Creating Research Posters

Poster Printing On Campus

Be sure to budget your time so that your poster is ready to print several days ahead of when you'll need it. Most printing options request at least two business days of time for large-format printing like posters, though they may also offer rush printing at a fee.

Student Center Graphics (SCGraphics)

Logo for SCGraphicsSCGraphics, in suite 013 of the Student Center's basement, offers large-format printing at very affordable rates and may also be able to provide some design assistance. Information on their hours and pricing can be found on their website.

Biomedical Communication

Logo for Biomedical CommunicationsLocated in room 1367 of Scott Hall on the Med campus, Biomedical Communication is a design and digital imaging service open to WSU more broadly. They offer a variety of fee-based design services, and have an online portal for large-format printing requests. Information on their hours and pricing are available on their website.

File Formats

With many design tools, you'll want to produce a PDF to send to the printing service.


Either use

  • Save As... and use the Save As Type dropdown to select PDF
  • Print your PowerPoint file, but choose Adobe PDF from the Printer dropdown


You'll need to use the command pdflatex or xelatex (which are included with most TeX distributions) to output a PDF file. For more information on this, consult the documentation for your particular TeX distribution.

Adobe Creative Suite

Though Adobe Creative Suite tools can easily produce PDFs, many of their proprietary file types (such as .ai for Illustrator and .psd for photoshop) are usable on their own by printing services.

Other File Formats

Another common file type used for design work is .eps, Encapsulated Post Script. Adobe Creative Suite tools can create .eps files, as can other design tools, such as Inkscape.