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Chemistry Poster Printing Facility

The Department of Chemistry owns a large-format printer capable of printing posters. It is located in the Science Complex in Room 2107B & C (in the back room).  The Chemistry Poster Printing Facility is open for business!
To place an order or inquire, Email your documents to:
Our paper is 36" wide. The other dimension is limited by the software you use. In Powerpoint, no dimension can be longer than 56". Other programs have different limits. Corel Draw can do very long posters but you'll need to save as a PDF. This guide will help you create posters that will print with a minimum of surprises. Our preferred software for printing is Microsoft PowerPoint or Adobe PDF.
Our Rates
A typical 36" x 48" to 36" x 56" costs $30. Posters which are significantly larger or smaller will be quoted an individual price. If you're a Guelph Chemistry faculty, staff member or graduate student you pay half price ($15). If you plan to pay by a grant please have the grant owner complete and sign this form . If you plan to pay by cash, we can issue you a receipt. All non-University of Guelph users must pay by cash.

General Information
Our paper is a 36" wide heavyweight matte. Posters must be 36" or smaller in at least one direction. We do not have lamination equipment. We have the following software for printing Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 (Office XP), 2007 & 2010, Adobe Acrobat (useful as a backup or if you use exotic fonts), Photoshop for .jpg and other bitmap formats (120dpi for best results) Please note that we do not have many exotic fonts installed. If your poster uses any, please bring along the requisite .ttf files or make a PDF.
Bringing Us Your Poster
You can bring us your poster by a variety of methods ... via Email to yourself or via USB Memory stick. If everything works OK, printing takes about 20 minutes. We print first come-first serve.
Top Tips for Creating Posters Using Power Point
Transparency In PowerPoint, don't put elements with Transparency on top of other elements with Transparency. This produces VERY unpredictable results. Some templates have transparent elements. Avoid these. Backgrounds Picture backgrounds should be inserted using "Insert, Picture, From File" and not via the "Format Background" command. Using "Format Background" produces backgrounds that print very pixelated. Coloured Backgrounds Most background colours are OK. But please don't make it solid black. Bring a PDF as a backup Some Powerpoint files simply don't print or have elements that change position, or size, or font. Use the "File, Save as PDF" feature to make a backup PDF and bring it along.

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