Poster Printing

Printing Services has acquired a large-format printer suitable for printing posters to be used for academic presentations by faculty and students. Information is provided below regarding creating a poster, printing costs, and methods for submitting your file to Printing Services.

Creating Your Poster


We recommend that faculty and students create posters using Microsoft PowerPoint, which is available on all office computers and all public computer labs.

We have provided some PowerPoint files which can be used as a starting point for your poster. Right-click on the links below and choose Save target as.. to download these files. These templates all have roughly the same look, but differ in poster size, number of text columns already in place, and campus image (images can be copied from one template and pasted into another).

Note: The Print Shop recommends that one side of your poster be exactly 36″ with the other side be 48″ or less. This is the maximum size that the print shop can provide finishing options (lamination, mounting, etc..) for document of this size.

Poster Type 24″ x 36″ 36″ x 44″ 36″ x 46″
one column

two column

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two column

three column
one column one column

two column

three column

To use one of these templates, simply open the file in PowerPoint and replace the placeholder content with your own content.

When working with these files in PowerPoint, be very careful to leave at least a one inch border along all edges of your poster to ensure that all of your content prints. These template files contain guides, placed one inch from each edge, which you can use as margin guidelines. Click View > Guides and/or View > Rulers
to turn on guides and/or rulers, if necessary.

Before submitting your file to Printing Services for printing, please do the following:

  • Spell-check the poster by clicking Review > Spelling, and then carefully proofread the poster to catch errors the spell checker missed.
  • View the poster at 100% and examine it closely to be sure that all text and graphics is placed where it should be, with no unwanted overlapping. If graphics do not look good when viewed at 100% they will not look good printed. Try resizing the graphic or image to a smaller size to improve print quality. Also check the borders to confirm that no content is within one inch of any edge.
  • Examine the overall layout of the poster by clicking View > Zoom.. and then selecting Fit.
  • Print an 8-1/2″ x 11″ copy of your poster by selecting the Scale to Fit Paper box on the PowerPoint print dialog window and examine this printout for alignment problems or other errors. Save this page for submitting to Printing Services with your poster file.

Tip: The Print Shop suggests that once you have proofed the poster for errors, you save the file as a .pdf and deliver that file to the print shop in one of the options listed below. By submitting the poster as a .pdf you ensure the final poster’s format and layout is not effected by the small variations that might occur when transferring files between different computers and versions of Microsoft PowerPoint.

Submitting Your File to the Print Shop

Before submitting a poster file for printing, please check the poster carefully as described above. Whenever possible, embed fonts in the file.

To request that a poster be printed, you must submit the following items to Printing Services:

  • Printing Services Order Form, available from Printing Services.
  • A copy of your poster printed on 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper. On the back of this copy, print: your name, box number, email address, phone number, name of poster file and full size of poster, in inches.
  • Your poster file. This can be submitted online, can be brought to Printing Services on a CD, flash drive, or email to If using the online file submission form or email, be sure to also deliver the Printing Services Order Form and printed copy of your poster to Printing Services, either through the campus mail (Printing Services, Box L, Attn: Plotter) or in person (Printing Services is located in the Oddfellows building.)

Poster files and accompanying documents should be delivered to Printing Services at least one week in advance of the date the poster is needed.