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Creating a Poster: Templates & Graphics

Poster Size

Posters should be sized 36" X 48". Before you begin to add content you will need to size your PowerPoint accordingly. 

1. Select the "Design" tab

design tab in PowerPoint







2. Select "Page Setup"

page setup button in PowerPoint







3. Select "Custom" in the "Slides sized for:" menu

custom size options in PowerPoint








4. Enter in 36" X 48" in the fields

36x48 inches marked in page setup in PowerPoint

Gettysburg College Graphics

Gettysburg College's Office of Communications & Marketing website features an online Brand Standards page. 

PowerPoint Poster Templates

Images for Posters

Be aware of image sizes:

1. Use high resolution images; TIFF or GIF images seem to work best. 

2. The drop-and-drag method of adjusting an image's width or height can result in distortion.  It's better to resize images using commands such as "image size, scale, or fit content proportionately." Tools like PicMonkey or Pixlr can help you edit image sizes easily.

3. Images can become more pixilated the larger you make them. It is best to keep all photos at a minimum of 200 dpi for print.



Add alt text to any images, charts, or figures you include in your poster. You should see an Alt Text option under the Picture Format menu once you've added an image.

Adding alt text helps screen readers communicate information to users, which is useful if someone views a copy of your poster online.