TML Multimedia Collaboration Room
Large Format Printer FAQ
Do you offer assistance with designing posters, or with PowerPoint or other software used to design posters?
No. We print out what you have ready, and do not design, format, or edit posters. You should seek assistance from VCU Technology Services for assistance with graphics software.
How far in advance should I schedule my printing appointment?
You do not need an appointment to have your poster printed. Using the convenient VCU FileDrop you simply submit your poster file electronically, we print it for you, and you pick it up when it’s ready. As before, we recommend submitting your poster a minimum of 5 days before you’ll need it. For more details on how to submit your poster for printing, see the “Setting Up and Designing Posters for the Large Format Printer” section on the MCR web page.
How long will it take to get my poster printed once I submit my file to Blackboard and where do I pick it up?
As stated above, you should submit your poster a minimum of 5 days before you’ll need it. You will receive a notification by e-mail when you poster is ready for pick-up at the Tompkins-McCaw Library Service Desk.
What typefaces are available for printing?
You should not rely on any typefaces not included in a standard, out-of-the-box installation of Microsoft Windows to be available for printing. The following typefaces are recommended:
Arial, Calibri, Courier New, Georgia, Tahoma, Times New Roman, Univers, Verdana
What kinds of image files can be used in posters?
You will achieve the best results by using JPEG images with a low compression setting.
My poster is great, except that I spelled "phenylketuronic" incorrectly. Do I still have to pay for this poster?
Yes. The inks and paper for the large format printer are quite pricey and we must charge for all prints made. We strongly recommend that you proofread and revise your draft very carefully before submitting it for printing and understand that what you submit to us is exactly what will be printed. Library staff will not attempt to design, format, or edit your poster in any way.
Do you provide tubes for transporting posters?
No, we do not. If you'd like one, the VCU Bookstore on the Monroe Park Campus as well as most area art supply stores carry hard plastic transportation tubes that past patrons have found very helpful, particularly when carrying posters on commercial aircraft. Also, many U.S. Post office locations sell mailing tubes that are appropriate for transporting posters.
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