Illustrations are created for myriad purposes using traditional techniques, such as pen and ink, carbon dust, and colored pencil, as well as computer-generated illustrations using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and CorelDraw. Taxonomic illustrations along with manuscript figures, journal covers, maps, and diagrams can often be a combination of the traditional and computer techniques.

The principal tasks of a scientific illustrator are to create detailed and accurate illustrations using observational and technical skills to depict specimens clearly in order to communicate specific information. Tiny specimens can be viewed and drawn, in whole or in part, using a stereomicroscope and camera lucida (a drawing tube attached to the microscope), depending on what the researcher requires to differentiate between species using identifiable characteristics.

Illustrations can also clarify multiple overlapping layers and depths; emphasize important details; reconstruct broken specimens; cutaways or exploded views can be used to visually communicate structure and detail.



Now you can eliminate traveling with poster tubes to your conference by printing your research poster on light-weight, foldable, woven fabric! The printed fabric poster has the same high-quality, high-resolution, vibrant color, and clear text results as printing on the heavier glossy paper with the convenience of being light-weight, wrinkle-resistant, and travel-friendly. Optional grommets can be added for hanging securely. Lightly iron at low heat on the backside if creases occur in travel. The fabric is also water-resistant but do not machine wash.


Large-format posters are a popular and effective way of communicating one’s research at professional meetings. We print on fabric and quality papers, assisting faculty and graduate students by advising on how to create eye-catching, effective, scientific research posters for presentation. Printing such posters in-house offers convenience and efficiency as well as saves enormous amounts of time and money for faculty and graduate students. The HP Designjet Z6200 42" Photo Production Printer produces high-quality color prints using HP Vivid Photo Inks including chromatic red for a wide color gamut and reliable color accuracy. This printer provides extraordinary display permanence with durability lasting up to 200 years.

Types of Paper

We offer a wide variety of media for your presentation needs:950 Series Woven Fabric: Printing on fabric makes travel to conferences and Association meetings with presentation posters convenient and stress-free. No need to carry a tube along with your poster rolled up. The woven material is wrinkle-resistant and can be folded up and packed into a suitcase. The material is also water-resistant and can be ironed if any minor wrinkles occur during travel.

HP Universal Bond Paper: Draft copies of your poster are printed on this light-weight paper made of recycled material with a natural white finish and delivers high-quality results while helping to meet environmental objectives.

HP Universal Heavyweight Coated Paper: This medium-weight paper offers rich, color-accurate and consistent, high quality prints with a matte finish. Designed for full-color graphics, it is ideal for signs and posters that will be changed or replaced frequently. This paper is PEFC™-certified (The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification.)

HP Everyday Instant-dry Gloss Photo Paper: Make your images pop with this cost-effective photo paper optimized with HP pigment inks. Fast dry time and vibrant, long-lasting image quality with high-quality, everyday gloss-finish paper. Recyclable using local recycling resource, FSC-certified materials. FSC, Forest Stewardship Council, is a global not-for-profit organization that sets the standards for what is a responsibly managed forest, both environmentally and socially.

Additional media available per special request and order:

  • HP Professional Matte Canvas
  • HP Premium Backlit Film
  • HP Durable Banner with Dupont Tyvek
  • HP Durable Semi-gloss Display Film
  • HP Everyday Matte Polypropylene
  • HP Opaque Scrim
  • HP Film (Technical and Graphic)

All large-format posters printed in this office include a full-sized draft copy printed on bond paper prior to printing final versions on the glossy photographic paper. In essence, each poster is printed twice to ensure quality and accuracy.

For tips on designing the poster yourself, click here.

Poster Design and Production

Posters are designed for a variety of needs including recruiting undergraduate and graduate students, advertising departmental programs, and promoting special events and lecture series such as the Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series presented at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. These posters range in size from 11”x 17” to as large as 42”x 84”. The time required to produce such posters varies but generally 2 weeks is preferred.

Small Format Printing

Small-format printing options include glossy, inkjet, color laser, black & white laser, and photo prints for brochures, flyers, certificates, reprints, and photos. Duplexing is also an option.


Choose a template that can be used for the creation of your poster.

Download poster templates here.

View UConn templates for posters and print materials.


We can scan slides, flat art, photographs, books, documents or negatives with an Epson Perfection V700 photo scanner. Images can be saved in any file format, resolution, or size and transferred back to you via flash drive, email, or UConn Drop Box. These scans can be used for a variety of purposes: publications, presentations, posters, classrooms, reports, and labs. Advising customers on how to make better scans of images is available by appointment. Please refer to the link regarding Copyright before submitting other people’s work to scan.
Option Price
Slides / Negatives $2.00 per scan
Slides to digital Powerpoint $0.50 per scan
Flatbed (Regular) $5.00 per scan
Large (tabloid) $10.00 per scan
Larger Scans $20.00 per hour

Photo Restoration

Digital photograph restoration restores the appearance of a photograph which has been damaged by various causes or simply affected by age or neglect.We use a variety of image-editing techniques to remove visible damage and aging effects from digital copies of your physical photographs. Dirt, scratches, and other signs of photographic age are removed from the digital image manually.
Color casts are removed and the image's contrast or sharpening may be altered in an attempt to restore some of the detail that is believed to be in the original physical image. Image processing techniques such as image enhancement and image restoration are also applicable for the purpose of digital photo restoration.
full-length portrait photo of a woman from the early 20th century a digitally enhanced version of full-length portrait photo of a woman from the early 20th century

Policies and Payments

  • The Scientific Illustration Office provides illustration and multimedia services to all faculty, staff, and students of Biological Sciences at the University of Connecticut as well as other departments within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).
  • Services are available to non-CLAS customers but only as time allows and CLAS customers will have priority.
  • In order to maintain the high quality of professional service generated by this multi-faceted office, we constantly evaluate the graphic needs of the faculty, graduate students and staff, schedule work and set priorities to meet deadlines and provide as quick a turn-around time as possible. We try to assure adequate inventory of equipment and supplies and maintain state-of-the-art computer software and hardware while remaining compatible with existing equipment.
  • We take great pride in the professional quality of our work and customer service is a high priority. If you have any problems with your order, please let us know. We are more than willing to talk with you and perhaps redo your order at our expense to meet your satisfaction. However, we are not responsible for pre-existing errors in files or materials you may have brought us.


  • All orders must be paid at time of pick up.
  • Using a KFS (Kuali Financial System) Account is the most common form of payment. It is the accounting system used by the University of Connecticut to prepare accounting transactions. Sales tax is not charged on orders that are paid for this way. Please bring a KFS number with you when placing a work order.
  • Cash or Check. If you do not have access to an KFS Account you can still place your order and pay for it when you pick it up using cash or personal check made out to “UConn”.

Turn Around Time Information

  • Small format printing services: 24 hours, if work is submitted before 3:00pm. Generally projects will be available for pickup by 4:00pm the following business day.
  • Poster sessions: Printing poster: 3-5 business days. Layout assistance needed: 10 business days.
  • Illustration and other services: Varies with project.