To help you in the development of your poster we offer you design considerations, tips, and tricks.
Note: PosterXpress offers graphic designing of your poster. Contact us for details.
General Design considerations :
- Use a background color that contrasts your text color (Avoid red on gray, yellow on white).
- Use line weights at least 1.0 pixels in your poster (e.g. tables and graphs) otherwise it will be difficult to view on a poster.
Note: Excel graphs often default to hairlines and increasing the line weight is done in the "Format Chart" menu.
- Avoid small text. For block text, 24 point should be your smallest, although 36 point is ideal and reads well at 4 to 8 feet.
- Title text should be 75-100 points and subtitles 40-70 points.
- Avoid using too many font styles. Keep it simple... Use 3 fonts at the most.
- Images are best when displayed at 250 dpi. Lower resolution will become jagged and too high of resolution will create large PowerPoint files that are difficult to edit and email. Many email providers have a file size restriction.
- Check the poster size requirements. Some poster sessions are size specific while others are not. Often you may be given a 4' x '8 panel but a smaller poster will work fine. Changing a poster's dimension after it is laid out will require extra work to refit your content correctly. Remember, PowerPoint's page size default's to "On Screen Show". You will want to open the PowerPoint menu go to "Page Setup" and scroll down to "custom" and enter your new page dimensions (e.g. 36" x 56").
- Use common and easy to read fonts such as Arial, Times New Roman, Common Bullets. Your files will be easier to share among colleagues and your printer.
- Start early organizing your poster and give yourself and colleagues enough time to gather information for your poster.
- Keep your text boxes within your page borders. If not, text shifting may occur on your computer or your printer's computer.
- Paste tables and charts using "paste special" and paste your table and charts in as "metafile" or "enhanced metafile". This will break the otherwise troublesome links for your printer.
- If your page size is larger than the maximum PowerPoint "custom" page size allows (often 36" x 56") consider a smaller page size that can be enlarged by your printer. (e.g. 20" x 32" size poster design can be printed at 200% yielding a final print size of 40" x 64" and so on) .
- To change PowerPoint from standard rulers to metric: Go to Windows "Start" button, go to "Control Panel" then select "Regional and Language Options" then select "Regional Options", then select "Customize" and in the "Numbers" menu go to the bottom of the list and select your "measurement system" as either "US" or "metric". Your rulers in PowerPoint will change automatically! You can change back and forth at will and the rulers will make the appropriate measurement conversion.
- Need more guidelines? Click on an existing guideline and while holding down your left mouse button, also hold down your keyboard "Ctrl" key and drag & drop the existing guideline somewhere else on you poster page and a new guideline is created.
- Avoid using a colleagues old poster file. Often after years of being passed around these old poster files can become embedded with hidden code from older application's that can corrupt or "bug" the new poster you are trying to create. It is best to start from scratch. If you still are unsure of your poster creating abilities you can use one of our templates below to modify and use however you wish.
Templates: Download any of these common poster sized templates:
- 36"h x 56"w
- 36"h x 48"w ( landscape )
- 48"h x 36"w ( portrait )
- 48"h x 48"w
Note: Have one of our designers design a template for you.
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