Campus Computing Sites provides poster printing on campus. You can print on our 42" wide paper in black-and-white and/or color.
Poster printing takes time. Please plan to print your poster a couple days in advance of when you need it, in case of any unforeseen circumstances!
Currently, poster printing costs $8.40 per linear foot, billed to student's standard computing services or departmental accounts.
To use a ShortCode to pay for your poster print, you will first need to set up an account. You can do this by submitting an account request. If you need assistance, please contact 4HELP@umich.edu or call 734-764-HELP (4357). Please note that accounts may take up to 1 business day to be created after your request is submitted. You cannot retroactively charge a ShortCode after printing a poster.
Sorry, refunds CANNOT be provided for ANY reason other than technical issues with the printer (e.g., bad ink cartridge, paper jam, etc.). So please be sure to proof your job before printing.
Facilities are available at the following locations to print posters:
There are computers available at these locations to print to the poster printers. Printing can be done anytime during standard site hours and no appointment is necessary. You may pick your poster print job up immediately upon releasing your job.
After sending a document to the poster printer, you are required to Delete or Release your poster print job by going to the Poster Release page and previewing the output. The output is a true rip of the document. The release page shows total costs and size dimensions, as well as the preview of the desired output.
Tips for Poster Printing
Tips as PDF (78KB PDF)
Poster printing takes time. Do not expect to print a poster 10 minutes before it is due. The poster printer itself will take around ten minutes to print. It would be in your best interest to pick a time a few days before the poster is due to allow time for any unforeseen complications.
- The poster printer does not print over the entire 42" width of paper. Keep your poster design under 41" wide to avoid having edges cut off.
- For best results, save your poster as a PDF, TIF, or EPS. Note that the EPS file format tends to have issues with PowerPoint.
- Try to use the same operating system throughout your poster design; switching between Mac and PC can lead to issues.
- Avoid images and logos that are downloaded from the Internet; they are generally low resolution and will appear pixilated when added to a poster. If possible, obtain logos from a department's technical staff. If this is not available, try to find an image with a minimum of 150 ppi (pixels per inch).
- When inserting graphs and images into a poster, avoid directly copying and pasting the images to the poster. Instead, save the image as a TIF, PNG, or EPS, then insert that file into the poster layout.
- Most software (Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.) employs the RGB color model, which is optimized for digital screens. To print colors accurately on the poster printer, you will need to convert the file to the CMYK color model before printing:
For more advanced users, sites like Peter Forret's Color Conversion Tool can provide suggestions for color adjustments to get desired effects.
- Save your file in your software program in one of these file formats: PDF, TIF, or EPS.
- Open the file in Photoshop, go to the Image menu and select Mode > CMYK.
- Save the file. You can now print the file right from within Photoshop.
- If you've created your poster using graphic software that supports the CMYK model directly (such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc.), you can simply save your file in CMYK mode.
- Another good tip is to avoid using transparent colors.
- If you want to use a ShortCode to pay for your poster print, you will need to establish an account prior to printing the poster. You can do this by submitting an account request. If you need assistance, please contact 4HELP@umich.edu or call 734-764-HELP (4357). Please note that accounts may take up to 1 business day to be created after your request is submitted. You cannot retroactively charge a ShortCode after printing a poster.
Send questions Poster Printing to firstname.lastname@example.org.