Use the following tips and tricks for creating a large-format poster. This guide also includes links to resources for step-by-step help. This guide is directed toward the needs of UVa Health System faculty, staff, and students.
You will create your poster on a single slide in PowerPoint. You may use a blank slide (and insert UVa logos by hand), or a template (typically has UVa logo embedded) UVa-related slide backgrounds can be found in several places. See the following for slide options:
IMPORTANT: set the size of your slide (poster) before you begin adding text or images. If you start out with one size poster and later change the dimensions, your images will be distorted and your text may be out of place. While this can be fixed, it is easier to take care of these steps now. For PowerPoint 2010 for Windows, click on Design, then Page Setup. Enter the Width and Height of your desired poster in inches. A few important tips:
Before printing, have a friend or colleague proofread your poster. There are several printing options for posters, including UVa-based, local, and mail ordered. In addition, many printers can now print on different surfaces, including fabric. This is just a partial list:
Staples - choose the blueprint option for very inexpensive posters (under $15!!) in b&w or color, up to 36 x 48 in size
There are many sites with step-by-step instructions on creating a poster in PowerPoint. Some favorites:
In addition, if you want to take your poster (and presentations) to the next level, there are some excellent resources with expert guidance on design. See: