I like to brighten up my training classes with wall posters. They typically reproduce slides in my presentation materials. In one class we had some audio-visual challenges and I actually used the posters as my slides . They serve as reminders of important concepts throughout the class and a focal point for specific exercises.
At first, I struggled with various technologies for making posters but finally found the magic formula. Here it is for anyone who would like to try it.
- Create a new presentation in Power Point.
- Go to Design – Page Setup, choose “Custom” for slide size and set the print size you want. I use 24×36 inches because that is a standard choice at Staples where I do my printing.
- Have just one slide in the deck and make your poster on it. Font sizes will be larger than you normally use. All shapes scale easily and print cleanly.
- Any photo images should be high-res to print well (300 dpi minimum).
- Save as pdf for printing.
- You can test-print on 8.5×11 from a pdf reader. It is a good idea to do that for a final layout check.