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Steps to Making a Poster Using PowerPoint


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Title: Steps to Making a Poster Using PowerPoint

Steps to Making a Poster Using PowerPoint Author
Carolyn Mitkowski, Department of Biological and
Agricultural Engineering Graphics 515-6769
Method1 (continued)
Start your poster with an gt Abstract,
Introduction, or Project Background info.
Poster Method 2
  • Another fast way to create a poster (which is
    acceptable but not the best print quality) is by
    creating or using a ppt presentation and saving
    the individual slides as photos in JPG or BMP
    format. These photos are then placed into your
    poster and arranged.
  • To switch slides into photosOn the mainmenu
    choose File/Save as change the Save as type to
    JPG or a BMP. In the pop-up dialogue box choose
    to save all slides in the presentation. This
    will automatically create a folder full of your
    slides as photos files. The photo folder will be
    saved into the same folder as the original slide
  • Just like any photo import them into your
    poster page.
  • To control how big your PowerPoint gets. Look
    in File/Properties- choose the general tab and
    note the size. Dont forget to save before you
    check the size.
  • For printing reasons please keep all copy and
    pictures an inch from the page edge. Dont get
    nitty a visual 1 border around the paper is
    fine. ppt has guides for lining up boxes and
    text. Guides and rulers can be turned on in the
    View menu or right click your mouse foroptions.
    For additional guide lines both vertical and
    horizontal hold down the ctrl key while dragging
    on a visible guideline.
  • Type for headline should be about 96 points to
    120 points.Body copy ranges from 20 to 36
  • A good way to visualize a poster layout is in
    terms of blocks of information. Technical poster
    cluster information from Abstract or
    Introduction, to Site view and or Materials,
    Method or Process Used, then Steps in
    Investigation, Results and or Conclusions,
    References, Acknowledgements and or Cooperators.
  • Inside the color blocks use a combination of
    text, pictures, charts and diagrams to describe
    information. Use picture captions whenever
  • About photo size In general a good photo file
    size is about 650K for posters. Digital cameras
    may be set to take very high resolutions pictures
    using a lot of memory. To avoid having large ppt
    files photos should be resized. To resize a photo
    use an image editor like photoshop or fireworks.
  • Using Photoshop to adjust a photo---On the main
    menu choose Image then Image Size/ In the
    dialogue box which appears use either inches or
    pixels to change the image size. Make the photo
    the size you want to see it on your poster
    (example currently 25x17 change to 6x 4)
    Note The actual FILE SIZE (megabytes) will be
    different this adjusted FILE SIZE will appear at
    the top of the dialogue box.

Posters are combination of text, pictures, charts
and diagrams to describe information. They are a
portable way to exchange information using
pictures, graphics, charts, and text.
Professionals generally use technical posters for
conferences or client presentations. Students and
Faculty use posters to explain scientific
procedures showing the steps in the research
Note Posters are the most interesting when
they are Not JUST text. The best posters often
use the least text while still conveying the
information. The idea of a poster in the first
place is to infer information using pictures,
charts and diagrams and supplementing these with
text. Adding a photo of your research site, the
Materials used, or a photo of the research team
at work are part of the posters visuals. Charts,
diagrams, drawings, and clip art when used
properly are self explanatory. Text which uses
color, size, or type variations can highlight
important points.
Next might come gt A List of the Materials,
Methods and or Process Used
To make a poster you need
  • Computer
  • PowerPoint software
  • Large Format Printer (BAE has a is 36 printer)
  • Laminator (42 wide) (Optional) Students check
    with the professor about the need for lamination.

TIP for future engineers Not all laminators and
large format printers are the same size.
Basic Project Setup, Rationale, or Method Overview
  • Using PowerPoint is an easy way to set up a
    poster. Other programs can be used but PowerPoint
    is commonly available on most machines.
  • For a page background you can use a slide design
    template or create your own. Note Dark colors
    are good for text. Please use light colors for
    the background as it saves on ink. You are
    welcome to use this poster if you wish.

Results and or Conclusions
Poster making results
  • Students now know how to make a Poster.
  • Students increased the speed at which they
    created a poster using PowerPoint.
  • Students gained a new transferable workforce
  • Poster printing goes smoothly for graphics
    personnel when posters are made properly.

Poster Method1
To create a large .ppt pageUse the main menu go
to File/Page Setup- change slides sized for to
Custom and make the orientation Landscape. Make
the width no more than 48 and height no more
than 36. BAEs preferred size is 42x36 which
is best for printing and laminating. The BAE
large format requires one edge of the poster be
no more than 36 the other edge in PowerPoint can
only go to 54. The BAE laminator is only 42
Carolyn Mitkowski BAE Graphic Designer
Acknowledgements and or CooperatorsNames of
professorscompanies all who helped with