UCLan Print Service Information and Print Guidelines

To make using our services easier, please have a read of our guidelines below which will explain everything from where we are and how to get your work to us, right down to advice on how to set your documents out for the various services we provide.

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Getting your work to us

Opening times

9-5 Monday to Thursday

9-4 Friday

On occasion we may have to close early or on lunch periods.


We are situated on the ground floor of the UCLan Library. As you enter the library we are on the right hand side at the rear of the building.
Address - UCLan, Library, St Peter’s Square, Preston, PR1 2HE


Do you need to use us?

If you require simple black and white/colour prints we recommend that you use the black and white/colour printers available in the library. This approach will be quicker and not as costly. Our printing service is largely designed to offer a better quality print service and you cannot use your printing credit for payment with UCLan print. Ask at the One Stop desk for instructions on how to use the printers that are available in the Library.

Getting the work to us

You cannot print from your UCLan account to our printers, you must provide us with the documents in digital format. You can either email or drop off your files with us in electronic format.


Files can be sent to us at uclanprint@uclan.ac.uk, there is a limit of 50 MB for email attachments so be aware that if your images are of considerable size they may not reach us! If your document is too large to email, please use the WeTransfer website available at wetransfer.com

Pen drives/Data sticks

We can print from your data stick/pen drive, we do have pen drives for loan if you require one – ask for details.


Printing documents from Microsoft Word and Publisher can sometimes generate problems. Problems may also arise if you have used any fonts that are not installed on our computers. To minimise these printing problems we recommend you save your documents as PDF’s. Although PDF’s are not infallible and sometimes raise printing issues they tend to be the best choice for printing.
Adobe Illustrator Photoshop and In Design all offer a PDF saving option. Also PDFs can be created by any Microsoft packages on the University PC’s. Simply select file and select the Save as Adobe PDF option.


GIF and JPEG formats compress the image and actually discard information. Due to this photographs are best saved in TIFF format.


We can provide a quote prior to printing. We ask that any quotes are requested via email as opposed to telephone.

Be Prepared


Please note although we will endeavour to print your job as soon as possible to meet your deadlines we recommend you allow 24-48 hours advance notice to ensure your job will be ready in time.

If you have a deadline be aware that other students on your course will have a deadline as well! This means at times we can be very busy and we can only serve so many people at once! Try to factor printing time into your projects, turning up an hour before your deadline will more than likely end up in disappointment.


Have the files organised for printing! It’s not fair to other customers when we have to trawl through data sticks looking for the images you want to print! To help us help you please have all of your documents in one file ready to print, preferably in the same format. It is also helpful to have documents of the same size in the same folder. i.e create a file for A4 documents and a file for A3 documents.


If you want an A4/A3 size print it helps to make the document the exact size! This can be the case with photographs from a camera as the dimensions of the image tend not match A4/A3 dimensions. As a result when printed you will have to crop some off the image to size it correctly.

SR A4/A3 and Bleed

Due to the nature of print devices our machines cannot print to the edge of an A4/A3 page. To combat this we print on SRA4/SRA3 paper which is slightly larger than A4/A3 (SRA4 – 225 x 320mm SRA3 - 320x450mm). We then cut down the paper so the image is the exact size. If you want this service make it clear before we do any printing. In some case it’s also worthwhile leaving a bleed on the image so it creates a neater finish at the cropping stage.

File Size

Please try to flatten your work. We recommend saving a separate print version of your artwork with any layers flattened/rasterized. Saving your documents at 300dpi at the size you want is generally suitable for printing. Layered Illustrator/pdf documents can take a considerable amount of time to process.  Also try to scale down the file size of any photographs within your work, a Word document or Powerpoint file full of large photographs can again take a considerable amount of time to process.


We offer various booklet options. Save your booklet as 1 PDF with separate pages for each page, avoid using any booklet set up options in design programmes, it confuses our printers! Also consider the number of pages and how your pages will be laid out on the finished product.

Complicated print jobs

Some jobs i.e. booklets, certain binding, T-shirts, Canvas prints can take some time to set up. On these occasions we will ask you to leave the job with us to finish. Please factor this into your timescale.

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Do you offer a student discount?

No, most of our customers are students so rather than deduct a discount, everyone pays the same, low price.

Can anyone use your services?

Yes, although the bulk of our work comes from the university sector, we do accept work from businesses and the general public. Be aware that we do have to prioritise student/internal work at certain busy times of the year. Busy periods tend to be at the end of term, dissertation season –March/April/May and the beginning of the Academic year – September

Do you collect and deliver?

We deliver internal print jobs across the campus.

Are you open during the university vacations?

Yes we are open all year. We are closed on all Bank Holidays, for 2 weeks over Christmas & New Year. There may be some minor alterations to our opening times.


Are you open on weekends?

No, sorry Monday to Friday only.

How should I bind my dissertation?

The official bind for UCLan dissertations is the gold foil blocked UCLan branded cover with a red bind. There may be variations with different departments, check with your Tutor to verify this. It is only available from UCLan Print and the Student Union Printshop.

How long does binding take?

Binding is generally done while you wait 5-10 minutes. Our busy binding period is when dissertations are due in March, April & May. At this time you may be subject to queues and may have to wait a little longer for your binding.

More information on the binding services we offer.

