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Poster Printing at the Library: Need Help Getting Started?

WELCOME! This guide provides information of poster printing at the library. Navigate this using the tabs below to find details on our services as well as general design tips to create A+ projects.

What is a Research Poster?

Text quoted from New York University Libraries: How to Create a Research Poster: Poster Basics

"Posters are widely used in the academic community, and most conferences include poster presentations in their program.  Research posters summarize information or research concisely and attractively to help publicize it and generate discussion."

Image Source: UT-Austin Poster Samples

"The poster is usually a mixture of a brief text mixed with tables, graphs, pictures, and other presentation formats. At a conference, the researcher stands by the poster display while other participants can come and view the presentation and interact with the author."

Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL

What Software Should I Use to Create My Poster?

The best applications for large-scale layout and design are presentation software (like PowerPoint and Keynote) and graphic design software (Adobe Creative Suite). As with all projects save often and back up your files to cloud or external storage.

Most posters are designed using MS PowerPoint. It is easy to use and templates are readily available (see below).
    Posters with more complex designs such as backgrounds and high-resolution images could be created in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop  or InDesign.

Apple users may wish to use Keynote presentation software, which is similar to PowerPoint.

If you do create your poster in an Apple or Adobe application, then be sure to save your file as a PDF to retain fonts and proper formatting.

What are the Standard Poster Sizes?

Set your poster up at the size you wish to print. The most common poster size is 36 x 48" landscape for research and conference presentations. Posters for symposia and class projects are often 24 x 36" portrait or landscape.

Image result for landscape versus portrait

Where can I Find Free Poster Templates?