Encourage volunteers, donors and athletes to participate in your next charity fun run with an eye-catching poster. Posters may be as simple as a few lines of text or complete with graphics and logos. With a couple of clicks through one of a variety of software programs, you can make your own posters. Within minutes, you’ll have a poster ready to hit the ground running.
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Things you need
- Microsoft Publisher
- Windows Paint
- Digital logo or picture
- Microsoft Word
Open Publisher and click “Blank Publications.” Double-click the “Poster” option, which opens an 18-inch by 24-inch poster. To change the size, pull down the “File” menu, click “Page Setup,” type your new dimensions into the width and height boxes and click the “OK” button.
Click the “Text Box” tool, which looks like an “A” on an index card, on the left side of the screen. Draw a text box at the top of the poster and type the poster headline, such as “Fun Run For the Animals” or “Kids’ Charity Fun Run, 5K.” Use the text toolbar at the top of the page to change the text’s font, size, position and colour.
Draw another text box lower on the poster and fill in information such as the date and time of the run, volunteer opportunities, sponsors, prizes and information about the charity that the run benefits.
Pull down the “Insert” menu, click “Picture” and select “Clip Art.” Type a word or phrase into the “Search for” box, such as “runner,” “race,” “marathon,” “sneakers” or “finishing line.” Click the “Go” button, scroll through the results and double-click a graphic to make it appear on the poster. Grab a corner of the image and shrink or increase the graphic to fit the poster.
Pull down the “File” menu and click “Save As.” Give the poster a name, set a place to save it to, such as your desktop, and click the “Save” button.
Open Paint, click “File” and select “Open.” Browse to a digital logo of the fun run sponsor or any other picture to use for the poster and double-click the file, which opens it in Paint. Click the “Select” tool, which looks like a square made of dotted lines. Draw an outline around the image and press the “Ctrl” and “C” keys to copy it.
Click “File” again and select “New.” Pull down the “Image” menu and click “Attributes.” Set your preferred poster size, such as 18 inches by 24 inches and click the “OK” button.
Press the “Ctrl” and “V” keys to paste in the copied selection, then drag it into place with your cursor. Click the “Text” tool, which looks like an “A,” and click above the picture. If a text toolbar does not appear, pull down the “View” menu and select “Text Toolbar.” Select a font and increase the font size to 150.
Type the fun run poster headline, such as “Join a Run Team Here” or “Raise Money for Infants.” Click below the poster, reduce the font size to 100 and add information, such as contact details about the logo sponsor, where to meet at the race, what to bring and how to register.
Click “File,” select “Save As,” name the poster and save it to your computer.
Open Word, click “File” and select “New.” When the “New Document” pane opens, type “poster” into the “Search online for” box and click “Go.” Scroll through the results, click a link to view a template and click the “Download” button to open the poster in your Word workspace.
Highlight the placeholder headline on the poster with your cursor and type your poster headline directly over the words. Use the text toolbar to change the words’ appearance. Repeat to change all of the placeholder text on the poster.
Click once on a placeholder graphic on the poster to give it focus, then press the delete key to remove it. Pull down the “Insert” menu, click “Picture” and select “From File.” Browse to a location on your computer where you have images for the poster, such as logos from sponsors or pictures from past runs. Double-click a file name, which opens the image on the poster. Repeat to add multiple images.
Add more artwork to the poster by clicking “Insert,” then “Picture,” then “Clip Art.” Type a word or phrase such as “run” or “race” into the “Search for” box and click “Go.” Scroll through the results, double-click a graphic and drag it into place on the poster.
Pull down the “File” menu, click “Save As,” type a name for the poster and set a destination for it on your computer.
Tips and warnings
- Most basic home printers cannot print anything larger than an 8.5-inch by 11-inch page of paper. For a fun run poster larger than that, save your files to a flash drive and take them to a print shop. Some shops will also let you e-mail your files to them. They can also print your posters on materials your home printer can’t work with, such as vinyl and foam board.
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