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Learning Development Unit

IT Skills Development

Course Code: PD0001

An Introduction to Poster Design Using Microsoft PowerPoint

Version 1.0

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Course Title Author: Nandy Millan and Paul Foxall Version: 1. January 2007 © 2007 The University of Birmingham All rights reserved. stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form by any electrical or mechanical means without permission of the copyright holder.0. recorded or otherwise reproduced. or trade names of their respective holders. . no part of this publication may be photocopied. registered trademarks. All brand names and product names used in this handbook are trademarks. Trademarks: Microsoft Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

.....................................................6 Inserting text from a Word document................................................................i ...................................................................................................................................................1 How to do something ..................2 The Basics ..................9 Grouping..............1 Danger!...............................................................3 Setting up PowerPoint for A0 size ...........................................................................................................................................................1 Before getting started...............9 Order and grouping objects ...............................................................1 Tip ................................................................................................................................................................................................9 Colours and borders.8 Inserting image from file ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ ii Contents........................................................................................................................9 Text box colours and borders ..2 Examples of possible combinations of Heading/Sections: .................................................................................................................................................................................................. ii Author: Nandy Millan and Paul Foxall.10 Where to print A0 size posters ......................................................................i About the workbook..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................7 Using Images.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................4 Using Guides and Ruler ........................................................................................................................................................................................11 Appendix ......................................................................................9 Ordering .................................................................................................................................................................9 Poster Background ................................6 Creating text boxes and adding text ..................5 Deleting and hiding guides...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Contents Course Title .................................7 Formatting text ............................................................. .......

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Then do this to finish. Then do this. These will help you to get the most out of the course. There are also a number of text boxes to watch out for throughout the workbook. Introduction to Poster Design Page 1 . These tips will help you work more effectively. Danger! The thumbs-down picture in the margin indicates common mistakes or pitfalls to be avoided. Sections that take you through a particular procedure step-by-step look like this: How to do something • • • Do this first.About the workbook The workbook is designed as a reference for you to use after the course has finished. Tip The thumbs-up symbol in the margin indicates a tip. The workbook is yours to take away with you so feel free to make any notes you need in the workbook itself The workbook is divided into sections with each section explaining about a particular feature of the program or how to do a particular task.

what do I want it to be? Now write down your answer. Examples of possible combinations of Heading/Sections: Combination 1 Author/Title/Affiliation Objectives Data Sources/Settings Study Design Data Collection Principle Finding Conclusions Funding Sources Funding Sources Combination 2 Author/Title/Affiliation Objectives Methods Results Conclusions Combination 3 Author/Title/Affiliation Abstract Methods Descriptive Issues Statistical Analysis Conclusions Relevance Funding Source Combination 4 Author/Title/Affiliation Background Information Research Question Methods Conclusions Future Research Questions Funding Sources Introduction to Poster Design Page 2 . Your poster tells the viewer what you did. You may also wish to provide a handout version of your poster with detailed contact information. Authors. Everything you choose to include on your poster should support this theme. Divide your information into main sections. Acknowledgements and perhaps a photo of the author(s). These sections typically include: Title. graphs and photos. Introduction. Keep your poster simple and visually uncluttered. and the I. Someone standing three feet away should quickly understand what each component is and why it is there. The poster should include a statement of the problem investigated. Clear design starts with clear thinking.D. Conclusions. Posters tell stories. Before you begin shuffling charts. a description of the research methods used (if relevant). and references. Results. columns are easier for the eye to follow than information laid out left to right. On a poster. Materials & Methods. This is the theme of your poster. At poster sessions there is intense competition for audience attention. In their first 3 seconds your audience will determine whether to stay and explore your content or leave. why you did it and what you learned from doing it. results or findings. the focal point. Effective communication starts with knowing who your audience is. Affiliations. References.Before getting started. If they stay you have 30 seconds to secure their attention by conveying an overall understanding of your subject matter. ask yourself this question: if the viewer carries away only one idea. and a summary.

graphs or illustrations. Introduction to Poster Design Page 3 . pointing hands. so aim for 30-40% of your poster to be graphic content. “Winds blowing over ocean generate waves Fig. Background materials and graphics should have straight edges and even margins. Use 24-point (24pt) type or larger (captions can be 18pt. photos and text. The poster title is the first level of communication with the viewer. If you are pasting separate components onto your poster. and tiffs or gifs are best. Illustrations and photographs should be clear and properly proportioned. numbers or letters to clarify the sequence or flow of the poster. It should clearly communicate the essence of your poster. use a ruler and sharp knife to cut out charts. It should be readable from 15 feet away and should be bold and bright print.” “scale” or “fit content proportionally. reinterpret text as charts. Some presenters will number the sections in sequence to guide the reader through the poster. The movement of the eye over the poster should be natural (down columns or along rows). It’s better to resize images using commands such as. Using the “drag-and-drop” method to adjust the width or height of an image can result in distortion.” Connect you text to the graphic elements. “image size. say so! For example. titles should be at least 85pt).The flow of your poster should be from top left to the bottom right. People are able to process images an amazing 60. If a paragraph refers to a diagram off to the side somewhere. graphics.000 times faster than text. 1). Use arrows. The Basics Each poster should have a title. Image files should be high resolution (150 dpi or higher). Viewers can’t read small captions from a distance. Whenever possible.

