Tips for Creating Poster Presentations

SMHS Communications and Marketing can design, lay out, and print poster presentations. For those wanting to create their own poster design, please heed the following suggestions:

Software

  • Use Powerpoint, Photoshop, InDesign, or Quark
  • Create high-resolution TIFF, JPEG, PDF or PPT files
  • If using a MAC, create fully-collected Quark or In-Design files
  • When using PowerPoint to create a poster that is  36" x 48" or smaller, choose a set-up size that is 100% of your final poster size. If creating a poster that is larger than 36" x 48", choose a set-up that is one-half the size of your final poster, and be sure the size is proportional to your final poster size. For example, a final poster size of 48" x 96" would correspond with a page set-up of 24" x 48".

Color Selection

  • Colors that appear on computer monitors do not always print the same on paper.
  • If using the official GW colors, the red, green, and blue values can be adjusted in PowerPoint:
    • Right Click on the background
    • Go to Format/Background.  Click on the color bar and select More Colors/Custom. 
    • Enter the red, green and blue values as shown on the following chart.

 GW Colors

 

Red

Green

Blue

Blue

0

64

101

Buff

255

238

187

Gold

200

177

139

Yellow

255

200

46

Accent Blue

0

150

214

Fonts

  • Choose a standard font, such as Times Roman or Arial
  • The author's text should be one-half the size of the title text
  • The main text should be approximately one-third the size of the header text

Images

  • Imported images need to be 150-300 dpi JPEG files, or full size PDF files
  • When resizing images, be sure to hold down the control key and grab the image by the corner for proper proportions
  • Keep in mind that it is illegal to download images from Web sites without prior, written permission

University Logos