Basic steps on changing settings for posters
A. Slide set up
1. Open PowerPoint
2. Select blank slide layout – NOTE: Your poster will be on just ONE slide
3. Select the Design tab
4. Select Slide Size (In older MS versions, select Page Setup)
5. Under “Slides sized for” use the pull-down arrow to select “custom”
6. Set the height and width as per the conference regulations
7. Keep the slide orientation as landscape
8. Select OK
9. Select View tab
10. Check Rulers & Gridlines - this will help you line up text boxes.
B. Textbox set up
1. Select Insert tab
2. Click Text Box and then click and drag over area on slide where you want the box. E.g. The title
3. Don’t agonize if it’s not the exact size & in the exact spot. You can move it & resize it later
4. Enter text & select center or left justify
5. Repeat for the other sections: Abstract; Introduction; Materials & Methods; Results; Conclusions; Literature Cited; Acknowledgements; Further Information/Contac
6. See Design Tips tab for font sizes
C. Inserting Images
To insert an online photo:
Places to find images either within the public domain or cleared for general use:
Flickr Commons – photos in the public domain (many photos will be old, but also new ones as well). Under the info about the photo, note: License - No known copyright restrictions http://www.flickr.com/commons/
Flickr Advanced Search
Good source, if you are willing to pay http://www.istockphoto.com/
If you are in need of original graphics and illustrations, contact StacyTurpin Cheavens. She is a certified Medical Illustrator within the School of Medicine. She creates illustrations and animations for journal articles, lectures, posters, textbooks, among other uses.
The title is centered across the top with the other elements in either three or four columns similar to a newspaper. Traditionally, posters are read left to right, top to bottom. Charts are often placed in the middle. That said, there are many variations to this standard layout.
Title (90 – 120 pt)
Authors & affiliations (72-120 pt)
Introduction - what you are studying, why it's important and how your analysis will add to practice
Methods - how the data was gathered
Results - the findings of the project
Objectives - what the goals of the project were/are
Chart - display data visually if possible
Conclusions - interpretation of the results. May put the implications here or in separate section
Background - the context of where this project fits
References - sources used in poster
NOTE that this layout doesn't show use of white space.
AND feel free to use other section headers such as "Research Question" in place of "Introduction"
Mike Morrison's #BetterPoster Layout
Morrison encourages you to think of your poster as a billboard (see the video!) with the main finding in large font in the middle of your poster. Traditional sections of Intro / Methods / Results are in a left-hand column; additional tables and figures are in a right-hand column.