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Creating Posters

This guide is for creating posters to be printed on a large-format printer located in the School of Pharmacy. We can print posters up to 42″ wide. Printing options include:

  • 42″ heavy-coated, semi-gloss paper
  • 36″ heavy-coated, semi-gloss paper
  • 36″ fabric

How to Request a Printing Job

  1. Requests for printing must be received at least two days before you need the poster.
  2. Requests are made through InfoPorte. Download the instructions here.
  3. Please send a PDF of the poster (instead of a PPT file).



The cost for a poster with a white background is around $0.80 a linear inch ($44.80 for a 42″ x 56″ poster).


The following surcharges apply:

  • Receiving a poster with the incorrect School of Pharmacy or University logo: $25
  • Reprinting for any reason (other than machine failure): full price of the poster
  • Rush job (< 2 days): $50
  • Rush job (< 1 day): $100
  • Color background: $25
  • Fabric (36″ only): $20

Note: We do not proof the content, design, or colors of the submission except for violations of the University or School logo. We accept no responsibility for incorrect colors, fonts that do not appear correct, longevity of the colors, etc.

Price Comparison for a 42″ x 56″ poster

School of Pharmacy: $44.80 and up $55 + shipping and handling $63 + shipping and handling
FedEx Kinkos: $137

Preparing a 42″ x 56″ Poster in Microsoft PowerPoint

You may already have an idea of how you want your poster to look. If not, the information below is helpful when designing your poster from scratch.

  • Maximize the dimensions of the PowerPoint slide. Because no dimension can exceed 56″ in PowerPoint, it is recommended that you scale your poster file to the following dimensions in Page Setup:



Please make your posters actual size. Scaling to a larger size risks loss of resolution, misprints, etc., and makes printing much more difficult

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s trademark and licensing office has provided the following official blues:
    • Carolina Blue: Pantone 278
    • Tar Heels Deep Blue: Pantone 282

Because PowerPoint does not recognize Pantone color schemes, the RBG color codes provided below work well for converting the official colors into a format usable by PowerPoint.

To use the custom colors, you can format an object/font and change the color. The option for More Colors should be visible on the bottom. Click on the Custom tab and enter the following RGB codes in the spaces available:


  • The University’s Old Well logo is the official logo of the School and the University. The University seal may not be used as it is reserved for official use by the Chancellor’s office only. We have a high-resolution version of the Old Well. Please note that the official policy is to use the black logo when printing from a desktop printer, as most printers cannot render the University colors accurately. The HP DesignJet 5400 used to print posters, however, can accurately reproduce the blue used for the logo.
    • The University has official policies regarding the spacing around logos. White space around the Old Well must equal one-half the height of the image. For example, if the Old Well is one inch tall, you should insert one-half inch of white space around the logo.
    • Do not use the Pharmacy Alumni Association (PAA) logo.
    • Do not enlarge or shrink the logo disproportionately. In PowerPoint, right click on the picture, Format Picture, Size, click ‘lock aspect ratio’, and enter values under Scale.
    • Posters without the appropriate logo will not be printed and will be returned. There is a $25 charge for any returned posters.
    • Please do not make up your own logo or modify and existing logo. Such an action is a violation of University policy, and these posters will not be printed.
    • Logos can be found in Marketing & Communications, Brand Assets.


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Official School Logo


University Seal Logo


Former Official School Logo


PAA Logo



Recommended Settings for Microsoft Excel Plots

  1. Place graph in its own worksheet (right click on graph Location → As New Sheet)
  2. Go to Page Setup (File Page Setup)
    • Select the Page Tab and click the Portrait button.
    • Select the Chart Tab and click Scale to fit page.
  3. Change font sizes
    • Axis Font: 18 (or larger)
    • Label font: 22 (or larger)
  4. Line Weight
    • Select the heaviest weight for lines (including axis and graph lines or error bar lines). Double click on the line or points on the graph and under the Patterns Tab → line weight, select the bottom, heaviest line.
  5. Point size: 9 (or larger)
  6. Remove the graph background.
  7. When pasting into PowerPoint, select Paste Special and paste as a picture (enhanced metafile). This method breaks the link to Excel but reduces the risk of the graph being changed during printing.