How to Create a Poster Using PowerPoint 2010

Poster is a large paper usually used for advertisement or decoration, so beautiful pictures, striking fonts and alluring words are mainly the components, while the most import is how to put them all together to form a good poster. For advanced users you can use Adobe Photoshop to make the poster. In fact PowerPoint is much more than just a presentation tool; it can also be used to create banner, video or DVD slideshow. Creating posters in PowerPoint is much easier.


You can get free poster PowerPoint templates by clicking FileNew → and search poster from Microsoft office.com templates gallery.



But if you need to a different format or layout, you can create your own poster template. In order to create a poster in PowerPoint 2010, you need to start creating a new PowerPoint presentation.


Poster Size

Unlike normal PowerPoint slideshow, a poster is created on ONE slide in PowerPoint, so the page size of that slide should be the desired print size. You can set the size of the slide by click DesignPage Setup → and then you can set the slide size in the popup window.






Here is a list of standard paper sizes available for you to use. What you need to be aware of is that the printer’s maximum size paper roll is 44″, so either the width of height of the poster may not exceed 44″.


ISO paper sizes (from Wiki)
Format A series B series C series
Size mm × mm in × in mm × mm in × in mm × mm in × in
0 841 × 1189 33.11 × 46.81 1000 × 1414 39.37 × 55.67 917 × 1297 36.10 × 51.06
1 594 x 841 23.39 × 33.11 707 × 1000 27.83 × 39.37 648 × 917 25.51 × 36.10
2 420 × 594 16.54 × 23.39 500 × 707 19.69 × 27.83 458 × 648 18.03 × 25.51
3 297 × 420 11.69 × 16.54 353 × 500 13.90 × 19.69 324 × 458 12.76 × 18.03
4 210 × 297 8.27 × 11.69 250 × 353 9.84 × 13.90 229 × 324 9.02 × 12.76
5 148 × 210 5.83 × 8.27 176 × 250 6.93 × 9.84 162 × 229 6.38 × 9.02
6 105 × 148 4.13 × 5.83 125 × 176 4.92 × 6.93 114 × 162 4.49 × 6.38
7 74 × 105 2.91 × 4.13 88 × 125 3.46 × 4.92 81 × 114 3.19 × 4.49
8 52 × 74 2.05 × 2.91 62 × 88 2.44 × 3.46 57 × 81 2.24 × 3.19
9 37 × 52 1.46 × 2.05 44 × 62 1.73 × 2.44 40 × 57 1.57 × 2.24
10 26 × 37 1.02 × 1.46 31 × 44 1.22 × 1.73 28 × 40 1.10 × 1.57



Tips: To prevent cropping when printing, be sure you have a 1 inch margin around the edges of the poster.


Design a new poster

Once the poster paper size is set, you can add the contents to the poster. In order to organize your slide you can use the Ruler in PowerPoint or configure the Gridlines. Both are very useful tools to align boxes in the slide design.



Add picture: Click InsertPicture to add pictures to decorate the poster. The picture should be large enough so that it will look clear after printing.


Tips:

1. Pictures should be downloaded to computer and then insert to PowerPoint, no URL linked pictures.

2. If you have graphs or charts from Excel to include in your poster, simply copy in Excel and paste into PowerPoint.


Add text: It is better to use a font that is cross-platform supported like Times New Roman, Arial, Arial Black, Franklin Gothic Heavy, Tahoma, Trebuchet, Verdana, Garamond, Book Antiqua, or Bookman Old Style, etc. Or you can embed the fonts you used in PowerPoint file.

Section Font Size
Title 72-120
Subtitle 48-80
Section Headers 36-72
Body Text 24-48



Tips: You poster should be read from top left to bottom right like reading a book page.


Format: Once your text and pictures are in place, you may decide to add some color or texture effects. The color options and background effects are found under Format on the toolbar.



Saving as PDF

One last thing, PowerPoint has different versions and the poster you created in PowerPoint 2010 may look different in other versions. So for proper printing, you’d better save the PowerPoint poster as PDF.


3 frequently used methods to save PPT as PDF for free



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