NEW for 2011
We now offer repositional adhesive vinyl and fabric! We
tested it on painted walls, concrete, glass, and wallpapered walls, and it comes
off without damaging the surface or leaving residue. We have one poster here
that we've peeled and reapplied dozens of times and it shows no sign of wearing
out any time soon! We have two samples stuck to the wall outside BCU, so come
try it out. We also offer a durable water-resistant foldable fabric. No more
need for poster tubes if you need to travel with your poster! Just fold it up
before and after your presentation and away you go!
print posters and displays with three Hewlett Packard DesignJet 5500CP
Postscript inkjet printers at 1200 dpi. We can print up to 52” full
bleed and 50 /100’ long. Larger posters can be tiled and pieced
together, or we can outsource them (turn-around time and pricing will
vary). This printer has a 0.75 inch margin and will cut off any text or
images butted right next to the edge. Please keep this in mind when
designing your poster
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Prices are based on square foot of printed poster, you don’t pay for extra
paper used. There are no added service fees. All orders are printed at minimum
of 600dpi. To calculate a poster price, multiply the dimensions of your poster
in inches, divide by 144, and multiply by the square foot price.
For example: a 30” x 36” poster 30 x 36=1080 1080 / 144=7.5 square feet.
UV Protection Ink
$4.50 per square foot
Semi Gloss Photo (45lb)
$5.75 per square foot
$7.00 per square foot
$ 7.50 per square foot
Backlit Film (for
displays lit from behind)
$7.75 per square foot
One way Window
$10.50 per square foot
$7.25 per square foot
$7.75 per square foot
$6.50 per square foot
Foldable Fabric Poster
$6.00 per square foot
Paper examples can be viewed at BCU.
UV Protection Inks: All posters, banners and displays are
printed with UV Protection Inks made to withstand indoor and outdoor light
without fading. Depending on the printing medium, this ink will last 100 years
on interior products and up to 9 months in direct sunlight.
Heavyweight Coated Paper: a thick paper with a non
reflective surface. It’s sturdy but can be rolled into a tube.
Semi Gloss Photo Paper: a thicker paper with a semi-gloss
finish, making it look like photographic paper.
Tyvek: a sturdy, tear proof canvas-like material. It is
lightfast and waterfast which can be left outside in the weather. When used with
UV protection ink it will not fade, bleed or smear over time. Tyvek is also a
nice alternative to lamination on prints that are too large to be laminated.
Vinyl banner: a long term use, exterior product. This
material can be used with grommets or wind slits for bridge banners, or banners
used year after year.
Self-adhesive Vinyl: an exterior product used for sandwich
boards, exterior signs, etc. Both vinyl papers will begin to fade in direct
sunlight after 9 months.
Waterproof Paper: is a paper made of stone with a plastic
backing. It is good for exterior short term use and will not watermark or
wrinkle in outdoor sandwich boards, etc.
Backlit film: A frosted acetate film used for backlit
display similar to what you see at airports, etc. Needs a light source to
illuminate it from behind.
One Way Window film: a self adhesive vinyl with small
perforations (round holes) so that print is visible on one side and other side
of window is not visible, but people can see out on the back side.
Excellent for advertising on windows. WSU CUB has used it at their
entrances with the Cougar logo.
Repositionable Vinyl: Removable or repositionable
adhesive-backed matte vinyl easily sticks to wall, doors, cars,computers (but we
find it doesn’t come off glass easily). Peels off painted surfaces without
any adverse effects to the paint. Does not leave an adhesive mark.
Approved by WSU Housing.
Foldable Fabric: A lightweight and durable banner fabric
(recyclable) that is crease resistant and foldable for easy transport.
Repositionable fabric: Removable, reusable and
repositionable adhesive-backed matte fabric easily sticks to wall, doors,
cars,computers, glass, plastic. Peels off painted surfaces without any
adverse effects to the paint. Does not leave an adhesive mark.
Approved by WSU Housing. Ideal for life-size photographic cut-outs for walls
and wall murals
create your poster from scratch. Bring in your clean
slides/photos, graphs/charts and text (typed in a word
processing program) and any specifications for your poster
Please keep in mind:
- Text - client must provide
all of your text, preferably in Microsoft Word.
- Spell check- BCU is not responsible for
- Specify - Bring any pictures or graphs you
want included and poster dimensions.
- Design - requires one day to two weeks
depending on complexity and preparedness.
- Charges - $45 per hour for labor intensive
- Time - Please allow two weeks for design
If you would like tips for designing the poster yourself, use the
following link for excellent information on design and layout.
An Effective Poster
Poster design tips (PDF
Lamination protects your poster with double plastic coating. BCU can laminate
with glossy or satin laminate up to 48" width at $4.25 per square foot. We also
carry a glossy dry erase laminate allowing for use with erasable markers. This
laminate is $4.50 per square foot.
Displays are laminated with JetGuard Crystal Matte Satin Laminate. This is 6
mil, UV protectant plastic specifically made for non-glare viewing from all
directions. Our laminates are all highest quality SEAL products.
Lamination requires one extra day in turn-around times. Click here for
Policies and Payment information. As with poster
size, we can only laminate up to 48” wide and 50 /100’ long.
Mounting your poster to substrates ensures stability and allows the poster to
stand upright with minimal support. This is a great attribute for displays,
conventions, showcases, etc. Our mounting process requires the product be
laminated the same time that it is mounted. The prices below INCLUDE
Mounting requires one extra day in turnaround time. Click here for
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The following chart is ordered from most durable to least durable.
Sintra (PVC Plastic)
Gatorboard (Exterior, Nonflexible)
PlastiCore (Plastic Cardboard)
Foam Core (Soft inside, can be dented)
3/8" (white or black)
We offer a variety of different accessories to hang, position, and protect
your poster, display or banner.
