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You can still access the UC Berkeley Library’s services and resources during the closure. Here’s how.

Posters, Presentations & Science Writing: Construct

use this guide to create a successful science poster presentation.


1. DRAFT your design first.  use SOFTWARE TOOLS:

  •   Presentation software like Microsoft PowerPoint, Keynote, or OpenOffice Impress (free software)
  •   Print and digital publishing software like Adobe InDesign
  •   Document preparation systems like LaTeX (free software)

2. SIZE:

  •  Set the size of the slide or canvas to the actual dimensions of your poster.
  •  If you create a smaller poster & print at a larger scale (e.g., 300%), the text & images may become blurry & pixilated.

3. CREATE: your poster
Graphics programs are helpful for drawing figures and other illustrations.
Adobe Photoshop or GIMP (free software). & insert your images into the poster.
Create graphs with spreadsheet applications like Microsoft Excel.
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Edit and Evaluate

  • Print your draft poster to letter size paper. 
  • Share with colleagues for editing extraneous or confusing content.
  • Make sure your work follows your presentation requirements.
  • Here are checklists for evaluating your poster: