How to design a poster template

Written by carl hose
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How to design a poster template
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Posters can be used to advertise companies, promote events or as decorative items. They can be designed using desktop publishing software. For poster designs that remain basically the same, desktop publishing software allows you to create templates to help streamline the process of making posters. Using a poster template will allow you to create a basic design for your original posters that can be used to produce any number of poster variations with minimal changes.

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Things you need

  • Desktop publishing software
  • Pencil
  • Notebook

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    Sketch a few layout ideas. Use good poster design principles. Avoid adding too many conflicting elements. Borders might be decorative, but stay away from borders with complex patterns that might take away from the message of the poster. Keep any border you use thin and simple. Devote most of the space to text and images.

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    Add the main text and image elements to your template first. These will be elements that always will appear on any poster you base on this template. Click the "Text" tool on the toolbar and draw a text box at the location on your poster where you want to insert text. For ease of manipulation, create a separate text box for a large heading and one for smaller text. You might create one text box for a company name and another for an address or contact information.

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    Select a font style using the drop-down font menu on the toolbar. You also can find the font tool on the "Format" menu. Choose your text style carefully. Look for something that is appealing but still easy to read. To set a font, right-click in front of the text you want to format and drag your mouse to select it, then click the font style you want to use. Set the font size larger for the heading.

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    Insert images or a permanent logo on your poster template by going to the "Insert" menu and choosing either the "Picture" or the "Clipart" option. Choosing the first option allows you to choose personal images or a logo from your computer to add to your template. The clipart option will let you select from general clipart included with your desktop publishing software. Click on the image with your mouse to select the inserted image and drag the edges of the selection to size the image.

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    Arrange the permanent elements of your poster template by clicking on your text and image elements with your mouse and dragging them where you want them to be. Arrange the permanent elements to leave room for information that will be added to your template later. A theatre poster template, for instance, might include the name of the theatre company, the theatre company's logo and the address of the theatre company. The rest of the template might be blank, leaving room for information you'll add when you base a new poster on this template, such as information about individual shows playing at the theatre.

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    Save your template with a name that describes the template's purpose. Whenever you need to create a poster based on this template, open it and insert relevant new information without having to do the permanent design elements again.

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