Most of you probably are here because you hate carrying poster tubes to meetings. So have I. Over the years several companies have sprouted up that offer fabric printing services, but often at a huge cost. Enter Spoonflower.com, a fabric printing company. I discovered this website via a post on the ASCB blog. I decided to take the plunge given the price--$24.00! Yes-that's right under $25 dollars for a foldable, high-resolution, fabric poster. I cannot say enough about the final product I received in the mail less than a week later (I paid for rush service, which cost me +$15 more). And when the meeting is over, you fashion your work in to a pillow or skirt if you like!
Here's the overview:
- Make your poster in Keynote starting with a slide size of the final size of your poster in pixels
- Save your image as a TIFF
- Convert your TIFF to a 300dpi PNG file.
- Upload to Spoonflower
- Making your poster. Make your poster either in Adobe Illustrator, Powerpoint or in Keynote as I have done. I attached a generic 4ft x 4ft template in Keynote for your convenience here.
- *Note you must have the resolution set in Keynote under Document > Slide Size at 3456 x 3456 (this is for a 4ft x 4ft poster). Note that the max size of the fabric that can be printed at Spoonflower is 58”. I was printing a 4ft x 4ft poster, so it was perfect for me.
- Export your Keynote poster as a TIFF or PDF file. Once you are done making your poster, you now have to export it as a TIFF or PDF file. In Keynote, this is done by going to File > Export > Images > Format > TIFF or PDF
- Converting this TIFF or PDF file to a PNG file. Exporting from Keynote to a PNG file will not save the poster in the resolution you need, I found. So you have to use a free online converter to do this. I used http://image.online-convert.com/convert-to-png. Don’t input anything except 300dpi here. Spoonflower.com will convert your file, but doing it yourself will allow you to carefully proof the image. Make sure the image is exported as a 300dpi file.
- Upload your newly converted poster PNG file to Spoonflower. You should get something that looks like this:
- Under the Fabric tab, under Repeat click Center to center your poster. Increase your poster size by clicking Bigger. If it doesn’t fill the screen here your resolution is off. *You will have to export it again making sure your resolution is 300dpi prior to uploading.
- For Fabric, select Performance Knit. This fabric is really sharp and will not crease much at all. It has a nice tight weave with a sheen to it. I found that my microscopic images looked great using it.
- Set the unit size to Yards in the dropdown menu.
- Add to Cart.
- Note that RUSH service took about 5 days for me to receive my poster for $15 more.
Below are some closeup images of my poster: