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Title: The Zen of Presentation Poster Creation By Frederick Von Slouchenburg III and Bob Smith Department of Phrenology, University of Buenos Aires Viamonte 430 st. Buenos Aires City, Argentina, (054) 011.4510.1100. Admitting Defeat. These Colours Suck!.

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Title: The Zen of Presentation Poster Creation

By Frederick Von Slouchenburg III and Bob Smith

Department of Phrenology, University of Buenos Aires Viamonte 430 st. Buenos Aires City, Argentina, (054) 011.4510.1100

Admitting Defeat

These Colours Suck!

How long does it take to print my poster?

Format Shape :: Format Background

Total Submission. You need to start by admitting that you are totally powerLESS over PowerPoint. Only then will your life get easier. Say it together

Actually it’s not too bad once you get used to it. It can be frustrating when you’re trying to format something just right and for some reason it just can’t be done. With this in mind we’ve put together this list of resources that should solve most of these problems.


(as far as I can tell the only way to follow a link in PowerPoint is to hit F5 and then click the link. Hit ESC to get back to the poster.)

The easiest way to change this colour scheme is to Click DESIGN, look for the colours drop down menu on the right and choose a different Theme or create a new one.

In a perfect world: 2 or 3 days.

In our world: if you e-mail the poster to the night before we can print it for the next day. Always include a contact number.

Same Day Printing:If this is your only option it can be done. However depending on how busy we are a RUSH charge may apply. So try to avoid it if possible.

You can get to the format shape dialogue box by right clicking a text box or shape that’s selected.

This is an important dialogue box because it helps control the look and feel of your text. And we’re assuming that apart from your Figures, the text is the most important aspect of your

Academic Poster.

  • You’ll notice that we don’t use any drop shadows, gradients or transparencies in our design.
  • While we can print just about anything you throw at us, the elements mentioned above can cause problems that inevitably delay printing.
  • In any event it’s an Academic poster not an ad for Snow Boarding.
  • Best to keep it clean and simple.

Charts and Tables

This chart was generated in Excel. Copy and paste it into PowerPoint, resize it, and add a 0.75pt boarder. Right click the chart to see Format Chart Area. Size to taste by holding down the shift key and dragging the corner.


You can usually find print quality logos on most corporate and university web sites. For example:

It’s best to follow the instructions regarding the .eps file.

This applies to any logo file you might be looking for.

Remember if you need some help with your poster please don’t hesitate to call us. (613) 567-5050


This image was created from a screenshot, opened in Photoshop, cropped and cleaned up a bit using curves. Saved out as an uncompressed .tif file

You don’t need Photoshop to have good looking images. It is important to look for the highest quality images you can find though. Again if you’re wondering how they’ll print just set your View to 100% and take a look – that’s how it will look when it prints.

Need to have at least one more sentence here to even these columns out. There.

* We’re using Calibri at 32pt for this text. One rule of thumb ( "What he doth, he doth by rule of thumb, and not by art.“) is to determine if the text is readable at 6ft. So View your poster at 100% , stand back 6ft from the monitor and see if you can read it. Do it together.

* ZOOM controls right bottom

Images worth a few dozen words

Inserting images: as mentioned you need to find the highest quality images possible. Images from the web can work as long as they’re big enough. So if you’re looking for images through Google, look for the largest versions. e.g. 100K+

* Whenever possible use uncompressed .tif files.* Don’t copy and paste images into your poster. Insert them.

If you’re scanning images set the resolution to 300dpi. Photoshop is a good program for editing your images but if you don’t have it you can always use GIMP. It’s great and it’s FREE. Download the Windows Version here:

There is a learning curve to these programs that you may not have time for. If you need help formatting your images you can always e-mail them to us and we’ll be happy to take a look for you.

This site seems to contain more information on making charts in Excel than any one person can handle. Go in peace.

I don’t like anything about this layout

Printing Options

There are numerous ways to change this layout. The next column explains how to change the colour. If you’d like to change the layout of the columns we’ve added a couple of options you can use by clicking the home tab, then layout.

We see a lot of charts that appear to be pixelated when printed. They could be from any number of sources.

If you’re generating them from another application, try and save them out as uncompressed .tif files. Also try to generate them to the size you need to print so you don’t need to resize them too much in PowerPoint.

Please visit our Website or Facebook page to learn about new printing options, specials , templates and more …

Thank you for your business.

Jeff Merriam

Merriam Print

252 Laurier Ave. East

(613) 567 5050

If you really want to change everything you can basically start over by changing the page size under design(tab)/page setup. You can change the shape of the columns by going to view(tab)/slide master and then under format/edit shape.

It’s the same thing for tables. Copy and paste them from Word. Resize them proportionately by holding the shift key and dragging the corner.

As you can see you can edit these tables fairly easily by right clicking to add rows, columns, etc.