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MS OFFICE PLUGIN

An easy to use plugin to print large-format documents created in MS Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. more info...

ACCOUNTING MANAGER

Track jobs and the cost per print. Control costs when sharing between departments, more info...

POSTERARTIST LITE

A premium poster creation software program designed to be used by all levels of users to create professional-posters, banners and school wide visuals in just four easy steps. more info...

DIRECT PRINT AND SHARE

With Canon’s Direct Print & share software printing PDF, JPEG, TIFF and HP-GL/2 files can be done without the need to open the software which the files were created in. This saves time and also means you can always print files – even if they were created elsewhere. A preview is incorporated for viewing prior to printing.

1. Open Direct Print and Share

2. Drag and Drop file(s) into the window or click 'Add' to select files for printing

Input cost for other items

Select Categories for Reports

3. The page size and preview are shown with the print options on the right side.

4. You can also add multiple files and multi-page pdf files.

5. Click print and all the processing is done in the background!

 

   By clicking on the 'Shortcut Print' button a desktop icon will be created

   duplicating all the settings. Operators can then drag a file on the desktop

   shortcut for one step printing.

FREE LAYOUT

Optimize your media use and work flow by nesting print jobs with Free Layout for Canon iPF Printers.

  • Preview print job(s) before sending to the Printer
  • Print multiple images side by side to save Time and Paper
  • Print from PosterArtist, Excel, Powerpoint, PhotoShop, Acrobat, Word, etc
  • All images appear in the Free Layout Preview Screen and are sent to the printer as one print job

ADDITIONAL FEATURES IN FREE LAYOUT

Reduce and Enlarge

Rotate

Move

Overlap - Front and Back

Align and Distribute

Folded Duplex

MS OFFICE PLUGIN

This utility makes it easy to print large-format documents created in Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Plug-in appears in a tool bar inside the Microsoft application and has an

easy-to-follow "Wizard".

 

The Plug-in will bypass the printer driver to simplify the printing process. A few simple steps convert your 8.5" x 11" office document to poster size.

ACCOUNTING MANAGER

Track jobs and see the cost per print. Control costs when sharing between departments

  • Track Who and When Jobs are Printed
  • Track Ink and Paper Use
  • Never Guess How Much a Poster Costs
  • Generate Reports to Share Cost Between Departments Based on Use
  • Auto Generate Reports Weekly or Monthly

Easy configuration for Account Manager Reports

Input cost for ink cartridges

Input cost for media

Input cost for other items

Select Categories for Reports

Select Units - Metric vs Imperial etc.

Final Report with Price Per Print

Based on Supplies Cost You Input.

Reports export to CSV files

for use in MS Excel.

POSTERARTIST  LITE

is a premium poster creation software program designed to be used by all levels of users to create professional-posters, banners and school wide visuals in just four easy steps.

 

This template driven poster creation tool was developed by Canon specifically to create large-format posters quickly and easily. You can even import your own images such as school logos, mascots and digital camera photos. With Poster Artist you can quickly customize and print charts, posters, banners, signs, and eye catching displays.

POSTER IDEAS WITHIN THE CLASSROOM

  • Study guides
  • Posters for field days, concerts, and fairs
  • Posters of geographical regions
  • Research presentations
  • Enlargements of artistic work
  • Enlarged prints of teaching and reference material
  • Calendars
  • Student of the month poster

HOW USING POSTERARTIST CAN ASSIST YOU…

Creating a bright and colourful classroom to make learning fun!

 

  • Print poster-size educational materials such as teaching aids, making them a focal point for in-class discussion.
  • Decorate the classroom with poster-size number charts and alphabet charts for memorization.
  • Print large galleries of photos from school outings to research excursions, laying them out on one of the many PosterArtist templates.
  • Design a variety of draft poster designs in seconds using PosterArtist’s Dynamic Layout Function and within minutes your classroom can be filled with colorful posters.

