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What should the dimensions of my poster be?

Most posters are 35”x48” (Sigma Psi), but some are larger (35” x 60” or even bigger).  You always need to make sure that your print size is 1 inch smaller than the width of the paper roll you intend to use.  So for a 44" roll, you should set that dimension to 43" or less, for the 36" roll, set it to 35" or less, but zero the margins in your page setup so you can use all of the space you have. The print processing system will automatically rotate your image to use the least paper possible.  Feel free to check with Jeremy or Mike if you're worried about how something will print out.

Can I print personal work?

You may print anything that is for an academic purpose. Questionable documents require permission from Jeremy or Mike.  In short, you are not permitted to print personal work.

Can I print on poster board?

Generally no.  There is some Epson poster board that we can print on, but you would need to purchase the paper (See Jeremy for details).

How do I design a good poster?

Take one of Doug’s workshops, see this video ( and read Colin Purrington’s blog post on poster design.  There are other good resources out there...

What software should I use for creating a poster?

We recommend Adobe InDesign, first and foremost.  It's specifically designed as a page layout tool for manipulating primarily text.  Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop are ok.  InDesign is better for text heavy posters.  Illustrator is better for scalable graphic posters and Photoshop is best for photographic works. Don't use Powerpoint or KeyNote - those are for projected presentations and are very limited for poster work.

Why does my Powerpoint poster look funny?  

See above - Microsoft doesn’t define the color space used in Powerpoint, and so in order for a poster created in Powerpoint to look ok, you need to follow several steps:

  1. Set the correct (usually 35" H x 48" W) page size in "page setup", then save it as a PDF.  
  2. Open the PDF with Photoshop.
  3. Set the color space to Adobe (1998) RGB.
  4. Convert the poster to the Adobe (1998) RGB Color space.
  5. Correct your poster size (see above) to be no more than 35" in the shorter dimension (see above).
  6. Send your poster to the printer using the Print Dialog and the correct print queue.
  7. Check that the correct paper and ink are in the big printer.
  8. Release your poster to Print at the release station.
  9. Collect Poster