Poster Printing Services

The COS IT Center provides poster printing services for faculty, staff, and students across Marshall University. We have two HP DesignJet printers capable of printing projects up to 58 inches in the shorter dimension. Projects can be printed on three different media options - fabric, glossy paper, or matte paper - to fill a variety of needs.

Media Options & Pricing

Glossy paper

Most posters are printed on glossy paper. The coatings on the paper and the latex-based printing provide UV resistance to help keep the image from fading while increasing contrast and making colors more vibrant.

Fabric

Fabric posters make it easy to travel with your poster and get it in front of the right people. The fabric material is soft, flexible, and most importantly, foldable. Even large posters can be folded and placed in a carry-on bag. The latex-based printing helps the image resist fading. We recommend black/dark text and a white/light background when using this option; this keeps the dark background ink from "bleeding" into the light colored text. Fabric is our most expensive printing option.

Matte paper

Matte paper provides a low-cost option for printing projects that is ideal for short-term display. The low cost and glare-free surface also make this a good option for classroom materials or other items that will be handled more often. Matte paper is only available for prints made using our dye-based printer, resulting in prints that are less resilient to fading. Using our dye-based printer keeps the cost of this option low.

*If a media type is not specified, your poster will be printed on glossy paper.

Pricing

Pricing for print projects is based on the type of media (fabric or paper), the dimensions of the printed area, and the amount of extra media used in making the print. All posters are printed on 60-inch rolls of media; the space to the left and right of the printed area is considered the “extra media”. Posters printed on fabric are also subject to an additional processing fee to cover increased setup and extra material used.

Diagram showing a sample 48-inch by 36-inch poster and the 6-inch by 36-inch blank spaces of extra media that are used whem printing on a 60-inch wide roll of media

Media Printed Area Extra Media Processing Fee
Glossy Paper(latex-based print) $3.50 / sq.ft. $0.50 / sq.ft. -
Fabric(latex-based print) $7.50 / sq.ft. $1.00 / sq.ft. $10.00
Matte Paper(dye-based print) $2.00 / sq.ft. $0.50 / sq.ft. -

Submission

We accept posters for printing in most common file formats. Please specify the size at which you want your poster to be printed when submitting. If you don't, it will be printed at the size indicated by the file. Posters can be submitted in person in our office in Science Building room 162 or via email by sending it to cositc@marshall.edu.

Turnaround & Deadlines

Posters are printed on a first-come, first-served basis. Posters are placed in the queue based on when the file is received by the COS IT Center. Most posters are printed within one or two business days. However, during busy times - such as before an event or conference with many Marshall attendees - it can take longer for a poster to be printed. We require five (5) working days to guarantee that a poster will be printed. Feel free to contact us at cositc@marshall.edu to ask about current turnaround times.

Invoicing & Payment

Payment for posters is expected via inter-departmental transfer via P-Card upon receipt of the invoice. Invoices are sent via e-mail after the poster has been printed. Payment via any other method, including cash or check, must be discussed prior to printing. Please contact us at cositc@marshall.edu to discuss alternate payment.

Design Tips

Poster designs vary as much as the topics they cover. While the majority of posters we print are research posters, we have also printed maps, promotional materials, and more. Research posters are most commonly 4-foot wide by 3-feet high (48 inches x 36 inches). However, conferences and other presentation venues often have specific size requirements or limits. Other common poster sizes include: 36"x36", 48"x48", and 36"x24".

General tips for all media

  • Before you begin, adjust the dimensions of your page to the dimensions for your poster; posters will be printed at the size indicated by the file (or scaled proportionally as directed)
  • Proofread, proofread, PROOFREAD!
  • Avoid stretching images; use the corner resize handles to maintain the aspect ratio in PowerPoint
  • Whitespace is important for readability; filling every inch of your poster will make it difficult to read
  • Avoid placing important information or borders on the edge of your poster; trimming the poster will remove a small sliver from the edges
  • Make sure that all elements of your poster are within the page - only elements within the page will appear on the printed poster

Tips for paper posters

  • Consider how you will transport the poster; folding a paper poster ruins its professionalism

Tips for fabric posters

  • Avoid dark background with light text, the background color will bleed into the text making it difficult to read

Turnaround & Deadlines

Posters are printed on a first-come, first-served basis. Posters are placed in the queue based on when the file is received by the COS IT Center. Most posters are printed within one or two business days. However, during busy times - such as before an event or conference - it can take longer for a poster to be printed. We require five (5) working days to guarantee that a poster will be printed.

Resources

Marshall logos

Marshall unit logos

Campus images

Poster templates

 
 
 
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