imageworks@uci.edu ImageWorks: 949-824-6414

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 9AM to 4PM.

We have a standard 24 Hour Turnaround Time.
Posters submitted after 3:30PM will not be processed until the next day.

We need your ORIGINAL file.

ImageWorks is now printing Fabric Posters up to 48" x 96"!
Please call or e-mail us for details!

Poster Printing

Mounted posters and larger quantities are excluded from our 24 hour turnaround.

For single orders of 6 posters or more, please contact Dave Krueger

Please plan ahead and allow extra time for nonstandard jobs.
Please call for details. 949-824-6414

Before submitting your poster file, please enlarge your view to 100% and review your entire poster at 100% zoom. This will reveal errors not seen at page level zoom.

Please double check your poster file for errors and typos prior to submission.

Once you confirm your file for printing you are responsible for that output.


When submitting posters, we require the following information:

•The platform that you have created your poster on: Windows, Mac or Other
.

•Payment information:
We only accept KFS Account Numbers, Personal Checks or Money Orders.
When using KFS Account Numbers, please include your Financial Officer's contact information.
We do not accept Credit Cards or Cash.

•The size you would like your poster printed at.

•The type of material - glossy photo paper or fabric.

•If our standard .5" border on colored background posters is acceptable.

Note: there is a 29% Surcharge on all non-UC Irvine affiliated jobs.
As a result, poster pricing is $10.50 per square foot on non-UC Irvine af
filiated poster jobs.

Posters are printed on Epson SureColor P10000 and P20000 wide format printers with Epson 9 color, pigmented UltraChrome PRO Inks. We use Genuine Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper (250).
We now also offer fabric posters. You can choose from either 36, 44 or 60 inch wide contiguous roll paper and fabric to achieve a wide variety of poster sizes.

All posters with color running to the edge are printed with .5" white border unless otherwise specified by the customer.

General guidelines for preparing files for poster printing

We always prefer your original file.

The only exceptions are Canvas and Apple Keynote files (please see below).

General rule of thumb: If it looks good as a PDF, it will look good printed, but we still prefer your original file.

Please call ImageWorks (949-824-6414) for specific information regarding your poster project.

Image Resolution:

Image resolutions of 150ppi at actual size reproduce photographic quality. Resolutions
higher than 150 do not increase image quality, only file size. Scaling images to a larger size decreases their resolution. Images from websites are generally 72ppi and will look pixilated if scaled to a larger size.

Inserting Images:
Use the "Insert Image" or "Place" function, which is available in most applications. Avoid using "Copy and Paste" and "Drag and Drop". These methods sometimes omit necessary information used in the postscripting process. Please keep in mind that if you have difficulty inserting an image, there may be an incompatibility, which could result in missing information in the final poster.

Charts and Graphs from other Applications:
Because of several formatting issues, we recommend that you convert charts and graphs to image files such as EPS, TIFFs or JPEGs before inserting them into your poster. Make sure the resolution is set to 150 ppi at the actual output size, and that anti-alias is on.

Font issues:
Please use common fonts. If you stick to common cross platform system fonts like Arial and Times New Roman, many font problems can be eliminated. Sorry, we cannot install custom fonts on our computers to print your poster.

Color:
It is important to note that printed colors will be less vivid than those that you see on your computer monitor. As a rule, dark colors will print darker. Solid black or dark backgrounds make the surface of a poster more susceptible to scratching and make fingerprints more noticeable. Posters with lighter backgrounds look better longer.

Application Specific Information

PowerPoint:
We do not recommend using PowerPoint for posters. However, we understand that it is a common application and we will work with you to make your PowerPoint poster looks its best. Be aware that PowerPoint will degrade the quality of your placed images, printed colors will be less accurate and certain PowerPoint styles and effects will not print properly including drop shadows, patterned fills and transparencies.

1. Create your poster at actual size. Use Page Set-Up create your poster at it's actual printed dimensions - up to 56" x 56". This way you can view your file at actual size (100%) to verify resolution and quality. Unfortunately, PowerPoint has a size limit of 56” X 56”, so if you want one dimension to be larger than 56” you will have to go through a scaling process (call us for instructions 949-824-6414).

