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.
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.