You will likely want to use a number of images and graphics to take advantage of the visual format of the poster. Below are some general guidelines about how to add those elements to your poster and use them effectively to get your message across to your audience.
Graphs and charts may be created within PowerPoint, or imported from another application or a Web source. (Microsoft provides a basic overview of how to add charts to your PowerPoint slides, that is worth reviewing.)
Photos may be taken by you, a friend or from a Web source. Please note the following guidelines:
A large number of photos and clip-art files are available on the internet, but two caveats must be observed:
However, it is possible to find images that are large enough to look good on your poster that are free to use. A good tool is Google Images (available at https://images.google.com) which has tools for filtering images for both size of file and reuse rights (See graphic below for directions on how to access these filters.)
Graphic: Filtering for image size and usage rights on Google Images
Step 1: After doing initial keyword search, click on the Tools button at the top right.
Step 2: Click on drop-down menu labeled "Size." Choose "Large."
Step 3: Select "Usage Rights." Creative Commons licenses will generally be free to use in your work, so filter by that option. Please note that you should always look at the actual license associated with image before using it, as these filters aren't always perfect.
Additionally, there are a number of other websites that allow you to search for free images that would be available for use in your poster. Among them are:
As always, be sure to check the licensing to be sure the images are free (Creative Commons Licenses are recommended) and make sure the images are big enough to use in your poster (resolutions larger than 1024 x 768 are desirable). Anything under copyright will require permission and references will be required for all images.
Working with images in PowerPoint:
Once you have collected your images, the following tutorial (created by the Goodwill Community Foundation) shows you how they can be added to your slides,moved, and resized to fit your project's needs: