These instructions are based upon the current standard Microsoft Office Suite 2007 (with notes for Office 2003)
You are basically creating a single PowerPoint slide that is 35 inches by 43 inches.
Step 1: Create a PowerPoint "Poster" Slide
- Open PowerPoint
Select "Design" and "Page Setup" (Office 2003: select "File" and "Page Setup")
- Select "Custom" from the "Slides Sized for:" drop-down menu and adjust the height and width
- Select the appropriate orientation: Portrait orientation - 35" width x 43" height or Landscape orientation - 43" width x 35" height
- Delete the standard slide text/graphic boxes
- Add content to your poster as you would a PowerPoint slide:
- insert text boxes to organize your material, text and images, on the slide
- backgrounds are best selected from the pre-set design schemes
- About Images
- Avoid using too many large images
- Don't use a background image that will make text hard to read!
- Don't resize a small image to a larger one using Powerpoint!
- It will be helpful to zoom in and out to get the layout that you want and also to work with your text. To zoom, go to "View" and select "Zoom".
- Save your work as usual
NOTE: Important things to remember/consider:
Step 2: Create a PDF of your PowerPoint slide
- Project Requirements - Does your poster contain the items required for your project. Professors or organizations typically require some or all of the following:
- Your name(s) (and the names of any sponsors)
- Date (or semester)
- Course, or department, or your project name
- Your professor's name
- References (may be able to use smaller fonts)
- Preview, Preview, Preview - Use the print preview whenever possible in this process to see if your output looks correct.
- Things to check:
- Does the poster size look OK with respect to the displayed borders (not a postage stamp on a huge screen)? If not, check page/paper sizes
- Are top/bottom or left/right sections of the poster clipped? If not, check the orientation and/or the length/width order of the paper size (e.g., may need to change 43x35 to 35x43)
- Remember the image notes above (too many, too large, or resized images can look great but cause problems with printing)
- PowerPoint has a "Grid and Guides" function which you can lay over your poster; this might be useful for lining things up. Find it in the "View" menu.
- Will your text color be hard to read on your background graphic?
Note that PDF submission is not required for every project. For individual printing requests it is required.