Chemistry 2 3 175

Poster Printing

General Notes:

  • What you have to say is more important than how it looks, so spend most of your time preparing the content of your poster.
  • Look at existing posters for help in designing your poster layout (look on walls in the hallways outside your lab space).
  • Design your layout and content prior to creating the presentation.
  • Use color only to highlight and draw attention.
  • Make certain that your text is readable.
  • Avoid clip-art and other clutter which take away from your project.
  • Remember, you can be creative and sensible.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Create a New Presentation in PowerPoint.
    • You need to clear any existing text boxes on the slide so that you have room to create your own.
    • Click on each existing text box and press the delete key.
  2. Change the Page Size.
    • You need to make your slide as large as the paper on which you will be printing.
    • select File » Page Setup
    • change page width to 44 inches (standard for most posters; value can range between 36 and 48 inches)
    • change page height to 36 inches (standard for most posters; do not increase this value)
    • check that the Slide Orientation is set to Landscape
    • when all setting are correct, click OK
  3. Create Margin of Blank Space Around Poster.
    • You need to maintain a 1 inch margin of blank space around the outside of your poster (printer can't print to the edge of the paper)
    • One way to do this is to create 1 inch blocks that run along each edge of your poster.
    • Open the Drawing Toolbar (click View » Toolbars » Drawing)
    • click on the rectangle box next to the arrow-line box.

     

    • For the bottom box:
      • click and drag the left mouse button on the screen along the bottom of the page
      • right click on the newly created text box and select Format AutoShape under the size tab
      • change the height to 1 inch and the width to 44 inches (or your poster length)
      • right click again on the newly created text box and select the position tab. Change horizontal to 0 inches from "top left corner" and vertical to 35 inches from "top left corner"
    • For the top box:
      • click and drag the left mouse button on the screen along the top of the page
      • right click on the newly created text box and select Format AutoShape under the size tab
      • change the height to 1 inch and the width to 44 inches (or your poster length)
      • right click again on the newly created text box and select the position tab. Change horizontal to 0 inches from "top left corner" and vertical to 0 inches from "top left corner"
    • Note: Don't forget to delete the blocks when finished with the rest of your poster.
  4. Adding a Title Block to your Poster
    • select Insert » Text Box
    • click in the top right-hand corner of the page to position the title text box
    • Making the Font Size Larger
      • click in the numbered box located next to the font name in the Formatting toolbar
      • type 96 or select 96 from the list of font sizes. Note: for most fonts, you can choose a larger-sized font by typing in a number larger than 96
      • Typical fonts to use: Times New Roman, Arial, Tahoma
      • center the text
    • It is a good idea to include a second text box with a slightly smaller font (60 works well with 96) which includes:
      • your name and who you worked with, including the name of your faculty mentor(s)
      • please do not forget to include: Department of Chemistry, Ball State University
  5. Add Remaining Text Boxes
    • continue to add text boxes as needed to insert your poster content
    • be sure that any text that you add has a font size large enough to ensure that the text is legible from a 5 foot distance from your poster
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