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Research Posters : Printing

Poster sessions at conferences and professional meetings are a way to visually convey the details of your research or conclusions. This guide will offer you the basics in design, content and printing resources.

Printing Options

  • Illini Union Document Services and Campus Mail
    With nearly 20 different material options, they offer quick turnaround and low prices with free delivery to campus departments and billing to university accounts. Printing on fabric is one of their most popular items, making traveling with posters easy. Estimates and proofing are available when requested.
  • Technology Services Poster Printing - English Building
    You can now print your poster at the Technology Services ICS Lab in the English Building for $3 per square foot.
  • Campus FedEx
    The most expensive option, approximately $80-$120, depending on the size, amount of color, and type of paper (36" by 48" = $130). Save money be designing your poster without a colored background, ask for lightweight paper and do not laminate your poster. Turnaround time depends on how busy they are but can range from a few hours to 36.
  • Martin One Source
    $5 per square foot, so for a 40”x30” poster the cost would be approximately $42. Turnaround time 48-72 hours. Call ahead.




1. Read Colin Purrington's suggestions for successful poster design.

2. Leave time to have your poster printed with time to spare (if you can, at least a couple of days). If you catch a mistake, you want time to be able to print it again. This may cost you more money, but it could be worth it if you are presenting at a professional conference. Poster printing can take 24-48 hours at most places.

3. REMEMBER: poster size for the EUI Student Conference is 40" by 30" and the Undergraduate Research Symposium is 48" by 36".

4. Make sure that if you created your own template, you resized the PPT slide BEFORE you added any text or images. This will prevent pixilating when the poster is printed.

5. Print your slide on an 8 1/2 " X 11" sheet of paper to make sure that everything is proportional and correct. 

6. Have someone read your poster to double-check all spelling and grammar. Once your poster is printed in large size, mistakes will be very noticeable.

7. Do your visualizations (e.g. charts, graphs, tag clouds, etc.) tell a story? Are they properly labeled and readable?

8. Save your PPT file to PDF before sending it to be printed. 

9. Do not laminate your poster or have it printed on poster board. Almost always, a poster tube will cost extra and you will only need this if you are traveling. 

10. If you are traveling internationally, consider printing your poster on fabric. You won't have to worry about carrying a poster tube and it should be approximately the same price. You'll need to use Campus Printing or FedEx for this option.