The Service Desk and Ticket Center is equipped with a 42 inch roll-feed HP large-format printer. This device is commonly used to print large poster and banners. We provide printing services to all faculty and staff, students, and guests.
In order to provide the best service, we do not take email requests for printing. We require that all customers create and bring a copy of their files with them. Printing services will be done on a first come first serve basis.
Microsoft Publisher or Adobe Illustrator is the recommended software platform for designing and submitting your poster. Other software such as InDesign, Photoshop, or GIMP (free online!) are also good for design purposes. All files must be converted to PDF format before being submitted and printed. Microsoft PowerPoint, although widely used, is discouraged for anything but the simplest poster designs as PowerPoint files frequently look different printed than they do on your computer screen. It is not uncommon for PowerPoint posters to print with missing graphics, mismatched colors or incorrect formatting. Please contact us (850.474.2405) if you plan on using any other format to make sure we have the ability to open it.
Image editing software (Adobe Suite, Gimp) is available in the John C. Pace Library Skylab (5th floor). We highly recommend you use these programs instead of Microsoft Office or Paint.
Posters must be no larger than 36 or 42 inches on one side. It is usually advisable to set the paper size to exactly 36” or 42" to avoid unnecessary cuts after it is printed. The second side can be either smaller or larger than 42", theoretically up to 100 feet. Note that margins of 0.5 inch or larger are required on each side, so depending on your software you may need to set your page to 41" if it is measuring editable space rather than paper size (as in PowerPoint).
If you are using non-standard fonts be sure and enable "embedded fonts" in your poster file. If you cannot or do not know how to do this then make a copy of the font files you are using and bring them with you. In Windows your fonts are stored in a folder that is easily accessed from the Control Panel.
Send your files in their native format from any supported software. You should design at no less than 25% of the final image size, with 100-150 dpi of information at final print size for raster-based images.
For example: A 24x36 poster could either be designed on a page size of:
(a) 24x36 at 150 dpi,
(b) 12x18 at 300 dpi, or
(c) 8x12 at 450 dpi