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Library and Information Technology


How to Print

To Print a poster, email it as an attachment to browntrc@mx.lakeforest.edu or bring it to the TRC on a flash drive. Edits need to be completed before your submission. If your job needs further edits or contains errors, you will need to resubmit and will be charged again. Patrons need to be aware that it takes at least 15 minutes to print a poster so allow time for waiting: if there are print jobs ahead of you, you might have to return the next day to pick up your poster.

Printer Charges

  • Black and White (8.5 x 11) / $0.05 per page
  • Color (8.5 x 11) / $0.50 per page
  • Poster: (42” x 100’ max) / $4 per foot of longest dimension

When departments, organizations, or clubs are printing, we will need you to submit an account number at the time of the job submission.

Poster Design

Designing with PowerPoint

Recommended font size:

  • Title 70-85pt.
  • Authors 55-60pt.
  • Body text 24pt.
  • Sub-headings 36-48pt.
  • Captions 18pt.        

Set up your document:

  • Open PowerPoint, select a single new slide (use a “blank” slide from the auto-layout).  
  • Select File/Page Setup and define your Width: Maximum for the Canon iPF 8400 printer is 42”; Height: Maximum for PowerPoint is 56”
  • We’re going to go with 56”
  • Orientation: Choose Landscape For Portrait, do just the opposite. Width = 56” and Height = 42”
  • Remember to do this before you create your poster. Not doing so may result in an unprintable poster (or one that can’t be printed at the size you need).        
  • Insert Text: Remember that the text on your slide needs a container: Go to “Insert/Text Box”  
  • Titles-Use large type, mixed upper / lower case (never all capitals), at least 72 points. Subtitles should be at least 36 points.
  • Information-Be concise, don’t overwhelm your audience with too much information. A poster is an advertisement for your ideas and work (it’s not a journal article). It should be legible and easily apprehended. Make sure there is high contrast between the text and background.
  • Body Text —- it should be at least 24 points; aligned left, not justified. Choose plain fonts such as Times, Garamond, Caslon (serifs) or Helvetica, Aria or Gill Sans (san serif).
  • Columns —- put text (for scientific posters) in columns reading top-to-bottom, left to right. Keep column line lengths short (about 50 characters maximum, including spaces). Columns should not vary in width.
  • Add graphics —- go to “insert / graphics.” Do not copy/paste (this can introduce errors which may make it unprintable).
  • Format —- images, charts, and graphs should be in jpg or tiff format. (jpg is the best choice because of its typically smaller size.)
  • Modify —- you may find it best to modify images in another program such as Photoshop or Fireworks.
  • Resolution —- a 5” x 7” image at 180 dpi is adequate for most poster figures.
  • Importing —- images from scientific graphing programs (Sigma Plot, Prism etc.) and Mac pict files might look great on your screen but can print incorrectly. Such files should be converted to jpg or tiff. You can create many graphic elements (lines, arrows, boxes, etc) within PowerPoint.
  • Backgrounds —- avoid dark solid colors for your background. Too much ink will make your poster wavy, and dark colors will display unattractive horizontal lines. Avoid using PowerPoint “patterns” or “template backgrounds.” These typically do not print well. Note that printed colors may not match what you see on the screen.


Scientific Posters

Designing Conference Posters