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When creating a poster to be printed in the Faculty Lab, please keep the following guidelines in mind:

Document Size and Color

Create blank document with the correct size before adding content

Before adding any content, use the Page Layout function in PowerPoint, Publisher, or another program to create the size of the final poster.

One side (width or height) cannot exceed 40 inches.  The other side can be up to any (reasonable length).

Failing to do this before you begin to put in any text or other elements can result in having to re-create the entire poster from scratch when you bring it in to print. Changing the size of a poster after it has been designed causes formatting problems and images are often pixellated or unclear.

Use a white background

The FacLab  reserves the right to refuse printing of any poster with more than 55% color (including images and text boxes with background color).


Images must be sized according to the final dimensions of the poster. Image size can usually not be increased without significant reduction in quality. Most images from the web and screenshots from a computer are 72 dpi. Printed images should ideally be 300dpi

If you are exporting an image from scientific software, make sure to export at 300dpi in .jpg, .png, .gif, or .tiff format.  Exporting to PDF is also effective.


Importing Excel Charts to PowerPoint

Many times an Excel chart will not be properly imported into Publisher or PowerPoint.  Though the chart may look complete in your layout, problems will arise during printing.  Lines representing data or values on the chart may not print properly.  To avoid this, you will need to use the Paste Special function in PowerPoint or Publisher.  Note that once the chart is imported as an image in Excel, you cannot change it. Therefore, any edits need to be made in Excel before it is copied into power point.

Copy the chart in Excel,

In the PowerPoint presentation, click the arrow under the Paste button on the Home tab

Select Paste Special → Picture (JPEG). This will copy the the excel chart so that it will print correctly from PowerPoint.

PowerPoint and Publisher will put a border around a chart by default.  It is thin and grey, and may not be visible in your PowerPoint slide or poster until you zoom in to look at it closely.  Be sure to plan for this border in your poster layout - there is no way to remove it.

Preparing to Print

Save the poster to a Drew network drive, Google Drive, a USB drive in order to access the files from FacLab computers.

The poster printer is in the Faculty Lab, Brothers College, Room 11.

Poster printing hours: M-F, 9:00pm - 4:30pm, no posters will be accepted for printing after 4:30pm

Printing is first come. first served/ Please be prepared to wait during busy ties of the year.

A Banner account number (FOAP) is required for printing. Posters will not be printed without an account number at the time of service.

For multiple posters (for example, for a class or group such as DSSI or Gov School) department Administrative Assistants and Faculty may contact the University Technology Service Center at x4357 to provide account information and a list of students authorized to print under the account number.

FacLab employees will be happy to help you link to the printers and make sure that your poster will print properly to the large format printer.
Printing services are self-serve; You must come to the lab to print the poster and receive assistance.

Large Format Printer (Poster)B&W or Color- $5.00/foot

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