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Large Format Posters

Poster Preparation Tips

Technology, Learning & Media Center

Center for Writers

  • TLMC Tutorial - helpful for beginning and seasoned poster designers
  • Size - Check the size allowed by the meeting or conference you are attending. Before beginning your design, set the dimensions of your document to the size you would like the finished poster to be.The printer in the Department of Sciences can print up to 42”, so the height or width of your poster must be 42” or less and the opposite dimension can be longer.
  • Format - Keep text to a minimum; use photos and tables/charts/diagrams; create a clean, organized layout; be consistent with text sizes for similar elements; and consider using a color scheme throughout the poster.
  • Images - use high resolution images when possible to avoid having pixelated pictures in the full size printout. Use borders on images for a sharper look.
  • Logo - Use the current NDSU Plant Sciences logo or one of the NDSU logos or NDSU Extension logos.
  • Need help? Contact for assistance at any point during the design process. Examples and templates also are available.

Poster Printing

In Department

  • Contact -
  • Notice required - The final ready-to-print poster file must be submitted for printing at least 2 working days before it needs to be picked up. If a draft printout is needed, submit the poster file earlier.
  • High volume - When many people from the department are attending and preparing posters for the same or overlapping conferences, a printing timeline will be set up and attendees will be notified of deadlines.
  • Paper types - Final posters are printed on glossy paper; draft posters are printed on a lighter weight matte paper.
  • Accessories - Velcro dots are available upon request. Transport tubes can be purchased at the NDSU Bookstore.

On-campus Print Shops

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