Creating Posters

This is a guide for creating posters to be printed on a large-format printer located in Kerr Hall. We are capable of printing posters up to 42 inches wide.

  • 42-inch, heavy-coated, semi-gloss paper
  • 36-inch, heavy-coated, semi-gloss paper
  • 36-inch 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.


Click here to read more about effective template design.


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


The following surcharges apply:

  • Receiving a poster with the incorrect School of Pharmacy or University logo (see Logo section): $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 accept 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 42×56″ poster

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


Preparing a 42″ Foot by 56″ Foot Poster in Microsoft PowerPoint

You may already have an idea of how you want your poster design to be laid out. If you are looking for an idea or place to start, e-mail Adam Persky for some samples. Please use the information below if you wish to create your poster from scratch.

  • Maximize the dimensions of the PowerPoint slide. Because no dimension can exceed 56 inches in PowerPoint, it is recommended 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

Since PowerPoint does not recognize Pantone color schemes, we have found the following RBG color codes work well to convert the official colors into a PowerPoint useable format. In order 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, 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
    • There is also official university policy on spacing regarding the logo. There must be white space equal to one-half the height of the Old Well. For example, if the old well is one-inch tall, you should have 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 disproportionally. 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 sent back. There will be $25 charge for any returned posters or if we are asked to correct the mistake
    • Please do not make up your own logo or modify and existing logo– this is a violation of University policy and these posters will not be printed
    • Logos can be found on the K: Drive under “School Logo”


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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, do it as “Paste Special” and paste as a picture (enhanced metafile). This will break the link to Excel but reduces the risk of the graph being changed during printing