Preparing documents for printing

Scientific posters


  • Create your poster
    • We recommend the use of Microsoft Powerpoint to create your poster because most people will be familiar with it and have it installed on their computer.
    • Set the paper size correctly. We have templates for A0 and A1 powerpoint posters available. If for some reason you cannot set the paper size correctly at least set the correct aspect ratio and we can scale your poster to suit.
    • Our preferred file format is pdf (PDF/X if possible). But if possible providing the original will let us double check that everything is showing correctly.
  • Get your poster to us, the options are:
    • Bring your file to the School Computer Unit in the Leonard Huxley Building on USB stick. The advantage of bringing your poster in person is that you can confirm that the file looks correct when opened on our computers.
    • Email your poster to
  • Provide the information we require to print your poster
    • Budget code and who the authority is
    • Operating system and software package that was used to create the poster
    • The size you want the poster printed (normally A1 or A0)
    • The media you would like it printed on polypropylene or fabric

Powerpoint templates

Poster design tips

  • Portrait posters fit poster boards better than landscape. Check the maximum size allowed by the conference before starting on your poster.
  • Small images taken from websites look pixelated when printed large. Contact us if you need a high resolution copy of the ANU logo.
  • When resizing images make sure you preserve the aspect ratio (normally holding shift), stretched logos are particularly bad.
  • Pretty posters are more popular than a plain page of formulas and text. Use graphs and images to illustrate your point.

Other print jobs

Our preferred file format is pdf (PDF/X if possible), although it can be useful to provide the original document as well in case of incompatibilities.

For full bleed print jobs please create a pdf including at least 3 mm of bleed and including crop marks.

Page sizes

For reference the following are a list of standard paper sizes. In Australia the A series papers sizes are the most commonly used. Posters printed for scientific conferences are normally required to be A0 or A1 in portrait orientation.

A series

A series paper has an aspect ratio of 1.414 (square root of 2) and the largest size A0 has an area of 1m2.

NameSizeAspect Ratio
A0841 x 1189mm1:1.414
A1594 x 841mm1:1.414
A2420 x 594mm1:1.414
A3297 x 420mm1:1.414
A4210 x 297mm1:1.414
A5148 x 210mm1:1.414

B series

B series paper has the same aspect ratio as A series but the largest size has a shortest side length of 1m.

NameSizeAspect Ratio
B01000 x 1414mm1:1.414
B1707 x 1000mm1:1.414
B2500 x 707mm1:1.414
B3353 x 500mm1:1.414
B4250 x 353mm1:1.414
B5176 x 250mm1:1.414

SRA series

SRA series paper is used for the production of A series sized full bleed printed material.

NameSizeAspect Ratio
SRA0900 x 1280mm1:1.422
SRA1640 x 900mm1:1.406
SRA2450 x 640mm1:1.422
SRA3320 x 450mm1:1.406
SRA4225 x 320mm1:1.422

US sizes

Only used in the US, Canada and parts of Mexico.

NameSizeAspect Ratio
Ledger/Tabloid279 x 432mm1:1.5455
Junior Legal127 x 203mm1:1.6000
Legal216 x 356mm1:1.6471
Letter216 x 279mm1:1.2941
Half Letter140 x 216mm1:1.5455

ANSI sizes

Only used in the US, Canada and parts of Mexico.

NameSizeAspect Ratio
E864 x 1118mm1:1.2941
D559 x 864mm1:1.5455
C432 x 559mm1:1.2941
B279 x 432mm1:1.5455
A216 x 279mm1:1.2941

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