 

 

Create prints at anytime of the day, quickly & easily

 

  • You can quickly and easily produce large-format prints from charts and resources created in familiar, widely used applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Incorporate all the information into one poster using PosterArtist’s Page Capture feature.
  • With the help of PosterArtist software, in just a few clicks, you can produce large-format prints of classroom materials such as rosters, decorations, collages, and much more!
  • The ability to produce large-format prints at any time allows you to respond quickly when the need arises. And because you can print just the number of prints you need, printing is faster and less expensive than outsourcing.

 

 

PosterArtist - So simple anyone can be a designer

 

  • PosterArtist software provides you with an easy workflow solution for creating direct yet effective poster designs.
  • You’re sure to find a template that fulfills your needs with a wide range of design templates provided within PosterArtist, which you can quickly customize to create your own original design simply by changing elements such as the font or color.
  • If you still can’t find a layout that catches your eye, give the Auto Design function a try. Auto Design automatically generates a customized layout that adjusts depending on the input text and images selected. An assortment of designs patterns is then created, so you can find one that suits your application the best!

It is simple to create smart-looking large-format prints from the templates abundantly provided with PosterArtist, the poster creation software designed especially for large format printers.

Print directly from Microsoft Office

Leaflets and diagrams, graphs, and other materials created in Word, Excel or PowerPoint can be enlarged and printed in large format quickly and easily. The same with an ordinary printer, you only need to specify paper and size and then print. There is no need to recreate especially for large-format printing.

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PosterArtist Instructions

POSTER ARTIST - FEATURES & BENEFITS

Create original posters without borders using templates provided with PosterArtist by changing photos and text. In PosterArtist, you can create posters simply by completing tasks 1 to 4 one after another as follows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1) Decide on a design

When deciding on a poster design, you can either select a template and edit it or design a poster from scratch.

Either method allows you to freely edit, substituting materials such as picture and clipart, or changing text and colors, to create posters with an original design.

 

1) Select a template

Select a template from which to create your own posters.

A template can be selected from around 200 choices in categories such as office, food service, and schools.

 

1. Select the Select Template task.

 

 

 

 

2. In Category, select a template category.

Thumbnails of templates in the selected category appear.

 

3. Select a template from the thumbnails and double-click it.

(Otherwise, drag and drop the template to the poster.)

 

 

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2) Specify the size and paper

Specify a page size, paper type, etc. for printing.

This section describes the method of paper settings for borderless printing on roll paper.

 

1. Select the Paper Options task.

 

 

2. In Page Size, select a poster size.

 

3. In Poster Orientation, select  (Portrait).

 

4. In Printer, select a printer to use.

 

5. In Media Source, select Roll Paper.

 

6. In Media Type, select the paper type for printing.

In this example, paper that supports borderless printing is selected.

 

7. In Roll Paper Width, select the width for selected paper.

 

8. Place a checkmark for Borderless Printing.

 

9. Select Fit Long Side to Roll Width or Fit Short Side to Roll Width.

For posters in portrait orientation, select Fit Short Side to Roll Width. The poster is printed on the roll paper in this orientation.

 

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3) Compose and edit the poster

This section describes how to create your own posters with editing photos or text.

 

1) Substitute photos from the library

1. In the Edit task, select Photos.

The Photos settings panel is displayed.

 

2. On the poster, click the photo you want to replace.

 

 

3. Click the Photos tab.

 

4. In Category, select a photo category.

Thumbnails of photos in the selected category appear.

 

5. Select a photo from the thumbnails and double-click it.

The original photo is replaced with the new one.

 

 

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2) Substitute your own photos

1. In the Edit task, select Photos.

The Photos settings panel is displayed.

 

2. Click a photo you want to replace.

 

3. Click Add / Replace.

The file selection screen is displayed.

 

 

 

4. Select the photo you want to use and click Open.

 

 

 

The original photo is replaced with the new one.