2. Overly complex posters created in PowerPoint can have display and printing issues. You will have less problems if you use less layers and keep your design simple. Please try Adobe Illustrator for more complex designs.

3. Try to use only system fonts. Arial, Helvtica and Times New Roman are reliable fonts.

4. Make sure that any bitmap (pixel based) images contained in your file are scanned to a high enough resolution (150 ppi at final size). Resolution higher than 150 ppi will result in excessive file sizes.

5. Solid black or dark backgrounds make the surface of a poster more susceptible to scratching and make fingerprints more noticeable. Again, posters with lighter backgrounds look better longer.

6. Do not use the transparent or semi transparent setting in the fill options window. Please try Adobe Illustrator if you need transparency.

7. Do not fill objects like graph bars with patterns. If you must fill graphs with patterns, please do so outside of PowerPoint and insert the graph as an image.

Canvas:
1. Please save your file as a full size PDF.

Apple Keynote:
Please do not construct your poster in Apple Keynote. Although it is fine presentation software, it is not good for constructing and printing posters. We have had numerous problems with posters made in Keynote. Although we do not recommend PowerPoint, we prefer PowerPoint over Keynote. If you do use Apple Keynote, please save or export your file as a full size PDF.

Illustrator:
Important! If you are using Abobe Creative Cloud Applications, please save your files as Adobe Creative Suite version 6 or earlier to be compatible with current system configurations in ImageWorks.

1. Create your poster to actual size. Use Page Set-Up or (36" up to 60" x XX"). This way you can view your file at actual size (100%) to verify resolution and quality. Use RGB or CMYK color mode.

2. When placing images in Illustrator, make sure that the "Link" box in the "Place..." dialog box is UNCHECKED. You may also check the "Include Linked Files" in the Save dialog box.

3. To avoid font issues, try to use only cross platform system fonts. Arial and Times New Roman are reliable fonts.

4. Make sure that any bitmap (pixel based) images contained in your file are scanned to a high enough resolution (150 ppi at actual size). Resolution higher than 150 ppi will result in excessive file sizes.

5. Solid black or dark backgrounds make the surface of a poster more susceptible to scratching and make fingerprints more noticeable.

6. Save your file as normal Illustrator file Version 6 or earlier - "file_name.ai.

Photoshop:
Important! If you are using Abobe Creative Cloud Applications, please save your files as Adobe Creative Suite version 6 or earlier to be compatible with current system configurations in ImageWorks.

1. Create your poster to actual size at 150 ppi. Use Image Size (36" up to 60" x XX"). This way you can view your file at actual size (Print size) to verify resolution and quality. Use RGB or CMYK color mode.

2. Make sure that any images contained in your file are scanned to a high enough resolution (150 ppi at actual, final size). Resolution higher than 150 ppi will result in excessive file sizes.

3. Solid black or dark backgrounds make the surface of a poster more susceptible to scratching and make fingerprints more noticeable.

4. Save your file as a normal Photoshop file Version 6 or earlier - "file_name.psd".

MS Word and Excel:
Although not recommended as page layout programs, we can print single page MS Word and Excel files as posters. Font, image and resolution issues apply as with other application files.

 

Poster Prices

Payment information:

We only accept KFS Account Numbers, Personal Checks or Money Orders.

When using KFS Account Numbers, please include your Financial Officer's contact information.

We do not accept Credit Cards or Cash.


Note: there is a 29% Surcharge on all non-UC Irvine affiliated jobs.
As a result, poster pricing is $10.50 per square foot on non-UC Irvine af
filiated poster jobs.


There is normal 24 hour turnaround for poster printing.

To calculate poster pricing please use the following equation:
((W" x H") ÷ 144) x (per sq ft $)=poster price

Item
Price
Poster - up to 60" x 100"
$8.00 Per Square Foot
Mounting on 1/4" Foam Core
$4.00 Per Square Foot
Mounted Excellence in Research Poster
$96.00
Mounted 36" X 48" UROP Poster
$96.00
Mounted 48" X 48" UROP Poster
$128.00
36" Poster Tube
$5.00
42" or 48" Poster Tube
$6.00
Technician Time
15 min. $6.25