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Poster Construction using PowerPoint. “Starting from Scratch”. Information you will need?. Title/Logos Authors Topic Headers Content Images Charts & Graphs Equations Preparation Time! Approximately 15 hours to construct. Brain Dump.

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poster construction using powerpoint

Poster Construction using PowerPoint

“Starting from Scratch”

information you will need
Information you will need?
  • Title/Logos
  • Authors
  • Topic Headers
  • Content
  • Images
  • Charts & Graphs
  • Equations
  • Preparation Time!
    • Approximately 15 hours to construct
brain dump
Brain Dump
  • Write or sketch out all ideas for your poster (Before opening PowerPoint)
  • Organize/Reorganize your ideas on paper
    • Sketch out multiple options
    • Select the one you like best
  • Decide on a color scheme
    • Exp. Title Boxes: blue, Text: white, Background: Grey
  • Decide on a final poster size
choosing a color scheme
Choosing a Color Scheme
  • Who is your audience
    • Is text legible from at least 6ft away?
    • If the viewer is colorblind…
      • Does the visual image of the poster get lost, if the colors are not as vibrant or clear?
      • Problem colors include: reds, greens and sometimes blues
  • What colors would relate well with your topic?
    • Yellow, purple, green, black…etc.
    • What about pastel colors?
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Choosing a Color Scheme
  • Color Blind Comparison

Common Color Blindness

Normal

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Choosing a Color Scheme
  • Start with the basics

PowerPoint Color Chart

Color Wheel

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Colors that work well together: Analogous

(3 colors next to each other)

Color Wheel

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Standard Color Chart

PowerPoint Color Chart

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Custom Color Chart

PowerPoint Color Chart

Choosing a Color Scheme

Saturation Level

Color Picker

Choose Custom Color using RGB

final poster size
Final Poster Size?
  • What is your final poster size?
  • Most display boards are going to be:
    • 4’ x 4’ = 48” x 48”
    • 4’ x 8’ = 48” x 96”
  • Maximum size for PowerPoint slide = 56 inches
    • If larger than that, please set up at half size
    • Choose 200% when printing
  • Maximum printing width = 49.5”
    • Length is recommended between 8’ – 9’ (cutting table length)
locating good quality logos
Locating Good Quality Logos
  • Never use Web Logos
    • When they are enlarged, they become distorted
  • For Kansas State University Logos, please visit…
    • www.oznet.ksu.edu/techweb
    • Click KSRE Image Gallery
locating good quality logos cont
Locating Good Quality Logos cont.
  • Click KSRE Logos
  • Select a category from list
    • 4-H
    • College of Ag
    • K-State
    • K-State Research and Extension
    • KSRE “Knowledge for Life”
    • Powercat, etc.
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Locating Good Quality Logos cont.
  • Choose the PRINT version (.jpg or .gif)
    • Transparent versions work best on colored backgrounds
constructing your poster
Constructing Your Poster
  • Start PowerPoint
    • Create a new blank presentation using “Blank Slide”
constructing your poster cont
Constructing Your Poster cont.
  • Change the page size
    • Set to either half or full size of the final poster
inserting text
Inserting Text
  • Select a primary typeface and font size
    • Choose typeface before entering all text
      • Text spacing will change with a different typeface
    • You may use up to 2 different typefaces
      • One for title/headings
      • One for main text
    • Choose a font that is legible
      • Serif or Sans Serif
      • Scripts - not very legible

Brush Script Std -16

This is random text to serve as an example of how text spacing can change when you change the typeface.

Baskerville Old Face -16

This is random text to serve as an example of how text spacing can change when you change the typeface.

Verdana -16

This is random text to serve as an example of how text spacing can change when you change the typeface.

Arial -16

This is random text to serve as an example of how text spacing can change when you change the typeface.

text styles
Text Styles
  • Serif – Baskerville Old Face
  • Sans Serif - Arial

Brush Script Std -16

This is random text to serve as an example of how text spacing can change when you change the typeface.

Verdana -16

This is random text to serve as an example of how text spacing can change when you change the typeface.

Baskerville Old Face -16

This is random text to serve as an example of how text spacing can change when you change the typeface.

Arial -16

This is random text to serve as an example of how text spacing can change when you change the typeface.

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Inserting Text
  • Insert a Text Box
    • Insert>Text Box
    • Drag the box as large as you need it

Tip:

    • To align text boxes, use your guides and grid
      • View>Grid and Guides
    • Ctrl + arrow keys make for shorter, more precise moves
complete poster example
Complete Poster Example
  • 4’ x 8’ poster
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