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Designing Professional Posters with Illustrator

Learn the six basic tools for designing and creating posters with Adobe Illustrator.

Saving and Exporting from Illustrator

You have options when exporting from Illustrator.  This Adobe video will help you choose the one that is best for you.  

General information on saving in Illustrator here.

Need to use your Illustrator file in a Microsoft document?  Instructions available here.

File formats that Illustrator opens and saves as (from the Adobe blog)

Poster Printing on Campus

There are several on-campus venues that are capable of poster printing:

  • ITCS Sites Poster Printing Locations 
    • Angell Hall Courtyard Computing (Mason Hall, Rm 444)
      • Open 10 a.m Sunday–11:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m–11:30 p.m.
      • 42"  heavycoated paper
    • SNRE IT Office (Dana Building, Rm 2353)
      • Open M-F, 8am to 5pm 
      • 42" heavycoated paper
    • Cost: $8.40 per linear foot
    • File formats: Illustrator, Photoshop, PDF, and PowerPoint
    • Students are charged directly to their student account. Faculty/Staff need to set up an ABS Account 48 hours prior to printing.
  • Groundworks (Duderstadt Center)
    • Cost: $11 per linear foot (36" glossy paper)
    • File formats: Illustrator preferred; Powerpoint, PDF, Photoshop
    • Payment by shortcode, p-card, or credit card
  • BioChem Department (Taubman Health Sciences Library building, Rm 2919)
    • Cost:  $7 per linear foot
    • File formats: Illustrator (.eps or PDF), PowerPoint, PDF, JPG
    • Payment by check or department shortcode
  • Physics Department (Randall Laboratory, Rm 2428)
    • Cost: $5.32 per linear foot (42" glossy paper)
    • File formats: PowerPoint, Keynote, PDF
    • Payment by UM Printing Account
  • Taubman College Media Center (Art and Architecture Building, Rm 2115)
    • Cost: varies per square footage (variety of paper available)
    • File formats: Illustrator, PDF, Photoshop, InDesign, TIFF
    • Payment by cash, check, credit card, or BlueBucks

Illustrator to PowerPoint