However. Introduction to Poster Design Page 4 . choose Custom. the print quality will be poor. From the Slides sized for list. to zoom in and out. if you work in A4 (default size) and scale up to A0. so it may appear that your new size has not taken effect.9 cm (46”) 84. Go to File on menu toolbar and select Page setup. For exact A0.1 cm (33”) Orientation for Slides should automatically show Landscape. especially for any image included. Use this drop down. this will be: Width Height 118.Setting up PowerPoint for A0 size It is very important to set the poster size first! Otherwise. or hold CTRL and roll the mouse wheel. Create a new black presentation. Click OK The slide still fits into the screen. Choose the Blank Slide layout. PowerPoint has scaled the page down to fit. Type in the sizes required.

1 x 59. Add and drag guides across. to help line up text and images.1 cm 84. To add another guide. and reduce the size of your poster a little. To view and add Guides Choose View on the menu toolbar. If working to a different size. To help with the alignment. as a guide for leaving space between text boxes. as appropriate for your design layout. it may help to use to use Guides (moveable dotted lines that appear on screen but do not print) and to view the Ruler to arrange them precisely: To view the ruler: Choose View on the menu toolbar.4 cm 59.9 x 84. the standard international metric paper sizes are: AO A1 A2 A3 118. the size will depend on the printer you have available. The figure below is an example of the use of adding guides to a slide. and select the Grid and Guides option. Introduction to Poster Design Page 5 . For more accuracy. add extra (narrow) columns between your main columns. click on a guide to see its distance from the centre. 4 main columns and a title area at the top.4 x 42 cm 42 x 29. There is a margin each edge. hold down the CTRL key and drag an existing guide across. accordingly. complex layout. You will probably have to allow for a non-printable margin. Tick the Guide settings to Display Drawing Guides on Screen.When creating your own poster.7 cm Using Guides and Ruler For a large. and select the Ruler option.

To delete a guide. To hide the guides without deleting them. Introduction to Poster Design Page 6 . return to View/Grid and Guides and un-tick Display Drawing Guides on Screen.Deleting and hiding guides. you may then position the text box as necessary. Creating text boxes and adding text PowerPoint uses text boxes to hold each piece of text. to place a text box where required on the slide. Usually it is best to type straight into text boxes within PowerPoint. drag it off the slide. It will expand when you add text. but you can also insert text from a Word document. In PowerPoint: Click the Text Box button on the Drawing toolbar Click and drag across. but much better to add a new text box for each block of text. It is possible to create one large text box and apportion text usi8ng that.

To move an object. The grid is normally visible set of lines to which by default objects are attracted.Inserting text from a Word document. click and drag it on the slide: Align objects to guides Drag the object near to a guide. Moving and aligning objects with precision. launch Word and open the relevant file. press the ALT key as you drag the object. The spacing of the grid and whether objects snap to it are controlled by options in View/Grid and Guides. To temporally turn this off. There are different design considerations too: generally sans-serif font such as Arial is clearer to read (especially from a distance) but Times New Roman will allow you to fit more text into the same space. If you also wish objects to tend to line up with each other. Choose View on the menu toolbar and select the Grid and Guides option.g. Select just the text required. even for the “sane” font size. without any extra space around it. and its edge or centre will snap to guide. To change Word wrap options. Arial for headings and Times New Roman for the main text. Tick Snap objects to other objects. Keep PowerPoint open. Moving and aligning text boxes or images. Introduction to Poster Design Page 7 . right-click in the text box and choose Format Text Box/Text Box tab Formatting text Try different fonts and sizes to see what fits best. keeping in mind that some fonts take up more space than others. So it may be appropriate to use a sans-serif font e.

