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Designing Effective Posters

Learn how to design and publish effective posters. This guide includes sections on design elements, the poster design process, and using software to create posters.


Welcome! The purpose of Designing Effective Posters is to help you communicate through a poster. This tutorial includes the following sections:

Design Elements presents criteria for determining the effectiveness of a poster. Use these criteria as guidelines for designing your poster.

Design Process describes the tasks for creating a poster. Refer to this section for help with planning and carrying out your poster project..

Using Software describes techniques for creating a poster with software programs, including Microsoft Powerpoint for Windows, Powerpoint for Macintosh, and Adobe InDesign (both Windows and Mac). 

This tutorial does not assume any knowledge of poster design or software, though some background in Powerpoint or InDesign would be helpful. The Using Software sections focus on using these programs for creating posters. They do not discuss many features of the programs not specific to creating posters.

Good luck! 

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