Printing and Wheat Paste Instructions
NEW PRINTER CHANGES TO NOTE:
Many print shops such as Kinkos have changed printers.
The old plotter printers are a electrostatic carbon process. (a large version of classic Xerox copy machines). These machines ( running on Windows 98) would not accept extra large files ( over 100 megabits)
The new printers are standard inkjet technology. They accept large files. There is no need to as careful reducing file size. The dimensions of new printers dimensions are 36" inches wide (91.4 cm). ( the same as the old printer).
Instructions below still are good. In fact the careful sizing below will produce a high quality print. One does not need to send a giant file. The reality of blow up technology is a bigger more higher resolution (dpi ) file does not make a better print at poster or mural size. Again the sizes below are more than enough pixels ( 5500 pixels on the short side).
Find a copy shop with a large format plotter printer. Most Xerox copy shops and office print centers have these printers, generally called a Architectural Plotter Printer, for engineer and architect drawings and plans. Ask for the “Over Sized Black and White Printing Services” for engineering prints and architectural plans. The printers’ dimensions are 36" inches wide (91.4 cm). Schools, architectural practices and engineers all have this type of printer. It prints on thin cheap paper that absorbs moisture (the wheat paste glue) and attaches well on textured surfaces (brick and wood) but does not adhere well to polished surface (glass and metal). Note that coated, thick gauge paper does not work well for the wheat pasting processes. The images are cost effective and easy to make, amounting to less than $10.00 per print.