The Chemistry Department prints posters for all Chemistry faculty, postdocs, and students with Chemistry funding sources for a fee of $20 to cover the cost of glossy photo paper and ink. NOTE: If the funding you plan to use is administered by Higuchi Biosciences Center, please contact André Faucher to arrange for HBC to print the poster.
The Chemistry printer is located in the 2010 Malott. The procedure below describes the process of creating, saving, submitting, and picking up a poster.
Creating the Poster
- You are encouraged to use PowerPoint 2010 for Windows or PowerPoint 2011 for Mac to create your poster. Nearly all posters are created using Microsoft PowerPoint.
- Upgrades to Office 2010 for Windows and Office 2011 for Mac are free on all Chemistry computers. If you would like to update, email our IT support group at email@example.com.
- Microsoft software is available for both Windows and Mac operating systems at a minimal price from the KU bookstore.
- If you are using Microsoft Office 2010 to create a poster from scratch, here is an excellent tutorial from Eastern Michigan University.
- You may also create posters in any other graphics editing program, as long as you are able to save a final copy in Acrobat format for printing.
- Posters are printed on glossy photo paper, with a maximum height of 36 inches, and no limit on width.
- If you would like a head start, you may use a template.
- Follow this link for a list of free templates and tutorials available on the Web.
- Follow this link for Chemistry Department and KU Logos suitable for posters.
- Ten templates are available from the Adams Institute.
- If you see a poster that you like, you could ask the author to share her/his poster and use it as a template with permission.
Files for posters that involve many images can quickly become quite large, making them slow to load and edit, and difficult to transmit over the internet. Minimizing poster size will help throughout the process. Here are a few suggestions for minimizing poster file size.
- Crop and resize images to approximately the proper size before placing them on the poster. You will need a graphics editing program such as Photoshop to resize images.
- When you have finished the poster, compress all images to reduce file size. To compress all images in PowerPoint 2010 or 2011:
- Click on any image
- From the "Picture Tools" ribbon, click on "Compress Pictures"
- Under "Compression Options", deselect "Apply only to this picture", and select "delete cropped areas of pictures"
- Under "Target Output", select "Use document resolution"
- Click "OK"
- To save ink, avoid large areas of dark color.
Saving the Poster for Printing
The safest way to save for printing is to save the poster as an Acrobat pdf file. This avoids version problems inherent to PowerPoint.
- To save a poster as a pdf file in PowerPoint 2010 or 2011:
- From the "File" ribbon, select "Save As"
- From "Save as type", click the down arrow and select "PDF (*.pdf)"
- Click on "Save"
- Review the pdf file carefully for any changes. Normally, this process is error free.
Submitting the Poster for Printing
- To ensure someone will be available to print your poster on the day you submit it, please email Ruben Leal (firstname.lastname@example.org) and copy Susan Teague (email@example.com) to make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance. In this email, include the account number you will use to pay for the cost of printing, and copy Jan Akers (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Rick Huettenmueller (email@example.com). They will check the validity of the funding source and confirm the print order.
- When you poster is ready, you may submit it for printing using one of the following methods:
- If the pdf file is under 25 MB, you can attach it to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can also upload it to Hawk Drive and give us permission to download the file. Follow this link for information on using Hawk Drive. Also send the email described above.
- You can bring the file to 2010 Malott Hall from 8:30 - 4:30 on a CD, DVD, flash drive, or other media. Be prepared with the funding source account number.
- Please submit early enough to print at a backup facility (Kinko's FedEx) if the Chemistry printer is unavailable. Allow four hours lead time minimum.
Picking Up the Poster
When the poster is ready, we will send you an email. You may pick up the poster during business hours in 2010 Malott Hall. Please make special arrangements if you need your poster during non-business hours.
We have 3" x 42" poster boxes for sale for $3.00.