Large Format Printing

OTS Student Computing Services (SCS) maintains a large-format color inkjet printer for printing poster-sized documents.

Student examining a poster as it prints in the SCS Lab in Cook Library

OTS Student Computing Services (SCS) maintains an HP DesignJet Z5400 large-format inkjet printer which students may use to print poster-sized documents for academic purposes.

This printer is not part of our pay-for-print system and we cannot provide personal or student organization printing. Consequently, we limit poster printing to five 24"x36" sheets (that's 4,320 square inches) per person, per week. This helps prevent a single user from disproportionally stressing the printer or exhausting printing supplies.

Student Organizations

SCS does not print posters advertising events for student organizations. Please visit Art Services (UU 108) for fee-based large-format printing for individuals and student organizations.


The Office of Academic Innovation (OAI) offers large-format printing for faculty.

Document Sizing

The DesignJet Z5400 prints to a 24"-wide or 42"-wide roll of paper. So 24"x36" or 42"x72" posters require no trimming or joining and are remarkably simple to produce. Students can also produce larger posters (e.g., 48"x36", 72"x48"), which are printed in pieces (or tiles) that they can then trim and join.

Get Started

Although students may create their large-format documents using any compatible application, SCS strongly recommends using one of the Microsoft Publisher or PowerPoint templates below.

Poster Production Guide for Students (PDF) 

Please note:

  • SCS does not make printing appointments; we assist students on a first-come first-served basis
  • SCS does not offer mounting or lamination materials or services
  • The uncoated paper we stock is well suited for academic posters, but poorly suited for high-resolution "art-quality" prints

Tempate Files for Student Use 

To download a template:

  1. Select the desired file in the Available Formats column of the following table.
  2. Save the file to your computer.

Those with basic PowerPoint or Publisher skills will find it easy to replace the template text and images with their own content, but assistance is always available from SCS.

The text and graphic objects contained in the templates below are provided as examples of how information might be formatted and arranged. Unless otherwise noted, they do not reflect adherence to any particular presentation standards. To quickly clear these initial objects from your poster:

  1. Open the template file.
  2. Use Ctrl-A to select all.
  3. Press Delete.

Prior to printing your poster in the SCS Lab (CK-35):

  1. We strongly encourage you to export your finished PowerPoint or Publisher file to PDF format.
  2. After exporting, use View> Rulers to verify that the dimensions are correct—in other words, that you didn't inadvertently scale your poster down to letter size. 

If you are not sure how to do this, SCS will be happy to help when you come in to print.

General Poster Templates Compatible with the SCS poster Printer

size available formats notes
Single 24"x36"sheet

PowerPoint (PPTX)


A single poster or a set of separate posters based on this template represent the simplest process, chiefly because no trimming and joining is necessary. If you want to remove or modify the border line, open the master slide or page, select the border, and go to it.
24"x36" center panel plus two 12"x36" side panels PowerPoint
We prepared this template specifically for use with the three-paneled presentation boards readily available in cardboard and foam core from the University Store and most office supply shops. The template consists of two 24" x 36" pages. The first page represents the center panel; the second page is bisected by a dashed line and, cut in half, produces two 12" side panels.
48"x36" poster as
two overlapping
24"x 36" sheets

PowerPoint (PPTX) 

Publisher (PUB) 

This template is designed for a double-width poster. It produces two overlapping sheets. To combine them after printing, you will trim away the border from one sheet and then attach the sheets with some sort of tape or adhesive.
72"x48" poster Publisher (PUB) This template is designed for a 4-foot wide by 8-foot long poster. It produces two overlapping sheets. To combine them after printing, you will trim away the border from one sheet and then attach the sheets with some sort of tape or adhesive.
72"x48" poster Publisher (PUB) In consultation with faculty, SCS developed this 6-foot by 4-foot template for Occupational Therapy students.
96"x48" poster as
two 96"x 24" sheets
Publisher (PUB) In consultation with faculty, SCS developed this 8-foot by 4-foot template for Kinesiology students. This template is well suited for creating a poster version of a PowerPoint presentation. We offer an accompanying video tutorial to step users through the process of creating a printed grid of PowerPoint slides.
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