PowerPoint (.ppt and .pptx) is our preferred file type, and it's very easy to use for posters. Set the page size before adding any data, images, or text. We can also accept Adobe PDF (.pdf) files, but make sure the document size is set correctly and the images are of sufficient resolution.
If you have a need to use a file type other than PowerPoint or PDF, please contact SOShelp@iupui.edu and we can discuss your options.
Check the requirements of your conference before starting your poster! Our paper is 36" (inches) wide, so one poster edge must be 36" or less. Having one of your two dimensions 36" is advantageous—it keeps you from having to manually trim your poster.
Pasting Microsoft Word text directly into the PowerPoint file is not recommended. Instead, insert a text box, then paste your text into the text box. This will alleviate potential scaling and font issues. If you wish to have a background color behind individual text blocks, make these backgrounds as separate boxes from the draw menu, and place them behind the text boxes.
Avoid the use of special fonts, if possible, as they may not transfer to our machines. A minimum font size of 24 point is recommended for general text. If you have to go much smaller than that in order to fit it on the poster, perhaps you're using too much text! 18 point is fine for references and acknowledgements.
Previewing your work
Use the "scale to fit" option from the printer menu to test print on your printer prior to a full-scale print. We do not print draft copies. Please e-mail any questions you might have—as early in the process as possible—to SOShelp@iupui.edu. Feel free to send iterations for comments or suggestions. It's best to discover problems early in the process.
- Gloss Quick Dry: Unless otherwise requested, we print on gloss quick dry paper
- Plain Paper: Used for maps or charts that may need to be written on
- Gloss Standard: Does not fade over time like the quick dry, can be used for posters that will be displayed for long periods of time. This paper required a much longer time to print, so it will not be available during peak times and may require more lead time