Media Lab has two wide-format Canon printers for high-quality posters and image printing up to 42″ in width or height.

Printing and Design Consultations

You can request an appointment with a Media Lab staff member for assistance with design prior to printing.

Poster Design

We provide design services for both standard-size and wide-format posters at $15 an hour (see our pricing guide). A design for a standard 11″ x 17″ poster typically takes around 2-3 hours. Please inform us of any necessary text (such as titles, names, times, locations), graphics (logos, photos), and/or conceptual ideas or imagery you would like included in your poster. If you print your poster in the Media Lab we can provide up to 20 minutes of poster consultation for free before the printing. We can also print standard-size posters for $2 each after designing them, or we can send you the file and you can print them through the print center.

Wide-Format Printing

We can print posters up to 42 inches in width or height. Common sizes are 24″ x 36″, 30″ x 40″, and 36″ x 48″. Posters can typically be ready for pickup within 24 hours on weekdays, though during peak poster season (end of the semester) please plan for 2-3 days. We charge 2.5¢ per square inch. (For more information see our pricing guide) Payment must be done with Ole Dollars on an Ole Card or Department Card. We can provide a free quality control check before printing. To request our printing services, email

Poster Design Guide

Sample Templates

Feel free to use one of these sample templates in designing your poster. To download the template simply click on the slide that you like.

Software Available

Adobe Photoshop, available for Mac and Windows, is a powerful software used for editing, manipulation, and creation of digital images of all kinds. Tools range from crop and rotate, to effects and filters, to layers and adjustments, to replication tools with incredible power.


Adobe Illustrator, available for Mac and Windows, is a vector graphics editor that allows thew creation of art and illustrations using advanced drawing and typography tools. Illustrator can be used to create print and web graphics, and the vector base allows for ease in resizing images at any point in your process.


GIMP, which stands for The GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a free software available for Mac and Windows. GIMP can help with photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring.  Its features include a customizable interface, tools for photo enhancing, digital retouching, and hardware support. GIMP Is most commonly used as a free alternative to Photoshop.


Microsoft Powerpoint is a software for Mac and Windows typically used for slide presentations. However, it also provides an extremely simple interface for wide-format poster design, because of the ease of adding text, shapes, and changing colors.