Use the instructions, guidelines, and tips to create well crafted, professional looking posters using Microsoft PowerPoint.

How do I use PowerPoint to make a poster?

PowerPoint is most commonly used to create slideshow presentations, but it is also the easiest way to make a poster. Simply open PowerPoint and use one slide to design your poster.

Before you start designing, set the slide dimensions to the size you want your poster to be. For instructions on sizing a Powerpoint slide for a poster, visit our Page Set Up page.

What should I put on my poster?

A poster is a communication tool used to navigate an oral presentation. However, a poster should be able to guide a viewer through the information without a presenter. To do this, your poster should be well organized and include visual cues that guide the eye.

Posters should have:

  • A large title banner that spans the top of the poster. Should include the title, authors, and affiliations.
  • Blocks of crucial text/information arranged in tiles, columns or rows. Text for scientific posters usually includes the introduction, methods, results, conclusion, references, and images.
  • Visual appeal and solid organization. This encompasses color scheme, font styles, use of space, and other design elements.

Always review posters before submitting. Most importantly, look for spacing issues; if a text or graphic is on the edge of the slide, it may be cut off when printed.

For more detailed poster design information and UAB templates, visit our Guidelines page.