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Poster Printing Services

The CITL offers poster printing services to faculty and staff for research presentations, special events, and other academic purposes. We currently utilize an HP DesignJet Z5200 Photo printer which produces high quality, large format prints. We also have an Xerox Color Phaser 8560 which can be used to print on heavier weights of paper (card stock, for instance) in sizes 8 1/2 inches in width or smaller.

HP DesignJet Z5200

Poster Printing Request

Please send all requests for poster printing on the HP DesignJet via email to

When ever possible, please save your poster as a .pdf file type.

Your request should include the following information and your file should be attached to the email.

  • Contact information, if different from the email address from which the request is sent.
  • Date the poster is needed 
  • The final print size (length and width) of the poster 
  • Desired paper type 
  • Quantity 

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.

For printing heavier weight papers on the Xerox Phaser it is expected that the user will supply the paper and will bring this to the CITL office. Personnel there will be happy to assist you in printing your materials.

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. 

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 
  • 36” 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 other 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. CITL personnel can assist with this.

Paper Finishes

  • Gloss - Gloss paper has a shiny gloss finish that is highly reflective. It is excellent for color definition and high contrast photographic printing.
  • 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.

Printing Guidelines

There are several file formats that can be processed by the HP DesignJet poster printer. Your file can be either a Portable Document File (.pdf), Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) or Microsoft PowerPoint file (.pptx). 

We highly recommend that you save your PowerPoint 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.

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 CITL 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.