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Student Impact Summit: How to Create Poster

Selected students will present posters featuring their scholarship, experiential learning opportunity, and other achievements at this Summit.


There are many software programs that can be used to create posters. The best known are Microsoft PowerPoint and the Adobe design programs such as Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. As a student in the University of Maine System, Microsoft Office is free Adobe software can be purchased with an academic discount

There are also online infographic tool creators which can be used to create your poster wholly or just components. is a website that features thousands of free infographic templates and design objects which users can customize to create and share their visual ideas online. Using the site is as easy as dragging and dropping design elements, and users can either choose a template from our extensive library, or they can upload their own background image and start from scratch. 

Visit at and sign in with username: password: gKKro.

Tips and trick on how to use the software can be found on their blog:


Other leading resources to consider when creating infographics: 20 Cool Tools for Creating Infographics


Using Graphics

An academic poster should be both professional and concise, so a general rule is only to include graphics that really support your content.

  • Use diagrams, graphs or flowcharts to help explain complex information visually.
  • Try not to use too many different or strongly contrasting colors. A limited color palette can be very effective.
  • Avoid using unnecessary and distracting background textures or decoration.
  • If your topic has a central statement, graphic or diagram, make this prominent in your design. Don't hide it in a corner!
  • Every graphic should have a purpose.

Software Tutorials

Setting up your canvas

The canvas is setup using pixels as a measurement. The minimal requirement for quality printing is aspect ratio: 1840 x 2376 pixelsIf you built your poster using, please export your posting using the high quality jpeg option. 


If you build a poster using PowerPoint or Publisher, you will have the option to select custom page size. 

PowerPoint page setup up dialog box

After your poster is complete, please export as the highest quality PDF available.  

Free PowerPoint Templates and useful guidelines available about 

Maine Law Logos

Maine Law B&W Logo

Maine Law Color Logo

If you need a specific size logo, please contact with your preferred pixel width and we will make a custom sized logo for your use.


Creative Commons 

Free images can be found through creative commons.

Maine Law has a repository of images that may be useful for your academic poster. We can provide you any image used on our digital or printed footprint. You may also request any image located at Please email with the details of the image.‚Äč