Plotter Support 

imageThe Academic Technology Studio at Cornell College maintains and operates an HP Designjet Z5400 Large Format printer (affectionately nicknamed 'Beyonce'). This photo-realistic printer has a 42-inch wide capacity and can print onto sheets or rolls of several types of paper.


For help on constructing a poster and printing guidelines, please click here: Creating a Poster

If you have a class project or a departmental project that requires plotting an image or poster, please keep these guidelines in mind:

  1. We have three finishes to choose from.  For most posters, we recommend a matte finish paper.
  2. We recommend Microsoft PowerPoint for designing most posters.  PowerPoint is familiar to most campus users, and will print up to 42"x56" documents.  Other software, such as Illustrator, Photoshop, Publisher and more can also be used.  Please contact the Instructional Technology Librarian with questions.
  3. Whatever program you use to design your poster, make sure that the poster dimensions are set to the size you want it to print at BEFORE you begin to design.
  4. At this time, posters should be submitted via e-mail to the Instructional Technology Librarian.  We ask that you submit poster printing requests one week in advance of when you need the poster in case there are problems with formatting or printing.  We can often print with a quicker turnaround, but to be sure that your item is printed on time, please submit as early as possible.


Printing costs are determined by the size of the poster, the type of paper, and the ink required. The base costs are determined by the linear foot, along the length of the poster.

Matte finish paper rates:

  • $ 7 per linear foot for more than 25% color
  • $ 6 per linear foot for less than 25% color
  • $ 5 per linear foot for simple line drawings (i.e. very little ink)


  • $ 14 per linear foot for more than 25% color
  • $ 13 per linear foot for less than 25% color
  • $ 12 per linear foot for simple line drawings (i.e. very little ink)

Gloss finish:

  • $ 6 per linear foot for more than 25% color
  • $ 5 per linear foot for less than 25% color
  • $ 4 per linear foot for simple line drawings (i.e. very little ink)

Student Symposium Printing 

For some guidelines on poster design, and the nuts and bolts of creating something visitors can read, check out: Creating a Poster and Scientific Poster Design.

Important things to keep in mind:

  • We usually recommend PowerPoint; most of you are already familiar with it and it works very well for poster design.  You CAN use other programs, such as Adobe Illustrator or InDesign, but be sure to let the Tech Studio know--file size is sometimes an issue with the plotter.
  • Remember to set your page size first! Poster size is usually 42"x56", and can be set under Design->Page Setup in newer versions of PowerPoint and File->Page Setup in newer versions.  Posters should be designed to print landscape for Symposium (they fit best on our signboards).
  • Make sure your images are fairly high quality; using a lower quality will result in pixilated images and a less professional looking poster (sometimes this is unavoidable; if you've got a lower resolution image that you'd like to use, stop by the Tech Studio for help cleaning it up).
  • The due date for posters for Spring 2015 is MONDAY APRIL 21 @ 4:30 PM.  Please contact the Academic Technology Studio if you are unable to make this deadline. Submit posters to Brooke via e-mail.