Printing Tips

General Printing Tips

Tip: About PDF

The periodic tables are available from the Home page in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. The PDF artwork will print crisply at any size, even poster sized.

When you click a link to a PDF, your browser may open the PDF in the browser or it may download the PDF and open it in Acrobat Reader. Either way, there will be a Print button. If it opens in your browser, you can download a copy by using the Save As button. Another way to download is to use the (right-click) context menu to choose Save Link As or Save Target As.

If the image looks wrong, you may need to download it and use Acrobat Reader to view and print, rather than using your browser to view and print. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, or you have an old version, you can download a new version free it from Adobe.

Tip: They're a Set

Elements in Pictures and Elements in Words are designed to go together as a set. Either will stand on its own, but they work best together.

Elements in Pictures
Elements in Words

"Elements in Pictures" gets you hooked, and "Elements in Words" lets you learn more.

Letter-Size Printing Tips (Classroom Handouts)

Tip: Double-Sided Letter-Size

The "Elements in Pictures" and "Elements in Words" are designed to be printed, in color, as the front and back sides of a standard American 8.5x11 inch letter-size sheet of paper or card stock.

Elements in Words
Elements in Pictures

You can print this on the typical home color printer. Double-sided printing looks best with paper of higher quality (heavier, more opaque) or card stock. If your printer does not have a double-sided (duplex) option, you will need to print one side, then reload the printout back into the printer to print the other side.

You may want to punch holes so it can be put in a notebook binder.

Tip: Single-Sided Letter-Size

You may want to print "Elements in Pictures" and "Elements in Words" on two single-sided sheets, rather than one double-sided sheet.

Elements in Pictures
Elements in Words

You can then look at them side-by-side, or put them both on the wall.

Tip: Lamination

You can plastic laminate the paper to make it more durable.

Tip: Clear Plastic Sheet Protector with Back-to-Back Single-Sided Letter-Size

You can print "Elements in Pictures" and "Elements in Words" on two single-sided sheets placed back-to-back (or one double-sided sheet) inside a clear plastic sheet protector with notebook binder holes.

Elements in Pictures
Elements in Words

This is an excellent method to make classroom handouts. The periodic tables will last for many years; the plastic holes won't rip. This allows you to pull out both periodic tables to view them side-by-side. You don't need to bother with laminating, nor printing on thick paper, nor double-sided printing. It's easy to buy a box of sheet protectors (ex., Avery).

Tip: Grayscale or Black & White

Color printouts and copies are best, but grayscale or black & white are adequate.

The images are much better in color, but they have been designed so they can be printed and photocopied in in grayscale with only some loss of information. The main thing you will lose is the color coding of the groups of elements. If your copier increases contrast, making grays become black & white, it may be helpful to use a "lighter" setting; it is better for the grays to become white than to become black.

Elements in Pictures
Elements in Words

Tip: Ledger-Size

"Elements in Pictures and Words" exactly fits a standard American 11x17 inch ledger-size sheet of paper.

Elements in Pictures & Words

One 11x17 inch sheet is exactly the same size as two 8.5x11 inch sheets.

Tip: International Paper Sizes

The PDF files were designed for American paper sizes (8.5x11 inch and 11x17 inch), but you can print them at international paper sizes (ex., A4 or A3) simply by using your "fit to page" and "center on page" printing options (the exact options to use will depend on your printer and software).

Poster Printing and Display Tips

Tip: Printing Posters at Your Local Print & Copy Shop

You can print "Elements in Pictures" or "Elements in Words" or "Elements in Pictures and Words" as posters of any size.

Elements in Pictures
Elements in Words
Elements in Pictures & Words

The artwork will print crisply at any size, even at huge poster sizes, because the PDF artwork is stored as lines, not pixels.

You can print the PDF file as a poster of any dimensions simply by using your "fit to page" and "center on page" printing options (the exact options to use will depend on your printer and software).

You can print the PDF file at poster size at your local print & copy shop. It may be quite expensive to print large posters. Perhaps your employer, school/college, or other organization has a poster printer you can use at less expense.

You can also buy posters online at the Wlonk Shop.

Tip: Large "Pictures" Poster with Small "Words" Poster.

You may want to print "Elements in Pictures" as a large poster, and place a smaller printout of "Elements in Words" nearby.

Elements in Pictures
Elements in Words

Make the best use of your limited wallspace or money by posting a big "Elements in Pictures" poster, with a smaller "Elements in Words" printout at eye-level nearby, for people to read the more detailed information.

Tip: Multiple-Sheet Posters

You can print a cheap poster on multiple letter-size sheets and tape the pieces together.

Your printer software may have a "poster printing" option that automatically enlarges the image, and prints it piece-by-piece on multiple pages (ex., 2x2=4 sheets or 3x3=9 sheets). This is not very professional looking, but you can do it on your home color printer, so it is quick and inexpensive.

Elements in Pictures

Cards Printing Tips

Tip: Printing Elements Cards

Print the elements cards double-sided on card stock. Cut out cards with paper cutter or scissors.

Elements Cards

The PDF file has 32 pages (16 sheets) (8.5x11 inch), with nine cards per sheet (poker size, 2.5x3.5 inch). Pages 5-32 (14 sheets) have 118 two-sided element cards, with pictures on the front and words on the back. I recommend ending your deck at element 98, californium (page 26, sheet 13), the last element with any uses. Pages 1-4 (2 sheets) have one title card, four two-sided key cards (symbol key and color key), one two-sided info card (atoms info and bonding info), and twelve two-sided chemical group cards.

First, print a test sheet with just pages 1-2 and cut out the cards to make sure the front and back are aligned ok. The front-back alignment needs to be quite accurate, but it does not need to be perfect because of the white border on each card. Then print the rest of the pages. Cut out the cards with scissors or paper cutter. Finally, print the card box template on card stock, cut out, fold, and glue or tape.

If you don't have a color printer, you can print the PDF file (double-sided on card stock) at your local print & copy shop.

Sorry, card decks are not for sale at the Wlonk Shop. You need to print them yourself.