Poster Printing

Guidelines for our color plotter

The School of Science maintains an HP DesignJet T1300 Color Plotter. Poster printing is reserved for current School of Science faculty, students, and staff. This service is provided as a courtesy. Please be respectful of other's time in your requests.

If you are not affiliated with the School of Science, please view the list of other printing resources below.



  • 24" x 36" poster (.pptx)
  • 24" x 36" poster (.ppt)


  • 48" x 36" poster (.pptx)
  • 48" x 36" poster (.ppt)

File types

PowerPoint (.ppt and .pptx) is our preferred file type, and it's very easy to use for posters. Set the page size before adding any data, images, or text. We can also accept Adobe PDF (.pdf) files, but make sure the document size is set correctly and the images are of sufficient resolution.

If you have a need to use a file type other than PowerPoint or PDF, please contact and we can discuss your options.


Check the requirements of your conference before starting your poster! Our paper is 36" (inches) wide, so one poster edge must be 36" or less. Having one of your two dimensions 36" is advantageous—it keeps you from having to manually trim your poster.

Adding text

Pasting Microsoft Word text directly into the PowerPoint file is not recommended. Instead, insert a text box, then paste your text into the text box. This will alleviate potential scaling and font issues. If you wish to have a background color behind individual text blocks, make these backgrounds as separate boxes from the draw menu, and place them behind the text boxes.


Avoid the use of special fonts, if possible, as they may not transfer to our machines. A minimum font size of 24 point is recommended for general text. If you have to go much smaller than that in order to fit it on the poster, perhaps you're using too much text! 18 point is fine for references and acknowledgements.

Previewing your work

Use the "scale to fit" option from the printer menu to test print on your printer prior to a full-scale print. We do not print draft copies. Please e-mail any questions you might have—as early in the process as possible—to Feel free to send iterations for comments or suggestions. It's best to discover problems early in the process.

Paper options

  • Gloss Quick Dry: Unless otherwise requested, we print on gloss quick dry paper
  • Plain Paper: Used for maps or charts that may need to be written on
  • Gloss Standard: Does not fade over time like the quick dry, can be used for posters that will be displayed for long periods of time. This paper required a much longer time to print, so it will not be available during peak times and may require more lead time

Getting it to us

72 hours lead time is required for all poster requests.

Send your file as an e-mail attachment to If it is too large (over 10MB) you should use the SlashTmp service and send us an e-mail identifying the file link and password. As a last resort, you may bring it to room LD 016 on a USB memory device.

Notice to Mac users

Please send the files in PDF form rather than PowerPoint. This should eliminate the most common printing problems (graphs and images). Here is information from a commercial printer to help you create a pdf version of your poster.