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 http://office.com/getOffice365. Adobe software can be purchased with an academic discount http://www.adobe.com/education/students/how-to-buy-eligibility.edu.html
There are also online infographic tool creators which can be used to create your poster wholly or just components. Easel.ly 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 Easel.ly at https://www.easel.ly/group/groupDetail?group=80815 and sign in with username: email@example.com password: gKKro.
Tips and trick on how to use the software can be found on their blog: http://www.easel.ly/blog/
Other leading resources to consider when creating infographics: 20 Cool Tools for Creating Infographics
An academic poster should be both professional and concise, so a general rule is only to include graphics that really support your content.
After your poster is complete, please export as the highest quality PDF available.
Free PowerPoint Templates and useful guidelines available about http://www.posters4research.com/templates.php
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 http://www.graphicstock.com/ Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of the image.