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i am designing some posters for work and i need to email them to the printing company..

my posters will be made into numerous sizes varing from DL cards (110mm x 320mm) right up to A0 size (1189mm x 899mm)

on the resize option when i start.. what size should the follwoing be?: resolution, canvas size, pixel size etc... to make it best for printing these sizes..

also, they need them in pdf format... how?!

cheers, nadia

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Well, if you need PDF, you're barking up the wrong tree. Paint.NET cannot as yet save as a PDF.

As for resolution...well, that's up to you. You'll want it to be at least 100dpi. But the printing standard is 300dpi. (By comparison, screen resolution is 72dpi) How big are the posters going to be? How far away? How clear do they need to be? The bigger and smaller they are, the higher the dpi needs to get.

Fair warning, Paint.NET is not designed for print work. You are going to have some HUGE files. :-)


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As David says, PDN can't save your file as a *.PDF file, however you can use a third party program like doPDF to turn your print output into a *.PDF file.

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