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Submitting a Slide for the Poster Printer


Please note: Poster printing is a charged service only for SOE educationally-related functions reserved for the School of Education faculty, staff and students of these departments: EPSY, C&T, ELPS, SPED, HSES and only for these centers or grants from: The Achievement and Assessment Institute (Includes 4 Centers & ED), CRL, SPED, Life Span Institute or the Beach Center. (SOE poster printing is not for personal use or for other KU schools or colleges within the University).

Allow at least 48-72 hours to complete your request. For weekend printing, use Jayhawk Ink (Jayhawk Bookstore, level 2, Kansas Union) can print  22' x 28" size posters or use Kinko's. Contact the LRC at 864-3464 or, if you have questions about poster submissions.


  • 24" x 36"   20" x 30" or smaller  ($5.00)
  • 32" x 42"   36" x 42"   42" x 42" ( $10.00)
  • 36" x 48"   42" x 48"   36" x 56"   42" x 56"  ($15.00)
  • Larger than 42" x 56" up to 42" x 72"  ($20.00)
  • Over 42" x 72" ($25.00 or more, depending on size. Request a quote)

Poster Payments: Students must pay for posters using beak 'em bucks on a KU ID card. (If you don't have a beak 'em bucks account set up, you can do so on the KU website before picking up your poster. If you need assistance in setting up this account, a LRC staff person can assist you). Charging Posters: To charge a poster, prior approval is required from the department office manager, financial officer or grant supervisor. This approval is sent to before poster pick up at the LRC Help Desk. Students cannot charge departments or grants for their posters without this approval. Please plan ahead for one of these 2 payment options. We cannot accept cash, checks or credit cards for payment. Use the form below for all new poster submissions.


  • Classroom poster presentation suggested sizes:  24" x 36" ($5.00) or 36" x 42" ($10.00 )
  • Conference poster session presentation suggested sizes:  36" x 48" or 42 " x 56" ($15.00)
  • Speaker or conference announcement signs suggested sizes: 20" x 30" or 22" x 28"  ($5.00)  (You need to have your own foam board and easels or stands for displaying. We do not provide these items).


1. Creating a PowerPoint slide file:

  • Set the template size you want your file and poster to be in the Page Set up & Design section of PowerPoint.
  • In this section select "Custom" in the size pull-down list, and set your width and height dimensions to the size you want your poster to be. (PowerPoint’s largest size default template is 42” x 56”, the largest the poster can be.)

For posters larger than 42” x 56” (Example 42” x 72”):

  • In PowerPoint go to the Page Set up found in the Design Tab.
  • In the custom box, set your slide dimensions to 1/2 the size you need.(21” x 36”)
  • Now, create your entire PowerPoint slide.
  • When submitting PowerPoint slide for your poster, indicate you want it to be 42” x 72” (twice the 21” x 36” size), and the poster will be proportionate, doubling the horizontal and vertical dimensions. (If you do this, be sure that one set of the dimensions is no larger than 21 inches, since twice this would be 42 inches, the maximum width of the printer.)

2. Creating a PDF file for poster submission

  • PowerPoint: PDF files (and posters): Follow PowerPoint design guidelines and then convert to PDF file.
  • Word Document: Set up page size dimensions, create document, and convert to PDF file.
  • Publisher: Set the create custom page template for the height and width of your desired poster size. (Example: If you want your PDF file and poster to be 42 x 72 inches, then the custom poster template settings must be set 42 x 72 inches when creating your file for your poster.) After creating file, convert to PDF file.

3. Avoiding Poster Printing Problems

  • Do not use totally solid-colored (especially dark colors or complicated patterned backgrounds which may cause blotchy, uneven saturated color, long print times and extensive printer memory use. White or light, pastel colors work best as background colors.
  • Keep file backgrounds simple: Use white or partially-colored backgrounds for better print quality.
  • Avoid website-based imported templates, since they often have template backgrounds causing too much memory for the poster printer to handle.
  • Do not overlap textfield boxes on your file.
  • Do not place textfields and print to the very edge of your file to avoid print being chopped off during printing. Leave some white space border on all sides.
  • All print and table data must be clear & fit within each textfield box area.
  • Blurred print or data on your file becomes worse when enlarged.
  • Inserted photos, tables or images:
  1. Your poster may pixelate (become blurry), as they are increased in size when printed. Be sure your inserted (imported) photo, table or image has enough pixels suitable for poster enlargement. (Minimum JPEG Image: 300 x 240 Pixels).
  2. When importing large photos to your slide or file, be sure to reduce the photo size to a much smaller size first to avoid printer memory overload.
  • Proofread your file carefully and correct errors.
  • Posters must have one set of sides (vertical or horizontal) that is 42 inches or less, since the poster printer is 42 inches wide.

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