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How to plan and design a poster

You might want to go over our article about Planning and designing a poster before learning how to use Pages to make posters.

Why Pages?

For the time being, Educational Technology recommends using Pages for large format printing due to the ease of use in designing posters. There are other applications which can be used to create posters, but if you are unsure of a program you are using, you should contact Educational Technology to be sure your application will work before creating your poster.

Creating your Poster's Layout

Creating your poster's layout in Pages is fairly simple. It will help to have sketched the layout you want on a piece of paper or to have an image of a poster layout you like with you. You will create your layout by creating the elements by placing text boxes and inserting images in the appropriate places for your design. That's all there is to it. If you need help getting started, you can Contact Educational Technology or meet with a student digital media assistant.

Important: The roll of paper for the poster printer is 36 inches wide. This means that either the width or height of your poster can be no more than 36 inches with a margin. As long as either the width or height is 36 inches, the other dimension can be longer.


Pages 2009 or higher

From a blank template

  1. Choose Blank Landscape when launching Pages
  2. Click on File
  3. Click on Page Setup
  4. Click on Paper Size
  5. Select Manage Custom Sizes from the menu (Also you have the option to download the template on the "Logos and Templates" page on the wiki)
  6. Click the plus sign (+) under the list.
  7. Enter your poster dimensions
  8. Click OK                                                                                    
  9. Prepare your poster

When you are ready to submit your poster

  1. Click on File
  2. Click on Export                                                                                     
  3. Verify that it is using PDF and the Image Quality is Best and click Next                  
  4. Enter a filename for your poster (a good option would be to name it with your username and then something descriptive, e.g., jdoe22_symposium)
  5. Click Export                                                                                                      
  6. Submit the PDF you just created to the poster printing form


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