -Z
>
> On Sat, Mar 22, 2008 at 9:18 PM, Adib Taraben
> <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> Zubin schrieb:
>>
>>
>>> Hello everyone,
>> > This question would and should fall under the "very general" category:
>> > I have been using Inkscape for a while - but only to make small and
>> > simple graphics (I am a PhD student and I need to create figures every
>> > now and then). I now am faced with the daunting task of creating a
>> > poster. I have never done this before. Does anyone have any tips on
>> > how to make a powerful, yet beautiful and simple poster using
>> > Inkscape? In particular, if you have made a poster using Inkscape
>> > before, could you share your experiences with me? Any input would be
>> > helpful given that I know nothing about graphic design.
>> > I apologise in advance to those of you to whom this email doesn't apply.
>> > Thanks!
>>  Hello Zubin,
>>  when you say poster, which size do you have in mind?
>>  You need to figure out who can print this for you (if you need to have
>>  it in one piece).
>>  The person who prints will give you the requirements (file-format, etc)
>>  You might end up using scribus for the file export.
>>  hth, Adib.


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Re: Making a poster with Inkscape

cheakamustom
Albert Cardona is scheduled to give a class over IRC on exactly this subject on April 1!

Check out: http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/Inkscape_Classes

-Tom

On Sat, Mar 22, 2008 at 2:40 PM, Robert Funnell <[hidden email]> wrote:
Zubin -

I'd suggest a Web search for 'poster design' and some reading before
you start. A quick search just now turned up some useful university
Web sites.

I'd be inclined to use OpenOffice.org (Writer or Impress) for the
overall poster and import from Inkscape, GIMP and Gnuplot for the
graphical bits, but Inkscape may also work for the whole thing. I'm
not familiar with Scribus.


On Sat, 22 Mar 2008, Zubin wrote:

> The final poster will be A0. Printing is not a problem. We have to
> submit an A4 version.
> -Z
>
> On Sat, Mar 22, 2008 at 9:18 PM, Adib Taraben
> <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> Zubin schrieb:
>>
>>
>>> Hello everyone,
>> > This question would and should fall under the "very general" category:
>> > I have been using Inkscape for a while - but only to make small and
>> > simple graphics (I am a PhD student and I need to create figures every
>> > now and then). I now am faced with the daunting task of creating a
>> > poster. I have never done this before. Does anyone have any tips on
>> > how to make a powerful, yet beautiful and simple poster using
>> > Inkscape? In particular, if you have made a poster using Inkscape
>> > before, could you share your experiences with me? Any input would be
>> > helpful given that I know nothing about graphic design.
>> > I apologise in advance to those of you to whom this email doesn't apply.
>> > Thanks!
>>  Hello Zubin,
>>  when you say poster, which size do you have in mind?
>>  You need to figure out who can print this for you (if you need to have
>>  it in one piece).
>>  The person who prints will give you the requirements (file-format, etc)
>>  You might end up using scribus for the file export.
>>  hth, Adib.


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Re: Making a poster with Inkscape

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Hi Zubin:

I just did what you described. For a conference, I created an A0  
poster entirely in Inkscape. The process was pretty painless and I  
don't expect much trouble in having it printed. I am planning on  
taking it to the printer on Monday, so I can tell you afterwards how  
it went. For now, I just wanted to share a few things I noticed  
during the work on my poster.

*) I am in science, so I needed some figures in my poster. I produced  
the figures using gnuplot with the SVG terminal. There is a tiny  
problem, Inkscape does not colour the paths of the plot. So I had to  
set the stroke colour of the lines manually. It's no big deal, but  
might scare people, when they open the gnuplot figure in Inkscape and  
the lines are missing :-)

*) The text is apparently exported in PDFs as paths. This might be an  
advantage for printing, but increases the file size, if you have a  
lot of text.

*) If you export your poster to PDF for printing, most things  
(transparency, gradients, etc.) work as expected. Only a few things  
do not work (e.g. gaussian blur). So before using a particular design  
element, it might be a good idea to check the PDF export.

*) I have a lot graphical elements and a fair amount of text in my  
poster and, using the Cairo PDF export from Inkscape, the PDF is  
still only 1.3 MB, which I think is pretty good.

*) If you are using OpenOffice.org at some point (for figures or for  
putting together the poster), be sure to check the PDF export with  
your print shop. I once produced some figures in OOo and incorporated  
them into a Keynote presentation, which I exported as PDF. Everything  
looked fine on my screen and on the screen in the print shop, but on  
the printed slides the text came out all wrong (strange symbols  
instead of the correct numbers). They had to convert it the bitmaps  
and print it that way :-(

Good luck with your poster!

