Intro to designing conference posters
In addition to the following links, you can find many great templates by doing a Google search for "free Google Slides conference poster templates".
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Creating a poster
Setting page size.
- Open up a new presentation on Google Slides.
- Go to File > Page Setup .
- Click the drop down and then select Custom .
- Change to the dimensions of your poster.
Designing Your Poster
- 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.
- Download your poster as a PDF document .
- Open the PDF in Adobe and select File > Print .
- Go to Properties.
- 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.
- How to make a professional academic poster on Google Slides An in-depth tutorial with how to create your own template, and some more suggestions for resources you can use to find templates. This website also talks you through creating or adding graphics, infographics, and more supplementary images.
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Research Poster Templates for PowerPoint and Google Slides
Our Research Poster Template is a ready-to-use layout that helps you as a researcher present your results clearly to your audience. These templates include sections for an introduction, methods, results, and conclusion, as well as space for graphs, charts, and other visuals to support the research.
These Scientific Poster Templates for PowerPoint have helped ease scientists’ presentation preparation stress, as all you have to do is to choose a suitable template to edit to suit your preferences. It helps you conserve energy and time to focus on valid and accurate results.
You can use any of these templates in academic conferences and workshops, where researchers can share their work with their peers, seniors, lecturers, and professors and receive feedback. Using any of these templates helps ensure that the research is presented professionally and organized, making it easier for others to understand and evaluate the research.
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Research posters are one way to present scientific research results at conferences, workshops, and other events. We designed the templates to appear attractive and easily understood, allowing researchers to share their work with a large audience in a compact format.
Several templates are available for creating research posters using PowerPoint or Google Slides. We designed these templates to help researchers easily create professional-looking posters consistent with the guidelines set forth by the conference or event at which you will present the poster.
PowerPoint and Google Slide Templates for Research Posters include pre-designed layouts, graphics, and formatting options that you can customize to fit the specific needs of the research project. They often include placeholders for text, images, and other media, making adding content to the poster easy.
Using a template can save researchers significant time and effort in creating posters and ensure the final product is high-quality and professional. Browse through our collection to choose a suitable template for your next project. They are professionally designed with all variables in place to accommodate your results. We carefully choose colors, fonts, and other design elements so they won’t distract your audience.
How Do You Make A Research Poster?
Making a research poster can be a great way to present your work at conferences, workshops, and other events. Here are some steps to make a research poster: Plan; Choose a template; Gather your content; Organize your content; Design your poster; Print your poster; Practice presenting your poster.
What Are The Parts Of A Research Poster?
A research poster typically includes the following parts: Title; Authors; Abstract; Introduction; Methods; Results; Discussion; Conclusion; References; Acknowledgments; Contact information.
You can also add images or graphics that help to illustrate your research or results accurately.
How Do You Make A Poster On PowerPoint?
For you to create a professional-looking poster, below are the do-it-yourself steps to follow on PowerPoint:
- Open PowerPoint and click on the “File” tab.
- Select “New” from the menu and choose a blank presentation.
- On the “Design” tab, click on the “Page Setup” button.
- In the “Page Setup” window, select the “Custom” option and set the width and height to the size you want for your poster.
- Click “OK” to apply the new size to your poster.
- Add text and graphics to your poster by clicking on the “Home” tab and using the various formatting and layout options.
- Use the “Insert” tab to add images, tables, charts, and other elements to your poster.
- Use the “Animations” tab to add animations and transitions to your poster, if desired.
- Click on the “File” tab and select “Save As” to save your poster to your computer.
- To print your poster, click on the “File” tab and select “Print.” Choose your printer, set the appropriate print options, and click “Print” to send your poster to the printer.
What Size Should A Poster Be On PowerPoint?
The size of a poster created in PowerPoint depends on the size of the paper or foam board you will be printing it on. Standard poster sizes include:
- 36 inches x 48 inches
- 36 inches x 60 inches
- 48 inches x 72 inches
You can also create custom sizes by setting the width and height in the “Page Setup” window. To do this:
- Click on the “Design” tab and the “Page Setup” button.
- In the “Page Setup” window, select the “Custom” option and enter the desired width and height.
