Poster Printing Services

The CTL offers poster printing services to faculty, staff, and students. We utilize an HP DesignJet Z5200 Photo printer which produces high quality, large format prints.

Printing costs

  • If a student's poster is directly related to their academic course of study the poster will be printed free of charge.
  • Posters for Departments, Offices, and Organizations will be charged to that entities' business account at a rate of $1/square foot.
  • Prints for personal use will be charged to the individual's university account at a rate of $2/square foot.

Printing guidelines

There are several file formats that can be processed by the HP DesignJet poster printer. We highly recommend that you save your file as a PDF document so that embedded fonts and images are not lost or distorted.

Your poster will print best if you set your paper size to the final dimensions you want your poster to have. If your poster is created in Microsoft PowerPoint, you may set the size of the poster by opening a PowerPoint file, select the Design tab and click Page Setup. Adjust the width and height to the desired dimensions. Please remember that the shorter dimension cannot exceed 42 inches. Some common dimensions include 24x36, 32x40, 36x42, 36x48, and 42x42, though your poster can have any dimensions you like.

Avoid image pixelation: Most common image file types (.jpg, .png, .gif, .tiff, .bmp) are made of dots. These files get very blurry when enlarged. If you must use these images on a slide, make sure they are of a large size to begin with so they won't need to be made larger. Most images from the Internet, logos, and all screen shots fall in this category. Whenever possible use image files that are vector graphics (.svg, .eps, .pdf). These images are not composed of dots and can be enlarged with no loss of quality.

Poster printing request

Poster print requests are handled through filling out the Large Format Print Request.

If possible, please submit your request at least three business days in advance of when you need it. We will normally be able to print it sooner than that, but circumstances sometimes intervene. 

Mounting, trimming, and laminating services are not provided; however, A 51” professional trimmer/cutter device is available for your use in the Hackelmeier Memorial Library.

If you have any questions, contact Blake Ide in the CTL.

​Available paper types

The printer paper is on a roll that is either 42, 36, or 24 inches wide.

Paper Types for the HP DesignJet include:

  • 42” Satin photo paper
  • 36” Satin photo paper
  • 24” Adhesive backed Vinyl (For peel and stick on mounting boards or signage)
  • 24” Instant-Dry Satin photo paper
  • 24" Bright white inkjet paper (appropriate for 11 x 17 flyers or similar requests)

There are many types of papers and other materials (canvas, banner paper, etc) that can be used with this printer, but for these jobs the user will be expected to supply their own medium. CTL personnel can assist with this.

Paper finishes

  • Satin - Satin paper has some sheen to it and is more reflective than Matte but less than that of Gloss.
  • Matte - Matte paper has a flat appearance as it does not reflect light and has little or no contrast qualities.

Other issues

The document submitted for printing is subject to the same Technology Use Policy as other Marian University computing resources as set forth by the Office of Information Technology. Users must comply with all other applicable university policies and state and federal laws.

The Marian University logo may be used only when posters are utilized as part of official university business and in accordance with the Institutional Identity Guidelines.

Proper authorization or permissions are required for the use of copyright material or third party logos used in posters. Please contact the CTL if you are unclear about fair use or copyright laws.

Marian University reserves the right to change, at any time, at its sole discretion, the poster printing guidelines, pricing, and procedures.

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