Cheers,
Hannes


On 22 Mar 2008, at 18:27, Zubin wrote:

> The final poster will be A0. Printing is not a problem. We have to
> submit an A4 version.
> -Z
>
> On Sat, Mar 22, 2008 at 9:18 PM, Adib Taraben
> <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> Zubin schrieb:
>>
>>
>>> Hello everyone,
>>> This question would and should fall under the "very general"  
>>> category:
>>> I have been using Inkscape for a while - but only to make small and
>>> simple graphics (I am a PhD student and I need to create figures  
>>> every
>>> now and then). I now am faced with the daunting task of creating a
>>> poster. I have never done this before. Does anyone have any tips on
>>> how to make a powerful, yet beautiful and simple poster using
>>> Inkscape? In particular, if you have made a poster using Inkscape
>>> before, could you share your experiences with me? Any input would be
>>> helpful given that I know nothing about graphic design.
>>> I apologise in advance to those of you to whom this email doesn't  
>>> apply.
>>> Thanks!
>>  Hello Zubin,
>>  when you say poster, which size do you have in mind?
>>  You need to figure out who can print this for you (if you need to  
>> have
>>  it in one piece).
>>  The person who prints will give you the requirements (file-
>> format, etc)
>>  You might end up using scribus for the file export.
>>  hth, Adib.
>>
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I would suggest that whatever your project is, a good start is to download and watch a few of the heathenx tutorial videos;

http://screencasters.heathenx.org/

Or search for heathenx on YouTube.

These videos are incredibly helpful and though you might not think they're immediately applicable, they will put you in good stead for any project.

Rygle.
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zbharucha
Thank you all for your replies. They have all been immensely helpful.
I shall start working on the poster today.
Hannes, this poster is for a conference (engineering) as well.
Thanks again,
Zubin

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>  I would suggest that whatever your project is, a good start is to download
>  and watch a few of the heathenx tutorial videos;
>
>  http://screencasters.heathenx.org/
>
>  Or search for heathenx on YouTube.
>
>  These videos are incredibly helpful and though you might not think they're
>  immediately applicable, they will put you in good stead for any project.
>
>  Rygle.
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On 2008-March-22  , at 21:56 , Zubin wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> This question would and should fall under the "very general" category:
> I have been using Inkscape for a while - but only to make small and
> simple graphics (I am a PhD student and I need to create figures every
> now and then). I now am faced with the daunting task of creating a
> poster. I have never done this before. Does anyone have any tips on
> how to make a powerful, yet beautiful and simple poster using
> Inkscape? In particular, if you have made a poster using Inkscape
> before, could you share your experiences with me? Any input would be
> helpful given that I know nothing about graphic design.
> I apologise in advance to those of you to whom this email doesn't  
> apply.
> Thanks!

I use Inkscape to produce all my scientific graphics and find it very  
convenient, especially now that PDF import and export are so good (get  
a recent devel version to get those). I already did two posters with  
Inkscape (that's not much but it proves it is definitely possible, and  
actually very efficient).

I'm sure that having a specific class on it next month will help but  
in the meantime, here is what I wrote (with screen shots) two years  
ago, when designing a 2x1 m poster.
I added some information today, marked with >>>

--------------------------
A scientific poster has to be precisely organized, full of information  
yet visually attracting and should be printable at different scales  
(poster + handouts). Though Inkscape was not directly intended for  
such use, all these goals were achieved with it!
http://jo.irisson.free.fr/dropbox/inkscape/poster_publish_ghostscript.pdf
[WARNING: big file. 7.5 Mb]
 >>> now the pdf should be better thanks to he new PDF export

The layers and outline mode allowed to work on this complicated file  
while keeping things responsive enough. When it got to the point that  
the whole file was just too big (over 5000 objects) it was cut down in  
pieces and all files were merged in the final document by import or  
copy/paste.
http://jo.irisson.free.fr/dropbox/inkscape/poster_inkscape_outline.png
 >>> cutting it down may not have been the best idea. but separating  
in layers is very useful because hiding them helps the performance of  
the renderer The outline mode is really useful too, and even better  
now than it used to be

The gradients and scripts from the new "Effects" menu helped to create  
an attractive look (well, attractive to me at least!). The bitmap  
tracing feature and open clipart library provided scale independent  
eye candy for some icons and other stuff.
http://jo.irisson.free.fr/dropbox/inkscape/poster_inkscape_eye_candy.png