 

 

You can insert images from a folder on your computer in the poster. Additionally, you can insert images from a digital camera or scanner.

 

5. Repeat the steps to change or add photos to replace all photos.

 

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3) Add clipart

1. In the Edit task, select Clipart.

The Clipart settings panel is displayed.

 

2. In Category, select a clipart category.

Thumbnails of clipart in the selected category appear.

 

3. Select a clipart item from the thumbnails and double-click it.

(Otherwise, drag and drop the clipart item to the poster.)

 

 

4. Resize and move the clipart as desired.

 

To resize poster elements

Click a photo, clipart item, etc. on the poster to display it outlined in an orange. Eight resize handles () are displayed on the outline.

Drag the resize handle () to resize the photo, clipart, etc.

 

To move poster elements

Point to a photo, clipart item, etc. to display the cursor as  (Move pointer).

Drag  (Move pointer) to move the photo, clipart item, etc.

 

 

4) Trim away unneeded areas of photos and retouch images

 

1. In the Edit task, select Photos.

The Photos settings panel is displayed.

 

2. Click the photo you want to trim.

 

3. Click   (Trim).

 

The Edit Image dialog box and preview panel are displayed.

 

 

4. Specify the area to trim away by adjusting the size and position of the brighter area.

 

5. Click Close.

The Edit Image dialog box and preview panel are closed.

Settings made in the preview panel are instantly applied to photos on the poster.

 

 

 

Retouch images

 

1. In the Edit task, select Photos.

The Photos settings panel is displayed.

 

2. Click the photo you want to retouch.

3. Click   (Retouch Image).

 

The Retouch Image dialog box is displayed.

 

4. In the Retouch Image dialog box, select a retouching button to retouch the image as desired.

 

5. Click OK.

The Retouch Image dialog box is closed.

 

 

 

You can make photos appear as follows by retouching them or trimming away unneeded areas.

 

 

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5) Apply effects to photos

You can enhance photos with a matching effect, such as by adding steam or water droplets.

 

1. Make sure no photos on the poster are selected.

 

2. In the Edit task, click Photos.

The Photos settings panel is displayed.

 

3. Click the Photos tab.

 

4. In Category, select Image Effects: Steam.

Thumbnails of images in Image Effects: Steam appear.

 

5. Select an image of steam from the thumbnails and double-click it.

(Otherwise, drag and drop the image of steam to the poster.)

The selected image is inserted in the poster.

 

 

6. Drag the image over the photo and change it to a suitable size.

 

 

The steam effect is applied to the image.

 

 

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6) Apply frames to photos

You can apply frames to photos. Frames are made up of lines or decorative graphics.

 

1. In the Edit task, select Photos.

The Photos settings panel is displayed.

 

2. Click the photo to which you want to apply a frame.

 

 

3. Click the Frames tab.

 

4. In Category, select a frame category.

Thumbnails of frames in the selected category appear.

 

5. Select a frame from the thumbnails and double-click it.

As shown in this example, you can apply a frame that makes the photo seem like a round cut out image with blurred edges.

 

 

 

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7) Edit text

1. In the Edit task, select Text.

The Text settings panel is displayed.

 

2. Double-click the text that you want to edit.

A text editing box (framed in blue) is displayed.

 

 

3. Enter the new text in this editing box.

 

4. In Font, select the font.

 

5. In Font Size, resize the text.

 

6. In Text Color, change the text color.

 

 

 

The text size is also changed automatically as the text box (framed in orange) is resized. To resize text this way, point to the text box and drag the handle when it is displayed as  (Resize handle).

 

To add new text, follow these steps to insert it.

 

1. In the Text settings panel, click  (Text).

 

2. Drag on the poster from the upper-left corner to the lower-right corner of the area to insert text. A blue editing box is displayed there.

 

3. Enter the new text in this editing box.

 

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8) Outline text or apply a drop shadow

 

1. In the Edit task, select Text.

The Text settings panel is displayed.

