There are many applications that can be used to create posters. Due to its simplicity, the one that we recommend is Microsoft PowerPoint, but PowerPoint has a size limit of 56”. If you’d like to make a longer Poster we’ve included instructions in Adobe Illustrator as well.
Starting in Microsoft PowerPoint:
Open Microsoft PowerPoint and select Blank Presentation. Select the Design tab, then click Slide Size and select Custom Slide Size. Adjust the Width and Height to the desired dimensions. As a reminder, one dimension cannot exceed 42 inches, and PowerPoint has a maximum slide size of 56 inches. If you’d prefer not to set your own sizes--we have pre-sized templates available for download in the table below.
Starting in Adobe Illustrator:
Open Adobe Illustrator and select File > New Document. In the window that pops up change the Units to Inches. Set the Width and Height to the size that you’d like your poster to be. If you’d prefer not to set your own sizes--we have pre-sized templates available for download in the table below.
|Length||Width||Cost||PPT Template||Ai Template|
|24||18||$4.32||24 x 18 Template||24 x 18 Template|
|28||22||$6.16||28 x 22 Template||28 x 22 Template|
|36||24||$8.64||36 x 24 Template||36 x 24 Template|
|30||42||$12.60||30 x 42 Template||30 x 42 Template|
|36||42||$15.12||36 x 42 Template||36 x 42 Template|
|42||42||$17.64||42 x 42 Template||42 x 42 Template|
|56||42||$23.52||56 x 42 Template||56 x 42 Template|
|60||42||$25.50||N/A||60 x 42 Template|
|72||42||$30.24||N/A||72 x 42 Template|
Additional resources, such as official university templates, colors and logos can be found on the University Marketing and Communication pages.
Once you have set the dimensions, you can add text and images to create your custom poster. Some additional tips and considerations:
- Avoid image pixilation: Make sure photos and images that are inserted into the slide have a large size to begin with. Image files that are small will become more pixelated when they are printed at a larger size.
- Beware of Copyright images: As a reminder, we are unable to knowingly complete duplication/printing requests where images may be copywritten. Please refer to our page detailing copyright policies and guidelines.
Finishing your Poster:
Export to PDF: Go to File > Save as . . . and select .pdf as the file type. PDF documents will retain font information so it can be printed from any workstation without font replacement issues.
Open your file in Acrobat and go to File > Properties and look at the Page Size and make sure it matches the size you are listing in your request.
Also in Acrobat go to View > Zoom > Actual Size to see how the image will look when it is printed at full size. Look at your images and check for pixilation.