These exert a “magnetic” pull on other objects. attracting objects which are moved close to it. Click the option you require (e.e. The grid acts like a magnet. A small picture stretched out is likely to pixilate and lose clarity. ready to insert. Align Top). Give objects grid lines that go through their vertical and horizontal edges. press the SHIFT key as you drag it. how fine it is. You can also nudge an object into place by selecting it and using the arrow keys. To constrain an object so that is moves only horizontally or vertically. i. images etc) on the slide: Select all the items you wish to align (using the SHIFT key) From the Draw menu. Display grid or guides to help manual positioning of objects Defines space between lines of the grid. for example Distribute Horizontally. helping to align them.g.Default setting. Using Images For a large poster. Use the same menu to Distribute items evenly across the slides. To align any number of items (text boxes. It is advisable to save them into one folder. Introduction to Poster Design Page 8 . images need to be of good quality and high resolution to work well. choose Align or Distribute. Prepare your image beforehand and check to see how they would print at the required size.

g. Browse to the saved picture file and insert it. for example. e. you can group together any combination of images and text boxes that you want to keep together. remember you can use Order option from the Draw menu to bring the selected forward. Colours and borders Well chosen colours can be used to great effect to enhance your poster. Go to Format on the menu toolbar and select Text Box Choose Fill Color. then Picture and select From File. Order and grouping objects To arrange objects such as text boxes and images in your poster. move and re-size it as required. or send the back. a logo onto a coloured box. For example: Select the main heading text box and any other required object Introduction to Poster Design Page 9 .g. To apply the same colours to a number of text boxes. you can select them together by holding down the SHIFT key. e.: Ordering If you need to add one item on top of another. Use bold colours for areas which you wish to emphasise (such as main headings) and softer colours for subheadings. Grouping To help with the layout. Try to keep good contrast between text and background colour. elect the image. go to Insert on the menu toolbar. some further commands in the Draw menu (bottom left of screen) can be useful. Text box colours and borders Select the main heading text box.Inserting image from file To insert images from file. and then apply formatting as required. Line Colour and Line Weight as you wish. Once inserted.

To apply a plain background colour: Go to Format on the menu toolbar and select the Background. sometimes a picture related to the topic can work well. then the Pictures tab. Remember. or obscure. providing it does not distract from.From the Draw menu (bottom left of screen) and click Group You can now drag. Click Insert. and then click the dropdown box. While a plain background colour is probably safer and often recommended. The picture would need to be prepared and saved as an image file first. the text. Try More colors or Fill Effects for further options. Click the Select Pictures button to browse for your image file (previously prepared and saved). Introduction to Poster Design Page 10 . Click on Fill Effects. move or re-size this group as one unit. to find the one that complements the main content without distracting from it. Poster Background Try different background colours for your poster. To apply a picture as a background: Go to Format on the menu toolbar and click the dropdown box. OK and Apply. if you wish to modify any of these components later you will need to Ungroup then again first.

Where to print A0 size posters To print your poster full size. students. Although based in the Medical School our services are available to all university staff. and academic publishing. research. http://www. The Photographic and Graphic Services provides a range of professional digital printing and imaging services to support teaching. schools and departments.ac.uk/ Introduction to Poster Design Page 11 . you need to find a large enough printer to handle this.bham.dpi-pags.

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Make sure the images you use are clear and of good quality Page i Message Relevance Images Introduction to Poster Design . Try not to baffle the readers (especially the non-specialists Your display should be visually clear and easy to follow. Even if the majority of material is in black and white it is important to highlight with colour. with a clear description of the aims and method. However.Appendix Guidelines for Posters Your poster should be designed to convey the essence of your research in a clear and eye-catching way. and that the more detailed information is not too complex. The ideal poster will: Attract passers-by to stop and take an interest Make a good impression. to help viewers relate to it. Enable the viewer to remember key details of your research (what. Good use of colour is helpful. Viewing time It should be possible for the viewer to absorb the general information in your poster in a short time (up to 3 minutes) General tips on how to present your poster Title Clarity Colour Should be meaningful but not complicated. Viewing distance You should ensure that your poster can be read clearly from a distance of 1 metre or more. how who?) Encourage viewers to contact you for more information about your research. why. Demonstrate how your research fits in with the world as a whole. to appeal to colleagues as well as nonspecialists. bear in mind that too much colour can be visually confusing Ensure that the general overview of the poster is clear.

Ensure that the font size is legible from the indicated viewing distance Text and graphics should be grouped together in relevant and visually stimulating sets Guide the viewer’s eye in an orderly way. and bordering any sections contained within.Graphics These must be sharp and relevant to the presentation. Charts. limiting yourself to one or two. It may be appropriate to link sections with lines and arrows Adding an outer border to your poster. drawings and illustrations should be simpler and more heavily drawn than those you would use for slides. A concise summary may be useful. generally helps define your display clearly. This could involve adding leaflets or cards for readers to take with them. This could be done by giving a set of key points Font-style and size Grouping Layout/flow Borders Contributors Contact point Summary Appendix Page ii . Identify any contributors other than those shown at the top of your display Provide your contact details to encourage people to find out more about your research. Be constituent in your choice of font. Use colour is encourages to add emphasis effectively. Ensure that there is a logical path of items to be followed.

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