Let me help you! Invite me to your lab or business where you can get directed, hands-on, instruction! Or you can download a self-paced tutorial that you can go through on your own. Additionally I am providing proven poster templates for both Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft PowerPoint (.zip).

 

Tutorial: Learning the basics of Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft PowerPoint

artforscience_graphics (.pdf)

 

This tutorial was created using a Mac but it will also work if you are using Windows. Just use the Control key where it says Command key, and use the Atl key intstead of the Option key. You will also need to download these sample files (4.3 MB zip file) that are used in the tutorials.

 

This tutorial will give you all the basics you need to create an effective scientific poster using either Adobe Illustrator or Microsoft PowerPoint. It includes using two hands at the same time to control both the keyboard and the mouse, essential shortcuts, special function keys, and all items listed below:

Basic Adobe Photoshop    page 3
Open, Marquee tool, Move tool, Cropping images, Histograms - adjusting grayscale levels

Adobe Photoshop – Bitmap channels    page 7
Grayscale verses RGB images, Channels palette

Basic Adobe Illustrator    page 9
Open, Place, Zoom, Text, Shift-Option, Arrow keys, Selection tools, Rectangles, Fill & Stroke

Adobe Illustrator - Graphing    page 15
Complex Selections, Option Double-Click, Shift Arrow Keys

Vector (Illustrator) vs. Bitmap (Photoshop)    page 20
Two very different kinds of image file formats

Images from PDF files    page 21
There are two different kinds of PDFs, image PDF verses vector PDF

Correctly inserting images into Microsoft PowerPoint    page 23
Converting vector to image format, correctly calculating dpi and size

Saving a ray file from PyMOL – Presentation    page 30
Correctly calculating dpi and image size

Saving a ray file from PyMOL – Poster    page 31
Correctly calculating dpi and image size

Creating a poster in Adobe Illustrator    page 33
Poster size artboard, Formatting, Font sizes, Layout, Text boxes, Leading, Placing images, Rectangles, Adding color to fills, Strokes

Minimum rules for poster layout and presenting poster information    page 39
Author identity, Headings, Traffic flow, Appearances, Balance between images and text, Layout, Basic coloring, highlighting

Poster examples    page 43
Three sample posters

Printing your poster (proof)    page 44
Scaling when printing

Creating a poster in Microsoft PowerPoint    page 47
Poster size artboard, Formatting, Font sizes, Layout, Text boxes, Leading, Placing images, Rectangles, Adding color to fills, Strokes

Converting a PowerPoint talk to a PowerPoint poster    page 54
Slide Masters, Arranging multiple Windows

Tips for effective scientific presentations    pages 56-57

Color basics – What is color? What colors do I use?    pages 58-59

Tips for visualizing science data    page 60

PyMOL colors    page 60

Posters – What the audience wants    page 61

FREE proven Poster templates (.zip)