 

2. Click the text you want to outline.

3. In Text Effects, click   (Fill and Stroke).

 

 

The Fill and Stroke dialog box is displayed.

 

4. Complete the settings for the line color and style to use in outlining, as well as the text color.

 

 

                     

 

5. Click OK.

The Fill and Stroke dialog box is closed.

 

6. Click the text to which you want to apply a drop shadow.

7. In Text Effects, click   (Set Shaded Text).

 

The Set Shaded Text dialog box is displayed.

 

8. Specify the drop shadow color and opacity.

 

           

 

 

 

9. Click OK.

The Set Shaded Text dialog box is closed.

 

You can give text greater impact by outlining it or applying a drop shadow.

 

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9) Apply text graphics

Apply a variety of decorations to text by using text graphics.

 

1. In the Edit task, select Text.

The Text settings panel is displayed.

 

2. On the poster, click the text to which you want to apply a text graphic.

 

3. Click the Text Graphics tab.

 

4. In Category, select a text graphic category.

Thumbnails of text graphics in the selected category appear.

 

5. Select a text graphic from the thumbnails and double-click it.

The text graphic is applied, matching the width of the text box.

 

 

 

 

10) Justify text

Justify text to position the text uniformly across the width of the orange text box. All rows in justified text are as long as the longest row.

 

1. In the Edit task, select Text.

The Text settings panel is displayed.

 

2. Click the text you want to justify.

The text box is displayed.

 

 

3. Under Text Alignment, click (Justify).

 

All rows are adjusted to the same width, justifying the text.

 

 

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11) Add shapes

In PosterArtist, lines, circles, rectangles and other shapes can be added.

In this example, an arrow is added.

 

1. In the Edit task, select Shapes.

The Shapes settings panel is displayed.

2. Click   (Line).

 (Crosshair pointer) appears.

 

3. In the poster preview, drag  (Crosshair pointer) to specify the size of arrow to add.

A line appears in the specified size.

 

4. Change the line into an arrow in Start Point Shape or End Point Shape.

 

 

5. Added arrows can be resized or moved as desired. In addition, they can be aligned with other objects or rearranged.

 

 

 

12) Edit the background

1. In the Edit task, select Backgrounds.

The Backgrounds settings panel is displayed.

 

2. In Category, select a background category.

Thumbnails of backgrounds in the selected category appear.

 

3. Select a background from the thumbnails and double-click it.

(Otherwise, drag and drop the background to the poster.)

The background design is updated.

 

 

4. In Background Color, select the color.

The background color is updated.

 

 

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13) Arrange objects

After placing text, photos and other objects, adjust the size and position to arrange the layout.

 

1. Click multiple text boxes while holding down the Ctrl key or Shift key.

(Otherwise, drag across the text as if drawing a box around them.)

 

2. On the toolbar, click  (Align and Distribute Objects Dialog).

The Align and Distribute Objects dialog box is displayed.

 

 

3. Click (Center Horizontally on Page).

 

 

The selected text boxes are centered on the poster.

 

 

4. Click  (Close).

The Align and Distribute Objects dialog box is closed.

 

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14) Save your poster

Save the poster as follows.

 

1. In the File menu, select Save (or Save As).

The Save As dialog box is displayed.

 

2. Specify the destination.

 

3. In File name, enter the file name.

 

 

4. Click Save.

The Save As dialog box is closed.

The poster you created is saved as a file exclusively for use with PosterArtist, with a ".cpfx" file extension.

 

 

 

 

 

4) Print your poster

Print the created poster.

 

1. Select the Print task.

The Print settings panel is displayed.

 

2. Check print settings.

To change print settings, return to the Paper Options task and change settings as needed.

 

3. In Print Quality, select the print quality.

 

4. In Matching Method, select a matching method.

 

5. In Copies, specify the printing quantity.

 

6. Click Print.

 

 

Printing now begins.

 

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