Printing Posters

The following contains information about submitting your poster, as well as various tips to make the most out of your poster.

Poster Size

The poster printer prints to a 36 inch roll, so the poster needs to have at least one of the dimensions be 36 inches. In addition to this, be sure to consult with the organizer of the presentation as to the maximum accepted size of the poster.

Submitting Your Poster

Please email and attach your poster, either as a PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx) or PDF file. Once submitted, you will be contacted if any revisions need to be made, or when the poster is ready to be picked up.

In the body of the email, please specify the following:

  • What operating system the poster was made on, such as Windows, MacOS, or Linux.
  • When, at the latest, the poster has to be printed.
  • Which class or event the poster is to be printed for.


While walk-ins are accepted, it is highly recommended to submit your poster through email. A walk-in still requires the creation of a ticket, which is automatically done when a poster is submitted through email.

Same Day Printing

If you wish to have your poster printed the day of submission, please submit before 4PM. Any submissions after 4PM are not guaranteed to be printed, and may need to be picked up next day.


When creating a poster consider using the resources found at If you are looking for Logos to use in your poster, visit


Before sending your poster in to be printed, please be sure to check the spelling and layout in your poster. The following are some tips to aid in this:


Vector vs. Bitmap Graphics

When inserting images into your poster, consider using vector graphics where possible. In most cases, use vector graphics for logos, and bitmap graphics for photos. One reason for using vector graphics over bitmap graphics is scalability, as the following images demonstrate:

Graphics Type Original Scaled (300%)
Vector NC State Logo - Vector NC State Logo - Vector Enlarged
Bitmap NC State Logo - Bitmap NC State Logo - Bitmap Enlarged

As can be seen, once the bitmap is scaled, clarity is lost. If no vector graphic image is available, try to use a high resolution version of the image, as scaling down an image produces better results.

View at 100%

Before submitting your poster, be sure to view your poster at 100% size to see what all the elements of the poster will look like once printed. In particular, this will help determine what images will look like at full size.

Compressing Pictures in PowerPoint

PowerPoint has the ability to compress pictures so that the eventual file size is reduced. The following steps show how to compress the pictures in your presentation:

  1. Select a picture in your presentation
  2. A new tab will appear in the ribbon named Picture Format (MacOS) or Format (Windows). Open the tab, and click on Compress Pictures.
  3. Choose Print (220 ppi) from Picture Quality (MacOS)/Target output (Windows).
  4. Select All pictures in this file (MacOS) or uncheck Apply only to this picture (Windows).
  5. Make sure Delete cropped areas of pictures is checked.
  6. Once all settings are correct, click OK to compress the pictures. Be sure to save afterwards.


To aid in the printing of the poster, consider using a solid background. Other types of backgrounds may cause the poster printer to require extra time to print.

Additional Questions

If you have any additional questions about poster printing, please email