Intro to designing conference posters

A guide to help students design effective conference posters using PowerPoint or Google Slides.


In addition to the following links, you can find many great templates by doing a Google search for "free Google Slides conference poster templates".

Creating a poster

Setting Page Size

  1. Open up a new presentation on Google Slides.
  2. Go to File > Page Setup.
  3. Click the drop down and then select Custom.
  4. Change to the dimensions of your poster.


Designing Your Poster

  • From this point you can upload a template (if you didn't already open one from the web) or start from scratch. If starting from scratch, some useful tools for you will be:
    • Select tool: lets you click on a shape or text already inserted into your document and move it around
    • Text box: allows you to draw a rectangular text box anywhere on the document
    • Image: allows you to insert an image either uploaded from your computer or found on the internet (url)
    • Shape: lets you draw shapes
    • Line: lets you draw lines or freehand squiggles
    • Background: allows you to change the background to a color or insert a photo from the internet.
  • If using a pre-made template, all of the above should be pre-populated in your template and all you'll need to do is fill in the text and upload your own photos and graphics. 


Printing your poster

You will only need this step if working with a self-service printing company not on the list provided on our Printing services page.

  1. Download your poster as a PDF document.
  2. Open the PDF in Adobe and select File > Print.
  3. Go to Properties.
  4. Change the page size to Arch D.
    If your entire poster is completely colored in the preview and it doesn't appear tiled, you're ready to print. If only a selection of your poster is completely in color in the preview or there are tiles around it, recheck to make sure that the printer is capable of printing out poster sized images and that you selected the correct page size. 

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Last Updated: Feb 21, 2024 2:34 PM