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Media Center Prints

The Media Center operates a large format printer (LFP). It allows us to print posters, photos, banners, and artwork.

We can print any image that has one side that is less than the width of the paper. Most paper widths are 42 inches (but see below). Thus, if you have an image for a banner that is 3 feet by 10 feet we can print it. And anything smaller. But, see below about large Murals.

There are different types of paper. Papers available range from bond paper (also called "plain") to polypropylene. There is a chart below that describes each paper, its purpose, and cost.

We have been exploring Murals which exceed the 44 inch limit. A large image is divided up into sections and each is printed separately. Placed together on a wall they form one large image. (This is a lot like hanging wallpaper.) We have an example of this on the back wall in the Media Center. If interested in this please contact us.

A quick note about scanning. Our BookScan Station can scan images up to 12" by 17". Use the settings: pdf; color; photo quality. Save the scanned image to your USB drive. There is no charge for scanning.

Preparation

The image needed by the printer is one that is in PDF format. One of the best programs to use for that is Microsoft Publisher, although there are others, such as Power-point. The goal is your image saved as a PDF file in the size that you want printed.

The image can be made up of text, photos, drawings, or any combination.

The image you create can be any size as long as the smallest dimension does not exceed 42 (or 44) inches. For example: a 24" x 36" photo can be printed. But, see Murals. All paper is 42 inches wide except for Matte Photo, Faux Canvas, and Print-N-Stick. Matte and Faux are 44 inches wide. Print-N-Stick is 24" wide.

If you have any questions or problems please contact us (see below).

Printing

Printing takes a few minutes and we usually print while you wait. Of course, the larger the image the more time it will take.. Most printing is done in less than ten minutes.

Someone is usually available to print jobs Monday - Thursday during 9am-6pm and Friday mornings, . We also take walk ins. Other times, you should contact us to make arrangements.

Bring the PDF file on a thumb drive to the Media Center. The image may also be emailed as an attachment (contact info below) but we will wait for your arrival before printing. You may want to also bring the original PUB file in case something needs to be changed.

We also need to know what type of paper you want the image printed on.

Payment may be in cash or an approved IDC number if charging to a department.

The ink is dry to the touch as it comes out of the printer but the paper still has solvents in it. We recommend that you allow the print to dry for a few minutes. But, we have had folks roll it up immediately with no problems. However, Poly needs extra time to dry. See below.

FEES

Payment is cash only. Charges to departments must be with an approved IDC.
Fees are based on the length of paper taken off the roll.
Each type of paper has its own cost.

The fees are:

Bond paper  $0.30 per inch ($3.60 per foot)  Used for posters, science fair displays, banners, signs
Coated Paper  $0.35 per inch ($4.20 per foot)  Similar to Bond paper but a slightly heavier weight. The coating brings out colors more.
Glossy Photo  $0.50 per inch ($6.00 per foot) Used for printing large format photos.. Any image that may be framed
Satin Photo $0.50 per inch ($6.00 per foot) This very popular paper has a satin (semi-glossy) finish. Used for printing large format photos. Any image that may be framed. Also used for indoor banners mounted on display stands.
Matte Photo $0.55 per inch ($6.60 per foot) An archival Matte Photo paper. Used for printing large format photos and art. Any image that may be framed. 44 inches wide.
Faux Canvas $0.60 per inch ($7.20 per foot) A heavy art paper with a textured surface that somewhat resembles canvas. 44 inches wide.
Poly $0.80 per inch ($9.60 per foot) This is a water resistant polypropylene that is good for banners placed outdoors. The texture and color saturation is very similar to Satin Photo. It is very tough and is tear resistant. Scraps of Poly has been used to reinforce the corners of Satin Photo banners when mounted on display stands. PLEASE NOTE: Banners come out of the printer with the ink semi-liquid. This requires special handling and allow 20 minutes for it to dry. Yes, it really is water resistant.
Canvas $1.00 per inch ($12.00 per foot) Real canvas. Used for printing large format art or a special photo. Any image that may be stretched over a wood frame. We recommend that you watch these videos on Stretching canvas and a Canvas demo
Print-N-Stick $1.00 per inch ($12.00 per foot) White Satin Cloth backed with a peal-off backing that reveals an adhesive. It is reposition-able removes cleanly and easily with no residue. It will not rip, wrinkle, or stretch. Perfect for wall cut-outs, wall murals, decals, signs, window graphics, and more. 24 inches wide.
There are samples of each type of paper in the Media Center. Ask to see them at the Media Center desk.

An example:
A 24" x 36" photo should be oriented so that you pay for the 24" side. The operator should do this during printing setup. Ask if you are not sure if it is being done. On Bond paper, the fee would be $7.20. On Satin Photo paper it would be $12.00. We recently printed a 36" x 48" poster on Satin Photo and charged $24. We had to print the length of 48"since it was larger than the printer width.

Contact Us

If you have questions or want to schedule a meeting, contact us via an email addresses below or stop by the Media Center on the top floor of the James White Library. You may also send an FTP file by attaching it to an email. In the email let us know when you will be in the Media Center for printing.

Steve Sowder x6242
Rozenia Marinho x6259

Updated October 19, 2017