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Presentation Poster Templates
Here you can find research poster templates that can be edited to make your own poster presentations. Free poster presentation templates are available for PowerPoint (.pptx), Google Slides, and OpenOffice for PC and Mac. Poster presentation templates are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
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PowerPoint does not allow a filet to use dimensions greater than 56″ so if you need a very large poster size, can use a scaled template. For instance, for a 94×94 poster size dimension, use the 42×42 poster and scale it 200%.
How to use the poster templates?
If you are using Microsoft PowerPoint, download the .pptx version and open it in PowerPoint. It is compatible with Mac and PC (Windows).
If you are using Google Slides to design your poster presentation, click View on Google Slides and then go to File -> Make a Copy to create your own copy of the presentation. Starting from this point you’d be able to edit the poster and add your own data, images and content.
Can I edit the poster presentations?
Yes. Poster templates can be edited to fit your presentation needs. Remember to save your changes. You can edit the presentation by adding your own content, data charts and images. It is possible to replace the top left logo by any logo image you want or remove it completely if it is not required. You can also remove the footer with our logo, notes and comments.
Poster designs are fully customizable and can be edited to change colors with a few clicks. The poster presentation format follow most standard US and international poster sizes and supports different versions of PowerPoint. Only basic PowerPoint skills are required. The poster templates can be used for research posters, in any scientific poster designs or as a conference posters.
You can also download an ODP poster version for LibreOffice and OpenOffice clicking here or other free presentation templates .
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Our 100% editable poster templates offer you a wide range of customization options. You can easily modify the content, include data charts and images, or replace the top-left logo with your brand’s identity. The footer, which contains our logo, notes, and comments, is also editable. Feel free to remove it if it doesn’t serve your presentation needs.
With just a few clicks, you can also adjust color schemes to match your brand or presentation theme. Our poster templates conform to most standard US and international poster sizes and are compatible with various PowerPoint versions. Only basic PowerPoint skills are required. You can create your own posters using PowerPoint or other presentation tools, like Google Slides or Canva. In our article how to make a poster in PowerPoint we explain a process to make a new poster.
Use Cases & Applications: How can you use the Poster Presentations?
Our poster templates cater to a wide range of poster presentations. From scientific research posters to conference posters, the sky is the limit.
Use Cases in Business
- Project Showcase: Poster presentations are an efficient way to share details about new projects or initiatives within your company. They can succinctly highlight objectives, milestones, and outcomes. You can download a project poster presentation template from this website.
- Marketing Campaigns: Poster presentations are also invaluable tools for marketing, displaying product information, promotional offers, or upcoming events in a visually appealing format. An A3 poster template for PowerPoint and Google Slides can help to accomplish it.
- Employee Training: They can be used to facilitate employee training, demonstrating workflows, protocols, or safety procedures in a user-friendly manner.
Use Cases in Academia
- Research Findings: Posters are commonly used to share research findings at academic conferences. They can effectively showcase methodologies, data, and conclusions. A creative research poster template is useful for this purpose. These poster presentations typically follow IMRaD format, which refers to a paper that is structured by four main sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion (sometimes named Conclusion).
- Educational Material: In a classroom setting, poster presentations can be used to simplify complex topics, visually represent theories, or exhibit historical timelines.
Use Cases in Medical Field
- Medical Research: Poster presentations are vital in the medical field for sharing cutting-edge research, clinical trial results, and innovative medical procedures. Medical practitioners and researchers can utilize a medical research poster template to concisely present complex data and findings.
- Patient Education: Hospitals and clinics can use poster presentations to educate patients on various health conditions, preventative measures, and treatment options. A patient education poster template can help in creating informative and easy-to-understand posters.
- Conference and Symposium: Medical conferences and symposiums often feature poster sessions where professionals can share their work, network, and learn from each other. A medical conference poster template can provide a structured format to showcase research and case studies.
Use Cases in Arts and Design
- Art Exhibitions: Artists can use poster presentations to display their artwork and provide context or commentary. An art exhibition poster template can be tailored to complement the artwork and enhance the viewer’s experience.
- Design Portfolios: Designers can create poster presentations to showcase their portfolio of work to potential clients or employers. A design portfolio poster template can help in arranging works aesthetically and providing necessary project details.
- Event Promotion: For promoting arts and cultural events, poster presentations can be an effective medium. An event promotion poster template can help in creating eye-catching and informative posters to attract attendees.
