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AV and Poster Services: Poster Templates

Poster design and printing, equipment checkout, and AV services

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Remember to design your poster in the actual size you want it printed. For example, if you want your poster to be printed at 36" x 48"s, Create your slide; 36" x 48"s: In Windows PowerPoint this is done by selecting [Design], then [Page Setup], then typing the desired dimensions into the boxes.

NOTE! The [Slides sized for:] box is irrelevant to printing!

  • Next import the template.
  • Then layout your poster using the template as a framework.

Remember to save your work often. 

  • Please Do not use extremely dark or bright colors as a background. This makes it difficult to read the data presented.
  • Please use either (The paper's) white, or a very light background color.
  • Please avoid using text colors other than Black and never use light or pastel colors as they can be very hard to read.

The only exception to this is white text on a black background. If you use this; us it sparingly and only for large text (40 points or more).

  • Please do not allow design elements of your poster to come right up to the very edge of the page. Please use at least .25 inch margins on all sides of your poster.
  • Avoid using low-resolution image files. 300 dpi is the preferred resolution.

Please Remember

  • We do not provide design or editing services for posters.
  • All posters must be edited by the author.
  • We do not proof read your poster before printing, but;  If we see content or design problems with your poster, we will send it back to you for editing. Repeated returns for editing will cause delays in printing your poster.
  • Reprints necessitated by errors in your design or content are limited and must be approved by the Library Director!
  • WE recommend having your file proof read and checked for errors by more than one person.
  • Anything other than 36" by 48" or 24" by 36" is a non-standard size poster; and is subject to additional time constraints. We suggest submitting non-standard size posters 1 working week in advance. 
  • We do not routinely offer cutting or trimming service. 
    • If your poser does not have at least one 36" dimension it will need to be cut to size. Please make special arrangements in advance.

Poster Templates

  • A standard size poster is 24" x 36" or 36" x 48." 

  • Below please find two links. They are Downloadable poster templates
  • Using these templates helps ensure that your poster is in a format that is easily printable.
  • Creating non-Standard sized posters and Using non-standard size templates and designs can result in numerous corrections and a delay in printing.