Poster Printer

Academic Computing is pleased to provide the services of a Hewlett-Packard Designjet 500ps large-format color poster printer. This printer is available for academic use (faculty/student presentations in the classroom or at official academic events) by faculty, students and staff. Please note that "academic use" does not include the creation of promotional and advertising materials.

For detailed instructions on having a poster printed, please read and follow these MANDATORY guidelines:

Process for Having Your Poster Printed

  1. Save your poster as any of the following file types (PC or Mac): Microsoft Word document, Microsoft PowerPoint document, JPEG, GIF, or Adobe PDF file.

  2. Make sure that the size of your document is set to the size you want your poster. (To change the size of your document in most applications, go to FILE > PAGE SETUP and change the dimensions.)

  3. Please have your file be no greater than 25MB in size.

  4. Send your file as an email attachment to Tom Marcais at [email protected].

    Your poster will be printed as soon as possible and you will be notified as to when you may pick it up. We cannot guarantee any specific time frame for the printing of your poster. If you are working under a deadline, please let us know and we will do our best to help you meet it. When working on an important project, it is best to give us your file at least one week in advance.

Additional Information

  • The average poster size is about 24 inches by 36 inches.

  • Please make sure that you have made any necessary corrections (spelling, grammar, etc.) to your document before you send it to us for printing. We do not proofread.

  • Please limit the number of copies requested of any individual poster to 10 or less. If more than 10 posters are needed, please contact us directly to help you formulate an alternative plan.

  • DO NOT use embedded graphics/files in your posters. This increases the file-size beyond the capabilities of our printer's memory.

  • DO NOT insert TIFF images if you are using Microsoft Programs (such as PowerPoint or Word). Instead, first convert the images to a JPEG or GIF format. Then, insert the JPEG or GIF image.

  • DO NOT use non-standard fonts. We recommend you use standard fonts such as: Arial, Courier, Garamond, Helvetica, Palatino, Times New Roman, and Verdana. Other fonts may not print properly and will lose some formatting.

  • If you are using PowerPoint to create your presentation, it is necessary to "ungroup" any objects (PowerPoint Slides, Excel Charts, etc.) before the poster is printed. To do this, right-click on the object and choose the "ungroup" option from the drop-down menu.

  • We do not offer color-correction services of any kind.

If you need help preparing a poster to be printed or need any clarification on the guidelines stated above, please don't hesitate to contact us for assistance.