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Jensen SAS Center - Student Access to Science and Mathematics

Poster Printing

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

1During the CNSM Symposium in September, last three weeks of each academic term, last week of summer session, and Psych Day in April poster printing requires 1 week notice unless special arrangement is made.

2We do not make appointments and will refer all walk-ins to the online submission process

3Receipt for poster payments can only be obtained at ID Card services in the bookstore. The G2 Computer Lab cannot provide receipts.

4There is no refund or replacement once the poster leaves the G2 computer lab. The actual poster may vary from what was on seen on the screen. We do not provide test prints or proofing.

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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.
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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:

Poster Example

The PowerPoint Presentation file (*.pptx) used to create the poster above:

Third party website: Scientific Poster PowerPoint Templates.

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Designing an Effective Poster

Here's a great presentation on how to design an effective scientific poster.

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Page Size

  • 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.
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Font Sizing

The following are the recommended minimum font sizes for each section of the poster:

Poster Section Font Size
Title* 85pt
Authors and origin 56pt
Sub-headings 36pt
Body Text 24pt
Captions 18pt

*size will vary according to the length of the title

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Image Resolution

  • 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.
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Common Problems

  • 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)
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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

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