How Do I Create A Poster?
About the Printer:

ITS has discontinued maintaining its large format printers, but the service can still be used through the College's Print Shop. Barry Haney can print posters 5x faster and at half the cost.


If you need assistance with design or file conversion, posters can still be sent by email to, two weeks before they're needed.

Posters for the following college-wide shows must be emailed to by the provided dates.

Life of the Mind: Monday, October 28, 2019
Student Research Show (SRCA): Monday, March 16, 2020

  • Posters for the shows listed above can not be larger than 42"x36" since our Grants Development Office is covering the printing cost.

Posters for other conferences must directly be sent to the Print Shop.

Any of the following applications can be used to create posters, although Microsoft PowerPoint is highly recommended since it is available to everyone and is already well known to our majority of users.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Any others which can export PDF files

  • Getting Started:
    The first thing to do when creating a poster is define its size. For our Life of the Mind and Student Research Show, the poster dimensions are usually 42" x 36". Other posters for professional conferences and such may specify their own dimensions.

    This is how it's done with Microsoft PowerPoint:
     Click the "Design" tab.

    Click the Slide Size" icon Enter the Width
    and Height.

    Choose the slide orientation. Click "OK'
    You now have one slide set at the correct size to put your poster information on. Simply use the features of PowerPoint as you normally would.

    What size font should I use?
    Print this chart on a letter size (8.5" x 11") piece of paper as a visual reference of font sizes and how they will look on a poster. Page 1 of chart shows font sizes for posters up to 48" x 56" and page 2 shows font sizes fotr posters larger than 48" x 56".

    Poster Examples:
    Here are a few examples of previously made posters to provide layout ideas.
    Click on thumbnails to view the PDF file.

    What about images?                      High quality College seal High quality College logo
    • DO NOT use images from the Internet! These have a very low resolution of 72 dpi and were created to be small files that quickly load in web browsers. They are not print quality and will look very poor on posters.
    • You may scan images from print media such as magazines or books. Scan these at a resolution of at least 300 dpi but 600 dpi is best. Save these images using a .tif file format.
    • Application screen shots can be used. Insert these at 100% or less of their original size. Increasing the size of these is not recommended.
    • Clip art which comes with applications such as PowerPoint may be used.
    • Original copies of digital photographs may be used.

    Saving the Poster for Printing:

    Once you are finished working on your poster and have saved your file, you will need to convert it to a PDF document. Depending on the application you have choosen to use, you may need to "Save As" or "Export" the file as a PDF.

    This is how it's done with Microsoft PowerPoint 2016:

    • From the File tab choose, "Save as Adobe PDF

    Now what?
    • Your poster will look exactly like your final PDF file. Make sure to proofread your poster. It's a good idea to have someone else proof it also. We try to avoid re-printing posters as much as possible due to paper and ink costs. A few misspellings do not qualify a poster for re-printing so catch them beforehand!
    • Email the PDF file to Diana Moseman, TLTC, at at least ONE WEEK BEFORE you need it. Deadlines for college-wide shows will be shown above.
    • You may email the orginal file (PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.) if you are unable to convert it to a PDF. This will add extra time to processing the poster. You will receive a PDF file back to review. Although converting a file to a PDF usually preserves layout and format, this is not always the case. It's your responsiblity to ensure the poster meets your expectations.
    • If you need assistance with any part of this process, please contact Diana Moseman, TLTC, at or x2683.