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

Posters can also be created using various programs, like Adobe Illustrator, but it is preferable that poster files are sent as PDF files.

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, set the slide to your desired poster dimensions, and design your poster.

For instructions on sizing a Powerpoint slide for a poster, visit our Poster Sizing 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.

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. For a detailed review checklist, visit Advice & Tips.

For PowerPoint templates and UAB logos, visit Templates & Logos.