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Poster Printing

Poster printing service is only for current CSULB members. If you are outside the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM), we no longer can accept foundation grant. The only payment we can accept is beach club.

For more information, please contact Tom Tran at G2@csulb.edu.

Before You Begin

Important: Please be sure to read the Poster Printing Guidelines.

Prior to printing the poster, you will need to:

  • If payment by a foundation account only available for CNSM Faculty and Staff:
    • Obtain your mentor's signature on an 8.5" X 11" size print proof of your poster or have your mentor send Tom an e-mail approving your poster
    • Have the grant's PI send Tom an e-mail with a Foundation Fund, Department, and Project numbers approving payment for your poster before printing
  • If payment by you (CNSM or Non-CNSM member):
  • If payment by a CNSM department:
    • We cannot accept startup funds/state funds (only exception is pre-approved by your department chair)
    • For Foundation Account, please have the authorized account personnel send Tom an e-mail approving the poster's cost to be transferred along with the poster's author name(s)
  • Payment is due before printing, thank you.
  • Receipt for a poster when paid by Beach Club Please visit the ID Card Services Office to request a receipt printout. It is located in the University Bookstore near the Supplies Department. The G2 Computer Lab does provide a receipt onsite.

The recommended software to use for creating your poster is MS PowerPoint version 2010 or later. When submitting your poster file for printing, it must be print-ready. All graphs and pictures should already have been imported into the poster. We do not provide test print or proof. I only accept e-mail's attached from @csulb.edu or @student.csulb.edu.

No-Refund or replacement once the poster leaves the computer lab. The actual poster may vary from what was on seen on the screen.

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Hours of Operation

J. SAS Lab technicians will print the poster during posted open hours. However, no print job will be accepted after 3:00 pm (Mon - Thurs), 12:00 pm on Friday. Each print takes up to 30 minutes, depending on the content's complexity and also, ink drying time. Poster will be ready for pickup up to one business day.

An appointment is required for printing via e-mail. A courtesy 1-week notice will be greatly appreciated.

During peak printing days*, posters will be ready for pickup 1 -2 business days unless special arrangement is made.

*CNSM Symposium in September, last three weeks of each academic terms, last week of summer sessions, and Psych Day in April

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HP DesignJet 4520 HPGL2

  • 600x600 dpi Best
  • Ink Types
    • Dye-based (cyan, magenta, yellow), pigment-based (black)
    • Fading of dye-based inks exposed to air commonly in 6 to 12 weeks, although when protected from air, these inks can last several years.
  • 36 inches HP Photo Paper
  • 42 inches HP Photo Paper
  • Primary Material: Wood fiber and Polyethylene
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Supported Software

  • Windows MS PowerPoint 2010 or later
  • Adobe Acrobat - PDF (Portable Document Format)

Note: If you are using a Mac, please verify your poster file on a Windows PowerPoint 2010 or later prior to submission. We are not responsible for format issues.

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Page Size

  • One side needs to be 36" or 42"
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Font Size

The following are the minimum font sizes for each section of the poster:

Poster Section Font Size*
Title 85pt
Authors and origin 56pt
Sub-headings 36pt
Body Text 24pt
Captions 18pt

*size will vary according to the length of the title

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Resolution

  • Avoid resolution overkill when scanning which can result in enormous file sizes
  • 180 X 300 dpi recommended @ 5"x7"
  • Images from the Web are almost always unsuitable for printing
  • The best file type is a JPEG file (*.jpg) or PNG
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Sample and Templates

Use these files as an example when creating your poster. While they are not necessarily the required template for all posters, they may generate some ideas as to how your poster should look.

Here is a JPEG file (*.jpg) example. Click on the image to view a larger version:

Poster Example

The PowerPoint Presentation file (*.ppt) used to create the poster above.

Third party website for Scientific Poster PowerPoint Templates:
http://www.makesigns.com/SciPosters_Templates.aspx

Note: We are using MS PowerPoint 2010 (*.pptx) Windows version and Adobe Acrobat Professional XI (v11).

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Common Problems

  • Poster with a black/dark background is easily scratched, not recommended.
  • Using GIF image gave HP Designjet 800PS print driver an error message, easily fixed by converting the image to a JPEG or PNG.
  • When placing an image on the poster, do not use the copy/paste command. Instead, use inserts image command. Again, the image format supported is JPEG and PNG. Screen capture of images not displaying.
  • Tiff format is not supported.
  • Tables copy from Excel or Word need to be converted to an image file (JPEG or PNG). If not, data may get return to second line because of lack of space within the box or compressed.
  • For PowerPoint 2003 or earlier version, when saving your document, embed TrueFont into your file to prevent the overrun of text inside the textbox (see embed TrueFont example
  • Using space bar to indent a line may result shift in paragraph or sentences when printed.
  • How to change the resolution of a slide that you export as a picture in PowerPoint (How to export a slide to JPG/PNG image up to 300 dpi; default 96 dpi)
  • Ink fading situation (05/31/2007)
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