The Makery

Poster Printing

What is it?

The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF815 is a large-format poster printer that prints up to 42″ wide. The Canon iPF815 is a inkjet printer that helps keep colors vibrant in comparison to a laserjet printer. The printer is designed for printing file types such as JPEG, PDF, CAD, MCAD, and ECAD.

What can I do?

You can print posters and other large-format designs. Paper size is up to 42″ width. Maximum length is up to 120″ (or 10′). We only have the ability to print on standard white paper. No specialty, card stock, or glossy rolls of paper are available. Minimum poster size is 20 inches. (Ask us about 11×17 printing.) File should be saved on a USB drive or your cloud service.

The Makery reserves the right to refuse any poster print that does not comply with policy, size, or time restrictions. To see full Makery equipment usage and rules, see the Makerspace Policy.

What does the Makery provide?

  • Canon imagePROGRAF iPF815 Printer
  • A computer for printing only with:
    • Internet access
    • Microsoft Office Suite
    • Adobe Creative Cloud
    • AutoCAD
  • 24 lb. White Paper Rolls
    • The cost for printing is 50¢ per linear inch. Payment by cash or check only.

Printing cost examples:

20 x 30 24 x 36 42 x 42
 $10  $12  $21

What do I need?

  • A print-ready digital file* stored on a USB drive or cloud service
    • Recommended file type is PDF
    • Supported file types: PDF, JPEG, PNG, Microsoft Word (.docx), Microsoft Publisher (.pub), Photoshop (.psd), Illustrator (.ai), InDesign (.indd)
  • At least 30 minutes
  • Consider bringing a tube or sleeve for transport your poster after printing

*The Creative Studio on the 2nd Floor have Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office Suite to create your poster design.


Reserve your time to visit the Makery. Bring your finished poster file to the Makery on a USB drive. (Emailed files are not accepted.) Staff will operate the Poster Printer while a 6 ft distance is maintained.


Tips & Tricks

  • The Creative Studios on the 2nd Floor has software and equipment available for creating your poster file. Files need to be packaged with fonts/linked files.
    • Microsoft Office Suite
    • Adobe Creative Cloud Suite
    • Wacom Tablets
    • Epson Scanners
  • Recommended design programs:
    • Microsoft Word (max paper size is 22″)
    • Microsoft Publisher
    • Canva — online design software
    • Adobe Illustrator
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • Adobe InDesign
    • Gravit — online vector graphic software
  • For best quality, it is best to create your file document size to match the print size.
  • Suggested DPI is 300. There is no maximum for DPI; however, files with larger DPI settings could take longer to print.
  • Edit your poster carefully. Look for typos, misalignments, pixelation, stray lines or other oddities. Staff are not responsible for the aesthetic design or content of your poster. If you discover a mistake after the poster is printed you will still be charged for the poster.
  • Posters are not fade resistant or weather resistant. A poster placed in a brightly lit window or placed outside will fade fairly quickly.
  • We cannot mass produce posters. For multiple copies, you need to seek a commercial printer.

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Reserve the Poster Printer


  • Call (630) 279-8696 or email about your reservation
  • Reservations are limited to one-hour
  • One reservation a day
  • Maximum of two upcoming reservations
  • Reservation requests can be made every week starting Monday at 9:00 a.m.