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Posters & Wide-Format Printing

Posters and large signs are some of the best ways to promote yourself. We know the impact that posters can have on your brand image or event. We also know that one of the key elements to successful a poster is the quality of the printing results. Our full color posters can ensure your poster will send the right message.

Presentation Bond Paper - Economical medium weight presentation paper with inkjet receptive coating. Ideal for presentations, poster sessions, CAD drawings, and any kind of large format print where cost is a factor. Photos Print with good color and clarity. Solid colors will lose some vibrance on this paper.

Satin Photo Paper - Great results with every print. Designed for maximum ink absorption, this photo paper includes a microporous surface that enables higher ink density, speeds dry time and achieves vibrant, long lasting color. Satin Photo Paper features exceptional overall print quality, sharp images, true vibrant colors, as well as superior fade resistance.

Polypropylene "Poly" Paper - Wide-format roll media features an indoor, sunlight-exposed permanence rating of six months, making it ideal for banners, displays and posters. Vibrant, eye-catching color printing ensures high-impact, attention-grabbing results. Poly paper is a durable, tear-resistant film approved for indoor and outdoor use.

Recycled Bond Paper - Made of 100% recycled base paper from post-consumer waste papers. This chlorine-free, light-weight paper has a natural white finish without added Optical Brightener Agents. This is a special use paper and is not appropriate for every job. Not available for prints with heavy ink coverage.

Vinyl Banners - Durable, weather-resistant custom vinyl banners are great for outdoor or indoor use. Vinyl banners are versatile, weather-resistant, and long-lasting. Vinyl is ideal for club banners and event signage. They can be re-used multiple times compared to paper banners, and are perfect for signage that does not change from year to year. Vinyl banners are printed in custom sizes, full color, and come with grommets for hanging. There is a 3-5 day turnaround for vinyl.

Backlit Film - If you are looking for a material to display in a light box or you would like window graphics that stand out at night, then Backlit Film may be a good material choice. Backlit Film is a semi-translucent material that is designed to catch and distribute light when directly lit from behind. This adds more depth to the graphics and allows the design to be visible both night and day. The unique ability for Backlit Film great for backlit light boxes and window applications such as lighted signs, menus, and building directories.

We offer several finishing options to enhance the presentation of your poster prints.

Foamboard Mounting - We can mount any paper up to 30x40" on our 3/16" thick white foamboards.

Laminating - We can laminate with 3mil and 5mil. Please allow for longer lead times for 5mil and for posters larger than 24" x 24".
Note: Lamination is not recommended for all posters - depending on the paper choice and the amount of ink coverage, some prints do not laminate well. We will let you know if we feel there is a concern.

Grommets - These are included on all vinyl banners and signs. They are available upon request for all other poster prints.

PDF files are the preferred format.
Please convert fonts to outlines and flatten your files.
For best results, set the page size of your file to be the actual print size of the poster.
Low-resolution graphics will print at very poor quality when enlarged to poster sizes.
When designing artwork for print, use CMYK colors instead of RGB. This will help make sure your colors print the way you expect them to.
Be sure to design according to the UA Branding Guidelines. We are prohibited from printing posters with misuse of the University's logos, trademarks, and images.

For assistance with setting up your file for print, please call us at Fast Design! 621-5305

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the biggest size you can print?
A. We recommend a maximum of 40" for the shortest edge, and a maximum of 150" for the longest edge.

Q. Can you print a Publisher file?
A. answer posted soon

Q. Can my poster be printed today?
A. Same day prints are not guaranteed. It is suggested that you submit your order early to ensure that you get your print on time.

Q. Where is Fast Design?
A. We are adjacent to Fast Copy, located on ground level at the Student Union Memorial Center, 1303 E. University Blvd.

Q. Where can I park?
A. Parking on campus is extremely limited when classes are in session. If you're lucky, there are three 20-minute parking spots on Mountain and 2nd Street. Otherwise, there is pay parking in the 2nd Street Garage across the street.

Q. Can I take the streetcar?
A. Yes! The Student Union is on the SunLink streetcar route! Get off at the Highland stop on 2nd Street and walk a short distance to the Union.

Click here for a map.

HP DesignJet Z5200 Postscript Photo Printer

The HP DesignJet Z5200 Photo Printer offers fast printing, dazzling results, and intelligent workflow. Achieve high-impact color and black-and-white prints that last up to 200 years and enjoy color reliability with HP Professional PANTONE® color emulation and Adobe® PostScript®/PDF support.

Technical specifications:

Print quality (best):
Color: Up to 2400 x 1200 optimized dpi
Black: Up to 2400 x 1200 optimized dpi

Print technology:
HP Thermal Inkjet

Number of print cartridges:
8 (cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan, light gray, light magenta, matte black, photo black)

Compatible ink types:
Pigment-based

Non-printable area (cut-sheet):
0.2 x 0.67 x 0.2 x 0.2 in

Guaranteed minimum line width:
0.0031 in (ISO/IEC 13660:2001(E))

Line accuracy:
+/- 0.2%

Color accuracy:
Median < 1.6 dE2000, 95% of colors < 2.8 dE2000

Color stability:
< 1 dE2000 in less than 5 minutes

Print repeatability:
Average < 0.5 dE2000, 95% of colors < 1.4 dE2000

Maximum optical density (black):
4 L* min/2.5 D (with HP Premium Instant Dry Photo Gloss media with Original HP inks)

Resources and Useful Links

The University of Arizona Brand Site - brand.arizona.edu

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We will ask for your P-Card when you pick up your order.
Please pay when picking up your order at Fast Design. Store hours are Monday - Friday 9am-4pm.
Please make checks out to The University of Arizona. Checks must have current address printed on them, and you must present a valid CatCard to pay by check. Checks must be drafted for the exact amount due as we cannot issue cash change for check payments. Do not post-date.
You will receive a copy of the invoice with your completed order. Please submit the invoice to your accounts payable. Payment instructions will be included on your invoice, and checks should be made payable to The University of Arizona. Please provide us with contact information for your accounts payable in the fields below.

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