One-Line Title of the Project Student and Faculty Names, Affiliations
Acknowledgments such as state, federal, industry, university, or other support go here.
Do not modify font sizes or the positions of standard poster elements (titles, authors, acknowledgments, etc.)
Copy and paste this text box if you need a bulleted list, or the previous text box if you need paragraph text.
Do not mix bulleted text and paragraph text in a single text box. PowerPoint doesn’t handle mixed text formats very well.
Don’t go nuts with drop shadows, 3D effects, or other poster noise. Focus on the clarity of your message.
Don’t use Insert / Object to include content. This bloats up the poster file, and is likely to not work on other systems. Use Insert / Picture / From File to include outside graphics.
Copy and paste the equation below if you need a readable equation, and keep in mind that your audience might not be that interested in the details of the equations rather than the basics of the research.
Goal of This Poster Template
The basic idea with this poster template is to make it easier for TTU faculty, staff, and students to create legible, higher-quality posters, and to avoid the most common mistakes faculty, staff, and students have previously made.
Several templates are available using different page orientations, number of columns, and other layout elements. Select the template most suitable for your purpose, and let us know if there are any problems with them.
Advanced Layout Instructions
PowerPoint is not a full-fledged illustration package, but it has the basic tools required to properly align and space out text boxes, equations, figures, and any other poster elements. You’ll find these tools in the Draw / Group and Draw / Align and Distribute menus at the bottom of the screen. Do make use of them rather than “eyeballing” positions.
This particular template has a three-column layout, and guidelines have been placed at the centers of each of the three columns (0 inches from the center, 16.25 inches to the left of center, and 16.25 inches to the right of center). Use these guidelines to quickly position objects in a column.
You may require guidelines in other locations, such as on the left or right margins of a column. PowerPoint has a limit of 8 vertical guide lines and 8 horizontal guidelines. If you need other guides to mark the horizontal limits of columns, place them at ±7.575 inches, ±8.575 inches, and ±24.00 inches.
Keep your text boxes 15.15 inches wide to ensure that they fill up the entire column.
Maximum Size for Full-Quality 2048x1536 Digital Camera Image
Advanced Figures/Graphics Instructions
Use vector graphics formats (preferably EPS or WMF) rather than raster graphics formats (PNG, JPG, BMP, etc.) when inserting charts or other non-photographic figures.
Keep your figures to 15.15 inches wide or smaller to avoid them crossing over more than one column.
Be careful with digital camera photos: a 3.2 megapixel image should be sized no larger than 6.82x5.12 inches on the poster to avoid loss of image quality. Clip art or images found on web pages are generally much too low-resolution to be useful. Remember that your monitor probably has a resolution of 100 pixels per inch, while the oldest plotters on campus have resolutions of 300 pixels per inch. There’s nothing inherently wrong with increasing the size of the picture if you need to, just realize that if you increase it too much, that the image quality will suffer.
If you need a caption on a figure, insert a text box below the figure, resize the text box to no wider than 15.15 inches, and use PowerPoint’s Draw / Align or Distribute / Align Center menu at the bottom of the screen to ensure that the caption is centered under the image. Then use the Draw / Group menu to treat the figure and caption as a single entity. All the captions on this sample poster were created this way, and you can use them as examples if needed.
Caption for a Example Table
MATLAB Plot (use print –depsc2 filename.eps to generate)
Finally Getting a Plot of the Poster
Go to the Engineering Workstation Labs in Clement Hall 405. Take your ID with you to sign in. If you’re an engineering graduate student, you can use your normal CAE account to log into these labs. If you’re an engineering undergraduate, you probably have an account, too.
Pull up your PowerPoint poster file, and select the File / Print menu; don’t use the Print icon. In the print dialog, select the printer named “hold” (an HP DesignJet 800ps). Then click the Properties button to the right, and the Advanced button at the bottom of the properties dialog.
In the Advanced dialog, change the Paper Size to Postscript Custom Page Size. Change the custom page size dimensions to the size of your poster (40x50 inches for this template). Click the OK buttons to exit all the dialogs.
After PowerPoint has finished printing your poster, go to the Helpdesk in the front of Clement Hall 405 and ask for your plot. They’ll preview the poster before releasing it to the plotter, so you can make sure it’s oriented correctly on the page.