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FAQ: Wide-Format Printing Services

Who can operate the printer?

MCS and IT departments have been trained on how to properly use CON’s wide-format printer and should be the only permitted operators.

Who can request to have posters printed?

Any Penn State College of Nursing faculty, staff, or students are permitted to utilize our in-house, wide-format printer. Please submit your requests HERE.

Does my poster need to be approved before printing?

Yes, if you are a student. Prior to submitting files to be printed, please have your poster approved by Eva Zeisky.

How much does it cost to print through CON?

Printing services are offered to Penn State College of Nursing faculty, staff, and students at no charge.

What is the turn-around time to have a file printed?

Five business days are required for all printing services.

What kind of file type should I send?

PDF’s are the preferred file type. If your file is not properly formatted and edited, you will receive your file back
When you are saving your file as a PDF, please embed your fonts and select the highest resolution available.

How do I request printing services and send you my file?

CON Printing Services has a webpage that is accessible from the CON website or at this link.

What color space should I be working in? (RGB or CMYK)

CMYK is traditionally the most efficient color space for printing. 

Do you trim my poster after printing?

CON Printing Services will trim the excess border from your document and provide you with a presentation-ready poster.

How can large format printing help promote my department, office, or research?

Large format printed products are flexible enough to be placed almost anywhere, which can increase your target audience.

The larger the image, the greater the chance that customers will see and remember your product and/or services. Large printed materials are great for entrance halls/reception areas of your buildings, where your potential viewers can easily see them and be attracted.

What is the maximum size you can print?

Our current size options are 24×36″, 36×48″, and 36×60″

Do you print on fabric?

No, at this time the College of Nursing does not print on fabric or any alternative media. We offer quality 8 mil poster paper in your choice of matte or glossy finish.

Do you save my files?

All jobs we print are archived into box, and we document the date and settings we used. If you want the same piece reprinted in the future, it’s easily done!

What is the best way to store my printed poster?

Store graphics flat whenever possible. Store them in a cool dry place away from heat and moisture. As a secondary option, graphics may be rolled and put into tubes if flat storage is unavailable or for transport. Poster tubes are available upon request.

How long will a large format print last before fading?

This depends on a number of variables. Direct sunlight is the cause of most fading. Fading can be minimized by positioning the graphic, when possible, out of direct sunlight.

Warm colors are the first to fade, so you will notice reds, oranges and yellows fading faster than blue and greens. Fading is a very slow process.  It may take years before you notice any significant fading.

Please contact CON Printing Services with any questions or concerns:

Rachel Weaver
814-865-0865
rjc282@psu.edu

Jerry Hilands
814-863-2220
jth216@psu.edu