Preparation & Presentation Tips

Creating an Effective Poster

For tips and tools for designing an engaging poster, please review our Best Strategies to Create Effective Posters.

Creating Timelines

We have created a tutorial for creating timelines using here.

Poster Templates

We strongly encourage using one of our poster templates. Feel free to download and modify them to fit your poster’s needs.


Template A Download

Template B Download

Template C Download

Template D Download

Template E Download

Template F Download

Printing Options

UHM Marketing and Publication Services
~$83 for 40″ x 60″ ($5.00 per square foot) plus a $15 setup fee. You can choose either matte or gloss paper. The standard turnaround time is 2-3 business days, however, pending on their production service, they might be able to print within 1 business day. Please save your file as a PDF with the correct size needed for printing. Contact Chanel Meadows at or 956-4969.Pacific Biosciences Research Center (PBRC) 
$75 for 40” x 54”. Lamination for an additional $40. Email them at Fill a request at Be sure to put your departmental address if you want the department to pay for it.

CTAHR poster printing service
The cost is $10/foot. A 52″x38″ poster is $43.33. The instructions and reservation information can be found here: Since our poster exhibit and CTAHR’s student poster symposium take place around the same time, please make the printing appointment early, or they may be unable to accommodate your request.

$129.99 for 36” x 48”. This is a smaller size than our templates (38″ x 52″). See price updates at

Free option.
You may print your poster in sections on letter-sized papers and paste all the pieces back into a coherent one-piece poster (similar to a puzzle). Although results may not be as nice as other for-fee printing options, it is FREE!


  1. Save your completed poster as an Adobe PDF document.
  2. Open the PDF document.
  3. Go to File > Print (or ctrl+p)
  4. Under > Paper Sizing > Handling, select > ‘Poster’.
  5. Leave the Tile Scale at 100% and Overlap at 0.005 in.
  6. Check ‘Cut Marks’. Do NOT check ‘Tile only Large Pages’, and ‘Labels’.
  7. Print the document and assemble.

Professional consultation is available to help you create the poster. For more information, contact Yao Hill at or (808) 956-4283.

updated on 5/1/2019