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Posters and Presentations

Guidelines are available on creating electronic and poster presentations. Templates, powerpoint handouts for basic and advanced presentations are included in this source.

Poster Design

To design your poster using PowerPoint:

  • Choose Design on the ribbon
  • Go to Page Setup
  • Under Slides sized for click on the black arrow
  • Choose Custom
  • The height of the paper is always 36 inches
  • Plan the flow for the information. Usually it is in columns from left to right, but a horizontal arrangement might work for some information.
  • Dark text on light backgrounds is easiest to read on paper and uses less ink than an overall dark background. However, including some information boxes with light text on a dark background is OK.
  • The width of the poster can vary up to 56 inches.

How to make posters longer than 56 inches

  • Make the poster half the size that you want, then enlarge 200% when printing.
  • For example, to make 36 x 60 poster, enter the dimensions 18 x 30. We will scale by 200% on the print setup.
  • Font sizes of 16 point for text and 24 point for headings are readable when increased to 200%.

For more help see the handout for our class on making posters in PowerPoint:

PowerPoint 2013 Poster Templates

To check or change poster size in PowerPoint, check the Page Setup in the Design ribbon.

These posters were designed in PowerPoint 2013.

36x48 Templates

36x56 Templates

36x60 Templates

18x30 setup size, scale 200% when printing.

36x72 Templates

18x36 setup size, scale 200% when printing.

A0 (Portrait) Templates

Template for A0 sized poster (84.1 cm X 118.9 cm) commonly used for European conferences. If printing using the library's 36-inch poster paper, the poster will need to be trimmed (or scaled up if the conference allows for larger posters).

Tutorials for creating research posters

ACP Poster Presentation Guidelines

Web Sites for Poster Tips

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