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Poster Printing FAQ's

  • Do you have templates available?

    Templates are available to the right for Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital.  Posters can also be created in PowerPoint without using a template - Making a poster using MS PowerPoint without a Template.

  • What is the cost of printing a poster?  (subject to change)

    1. Standard cost: $7 per square foot; this includes ONE full size draft on regular coated paper and ONE full size final print on glossy paper (cost of common size 36” x 56” is $105; 36” x 48” is $84). Note that we do have “instant dry” glossy paper which does not require overnight drying. However, this print does starting fading within 30-60 days. If you need your poster to last longer than that, you will need to use the regular glossy. PLEASE INDICATE WHICH PAPER YOU’D LIKE USED FOR YOUR POSTER FINAL PRINT. Regular glossy, instant dry glossy, basic coated.
    2. Also available: If you prefer just to use regular coated paper and not glossy, the cost is $3 per square foot PER PRINT.  In other words, if you need a draft AND final, you will be charged for both.

  • What is the turn around time for printing posters?

Standard delivery is 24 hours for drafts; and an additional 24-48 hours upon draft approval for Final prints (Missing/Incomplete information may cause delays or adjustment to the timeline)

  • Why do you prefer next day pickup for final prints?

    RIT has two large format printers: a Hewlett-Packard DesignJet 1055cm and a Hewlett-Packard DesignJet 5500 uv/ps. The DesignJet printers are inkjet-based technology. When a poster is printed on glossy paper, although mostly dry after a couple of hours, it can stick to itself if rolled up after that short of a drying period. If space is available, you are welcome and encouraged to leave your poster in RIT for overnight drying on our racks. It is also recommended that you do everything you can to keep the poster from getting damp or wet. If damp, the poster can stick and if wet, the ink may run. Note: RIT is NOT responsible for any smearing that may occur when transporting a poster before its recommended drying time.

    If you prefer your poster on just the regular coated paper, it dries almost immediately. The care involved with this type of paper is just making sure that the print does not get wet as the ink may run. This type of poster can be picked up same day.

  • What printers are used for posters?

    In 2006, RIT added a new printer, a Hewlett-Packard DesignJet 5500 uv/ps. THIS PRINTER IS 42” WIDE – six inches wider than the HP DesignJet 1055cm. Both printers are still in use. Which one should you use? It depends. If you don’t need the extra space and color accuracy and detail is not an issue for you, the old 36” printer & templates are fine. If, however, you have a lot of data and/or color accuracy and detail is important to you, then the 42” printer is your printer of choice; we can print 36” posters on this printer also. 36” and 42” templates are available at the location mentioned in the above section; there are two folders under the CCRI and CHI Folders called “36 inch Poster Templates” and “42 inch Poster Templates”.

  • What is the difference between “Regular Coated”, “High Gloss” and “High Gloss Quick Dry” papers?

    • Regular Coated
      • Matte (non-shiny) surface
      • least expensive
      • good for short term needs: fades in 4 to 8 weeks or quicker
      • least durable of papers
      • backgrounds with heavy solid colors, like black or dark blue, will make paper "ripple"
      • used mostly for drafts and in-house presentations
    • High-Gloss
      • Results in brightest colors
      • Premium, shiny-finish photobase paper
      • long lasting: a year plus, depending on lighting conditions
      • most expensive
      • accepts heavy ink without paper "ripple"
    • High-Gloss Quick Dry
      • Same features as High-Gloss, except
      • Is NOT long lasting; fades quickly (2-3 months or quicker in highly lighted areas)

  • What if I want to ship my poster or need something to carry it in?

    Cardboard tubes for shipping posters are available for $5.00.



Name Role Phone Email Location
Brett Jenkins
Manager - Print Shop
255 E Main St