The text was flowed into custom shaped frames so that it had a  
"clever" position with respect to the graphics. It was edited though  
the Text Tool palette which was easier on the eye and helped to focus  
on content rather than on layout for a while.
http://jo.irisson.free.fr/dropbox/inkscape/poster_inkscape_text.png

All the vector graphics were produced in SVG and were therefore  
completely editable within the poster which allowed to have a unified  
look (for the fonts, line width, colors etc.). The "Apply style"  
command (SHIFT+CTRL+V), the styles minibar and the swatches panel,  
helped to unify the styles quickly.
http://jo.irisson.free.fr/dropbox/inkscape/poster_inkscape_style1.png
http://jo.irisson.free.fr/dropbox/inkscape/poster_inkscape_style2.png

In the end the SVG file was exported to EPS and converted to PDF in  
order to be printed. The text was outlined to avoid font problems when  
printing on some other computer for 2mx1m output. The PDF was scaled  
down to A4 sheets in order to produce handouts.
 >>> there again, the new pdf export would have helped
--------------------------

My additional advices/comments today would be:

- pick a simple color palette and stick to it. do not make it too rich  
or too bright. you can play with some colors a bit in an Inkscape  
document (use the fill and stroke paletter or the new color gestures http://www.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/ReleaseNotes046#Color_gestures 
  ) and then save it as a gpl (gimp palette) which you'll be able to  
use afterwards (by putting in int ~/.inkscape/palettes). if the  
quality of the printer is good enough, favor a colored background  
(even if it is just grey) and make your graphics stand out a little.  
maybe I am minimalist but a very good poster I saw was this one: http://jo.irisson.free.fr/dropbox/example_poster.pdf 
  . It really stroke me as clean, efficient, robust, to the  
point, ....add whatever adjective you think would qualify Danish  
design....

- do not use a picture as a background, even washed out. it distracts  
and brings nothing.

- people will tell you "why don't you use powerpoint to make your  
poster? everybody does and it works great". no. absolutely not. don't.  
ppt, or openoffice for that matter, are not designed to handle this  
and they do a poor job at it. indeed many people actually use ppt to  
make posters, and it shows.... not in the good sense ;)

- the requirement of hadling it in A4 to be printed on A0 is, in my  
humble opinion, stupid. most tutorials you'll find on the web (e.g. www.tos.org/pdfs/sci_speaking.pdf
   which is quite nice) will give you tips about the size of your  
poster elements in cm, or points, at their final size. designing the  
poster in A4 makes it more difficult to use all this information  
because you need to make the conversion each time. Getting a sense of  
how wide the paths in your graphics should be is also more  
complicated. Finally, if you add photographs or other raster images  
(i.e. not vector) they will scale poorly unless you do the math before  
and convert them to insane dpi resolutions. Since Inkscape deals with  
vectors, it performs just as well on a 2x2 m sheet than on a 32x32  
pixels icon. Use this ability: set the default unit to be cm and use a  
cm based grid on a document which is at the final size already. If you  
really need to handle A4 in the end, just scale the PDF or the SVG  
down afterwards.

- and finally something that may be a bit more "scientific": put as  
little text as possible on your poster. if you looked at my  
screenshots above, this is not the example to follow ;). Now that I  
look at it, this poster had too much text on it. Favor pretty pictures  
and graphics that show your point. First it will make your poster  
visually more attractive. Second it helps you get in touch with people  
passing by. When someone glances at your poster, you should  
immediately ask the person wether he/she wants you to walk them  
through the content. The polite answer to this is "no, it's okay, I'll  
just read it a bit ans ask you questions afterwards", which usually  
ends up in the person just vaguely reading and leaving as soon as  
there's an opening. If there's not much text on your poster people  
won't be able to answer you that, they'll hesitate and say "yes", and  
then you got the possibility to shine and show them how great your  
science is. you'll make an impact on their minds this way.

- some might argue that you may not be standing if front of your  
poster the whole conference, or that people will forget what you said  
immediately after leaving the conference (or even the poster hall!).  
This is why, in addition to your poster, you should have a A4 recto-
verso handout version, with text this time, that you can hang next to  
the poster or distribute after giving your presentation. ideally, you  
should prepare all your graphics and text beforehand, then cut down as  
much as possible to design the poster and finally scale down the  
graphs from the poster onto an A4, add the text (this why you need  
recto-verso handouts: there's more stuff to fit) and make it your  
handout. oh and make many copies, people love paper.

This is all just my personal opinion of course, but I hope it helps.

JiHO
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