Find out in advance:
When do you need the final poster?
Does your poster need to be printed?
When should you submit the poster to the printer?
What kind of file or files are acceptable?
How do you submit the file?
What are the cost and payment method?
PowerPoint is commonly used for creating posters. It is available in the University Computing Labs and can be acquired by all Pitt students. You will create your poster on one PowerPoint slide. Be sure to set the proper dimensions at the beginning, since the program defaults to standard settings for a slide show.
A variety of software packages can be used for creating graphs, charts, and other graphics. Those listed below are available for University users either to acquire or to use in the computing labs. For more details and a complete list, check the Pitt software link below. (Note: the costs listed on these links are for students; check the faculty/staff page for those costs.)
Be sure to proofread your entire poster carefully before printing.
Check with your instructor or research advisor for any specific instructions they may have. There may be a preferred printer, or special arrangements may have been made for a class assignment.
Common printing options include:
Printing a proof (or draft):