Review the University of Mary poster examples below:
Basic steps on changing settings for posters
A. Slide set up
1. Open PowerPoint.
2. Select blank slide layout – NOTE: Your poster will be on just ONE slide.
3. Select the Design tab.
4. Select Slide Size. (In older MS versions, select Page Setup)
5. Under “Slides sized for” use the pull-down arrow to select “custom.”
6. Set the height and width as per the conference regulations.
7. Keep the slide orientation as landscape.
8. Select OK.
9. Select View tab.
10. Check Rulers & Gridlines - this will help you line up text boxes.
B. Textbox set up
1. Select Insert tab.
2. Click Text Box and then click and drag over area on slide where you want the box. (E.g. The title)
3. Don’t agonize if it’s not the exact size & in the exact spot. You can move it & resize it later.
4. Enter text & select center or left justify.
5. Repeat for the other sections: Abstract; Introduction; Materials & Methods; Results; Conclusions; Literature Cited; Acknowledgements; Further Information/Contact.
6. See Design Tips tab for font sizes.
C. Inserting Images
To insert an online photo:
Places to find images either within the public domain or cleared for general use:
Flickr Commons – photos in the public domain (many photos will be old, but also new ones as well). Under the info about the photo, note: License - No known copyright restrictions http://www.flickr.com/commons/
Flickr Advanced Search
Good source, if you are willing to pay http://www.istockphoto.com/
Poster Design Tips
A. Fonts, Font Size, & Text color
1. Sans Serifs fonts are recommended for posters. (Serif = distinctive finishing strokes both vertical & horizontal; Sans = without)
e.g. Arial is a sans serif font
Times New Roman is a serif font
2. Variable width fonts are easier to read
e.g. Arial is a variable width font
Courier is a fixed width font
3. Font recommendations:
Title: 72-120 points note: 72 points = 1 inch as a general rule
Subtitle: 48-80 points
Section headers: 36-72 points
Text: 24-48 points
4. Title in Sentence case – lower case letters easier/faster to read than uppercase. NOTE: The conference requirements override this. Go with what's required.
5. Images & graphic resolution = 150-300 dpi
Recommended file types: PNG, TIF or JPEG. For descriptions of file types, read: http://www.sitepoint.com/gif-jpg-png-whats-difference/
B. Background recommendations
1. Use high contrast between text & background for easier reading. e.g. black text/white background
2. Be conscious of color schemes that are unreadable by the color blind. e.g. black & red; green & orange
3. Consider what graphics you'll be using and how they will fit with the background. Colored backgrounds will make white graphics stand out.
4. Color for monitors is RGB mode while color for printers is CYMK -Printed, Mixed Ink mode. This means what you see on your computer might not be what you see on your printed poster. A good reason to get a proof before printing your final copy.
C. Wrapping text – PowerPoint doesn’t wrap text around inserted figures, but Word does. Can create in Word then paste to PowerPoint.
Poster Evaluation Checklist
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