Poster Making

How to create a poster entirely with LaTeX

The page is build on top of the Jason Nielsen's web page on how to create a poster. Many more things were added.
Thanks, Jason for creating that web page with precious secrets to help me make my LP2003 poster!
The original Jason's web page.

I decided to also backup the links locally, as the web is so volatile.
Even if you don't have access to PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, you can still
generate a nice poster for conferences or review. And you can have the typesetting power of LaTeX
for your display.

Using LaTeX to create the Postscript file

I used the LaTeX poster template from this page at the University of Florida. Also see a local version. Basically
this template uses text boxes arranged in columns to create a nice layout. The "Special Format" paper size used
by the template is 39 cm wide by 31.92 cm high.

Using psutils to resize the Postscript file

Once you have a PostScript file in the special format, you can use the command

psresize -W39cm -H31.92cm -pletter

to create a letter-size portrait page suitable for preview printing or

psresize -W39cm -H31.92cm -h42.763in -w35in

to create a LARGE poster-size print suitable for printing on a printer with a 36-inch bore feed.

More information on the PostScript tips can be found on this page of Postscript resizing tips and tricks also
from UF; Also see a local version


Jason made two panels for the DOE review (Mar. 2003) using the instructions above. The LaTeX source files
are doePoster1.tex; local; and doePoster2.tex; local. The PostScript files are; local; and; local;.

I made one poster for LP2003. The LaTeX source file myPoster.tex . I used the following script poster_resize_mine
to resize it like this:

./poster_resize_mine 2.82

The PostScript file is

Where to print a poster

As everything good lives one day, the printer  below was moved. Go to -->

Use the printer from Wilson Hall, 11th floor (used to be here! Still some information is valuable!)

The color plotter is on the south east of the 11th floor in Wilson Hall. There is a separate printer room
all the way at the end of the hall  at the south east end.. You can access the
printer from the trailers in the normal way:

flpr -q WH11E_HPDJ1055 

I have been told that the printable width is only 35 inches, so if your poster is formatted
to be 36 x 42 you will need to do some resizing:

                    flpr -w 35.0in -h 40.83in -q WH11E_HPDJ1055

I tried it myself, the first time I got the size wrong, but worked on the second trial.
The 11th floor used to be unlocked over the weekend, so access should not be a problem. But there will
not be anyone there to help if you run into printing problems. Please remember to sign the
sheet attached to the printer, giving your budget code. Do not worry if you print few copies,
the price per copy used to be symbolic, less than 20$/copy I believe.

-->New location: The printer that was WH11E_HPDJ1055 is now BEG_HPDJ1055.
     It is located in BEG building, next to SIDET. I do not  know more, but someone used it succesfully.
   Sidet building is north of CDF. Ask anyone who worked on Silicon detector about the precise location!

When you go there, take a laptop with you, just in case you have to resubmit it or make changes before.
To laminate it, take it to the Kinkos, there is one on Butterfield, in Danada Square, in Wheaton
(by butterfield and naperville rd). Address is:

                200 Danada square West. Phone is (630) 668-5676

also there is another one in Ogden, east. Please, check the  web locator  for the closest location. Also they used
to work Saturday and Sunday.

Use Kinko to print it for you and laminate

Just check to see if they work with ps files; if not, make it a pdf.
The price will be significantly higher than printing yourself with WH11E_HPDJ1055

Use Visual Media to print it for you and laminate

It is the worst choice probably, the most expensive and they need to have the poster a week or so
before you need it. Kinko laminated for me in 10 minutes, even if was not so fancy as
Visual Media might do. 

How to create a poster with PowerPoint

Power Point and Windows is not supported anymore at Fermilab. But in case you make one,
use any of the above locations to print and laminate it.

Updated by Mircea Coca, May. 25, 2004