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Poster Printing

Poster printing service is only for current CSULB members. If you are outside the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM), we no longer can accept foundation grant. The only payment we can accept is beach club.

For more information, please contact Leon Wood at

Before You Begin

Important: Please be sure to read the Poster Printing Guidelines.

Prior to printing the poster, you will need to:

  • Determine the cost and how the poster will be paid for:
    • Beach Club
      • Please Pre-Load your card prior to poster pickup
    • Grant
      • Have the grant's PI send Leon an e-mail with a Foundation Fund, Department, and Project numbers approving payment for your poster before printing
    • If payment by a CNSM department:
      • We cannot accept startup funds/state funds (only exception is pre-approved by your department chair)
      • For Foundation Account, please have the authorized account personnel send Leon an e-mail approving the poster's cost to be transferred along with the poster's author's name(s)
  • Receipt for a poster when paid by Beach Club Please visit the ID Card Services Office to request a receipt printout. It is located in the University Bookstore near the Supplies Department. The G2 Computer Lab does not provide receipts.

The recommended software to use for creating your poster is MS PowerPoint version 2010 or later. When submitting your poster file for printing, it must be print-ready. All graphs and pictures should already have been imported into the poster.

We do not provide test prints or proofing.

No-Refund or replacement once the poster leaves the computer lab. The actual poster may vary from what was on seen on the screen.

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Hours of Operation

J. SAS Lab technicians will print the poster during posted open hours. Print time averages around 30 minutes depending on the content's complexity and ink drying time. Posters are generally ready for pickup in one business day.

An appointment is required for printing via e-mail. 48-72 hour notice is expected and greatly appreciated.

During peak printing days*, poster printing requires 1 week's notice unless special arrangement is made.

*CNSM Symposium in September, last three weeks of each academic terms, last week of summer sessions, and Psych Day in April

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HP DesignJet 4520 HPGL2

  • 600x600 dpi Best
  • Ink Types
    • Dye-based (cyan, magenta, yellow), pigment-based (black)
    • Fading of dye-based inks exposed to air commonly in 6 to 12 weeks, although when protected from air, these inks can last several years.
  • 36 inches HP Super Heavy Weight Matte Paper
  • 42 inches HP Super Heavy Weight Matte Paper
  • Primary Material: Wood fiber and Polyethylene
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Supported Software

  • Windows MS PowerPoint 2010 or later
  • Adobe Acrobat - PDF (Portable Document Format)

Note: If you are using a Mac, please verify your poster file on a Windows PowerPoint 2010 or later prior to submission. We are not responsible for format issues.

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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
    • Maximum size in other programs is XX" x 42"
      • If poster is designed in a program other than PowerPoint, please see Leon to check for compatibility issues
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Font Size

The following are the 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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  • 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
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Sample 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 for Scientific Poster PowerPoint Templates:

Note: We are using MS PowerPoint 2010 (*.pptx) Windows version and Adobe Acrobat Professional XI (v11).

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Common Problems

  • Poster with a black/dark background is easily scratched, not recommended.
  • Using GIF image gave HP Designjet 800PS print driver an error message, easily fixed by converting the image to a JPEG or PNG.
  • When placing an image on the poster, do not use the copy/paste command. Instead, use inserts image command. Again, the image format supported is JPEG and PNG. Screen capture of images not displaying.
  • Tiff format is not supported.
  • Tables copy from Excel or Word need to be converted to an image file (JPEG or PNG). If not, data may get return to second line because of lack of space within the box or compressed.
  • For PowerPoint 2003 or earlier version, when saving your document, embed TrueFont into your file to prevent the overrun of text inside the textbox (see embed TrueFont example
  • 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)
  • Ink fading situation (05/31/2007)
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