How Do I Create A Poster?
About the Printer:

A 44" Epson Stylus Pro 9880 is available at the ITS Service Desk's Print Lab. Glossy paper rolls are kept in stock for posters, but departments and/or faculty may purchase any print media that this printer supports. For more information about this printer, go to: Epson's website .


Poster files need to be sent by email to, one week before they are needed. The following are deadlines for college-wide shows:

Life of the Mind: Monday, October 25, 2017
Student Research Show: Monday, March 27, 2017

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 Faculty Research Show, Student Research Show and Celebration of Teaching, the poster dimensions are usually 44" x 36", but may be different. Other posters for professional conferences and such may specify their own dimensions.

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

    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.