Graphic Design Production

Available Services

Technology Services can produce small quantity printing projects for faculty, staff, and students for instructional use on a cost-of-materials and labor basis.  We can help with designing and producing poster presentations for faculty and student research presentations or department and office events.  We can print small quantities, around 20 copies or less, if you need large quantities, please use the University Relations' Printing page to find the appropriate vendor.  Lamination is available for projects 24" wide or less and now in large format sizes.  Please fill out our Media Production Request Form  for your project.

Any images, graphics, or logos used in printing projects must comply with our Copyright Practices.  Technology Services will not print any signs or posters that contain copyrighted materials without written permission from the copyright holder.  The Jim Dan Hill Library has a Copyright Information section on their website.

Please fill out the Image Permissions Checklist for any project that includes images, graphics, or logos.  A special thanks to Julie Gard from the Writing and Library Science Department for sharing this form with us!


Acceptable File Formats

A PDF is the best format to print from, but we can work from any Microsoft Office Program file, Adobe Creative Suite Program files (Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator), and image files (Jpeg, Gif, Tiff).  You can send files by email (10MB or less) or by bringing the files to Swenson Hall 2100 on a Flash drive/CD in one of the above file formats. 

Deadlines & Charges

  • Standard Project is a project that is not needed right away, it can be completed anytime after 48 hours and up to a week.  This type of project will have a $14.00 labor charge, with a minimum of 1 hour charged. 
  • Rush Project is one that is needed within 48 hours of making the service request.  This project will have a $21.00 labor charge, with a minimum of 1 hour charged. 
  • Student graphic and lamination projects are the only exceptions to the labor charge.

Technology Services uses the Graphics Price List to charge for the materials used in the projects we complete. 

Small Sign Printing

We have two sizes for small signs or flyers - 8 1/2 x 11 and 11 x 17.  Pricing for small signs or flyers is $1.10 per print for 8 1/2 x 11 and $2.00 per print for 11 x 17 (glossy paper only).  Quantity is limited to 20 copies or less.

Large Poster Printing

Two things factor into the price for large poster printing - size and ink use.

  • Poster size: we have two paper roll sizes - 24 inches and 42 inches.  We are able to print anything up to 42 inches wide and however long you would like.
  • Ink use or "white space" - we have three design types - light ink, heavy ink, and photo or full background.  Please see our ink use samples to determine what type your poster is.

Large Format Printing Pricing


Large Format Printing Sizes/Paper

Prices per Running Foot

24" Bright White Paper Light Ink Use
24" Bright White Paper Heavy Ink Use
24" Bright White Paper Photo/Background Ink Use

42" Heavyweight Coated Light Ink Use
42" Heavyweight Coated Heavy Ink Use
42" Heavyweight Coated Photo/Background Ink Use




*Lamination is extra, small poster lamination is $1.05 a running foot.  If the full lamination project is under 3 ft long the cost is $2.65. 
**Large poster lamination uses our large laminator and varies in price by size.

Pricing Examples:

  • A laminated 24 x 60 banner using the Bright White paper and light ink use, it would roughly be $25.75 for the poster itself ($5.15 for paper/ink x 5 ft for poster length = $25.75) and about $6.30 for laminating.
  • A 24 x 36 poster using the Bright White paper and photo ink use, it would roughly be $34.80 ($11.60 for paper/ink x 3 ft for poster length = $34.80) for the poster itself.  The reason it is $11.60 per foot is because it is photo ink use which is double the heavy price.
  • A 42 x 36 poster using the Heavyweight Coated paper and photo ink use, it would roughly be $43.20 ($14.40 for paper/ink x 3 ft for poster length = $43.20) for the poster.  The reason it is $14.40 per foot is because it is photo ink use which is double the heavy price.

Note:  Whenever there is a full-size photo or large background, we would recommend using the better paper for this type poster to make sure the paper doesn't "buckle" under the weight of the ink.

Creating a Large Format Poster

If you do not have access to or experience using a graphic design program like Adobe Creative Suite, we recommend using Microsoft PowerPoint to create your large format poster.  Most people have used PowerPoint before to create presentations and it will give you more control over the font placement and sizes.  You can change the slide size to your final print size without having a printer that will print that size yourselves.

Best Practices for Creating a Presentation Poster

For several years, the McNair Scholars have created large format posters for their student research presentation sessions.  You can find examples of the McNair Scholars Alumni posters on their website, click on one of the links from 2007 Alumni to the present and then on the "See the posters created by the 20xx McNair Scholars" link near the top of the page.  The posters are in a PowerPoint presentation, each slide has an image of a 36 x 48 poster on it.

The University Marketing and Communications Office has a Visual Identity System guide that will help you design a poster using University colors, style, and typography (acceptable fonts).  It will also explain the various rules and restrictions when using the University design elements.


Using Images on Your Poster

If you are using images, graphics, or logos on your poster, please remember to fill out the Image Permissions Checklist. Even Creative Commons, clip art, and non-copyrighted images still need to be documented so we know its okay for us to print the project. 

We have an Image Permissions Checklist Handout and an Image Permissions Checklist Video that explain where to find the information needed for the form and attribution on the poster itself.

The Jim Dan Hill Library has a Copyright & Fair Use page that covers copyright basics; distinctions between fair use and public domain, as well as “How to Apply Fair Use 4 Factors”; using images, DVDs and videos appropriately; and an extensive resource page (including books/ books and links to more information on topics important to educators, including the US and Canadian Copyright offices; the Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center; Copyright Clearance Center; and specialized sites for musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, journalists and more.

Finding Images for Your Poster

We all want to create a poster that is eye-catching while still being professional but we need to make sure any images we select aren't someone else's copyrighted materials we don't have permission to use.  University Relations maintains an archive of images depicting the campus, university events, and faculty and student activities that might fit your needs.  Please see the University Marketing and Communications Photography page for more information.

The Make Use Of website has an article called "7 Great Ways To Find Free Images Online" that can help with this.  The article explains what types of images are available, how to find ones that aren't copyrighted, and has links to several image websites.  When you are using these websites, make sure that the images you select are free to use and you follow any attribution requirements the artists have made.

Using the UW-Superior Signature Logo on Your Poster

If you want to add the University's logo to your poster, make sure you use an image that will be crisp and clear when it's printed on your large format poster.  You can find a high quality image on the University Marketing and Communication Signature Logo page.  Click on the "JPG" link under the image, this will bring you to a new page that you can right-click to save the image to your computer.

Creating a Poster Tutorial Videos

  • Overview: Before You Get Started on the Poster – This video is on how to find the key points in your paper or research and what layouts might fit the information the best.  It also walks you through how to use the information on the Technology Services Graphic Production webpage.
  • Adding Content to Your Poster - This video is on how to create subtitles and organize your information; text boxes with paragraphs and bulleted lists; and design elements to make your poster easier to read.
  • Adding SmartArt to Your Poster – This video is on how to add SmartArt to your poster as a quick and easy way to show information without using paragraphs.
  • Adding Logos and Images to Your Poster – This video is on how to add the University Logo to your poster as well as find and insert images that are appropriate to use on your poster, including the Google Advanced Image Search.


Poster Templates

The templates would be considered heavy ink use as is, but if the image is removed it would be light ink use instead.  Each template has lorem ipsum (fake text) paragraphs as placeholders, you can replace the text with your own.  The title and subheadings can also be replaced with your own text.  The University logos on these poster templates are the high resolution version for print use.

22 x 28 Templates

24 x 36 Templates

36 x 48 Templates