- Velcro- in. hook only Velcro with adhesive backing.
- Plastic Tab Fasteners -adhesive plastic fasteners, attached to corners
of banners, with loops for hanging.
- Grommets- metal rings placed within the poster material for hanging
(used with vinyl banners).
- Wind slits- non-intrusive half circles cut into the design which allows
wind to move through the poster. Prevents tearing and damage from wind
(used with vinyl banners).
- Table Stands-cardboard stands with adhesive backing. Allow poster to
stand upright on tables/displays (used with mounted posters).
Expandable cardboard and plastic poster tubes for mailing and hand carrying
are available to help get your poster safety to its destination.
24 inch long
36 inch long
48 inch long
Hard Plastic Tube
The four walking bridges on Stadium Way are
commonly used for banner advertising. Bridges are marked in yellow. Click on map
and bridge pictures to enlarge.
For information about Adobe Software programs and training tools and tips
For information about WSU’s online training tools available to employees and
There are three classes of still image file formats; bitmap, metafile and
vector. Many of these formats can be imported or opened in most graphics
Bitmaps A graphic is composed of a collection of tiny
individual dots or pixels. The simplest bitmapped files are monochrome images
composed of only black & white pixels.
- TIF (Tagged Image File Format or TIFF)
Developed by: Microsoft & Aldus
A standard file format for storing images as bit maps. Especially used for
scanned images because it can support any size, resolution and color depth.
TIFFs are platform-independent files and can be opened on Macintosh and
Windows graphics programs. Developed by: Microsoft & Aldus
- GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) Developed
An ideal web format for drawings and graphics. It is a platform independent
bitmap file format. It is automatically compressed and viewable on most web
browsers. GIF is a lossless method of compressing a file through a simple
substitution method. The maximum compression available with a GIF depends on
the amount of repetition in an image. A flat color will compress well -
sometimes even down to one tenth of the original file size - while a
complex, non-repetitive image, like a color picture will fare worse, perhaps
only saving 20% or so. Problems: limited to a palette of 256 colors or less
(transparent background available)
Developed by: CompuServe
- JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group)
JPEG is the best compression format to use on color images and its dramatic
file size reduction makes it ideal for posting images on the web. However,
its compression technique is a bit extreme. Although it can reduce files
sizes to about 5%, some detail is lost in the compression. Depending on how
much you compress the image, the algorithm throws away the less significant
part of the data (the smaller curves) which adds less to the overall "shape"
of the image. Unlike a GIF, you get to say how much you want to compress an
image by. The extreme compression method can generate unwanted artifacts
like false color and blockiness. This it is not recommended for line
drawings and graphics.
- BMP (Bitmap) File format used by Microsoft
- PCX (Paintbrush) Developed by: ZSOF
Used for a PC Paintbrush program, PCX is a common graphics file format
supported by many graphics programs, as well as most optical scanners and
- PIC (Lotus Picture File) Developed by: Lotus
A file format used for representing graphs generated by Lotus 1-2-3. Is
supported by a wide variety of PC applications.
Metafile This multifunction file accommodates vector and
bitmapped data within the same file. Popular in the Windows environment, Apple's
PICT format is a metafile.
- EPS (Encapsulated PostScript)
A metafile format for graphics files designed to be imported into another
application. This file type contains two elements: the bitmapped image and
the PostScript code that tells your printer or output device how to print
the image. This is ideal for printing files that have images and text in
them. EPS uses a combination of PostScript commands and TIFF or PICT
- WMF (Windows Metafile Format)
A file format for exchanging graphics between Microsoft Windows
applications. WMF files can also hold bit-mapped images. It’s a 16-bit
metafile that can be used by Windows 3.x, Windows 95 and Windows NT to
display a picture.
- PICT Developed by: Apple Computer
A standard format for storing and exchanging graphics files. It is supported
by all graphics programs that run on Macintosh and can be viewed in Windows
based programs. PICT files contain bitmapped or object-oriented information.
Vector A vector graphic is defined in terms of shapes.
Each image file is represented by a mathematical description of the shapes that
comprise an image. Vector-oriented images are more flexible than bit maps
because they can be resized and stretched. Another advantage is that
representations of images require less memory than bit-mapped images. Almost all
graphics systems, including CADD systems and animation software, use vector
graphics. Also, many printers use vector graphics. Fonts represented as vectors
are called vector fonts, scalable fonts, object-oriented fonts and outline
- Postscript Developed by: Adobe Inc.
A programming language that defines shapes in a file and outlines and
interprets these by mathematical formulae called Bezier curves. Any
PostScript-compatible output device uses the definitions to reproduce the
image that's on your computer screen. This carries all of your font
information, layout, colors, etc.
- DXF (Data Exchange File) Developed by: AutoDesk
Almost all PC-based CAD systems support DXF.
Many fonts are vector-based graphics. A PostScript is an example of a vector
font system. Bit-mapped fonts must be designed for a specific device and a
specific size and resolution. TrueType fonts are the most common and are
supported by Windows and Macintosh.
Vector graphics take longer to display but can be scaled to any size with no
degradation. Raster graphics are faster to display but image quality suffers
when they are scaled up or down.
Note that most output devices, including dot-matrix inkjet printers, laser
printers and display monitors, are raster devices. All objects, even vector
objects, must be translated into bit maps before being output.
The difference between vector graphics and raster graphics is that vector
graphics are not translated into bit maps until the last possible moment, after
all sizes and resolutions have been specified. In their vector form graphic
representations can potentially be output on any device, with any resolution and
at any size.