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By annotating in Google Slides when you present, your presentations will be more engaging, interactive and impactful.
Google added a pen tool to let a presenter add marks on Google Slides; the pen joins the laser pointer option as a way to draw attention to parts of your presentation. While laser pointer lines disappear soon after you draw them, pen marks persist while you present and go away when you exit the slideshow.
The pen and laser pointer tools help you direct attention or emphasize a point; however, only the pen tool makes it possible to draw on your slides as you present. And, since the annotations remain on the slides only for the duration of your presentation, you may use the pen to add information that you might not want to otherwise permanently place on a slide.
This tutorial covers how to use the pen tool in Google Slides when you present from the web or Apple mobile devices. If you want to deliver a drawing-centric presentation using another Google tool, Jamboard is worth exploring.
How to use the pen in Google Slides
How to change the pen color in google slides, how to erase pen annotations in google slides, how to draw on google slides in the mobile apps, want to preserve annotation or collaboration explore jamboard.
Initially, explore the methodical way to access the pen when you present. This sequence exposes a variety of other Google Slides controls, such as access to speaker notes, captioning and auto-play options.
- Open your presentation with Google Slides in a web browser.
- Select the Slideshow button in the upper-right area.
- Select the three dot button to access the options menu in the lower-left, next to the slide advance indicator.
- Select the Turn On The Pen option ( Figure A ).
With the pen enabled, you may click-and-hold to draw with a mouse or touchpad, or with a stylus on a touchscreen device. The entire screen, aside from the control area in the lower-left, can serve as your canvas. In the event your slides don’t fill the screen, such as when you present 4:3 format slides on a 16:9 screen, you may make marks in the margins. Just make sure to use a color that contrasts with the display background — a black pen on a black background won’t leave a visible mark.
Later, learn the keyboard shortcut to toggle the pen: Shift+L. One memory aid for this is to recall that the L key toggles the laser (starts with L) pointer while presenting with Google Slides. So the pen toggle is the laser key plus Shift.
The presentation pen is red by default, but you may switch it to black, blue or green at any time. To do so, follow these steps.
- Move the mouse into the lower left corner area. The presentation controls will display.
- Select the pen icon to access the pen menu.
- Select any of the four available colors: Red, Black, Blue or Green ( Figure B ). The menu also offers a Turn Off option.
- Return to drawing on your slides as desired.
Your annotations only remain on your slides when you present; if you exit the presentation, they’ll automatically be removed. Alternatively, you may remove all annotations by pressing Shift+A at any time.
If the pen is active, you may also access the eraser icon from the pen menu by following these steps.
- Select the eraser icon to access the erase menu.
- Select Erase All ( Figure C ). All of the pen marks you have made throughout your presentation will be erased.
When you present from Google Slides to Google Meet with the mobile apps on iPhone or iPad, a pen icon displays at the top of the display ( Figure D , top). Select it and you may draw in red on the slide. Tap the Clear drawing button at the bottom ( Figure D , bottom) to remove your annotations.
Unlike when you present from the web, your annotations do not persist as you move between slides; they disappear as soon as you move to another slide. (The draw feature is not available when presenting from Google Slides to Google Meet on Android.)
Google Jamboard allows you to give something closer to an old-school chalk talk, which is a talk delivered by a presenter accompanied only by text or illustrations drawn on a chalkboard, without prepared slides. You technically could give this type of talk with a blank slide in Google Slides and the pen tool, but Jamboard offers a more robust set of tools for drawing.
SEE: How to use five Jamboard features to create, illustrate and collaborate (TechRepublic)
To get started, access the Whiteboarding tool in Google Meet by going to Activities | Whiteboarding or go to https://jam.new in a modern browser. Jamboard lets more people draw simultaneously (up to 50, rather than just the presenter in Google Slides), with more pen options (four, rather than one in Slides) and more pen colors (six, rather than four in Google Slides) ( Figure E ). The Jamboard eraser lets you erase lines, not just all annotations as in Google Slides. Jamboard also lets you quickly add shapes, images and notes.
However, be aware that Google has announced that Jamboard will wind down in late 2024, so you will need to seek an alternative before then.
Mention or message me ( @awolber ) on Mastodon to let me know how you use the pen and laser pointer in Google Slides to annotate your presentations or how well Jamboard serves your drawing-centric presentation needs.
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