The poster printer is open to all current Penn students, faculty, staff, UPHS staff, and affiliates.
$0.03 per square inch for paper posters and $0.06 for polyester fabric posters. Posters for school and research purposes are non-taxable. An additional 8% tax is added to posters printed for personal use.
Here are some common sizes:
|Dimensions||Size in Square Inches||Paper (no tax)||Paper + tax||Fabric (no tax)||Fabric + tax|
|18 x 24 in||432 sq in||$12.96||$14.00||$25.92||$28.00|
|36 x 48 in||1728 sq in||$51.84||$55.99||$103.68||$111.98|
|42 x 48 in||2016 sq in||$60.48||$65.32||$120.96||$130.64|
|36 x 60 in||2160 sq in||$64.80||$69.98||$129.6||$139.99|
|42 x 72 in||3024 sq in||$90.72||$97.98||$181.44||$195.96|
|42 x 90 in||3780 sq in||$113.4||$122.47||$226.80||$244.94|
Acceptable forms of payment (no cash, checks or Penncash, sorry!):
Business administrators! We no longer accept Departmental Copy Cards.
We recommend PDF for faster service, but we can handle most common file formats: TIFF, JPEG, PNG, Illustrator (.ai), PDF, Photoshop (.psd), PowerPoint (.ppt), etc. At this time we do NOT support Mac's Keynote (.key) or Microsoft Publisher (.pub).
We recommend not using a Penn logo that you simply downloaded from a generic Penn webpage, because when printed at poster-size, the image can appear fuzzy or pixelated. The University provides higher resolution versions of the Penn logo and shield for "members of the University community in applications supporting the University's mission." Logo images and usage guidelines are at http://www.upenn.edu/about/styleguide-logo-download
Because we charge only a fraction of what other places charge, we cannot reprint posters for free unless we make a mistake when printing the poster for you. If you require reliable color reproduction, you should print a test strip first, or have your projects printed in a facility that offers a color-calibrated output.
We will not be responsible for errors that are consistent with the file. Please make sure you proof-read your poster before the file is sent to the printer (our staff will give you the time to do so).
No, sorry! We can, however, help you design your own poster. Check out our quick start guide or use one of our poster templates. Then send us a consultation request with as many available dates and times as you can - slots are limited, but we promise to do our best to accommodate your schedule!
We can make minor edits to your poster during your half-hour appointment slot. If edits will take more than the allotted time, you may be asked to reschedule.
The lab's paper cutter handles sizes up to 72 inches. If your poster is longer, we can either center it in order to distribute the extra space evenly at the top and bottom, or you can fold it over or cut it yourself with scissors.
No, we do not offer this service. Try Campus Copy (3907 Walnut Street, 215-386-6410).
We can print multiple copies of a poster, but require sufficient notice. Please mention the number of copies you will need when scheduling your appointment, and try to schedule your appointment for as far in advance as possible. One week should be sufficient for most quantities. You will still need one entire appointment for each unique poster to be printed.
This varies depending on the size and resolution of the file, but usually about 90 minutes from when you start printing. This does not mean that your poster will be ready in 90 minutes, though! Other posters in the queue, paper jams, and other mishaps can get in the way. We recommend that you allow 1 business day between your scheduled appointment and when you need to pick up your poster.
Yes, you can buy a 42" cardboard storage tube for $4.00.
No. Our paper is not of archival quality, and we use dye-based inks which are not waterproof or fade-resistant. For archival-quality printing, you may wish to check out TAWS (1527 Walnut Street, 800-221-2341) or an online service.
No. If you just want regular prints, go with a local store (on campus: CVS in the food court at 3401 Walnut Street).
We find that 150dpi provides a good balance between file size and print quality. Posters printed at higher resolutions are often too large, cause printing problems, can tie up the print server.
Images with a low resolution (100dpi or less) will appear fuzzy and pixelated when enlarged. This is common with images you may have downloaded from the web. Use images that are at least 150dpi at their final size.
PowerPoint was not developed as a print layout software package. It is important that the proper steps are taken to ensure your file will print successfully.See our quick-start guide and design help sections.
We only offer satin photo paper. It has a semi-gloss feel to it.
The fastest way to reach us is by email! email@example.com.