Microsoft PowerPoint is not just for presentations – it also contains all the creative tools you need to design a beautiful poster. Just set the dimensions, design the poster and print it. How to create a poster with PowerPoint.
Define the poster dimensions
Posters are available in all sizes, but the first thing you need to know is PowerPoint̵7;s sliding limit is 56 inches x 56 inches, so you need to plan accordingly. It is also important to note that you want to set your poster dimensions before you start designing your poster. Otherwise, you may need to process parts of your design due to the resizing.
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Here are some of the common poster sizes to get you started:
- Small poster: 11 ”x 17”
- Medium poster: 18 “x 24”
- Large Posters: 24 ”x 36” or 27 ”x 39”
Once you have decided on your poster size, set dimensions in PowerPoint. To do this, open PowerPoint and navigate to the “Design” tab.
In the “Customize” group, select “Slide Size.”
Select “Custom Image Size” from the drop-down menu.
The “Slide Size” window appears. Enter the width and height specifications to match the desired size. Keep in mind that if your height is larger than your width, the image orientation will automatically change to “Portrait.”
When done, select “OK.”
Once selected, a new window will appear giving you two scaling options: Maximize or Make Fit. If your image already has content on it, you want to select “Ensure Customization.”
Your size is now changing.
Design your poster
Your poster design will depend entirely on you. You want to pay attention to the background of the poster, text and image arrangement, font size and style, etc. In essence, you should treat this part exactly as if you were just creating a new image for a presentation.
Since the design and process for this step will be different for everyone, we want to offer some of our previous guides to get you started in the design process:
When your design is complete, all you have to do is print it out and hang it up!
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