These instructions and templates can be used to create posters for academic purposes such as conference or class presentations. Each template includes the Loyola logo and space for a title and several columns of text. Information about Loyola's Brand Graphic Standards, official Loyola colors and fonts, and additional logos is available on Marketing + Communications' Loyola Brand Graphic Standards webpage.
Elements of an Academic Poster
Templates are Photoshop files that will need to be unzipped. The templates include blue guidemarks to help you center text boxes and images on your poster. These guidemarks are for working purposes only and will not show up when you print your poster.
Resizing the Templates
If your poster needs to be a different size that is the same ratio as the template (for example, if your poster needs to be 48" x 32"), select "Image" and "Image Size" in Photoshop, and enter your poster size under "Document Size."
If your poster needs to be a different size that is a different ratio from the template (for example, if your poster needs to be 36" x 36"), select "Image" and "Canvas Size" in Photoshop, and enter your poster size under "New Size." Use the "Anchor" tool to determine where space will either be added or cut from the template. You may need to adjust the size and placement of the columns on the poster to accommodate your new size.
If you would like to includes images such as pictures or graphs on your poster, select "File" and "Place...". Navigate to where your image is saved on your computer, and select "Place." Use your cursor to move and resize the image, and click the checkmark at the top of the screen when you are finished. You can always continue moving and resizing your images later using the "Move" tool and the "Transform" options under the "Edit" menu.
Photoshop "Move" tool
Saving Your Poster for Print and Web
Save your poster as a Photoshop file while you are working on it by selecting "File" and "Save As." Name your file and save it to a location where you will be able to find it again.
When your poster is complete and you are ready to have it printed, again select "File" and "Save As" but this time choose a file format that your printing vendor can accept (such as Photoshop PDF or JPG). Find out what format the printing vendor you are using prefers. Deselect the "Layers" checkbox to decrease file size.
If your poster will be displayed on a website, select "File" and "Save for Web...". Select a file type (JPG, GIF, PNG, WBMP). You may need to resize your image under "Image Size" as the poster templates are very large. Click "Done" when you are finished.