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Make a Great Poster with PowerPoint or PhotoShop

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PhotoShop Layers Handout
Workshop Plan
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Workshop Description
Trying to create a poster to explain your research project to others? Wondering how to make a powerful visual statement? We will explore designing your poster in PowerPoint. We will look at page size options, font and color choices, Word Art, Autoshapes and drawing tools. Bring your poster information with you as well as your personal laptop if appropriate. We will share tips and tricks for poster formatting, show examples and discuss preparing a PDF for printing in the Vitale Digital Media Lab or similar facility. Note: This is a hands-on workshop.

Questions? Email or stop by the Vitale Digital Media Lab.
Learning Objectives
In this workshop you will learn:
  • Best practices for poster layout and design
  • Font principles
  • How to insert and format text boxes, shapes, and images
  • How to use PowerPoint rulers and guides to position elements
  • How to use drawing tools
  • Options for printing Training Videos
The Weigle Information Commons and Vitale Digital Media Lab make several accounts available to our users. provides over 50,000 professional training videos across 750 online courses on varied topics. To use our accounts, you must watch the videos in the WIC or the Digital Media Lab.Please stop by the Vitale Digital Media Lab or the WIC Desk if you'd like to spend time viewing the videos, and just ask the staff person on duty to log you in. View the list of PowerPoint training videos for Windows OR Mac.
Updated June 2011