@One Poster Printing

Poster submission


Posters must be submitted in person at the production desk at the east end of the @One. Our student workers will walk through the following steps with you:

  1. They will work with you to check your images for quality issues.
  2. Calculate the total printing size. Note: Images must be sized before submission, @One staff will not resize images.
  3. Help you select a substrate that meets your needs.
  4. Go over any extra finishing options (mounting/laminating/grommeting) that you might need.
  5. Finalize the order and take payment. Payment is required at the time of order submission.

File types

We accept a variety of file types but we strongly suggest you choose one of the following:

  • PNG - A lossless format suitable for line drawings, text, and images. Nearly all applications allow exporting to PNG, including PowerPoint, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
  • PDF - PDFs are acceptable, but our printing software has exhibited issues with some PDFs, including those that come from PowerPoint or include nonstandard embedded fonts.
  • JPEG - JPEGs are OK for photographs, but due to how they compress images, they are not recommended for posters containing text.
  • Other formats may be taken, but please check with the @One in advance.


Paper type

Prices per linear foot and descriptions for available materials.
Paper type Price Description 
Heavyweight Matte $9.10 Paper, matte finish, no glare. Guaranteed to mount without wrinkling. Fingerprints and scratches show easily on dark backgrounds. Easily readable and recommended for signage with heavy text.
Gloss $8.83 Paper, glossy finish, high reflection/glare. Good color saturation which makes images pop. Not recommended for text heavy signage.
Satin $8.98  Paper, semi-glossy finish (in between matte and glossy), medium glare. Guaranteed to mount without wrinkling. Good color saturation that makes images pop.
Metallic $12.58 Paper, semi-gloss finish, low glare. Opalescent materials in the substrate give a rainbow-like finish and makes warm colors 'glow'. Recommended for art pieces or framed photos.
Adhesive Vinyl $8.30 Vinyl 'sticker' material, semi-gloss finish, permanent adhesive backing. Waterproof. Medium scratch resistance but will fade if left in the sun.
Matte Canvas $10.27 Soft and durable canvas, matte finish, no glare. Texture of the material may soften images. Great for fine art or stretching over frames. Please be aware that the @One does not offer framing services.
Gloss Canvas $12.72 Soft and durable canvas, glossy finish, low glare. Texture of the material may soften images. Great for fine art or stretching over frames. Please be aware that the @One does not offer framing services.
Satin Cloth $15.57 Strong and light weight textile, matte finish, no glare. Waterproof. This material is foldable and any wrinkles can be ironed out. Highly recommended for traveling purposes.


  • Gloss Lamination - $12.70 per linear foot
  • Foam Cor Mounting –
    • 1/4 board (30" x 20"): $8.32
    • Full board (60" x 40"): $33.28
  • Blackboard Mounting -
    • 1/4 board (30" x 20"): $47.09
    • Full board (60" x 40"): $188.36
  • 3/8" Grommets - $0.25 each
  • 60” Cardboard Poster Tubes - $14.86 each


We are able to accept Wolfcards, Debit/Credit Cards, PCards, and Workday Worktags (PG#, AC#, GR#, etc). We do not accept cash, but do have a kiosk available to convert cash into Wolfbucks.

We do not take Internal Purchase Orders (IPOs), no exceptions.

Payment is due at the time of order submission. Professors who want to pay on behalf of a student or class will need to make arrangements with us ahead of time. Contact us at atone@unr.edu for more details.


Design tips, templates, and examples

A good poster...

  • Summarizes your work.
  • Conveys a message visually.
  • Is readable from about four feet away.
  • Has a clearly discernible organization.

Poster design tips

  • Avoid text that is too small (18-24 pt minimum).
  • Use no more than 2-3 font styles in all, and choose fonts that are easy to read.
  • Avoid too much text (no more than 800 words max).
  • Use columns, sections, headings, and blocks of text to organize your content.
  • Choose a title that illustrates what your poster is about. Your title should be at least twice the size of your regular text.
  • Choose colors carefully and pay attention to contrast. If in doubt, dark print on light background is best.
  • Selectively incorporate charts, graphs, photographs, and other graphics that support the theme of your poster.
  • Avoid fuzzy images; make sure all graphics are high-resolution and easily visible.
  • Include your name on your poster and the University logo.
  • Edit your poster carefully before the final print-out.

Recommendation for best color output

For those particularly concerned with exactness of color output, it is important to submit a color-managed file.

To embed a working space in Photoshop or Illustrator:

  1. Open the file.
  2. Click: Edit » Assign Profile.
  3. Choose the appropriate working  color management profile for the color space of your file.
    • For RGB files, use "sRGB IEC61966-2.1"
    • For CMYK files, use "U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2"

We do not recommend switching color spaces.

Please note, that if the file was not color-managed from the beginning of its creation, or if it was created by an application that does not manage color (such as any Microsoft Office software, like PowerPoint or Publisher) then there is no consistently applicable workflow that can ensure color accuracy, and file-to-print results will be unpredictable.



The primary clientele of the @One poster printing service is University of Nevada, Reno students, faculty, and staff printing one-off posters for scholarly activities such as homework assignments, professional conference poster sessions, and college or department show-and-tell presentations. An important but secondary clientele is departments, colleges, and university organizations requesting batch promotional print jobs (a batch job is defined as any request for more than 5 copies of a single print).


To assure that we meet the needs of our primary clientele in a timely manner the following guidelines are established:

  1. Poster requests from primary clientele have top priority; these requests will be filled within 24 business hours, following payment and receipt of the poster print file;
  2. @One staff does not create, re-size, spot-check, or spell-check for errors, or otherwise edit, posters that are the responsibility of the customer. @One staff will assist customers in some aspects of poster creation, such as technical creation advice, advice regarding which software to use, and some basic instruction on using the software;
  3. Orders should be picked up within three business days. Unclaimed orders after that time may be recycled or thrown away, with no refund or reprint given.
  4. @One Printing closes one-half hour before the building closes. No orders are taken within one-half hour of closing;
  5. Payment for poster printing is due when the job is requested and can be paid in Wolfbucks, debit, or credit card. We no longer accept Internal Purchase Orders (IPOs) or cash. An estimate is just that until a final ticket has been generated for immediate payment;
  6. Customers requesting that a poster be reprinted owing to errors that are a consequence of their work - such as typos, color out of gamut, pixilation, ‘darker than expected’, etc. - will need to pay for the reprint. Keep in mind that all images will print darker than what is viewed on the computer screen.  If color shade/gamut is particularly important to you, let us know during the ordering process;
  7. Posters will be reprinted at no charge if errors occur from @One staff or equipment;
  8. While batch jobs will be completed expediently, entities are strongly encouraged to submit print files for batch jobs well in advance of the date they are needed.  Plan for one day of processing for every five images submitted. For example, 30 images may take up to 6 business days to complete.
  9. @One does not print materials intended to promote non-University of Nevada, Reno organizations, or for monetary gain.  We will not print images with copyright;
  10. @One printing services are restricted to people with an active University of Nevada, Reno NetID account.