PosterArtist Basics
Article ID: ART165726 | Date published: 05/24/2016 | Date last updated: 05/31/2016


This article explores the basics of PosterArtist.


PosterArtist Basics

PosterArtist settings

The Preferences dialog box allows you to change the save location of your original artwork for use in PosterArtist, and the printer for test printing and media size. Also, change the unit of length, how much the cursor moves when an arrow key is pressed and default size of the library template.

1. In the Edit menu, select Preferences.

The Preferences dialog box is displayed.

2. Adjust the following settings.

User Artwork
The folder on your computer for saving the artwork you create using PosterArtist, such as templates or images. Click Browse to select a folder.

Test Printer
Test printing is printing posters on A4 or Letter paper to check the layout and appearance beforehand. Select a printer for test printing from the list of Canon printers connected to the computer.

Specify the printer to use for regular poster printing in the Paper Options task.

In test printing, the printer's unique printing features such as borderless printing and specifying the print quality are not available.

Media Size
Select the size of paper to use for test printing from A4 or Letter.

Measurement Units
Select the unit of measure used by PosterArtist for linear measurements.
The options are millimeters or inches.

Nudge Distance
Specify the distance that objects are moved each time you press an arrow key. Enter the value directly or click  or  at right to increase or decrease the value.
The range is 0.01 mm to 10,000 mm (0.01 in. to 400 in.).

Press the arrow key while holding down the Ctrl key to move objects by one tenth of the value set in Nudge Distance.

Default poster size
Set the default size of the library template and new poster.
Select the default poster size from the list.

Only the standard sizes, excluding the long size, are applicable for library template.

The size can be changed at a later time to a size of your choice.

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PosterArtist startup and shutdown

To start PosterArtist, double-click the PosterArtist icon on the desktop or select start > Programs > Canon PosterArtist > PosterArtist.

PosterArtist shortcut icon

PosterArtist QuickCopy shortcut icon

PosterArtist can run in multiple screens simultaneously. Objects can be copied and pasted between these screens.

When multiple PosterArtist are running, the following operations cannot be performed.

Managing artwork

Importing and saving

Opening files

When starting PosterArtist for the first time, the License Access Number needs to be entered.

To exit PosterArtist, click (Close) in the upper-right corner of the screen, or select Exit in the File menu.

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PosterArtist screen structure

This section describes the structure of screens and menus in PosterArtist and covers related points about poster objects.

(1) Task area

This is the guide to design and print posters. There are four tasks, as described in the guide.
To create posters, select tasks in order and in the settings panel for each task, select a template, images and functions. In the lower part, there are buttons for user support such as one to open this guide, etc.

(2) Settings panel for each task

When a task is selected, a settings panel is displayed to the right of the task area.
The settings panel shows buttons for functions as well as thumbnails for image and template selection.

(3) Poster design area

The poster layout is displayed here.
This is the area where you arrange text, images, and other objects to create posters. Design posters here just as you wish them to be printed. The guide, grid and ruler can also be displayed here.

(4) Temporary tray

Place photos you are not sure whether to use or frequently used photos in temporary tray. Templates and photos in temporary tray can be added to posters when needed without searching through thumbnails again.

(5) Menu bar

The menu is displayed.

(6) Toolbar

Buttons for major functions (toolbar buttons) are displayed in three groups.

(a) Toolbar (1)
Displays toolbar buttons for Artwork Manager Dialog, Print Preview, Use Image File, Align and Distribute Objects Dialog, etc.

(b) Toolbar (2)
Displays toolbar buttons for Show / Hide Guide and Grid, Enlarge/Reduce, etc.

(c) Toolbar (3)
Displays toolbar buttons for Resize Selection Tool, Rotation Selection Tool, Text, Line, Design Check, etc.
Only Toolbar (3) can be hidden.


(7) Status bar

(a) General status
Displays information about menus, toolbar buttons and objects as well as the status of the current process and the application.

(b) Paper size
Shows the paper size for the poster displayed in the poster design area.

(c) Keyboard status
Displays the status of the Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock key on the keyboard.

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PosterArtist menu selection

In PosterArtist, you can select menu items in any of these ways.

From the menu bar

From the toolbar

From the context menu

By clicking buttons in the settings panel

For example, there are three ways to display the Align and Distribute Objects dialog box in which you can arrange or position selected objects.

1) Select the object, and from the menu, select Object > Align and Distribute Objects > Align and Distribute Objects Dialog.

2) Right-click the object and select Align and Distribute Objects > Align and Distribute Objects Dialog.

3) Select the object, and in the toolbar, click (Align and Distribute Objects Dialog).

Although this guide focuses on menu selection from shortcut menus and toolbar operations, you should use the method that's easiest for you.

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PosterArtist tasks

Select Template

In this task, you select a template for the poster.

Paper Options

In this task, you specify the printer and type of paper to use, as well as the page size.


In this task, you add images and text to the poster and edit them as desired.

You can complete the following subtasks in this task.

A task for adding or editing photos, or for adding frames.

A task for adding or editing clipart.

A task for adding or editing text, or for applying text graphics.

A task for adding or editing shapes.

A task for adding or editing the images that serve as backgrounds.

Variable Data
A task for automatic substitution of information from an existing tabular data file before each poster in a series is printed.


A task for printing posters.

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Poster elements

This section describes the elements you can work with in posters, collectively called "objects."

(1) Photos

Photos of all kinds are provided.
You can also work with your own photos from a digital camera. Apply frames and change the shape of photos as desired.

(2) Clipart

Select from an array of illustrations and graphics.

(3) WMF and EMF data

You can insert commercial WMF and EMF clipart.
You can also save files from PowerPoint or other applications in WMF and EMF format for insertion in PosterArtist.

As with regular photos, WMF and EMF images can be framed. You can also resize or rotate them as desired. However, you cannot adjust the colors or retouch these images as with regular photos.

(4) Text

Move or resize text, or change the font, color, and alignment as desired. Additionally, outline text and apply a drop shadow. Applying text graphics is another option that may help create effective posters.
When working with multiple lines of text, you can align them on the left, right, or center. What's more, you can justify text or arrange it relative to other objects.

(5) Shapes

You can insert straight lines, rectangles and circles. The position, size, color, etc. can be changed as desired. Also, a drop shadow can be applied.

(6) Backgrounds

Backgrounds are set behind all other objects in a poster.

Objects can be resized, rotated, inverted, or moved by using the mouse or entering numbers. With a single click, you can align multiple objects on the left or right, or center them relative to each other or to the page. No matter what type of object you're working with, the steps to align or resize them are essentially the same.

The templates provided with PosterArtist come complete with sample images, text, frames, and backgrounds. Using templates as the basis for original posters, you can substitute your own photos and clipart to create posters of your own design easily.

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