Poster affixed to an easel

Large Format Poster Printing

Higuchi Biosciences Center has two Large Format Printer available to meet the needs of HBC Participants. Posters can be printed on either 36" or 42" paper. HBC participants and members of their research groups have access to the service.

Poster Printing Information

Email to schedule a printing appointment as soon as you find out that you need a poster printed.  Please note the following:

  • Capacity is limited so individuals must schedule a printing time a minimum of 2 business days in advance.
  • Notification of fewer than 2 business days will be considered a Rush Job and a $50 special services fee will apply

When scheduling your print time, be aware that posters usually take between 20-30 minutes to spool and print.  

Before or by the start of your appointment time, e-mail your poster file to hbclfp@ku.eduHBC accepts poster files in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format only (these should be generated so as to keep all graphics at high resolution and the document at correct dimensions).  As a precaution, we request that you also send the original file if it is in either Powerpoint or Publisher format.

In the e-mail body, please include the following information:

  • Poster size (NOTE: one dimension must be either 36" or 42")
  • Paper stock:  matte (36" only) or glossy (36" or 42")
  • Requested due date
  • Account/Grant # to be charge
  • Phone number (indicate the best way to contact you about last-minute difficulties)
  • Research Director (HBC-participating PI who will approve the charge)
  • Name of the event where the poster is being presented
  • Do you want additional copies printed
  • Will you need a cardboard poster mailing tube?

Due to the possibility of virus transmission from memory sticks and/or CDs, we require all poster files be submitted via email to If you believe your file is too large to email, please contact us ahead of your appointment time.

The Higuchi Biosciences Center can provide the following resources:

  • Template for 36" X 48" poster
  • Template for 42" X 56" poster
  • KU Fonts Files
  • Explanation of KU Graphic Convention

If you are interested in any of these resources, please e-mail your request to  The KU Visual Identity standards are also available online on the KU Brand Center website.

If files are submitted at least 24 hours before your printing appointment, an 11" x 17" proof may be viewed before the final printing.  Posters submitted less than 24 hours in advance may not be eligible for the proofing process.

Poster files submitted for proof printing should be completely finalized.  These proofs are NOT for proof-reading of content; they are your opportunity to confirm that the print quality is acceptable and that there are no problems with layout, image, or font changes that may have occurred as a result of converting to PDF.


Paper Stock36" Posters 42" Posters