Create academic and digital posters

You may be asked to develop posters during your studies. You may have to create a large poster you print out, or a digital poster you can present on screen. These resources will show you how to use PowerPoint to develop your poster.

If you have any questions, or need further help, please email cst@beds.ac.uk 

Comprehensive guides

The most common topics related to creating posters are:

  • Changing the slide size
  • Changing the slide background
  • Adding text and formatting text boxes
  • Adding illustrations
  • Aligning objects
  • Grouping and layering objects

For guidance on designing your poster, download the Academic Writing guide Designing a poster

For concise instructions to all these tasks, download the Academic posters quick guide

For more detailed instructions and examples, download the Academic posters workbook. You can also download the exercise file for this workbook to practice.


You can watch a video showing you how to create an academic poster while answering 12 frequently asked questions about posters. Please note that this is a general resource with general tips. It is essential that you consult your assignment brief to find out the required poster size, font size, word count and other specifications for your poster, and observe these above general guidance.

Watch Academic posters - 12 questions

Further video and written guides

You can find detailed video guides and short written guides for the topics below.

Click a title to see the guides available in the topic.


Changing the slide size

Find out how to: change the slide size to A3 or a custom size

Video: Changing the slide size

Written guide: Creating a poster


Changing the slide background

Find out how to: apply a theme, change the background colour, add an image to the background

Video: Themes and background

Written guide: Changing the slide background


Adding and editing text

Find out how to: add text to placeholders, edit text, use slide master to change font on all slides

Video: Adding and editing text


Adding and formatting text boxes

Find out how to: insert a new text box, change box fill and outline colour, change the shape of the text box, save settings for new text boxes

Video: Adding and formatting text boxes


Find out how to: how to insert images, how to move and resize images, how to delete images, insert charts

Video: Working with images

Written guides: Inserting imagesEditing imagesInserting charts

Additional resources for digital posters

Presenting digital posters allows you to take advantage of features like using hyperlinks to open websites, apply animations to objects on the poster, add music and video files to the poster.

The requirements for digital posters may vary, so it is important to read your assignment brief carefully and check with your tutor to confirm you can use these features on your poster.


Quick guide

For concise instructions to all the above tasks, download the Create a digital poster quick guide


Video guides

Adding animations

Applying slide transitions


Written guides

Applying animations to text and objects

Hyperlinks

Further help

All Study Hub guides are available on the A-Z page

Academic writing guides are available on the Academic and assignment writing self-help guides page.

Computer skills guides are available on the Computer skills self-help guides page.

Computer skills workbooks and exercise files are available on the Computer skills workbooks page.

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