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Creating Effective Posters

Use this guide to get ideas for designing scholarly research posters.

Before you Print


Make sure to proofread your poster before printing! Mistakes will mean you'll have to re-print it. Check for: spelling and grammar, correct authors' names, correct captions and labels, correct computations, correct citations, accurate facts, and check the quality or resolution of your images to be sure they are sharp enough to print a large version of. 

Do a test print!

Print a color 8 ½ x 11" draft of your poster.  This draft will help you find errors and review the layout, colors, fonts, and graphics of your poster.

Ask a friend or a colleague to review the content and design of your poster for appearance and errors. 

Confirm the size parameters for your poster

Be sure to verify the dimensions of your poster prior to sending it to the printer.

Save your poster in the appropriate file format

Save your poster in the format of the design program that you used (.indd, .pub, .pptx) AND as a PDF. Make sure it is saved with high quality so it is not blurry when printing. 

Your printer may prefer a PDF file, and conference organizers often require presenters to submit a PDF of their poster prior to the event.

Some information adapted from Tufts University Libraries. 

Where to Print

Wildcat Printing

The Wildcat Printing team provides printing services for the campus community and can print your posters. They are currently working remotely. You can email them at or call at 509-963-3685 for details. You can also visit their website at 

Wildcat Shop Madlab Services

The Madlab, located in the Wildcat Shop in the SURC, offers publishing services including printing for faculty, staff, students, and the community. Visit their website or call them at 509-963-1318. 

Multimodal Education Center

The Multimodal Education Center in Samuelson Hall has a HP DesignJet Z5200 Photo Printer to print posters for presentations, professional, or personal use. University members can create their posters using their computers in Samuelson 126. There is a minimum turnaround time of 72 business hours from the time that MEC Staff receive your submission until it will be printed. Request for your poster to be printed on their website

matte paper - $1.00 per square foot
glossy paper - $2.00 per square foot
11 x 17 matte - $1.30 each

TRIO SSS Students

TRIO has the capability to print research posters for their TRIO SSS students free of charge as part of their TRIO Computer Lab. They require two days for printing. Email them at or call them at (509) 963-2026.


The Ellensburg CopyShop at University Way provides poster printing services. Call them at (509) 962-267 or visit their website


The UPS Store in Ellensburg on 6th Avenue offers printing services for posters. Call them at (509) 962-3810 or visit their website for more information or set up an appointment.