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Self-Service Poster Printing — Main Campus

Poster printing for academic instruction and research is available with limited technical support.

Where Is Poster Printing?

On the main campus, posters are printed and picked up at the ACMS Help Desk, 1313 Applied Physics & Mathematics building.

See Scripps Institution of Oceanography poster printing and pick up information here.

How Long Does it Take?

Print time is estimated and may be more than 48 hours. For a specific pickup date, we recommend a commercial printing service like Imprints on campus or FedEx Office.

Can I Print Multiple Posters?

Yes, but first ensure we have supplies needed to print a job with more than 10 posters at once. Contact us a week in advance at (858) 246-4357 (x6HELP) or operations@ucsd.edu.

Printed posters are uncut. Multiple copies will all print on the same sheet. Be sure to set copies to 1 and send a new job for each additional copy.

Estimate Cost with Materials and Size

Poster printing fees are based on the cost of ink and paper used.


Ink costs $0.75 per square foot for each of the four primary colors used in the printing process:  cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. 

Gloss paper mixes cyan, magenta, and yellow to make a black color. Ink will cost more for gloss than other papers.


Paper type and size are defined by the remote printing queue name selected. Pricing is based on the cost of one linear foot of paper.


Queue Name

Cost per linear foot

Preview Queue cplot1_np cplot1_np42 N/A
Heavyweight Coated cplot1_co36 cplot1_co42 $1.00
Semi-Gloss Photo cplot1_sg36 cplot1_sg42 $3.00
High-Gloss Photo cplot1_hg36 cplot1_hg42 $3.00

Protective Mailing Tubes

Cardboard mailing tubes are available at pickup for $4.00 per tube. You can also bring your own tube.

Set Up a Printing Account


  1. Create a Laser Printing account
  2. Configure premium access for your printing account

Faculty and Departments

Set up a Recharge Printing account.

Print Your Poster

Poster printing is a self-service printing option.

Technical support is limited to the written instructions provided below. This keeps poster printing fees at a minimal level.



Driver Installation Driver Installation
Print a PDF Print a PDF
Print a PowerPoint file Print a PowerPoint file

If you have questions about software setup or preparing print jobs, email Instructional User Services to ask about appointment availability.

Pick Up Your Poster

  1. Check your print job's status with the Poster Printing Queue Check.
  2. Pick up your poster at the ACMS Help Desk.


    • Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Saturday–Sunday: Pickups available by appointment by calling (858) 864-7647