Academic Technology Services
Poster Printing Frequently Asked Questions
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- Why is there a charge for posters for my class?
- ITS's goal is to provide a service to Clark faculty, staff and students at a reasonable
price that allows us to continue to offer that service. Our charges cover our cost of
consumables for printing large format posters. These include the ink and paper, as well as the
replacement of print heads and ongoing maintenance. We do not recoup costs for staff support
or capital (the printer itself).
- What software should I use when preparing my poster?
- The most accessible and universal software for preparing your poster is Microsoft PowerPoint.
It is installed on all computers in the general purpose
- I don't know how to design a poster, what should I do?
- Review the
guidelines for poster preparation.
- Watch this screencast that covers the basics of poster design in PowerPoint.
The accompanying documentation is available in as a downloadable PDF document.
- Visit a web site on the topic of research poster preparation such as this one at
NC State University
- Or, contact Poster Printing for assistance.
- I want to use the University logo. Where can I get it?
- Public Affairs maintains a Graphics
Standards web resource with information about the use of the University logo, logotype,
and mark and brand.
- Are there specific fonts that I should use?
- Since the font you use must also be available on the machine printing the poster, in
general, we recommend using the core Microsoft fonts. They are Andale Mono, Arial, Arial
Black, Comic Sans MS, Courier New, Georgia, Impact, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS, Verdana,
Webdings, Adobe Minion Web. If you choose to use a font not in this list, we cannot guarantee
that the final output will be what you expect it to be.
- What if I make a mistake?
- Proof your work carefully, word by word, line by line.
- Don't rely solely on spell check. It's worthwhile to have several people proof your
poster before submitting it for printing.
- Mistakes submitted for printing become your responsibility.
- What should I name my file?
- The file name you choose MUST begin with your Clark username and exclude
spaces and symbols.
- How do I get my file to ITS for printing?
- Submit your file via the online
Printing Request Form.
- How long does production take and where do I pick up my poster?
- Typically it takes two to three working days for your poster to be printed. You will pick
up your printed poster at the Media Services office, located on the ground floor of Jonas Clark Hall two doors to the right of the main entrance at Red Square. You must pay for your poster at the time of pickup. Payment can be made ONLY with cash or interdepartmental requisition.
- Does ITS proof my work before they print?
- No. Proofing is solely your responsibility. Please
proof your work carefully before submitting for printing.