Research Posters and Poster Sessions: Printing A Poster

This guide has been developed to assist you with creating a research poster using MS Powerpoint.

Printing Checklist

  •   Poster is of the required size.

  •  Font sizes are appropriate.

  •  Limited # of fonts used – consistent.

  •  Title area – co-authors, affiliation, logos present and correct.

  •   40%, graphics, 40% white space, 20% print rule observed.

  •   White or light colored backgrounds used.

  •   Compatible colors were used.

  •   Charts and graphs have legends and the axes identified.

  •   All charts, graphs, and pictures are identified.

  •   Spelling, punctuation, grammar have been checked.

  •   Do section headers have a consistent format?

  •   Do you still need the guide lines?

  •   Did you followed printing services guidelines.

  •   Are all components of poster present -Intro, M& M, etc. – don’t forget references and acknowledgements.

  •   Does the poster look attractive, eye catching?

  •   Have somebody proof the poster.

Printing a Poster

Before printing your research poster go through the poster checklist to see what you have forgotten. If you are printing your poster at the Marriott Library the instructions have changed.

Prepare your poster for printing at the Marriott Library:

In Powerpoint, Go to File > Save As. Under Save as Type (Windows) or Format (OS X), select PDF. Save the file and then open the PDF in Adobe Photoshop (available online from the Knowledge Commons). Go to File > Save As. Under Format, select JPEG or TIFF (JPEGs are small files while TIFFs are huge). Choose a location for saving the file and a file name, then click Save. Click OK on the default save settings. Bring the file to the Knowledge Commons desk for printing.

The printing of the poster itself does not take long, but there may be many people requesting print jobs. Plan to bring the file early in the morning before 9:00am or after 6:00pm for a quicker turn around.


Complete Instructions for Printing at the Marriott Library, Knowledge Commons


The Marriott Library has a HP Designjet T2300, a large format color printer/scanner located at the second floor Knowledge Commons desk. The T2300 prints on semi gloss or matte paper, up to 42" wide. The poster should be set to the desired dimensions, with at least one side that is less than or equal to 41.6", to account for 0.2" margins on all sides. At the SCS desk, staff will verify the size of your print and give you a slip with its cost. After paying at the Reserve Desk and bringing your receipt back to the SCS desk, your document will be printed.

Prices for University of Utah students, staff and faculty -

  • SCANNING _____ $3.00 PER SCAN

NOTE: The Marriott Library does not provide backing or lamination for posters. If either is required see University Printing Services, Medical Graphics and FedEx-Kinkos.

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