Print and Plot Tips and Requirements

Academic Technology offers print and plot services in Academic Technology Computer Labs and at the Help Desk Application Support Center (ASC). The following are tips to avoid common issues using these services.

  • Please do not create posters with a solid color background. This wastes ink, and causes drying issues. If a poster is submitted with a solid background, we will ask you to remove the background and resubmit it.
  • Types of applications supported for plots are: PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat Professional, Photoshop, Illustrator, and IrfanView.
  • Types of files supported for plots are: Any of the file types supported by the application list. Preferred formats are .JPG, .GIF, .PDF, .PNG, .PPT, PPTX.
  • Font size for poster titles usually range between 60-77 point font. Text usually ranges from 24-36 point font.
  • When copying text from another program or file, be sure to copy the text into a text box. This will simplify the process of manipulating the text size and font once it is placed in the poster. Copying and pasting text directly into the poster (without a textbox) is similar to copying an image into a poster. You will be unable to change the font type and can only change the size by resizing the box.
  • Avoid using small images (web images that are 72dpi) in large posters. They will blow up to be very pixilated and won’t look crisp.
  • It is very important to make sure printing is done to the correct printer (black and white vs. color) If credits are issued for black and white copies and color copies were printed instead, the charge will be for the color copies
  • Print credits are not refundable to the departments.