This guide will assist you in setting up your poster, and designing it in accordance with university branding standards.
We strongly recommend creating your poster in a program that is intended to create printed materials. Other programs, such as PowerPoint may be able to be used, but since they are intended to be used for digital presentations, not printed material, there may be additional difficulties in utilizing this software.
We have templates available on our templates page for each of the recommended programs.
Availability [W = Windows; M = Mac; V = vDesk; L = Computer Labs; SL = Select Computer Labs; F = can be downloaded for free]
These are basic instructions for saving your file as a PDF. These steps could vary depending on what programs you're using. For more specific instructions, see the instructions included with our templates.
When printing wide format prints, including presentation posters, we need the PDF to match the size that has been requested. The best way to ensure this happens is to create your poster at the size you want printed from the start. There is no standard size for presentation posters, but the most common size is 48" x 36" (4ft x 3ft), which is the size for our templates. If you need a different size, please feel free to modify any of our templates to match the size you need.
Once you have completed your presentation poster, be sure to email it to us saved as a PDF. Instructions for saving your file as a PDF are included with all of our templates.
After saving your poster as a PDF, you should check to make sure that it saved at the correct size. Also, check that everything looks as it should before emailing us the PDF.
In addition to the previous method, Mac users can also use the following method to check the size of a PDF:
Adding logos to your poster is a great way to indicate what institutions, organizations, or businesses you are affiliated with. Most institutions have branding guidelines that cover the usage of their logos, and University of Puget Sound is no exception.
Below are a few examples of correct and incorrect usage of the university logo. For more comprehensive guidelines, visit the Office of Communications website.
Please do include the university logo.
Do not use the university logo more than once.
Do not use the university seal on your poster.
The university seal is reserved for use exclusively by the Office of the President.
To submit an order, follow the same steps outlined on our Submit an Order page.
Check Your PDF
Before submitting your order, be sure to look over your poster to ensure everything looks okay (no cut off text, typos, missing pictures or graphs.) Also check that your poster matches the size you want printed.
If you are paying for your poster personally, we will require pre-payment. If the order will be charged to a department or club, please submit the order via our online order system.
We typically need 48 hours (2 full business days) to complete a wide format print order. If you need your poster sooner than that, please contact us as soon as possible. Posters are printed on a first-come-first-served basis. Demand can vary depending on the time of year. Occasionally, depending on demand, we will need more than 48 hours to complete a wide format print order.
If you have any questions, contact Print & Copy Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253.879.3737.