Guidelines and Instructions
Operator: Susan McLintock
The Neuroscience Institute is happy to print 42 or 36 inch high posters by following the instructions. Finished posters may be picked up at 403 BSB.
Make sure you have read and followed the guidelines below:
- File formats supported for posters: Power Point (2007) or PDF. If you are saving your file on a Mac and have the option, please select the check box for PC. A PC will be used to print the poster.
- All posters and images within the poster should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch) This is to ensure the quality of the poster when printed.
- We accept all color formats. Posters may be designated as either RGB*, GRAYSCALE (black and white) or CMYK color space. *If an RGB poster is submitted, it will be converted to CMYK when printed. Some slight color shifts may occur during this conversion.
- Keep your file under 9 MB.
- Files should be uploaded when filling out the submission form. Please do not email poster files. Please see submission information.
- Poster height can be up to 42 inches. Please specify the height of your poster when you submit. The typical poster height is either 36 or 42 inches.
- Posters are on a first come, first serve basis. Although printing is not guaranteed in a specified amount of time, a week's* notice is typically sufficient. *During events more time may be necessary to complete printing requests. Contact the operator if you have questions.
- Check your poster for mistakes*, and send only your finalized document. Reprints are charged the same fee as the original. *It may be easier to check for mistakes if you print out a small version of your poster on a local printer.
- Name your poster file with something distinctive such as the contact's last name and a short version of the poster title. i.e.. smith_disease_therapies_multiple_sclerosis.pdf
- Please submit your poster by clicking on the submit link at the bottom of the page. Fill out the form, upload file and submit. Do not send your file through email.
- Once you have heard from the operator that the poster has been printed, it may be picked up at 403 BSB.
- Our policy is $60 for posters printed on 36" paper, and $75 for posters printed on 42" paper for faculty and staff members at the MUSC Neuroscience Institute. Reprints are charged the same fee.
The printing time has four variables: Operator Availability, Data Processing, Printing, and Capacity.
- Operator Availability: The operator's time is limited. Often the operator is taking time out of their regularly scheduled job duties to print posters. Although the operator works 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. keep in mind that only a small percentage of that time is dedicated to printing posters. Give at least a week's notice to book a job.
- Data Processing: This time varies greatly depending on the file size and graphics. Large files can take up to 6 hours to process. Try to keep submitted poster files smaller than 9 MB.
- Printing: This is dependant upon height, length and color of the poster. Typically it takes about 40 minutes.
- Capacity: Typically, dependant on the operator's schedule, 6 jobs can be processed in a day. This assumes there are no format problems, the printer does not malfunction, ink is full and paper does not need to be changed. This is why a weeks notice (or more during events) is recommended.