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Our Services




UCLan Print offer 2 styles of binding for dissertations and theses - soft back and hard back.

Soft Back/Tape/Fabric binding is our standard University dissertation / thesis bind. The process glues a fabric strip to the side of the document, binding it together like a book. The spine is deep red in colour, to reflect the UCLan branding.

Hard Back Binding prints gold / silver lettering onto a hardback cover. We have covers in black and burgundy. To use this service, you must contact uclanprint@uclan.ac.uk - we will then send you a cover form to complete which you then return to us for printing.

For more information about our  binding services, please download our Dissertation / Thesis binding guidelines.



Roll up/Outdoor banners 

Roll up

Printed on our wide format HP Latex printer our roll up banners offer a display permanence of up to 3 years unlaminated. They are printed on a 305 g/m2 textured lightblock.  We can offer other substrates and display solutions - please ask for details.


Artwork for roll up banners should be 80cm by 200cm.  If you are producing your own artwork consider how low quality pictures/logos will appear when enlarged. We are not responsible if your artwork is unsatisfactory at the printing stage.

Outdoor banners

We can produce outdoor advertising banners of varied size with eyelets for hanging. We offer various substrates - please ask for details.



Printed on our wide format HP Latex printer our canvases are printed with non-fade latex inks. 

Consider your image, they should be of a decent quality and resolution. We can scan images but again they have to be of a decent quality otherwise the final product will look poor.

Bleed/Gallery Wrap

Bleed or “Gallery wrap” as it is known is simply when your image goes around the side of the wooden stretcher frame. You must consider if you want your image to wrap around the canvas frame or have a white canvas frame wrap. A wrapped image must have enough space around the photographs main subject to allow for a suitable wrap! Your image will need minimum of 5cm around the subject matter at the size you want your canvas.We can on certain images tweak an image in Photoshop to add this extra wrap.


Design Service

Whilst we can help students in designing documents, posters and other material that is for personal, commercial use or otherwise, we are unable to offer a design service for student projects that go towards module or coursework grades. We may ask for an email from your tutor to verify that any work you are asking us to design is not contributing towards your grade.

For our design service we require 10 working days notice prior to your desired deadline. Please be aware that any changes/editing of text in designed documents takes time and depending on our current workload may take up to 5 working days.

Any image or spelling amendments will be done as soon as possible but again we recommend 5 working days for changes to ensure your job will be ready in time.


Although we appreciate there may be a few last minute spelling issues we will not start the design process until we have received the final text in a consistent form.  We prefer to not use any un-edited text as it can adjust the whole layout after corrections are made.

Text should be provided as follows;

1. In a word document
2. In the correct order
3. Spellchecked
4. Correct case
5. Correct punctuation
6. In the correct order
7. Any specific fonts required must be mentioned

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Design Hints and Tips

Do you need a few pointers with your project?

Poster Design

Creating your own poster can be simple. Here are a few guidelines to help you in your design.


The simplest programme to use when designing posters is Microsoft Powerpoint, although you could use various programmes, these include;
Microsoft Office - Powerpoint
Microsoft Office - Word
Microsoft Office - Publisher
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Photoshop


Consider the size of your poster for the amount of information you need to display. The most common sizes for Academic Research posters are;
ISO A0 - 841 x 1189mm
ISO A1 - 594 x 841mm
ISO A3 - 297 x 420mm


When setting up your poster page layout it is recommended that you leave a 20mm border on A0 & A1 posters and a 10mm border on A3 posters.


Information can be displayed with use of graphs, charts, photographs, clip art etc. Visual devices like these can break up large blocks of text and enhance a posters appeal. It is best to have a backup copy of any images used within your poster in case any problems arise. Be wary of using low resolution images as they may look ‘blocky’ when printed or enlarged.


Large Format Laminating

To make your poster look even more professional and stand out from the crowd, we also offer - A printing & lamination service for colour posters up to A0 in size. - Assistance/guidance or a full poster designing solution by our graphic design team.

Print Blocks


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Type Face

Consider your choice of type face for your poster, this is generally controlled by subject matter. If in doubt the following type faces are effective.


Arial Black

Times New Roman

- Avoid using large quantities of text as this can put people off viewing the poster, 300 words or less is recommended.

- Use text effects such as italics and embolden to emphasize points. Try not to use too many text effects as this can look confusing.

- It is best to have a backup copy of any text used within your poster in case any problems arise.

Font Size

To assist with legibility we recommend no smaller than the following font sizes:

A0 poster
Captions - 72 point type.
Sub Headings - 44 point type.
Body Text - 24 point type.
A1 poster
Captions - 72 point type.
Sub Headings - 44 point type.
Body Text - 24 point type.
A3 poster
Captions - 36 point type.
Sub Headings - 24 point type.
Body Text - 18 point type.

Hints and tips

- Research existing posters for design hints & tips.

- Be wary of colour choice and combining badly contrasting colours such as red and green.

- Try to keep the layout simple, and try to avoid over-cramming your poster.

- You can design your poster at A4 size and allow us to enlarge it to A1/A0 size at the printing stage.  This keeps the file size down to a reasonable level. To do this you must remember that your font sizes will alter with enlargement. For example the enlargement from an A4 poster to A0 is as follows:


18 pt will enlarge to 72 pt


11 pt      will enlarge to   44 pt


6 pt            will enlarge to    24 pt