The computer lab will have limited hours during Winter Session.
Poster Submission Process
Step 1: Preparation
Prepare your file with a template from below or on your own.
- One edge must be 42" or 36".
- All posters will be printed in color.
- All posters will be printed at the size in which they are received.
- Have all payment methods arranged prior to poster submission process to expedite file processing.
Step 2: Submission
Submit your file minimum 2 business days prior1 to when you'd like to receive it.
- Acceptable file format is only PDF and must be < 25 MB.
- To save as pdf from powerpoint:
- Mac: File > export > choose "pdf"
- PC: File > SaveAs > choose "pdf"
- Important: Do NOT print to PDF, as it will remove the poster's formatting and reset it to 8.5" x 11" – we cannot print this.
- To check proper PDF properties (Page and File size), open the PDF in adobe acrobat reader and go to File > Properties – the information is on the bottom left.
- File submissions are only accepted through our poster submission form2
Step 3: Confirmation
Your file will enter several stages which you will be notified about via e-mail:
- Successful file upload/reception
- If being paid for by a CNSM Faculty or Staff a request for payment chartfield information is initiated including the confirmed dimensions and cost.
- File acceptance, confirmed dimensions, and cost
- File completion and notification for pickup
Step 4: Pick Up
Pick up your poster during lab open hours at your convenience anytime after your completion notification is received.
- Come with your BeachClub card pre-loaded with the specified amount to complete the transaction3, 4
- Come with your confirmation number to validate payment by an external CNSM source
Costs and Payment Methods
The cost of each poster is much less expensive than mainstream suppliers because costs are based on a supply reimbursement basis that include reimbursement for the cost of the printer, service contracts, and its consumables. This pricing structure is specifically designed to keep costs down and affordable to allow CSULB Students, Faculty, Staff, and Programs access to the highest quality prints and presentations as a support to their ongoing success.
Current G2 Lab Poster Printing Pricing
- The expected form of payment for all file submissions is BeachClub, which exists with each student/faculty ID number.
- The G2 Lab is able to charge CNSM G, RS, CE, and Stateside accounts with proper PI/Henry Wu approval for CNSM Faculty and Staff only.
Samples and Templates
Use these files as an example when creating your poster. While they are not necessarily the required
template for all posters, they may generate some ideas as to how your poster should look. Here is a JPEG file (*.jpg) example:
The PowerPoint Presentation file (*.pptx) used to create the poster above:
Third party website: Scientific Poster PowerPoint Templates.
The following poster templates are specific to the BUILD program:
Note: We are using MS PowerPoint 2016 (*.pptx) Windows version and Adobe Acrobat Professional XI (v11).
Designing an Effective Poster
Here's a great presentation on how to design an effective scientific poster.
- One side needs to be 36" or 42".
- Maximum poster size in PowerPoint is 56" x 42".
- Please adjust the slide size accordingly before designing your poster.
- Maximum size in other programs is XX" x 42".
- If poster is designed in a program other than PowerPoint, please convert it to PDF and check the file properties to confirm desired dimensions.
The following are the recommended minimum font sizes for each section of the poster:
|Authors and origin
*size will vary according to the length of the title
- Avoid resolution overkill when scanning which can result in enormous file sizes
- 180 X 300 dpi recommended @ 5"x7"
- Images from the Web are almost always unsuitable for printing
- The best file type is a JPEG file (*.jpg) or PNG
- When inserting graphs/charts, be sure to zoom in to check for undesired picture pixelation.
- When placing an image on the poster, do not use the copy/paste command. Instead, use the insert image command. Again, the image format supported is JPEG and PNG. See a screen capture of images not displaying properly.
- Tables copied from Excel or Word need to be converted to an image file (JPEG or PNG). If not, data may get returned to a second line due to of lack of space within the box or compression of the copied image.
- Using space bar to indent a line may result shift in paragraph or sentences when printed.
- How to change the resolution of a slide that you export as a picture in PowerPoint (How to export a slide to JPG/PNG image up to 300 dpi; default 96 dpi)
HP DesignJet Z5400
- Print Resolution: Up to 1200 optimized dpi
- Ink Types
- Pigment-based (cyan, magenta, yellow, photo black, light gray, matte black)
- 36 inches HP Heavy Weight Coated Paper
- 42 inches HP Heavy Weight Coated Paper
- Primary Material: Wood fiber and Polyethylene