How to Make a Poster

The simplest way to create your poster is by using the recommended software: Microsoft PowerPoint.

Steps for creating your poster:

  • First you need to set your desired dimensions

    - Our plotter size has two paper lengths for poster printing, 42" and 36". One of your dimension HAS to be set at 42" or 36". Our limits are 48W x 42H, or 48W x 36H, or 42H x 36W, please do not exceed these dimensions.

  • For PowerPoint 2016
    • To change the dimensions of your poster go to Design tab > Page Setup

      Setting Poster Dimensions

  • For PowerPoint 2016

    • To change dimensions of your poster go to Design tab > Slide Size > Custom Slide Size

    design tab

    slide size

    custome size

Color Management

  • Use only white background (this is to reduce overhead costs)


  • Use only high resolution images if possible to avoid pixelation
  • Place a thin black border around your images to help them stand out

Figures, Tables, Charts

  • All figures, tables, and charts should be captioned with a thin black border to help them stand out
  • Use of 3-D tables and charts should be avoided at all costs


  • Your poster should contain a UNCW logo, please download the image from Printing Services (this prevents pixelation caused by stretching smaller images). Note: If you are not associated with UNCW athletics, you are only permitted to use the "House" logo. We will change or add a logo before printing if it is not the house or if it is pixilated. Please download the TIFF for Windows format (available in S, M, L sizes in teal, navy,or black).


UNCW logos

Honors College only



Honors College- In Depth



Honors College with UNCW and UNCW seal

Inserting Text

  • For PowerPoint 2010 & 2016
    • To insert text, go to the Insert tab > Text box (Tip: Do not overwhelm your poster with text)

Inserting Text box

Click here for more information to help you design an effective poster.

Poster Submission for Printing by CSURF

  • Fill out the Poster Printing request form and email to csurf@uncw.edu. Please give us at least 2 days notice for printing. Some times of the year are particularly busy and sometimes assistants are not immediately available to print.

Example Posters

For questions about workshops or poster making/printing in general, please email: csurf@uncw.edu