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Library Research Guides

Engineering 260 — Engineering Across Cultures

This guide will help Engineering 260 students find library resources for their class project.

Creating Posters with Adobe Illustrator

Use this Research Guide from Scholar Space in Shapiro to assist you in designing a poster for presentation.

Where can you find Poster Printing on North Campus?

Poster Printing is available in the Duderstadt Building on North Campus. Groundworks is a multi-media lab on the ground level.

From their website

The Poster Shop, located at the Consultant Desk within GroundWorks, is a first-come, first-serve printing facility that offers high-quality, large-format color posters, with an emphasis on conference or academic poster printing. It is open for printing 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Our paper is 36" wide, and we charge $8.27 per linear foot, rounded up to the nearest half-foot, plus tax. Posters are printed in-person on a first-come, first-served basis — starting from the time your file enters the print server queue. We do not accept print requests by email. When printing in the lab, be sure to bring in your original poster file in case any edits need to be made before printing. There is always a chance of running into unexpected problems when printing, so we recommend printing your poster several days ahead of schedule.

We accept all major credit cards, U-M Purchasing Cards (P-Cards), and university short codes. We are unable to accept cash. All users must bring in a valid U-M MCard to process payment. To pay for a poster with a departmental account, you will be asked to show a valid MCard, and provide the short code number and administrative contact information for the account. To conduct a P-Card transaction for someone other than the cardholder, the designee must bring: a signed letter from the cardholder — written on department letterhead — stating the maximum amount to be charged, and the name of the individual authorized to use the card.

Where can you find Poster Printing on Central Campus?

Poster Printing is available in Angell Hall off the Diag. 

From the ITS webpage on Poster Printing, some tips:  

It takes time to set up files correctly for poster printing, so make sure you reserve extra time to print.

  • Consider using the same operating system while designing your poster; switching between Mac and PC can lead to issues.
  • Save the poster file as PDF, TIF, or EPS.
  • Design the poster to be less than 41" wide. The poster printer does not print the entire 42" width of paper. 
  • Use images and graphs that are saved as TIF, PNG, or EPS and have a minimum of 150 ppi (pixels per inch) to avoid pixelated appearance.
  • Save or convert files to CMYK color model before printing. The RGB color model is the default on most software and is optimized for digital screens, not printing. Use Photoshop, available on Campus Computing Sites computers, to change the color model (Image menu and select Mode > CMYK).
  • Avoid using transparent colors.