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Poster Design & Images: Working With Images

Resources for designing academic posters and poster presentations

Created by Health Science Librarians

Fair Use

If you are presenting to or writing for a group external to UNC, please check with them regarding fair use policies.  Many commercial uses of images (uses where you make money) are not allowed under Fair Use guidelines.

Images: Finding Them, Working With Them

Software Support

There are many different programs that can be used for image editing.  Here are a few that the MDS team recommends:

  • Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for imaging professionals, but it is challenging to use and expensive. 
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements is an excellent, user friendly program that has much of the power of Photoshop. 
  • iPhoto is an easy-to-use image editing program for the Macintosh. It comes free with every new Macintosh computer.   
  • Picasa is free photo editing software from Google.

Adobe products are available to UNC students for free through UNC ITS Software Distribution.  If you're a first time Photoshop user, try out our Introduction to Photoshop online tutorial in order to learn the basics.