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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, then scale 200% on the print setup.
  • Font sizes of 8 point for text and 12 point for headings are readable when increased to 200%.

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

PowerPoint 2010 Poster Templates

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

PowerPoint 2007 Poster Templates

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

These templetes were designed in PowerPoint 2007

Tutorials for creating research posters

ACP Poster Presentation Guidelines

Web Sites for Poster Tips

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