The Pixel Lab (formerly the Instructional Design Center) strives to provide quality, expert technical and creative support services to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's students, faculty, and staff.
Pixel Lab Services
We provide the following services.
- Posters & Large Format Printing, Mounting & Lamination
- Color and Black & White Laser and Photo Copies
- Graphic Design
- Video Production
You can use the following control to upload large files to us. Please be sure to email us your request first and include the same email address below.
Weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
123 Henzlik Hall
1430 Vine Street
Color and Large Format Printing
Can you help me create a poster for a conference?
Click here to find poster templates to create posters that comply to University graphic standards (Toolbox). Within the template are step-by-step directions that will guide you through the process. Our staff is also available to help you with any questions.
How long does it take to print a poster after the design is finalized?
It’s best to allow for 7-10 days if you are preparing a file for a poster session or conference as our volume of work is significantly high prior to events. Most of the year, the production turnaround is much faster – often 1-2 days.
What file formats are supported?
PDFs are best. By saving your file as a PDF, you avoid many font and graphic errors. Also accepted: Photoshop (psd), jpg, ai, eps and others.
How do I supply a printer-friendly file?
- Save the document as PDF, if possible.
- If sending the original file, include graphics and fonts.
- For best results, no matter what software you use, create your file at the size you would like it to print.
- Make sure any photos or graphics are set at 150-300 pixels per inch (ppi). If you are not sure about the resolution, we can check your file.
- To send files larger than 5MB, we recommend uploading them to UNL Box (box.unl.edu) and then emailing the Box link to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also include your job specifications such as due date; print, laminate and/or mount; due date; billing information such as cost object or payment method; contact information; etc.
- Illustrator: Convert text to outlines or PDF
- Photoshop: Flatten image or PDF, 200-300 ppi at actual printed size
- InDesign: Export as Print-quality PDF or package with all fonts and links
We create original brochures, posters, digital signs, infographics, event logos, postcards, flyers, programs, handouts, tickets and much more. Arrange a meeting with our graphic designer to discuss your communication goals, text (copy) photos, graphics, budget and timeline. You will be provided with a proof(s) before final printing. Please proofread carefully as you take final responsibility for accuracy and payment.
What about web and social media graphics?
We can design graphics for digital/online use, however, we do not design web pages or manage social media activity.
Photography is offered on a limited basis Mon.-Fri, 8am-5pm by appointment only. CEHS projects are given priority. Both studio and location shots are available.
Video Production (CEHS Only)
What production services do you offer?
- Studio and location shots in digital HD format
- Digital non-linear editing
- Production design and video graphics
- Royalty-free music selection
- Compression of audio/video for digital and web use.
Can you duplicate my audio/video?
Yes, we can duplicate between a variety of formats: DVD, Mini-DV, CD, etc. (VHS is available at Love Library.)
Can you convert my audio/video to different formats?
Yes, we can convert to most of the common Mac and Windows formats.
How should I prepare for my video project?
- Contact videographer to check availability and reserve date and time.
- Involve videographer and copywriter (if available) in stakeholder planning meeting.
- Determine/specify audience. (Example: peers, faculty, students, archiving, general public, donors, etc.)
- Specify goals and objectives for video. (Example: a learning outcome, a response, behavior change, communication, fundraising, etc.)
- Plan to keep message clear and concise to make the video more engaging and the process more efficient.
- Create a basic script, storyboard and schedule.
- Have image release and copyright forms filled out and endorsed.
- Determine location of video shoot and coordinate details such as parking, any special location access or permissions, contact information, and etc.
- Contact videographer throughout process, especially as video shoot nears to confirm all details and logistics.