How to Create Posters Using Latex

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How to Create Posters Using Latex
LaTeX is often used to typeset mathematics. (Russian algebra textbook closeup image by poGosha from

LaTeX is a document markup language similar to HTML but used by researchers to typeset papers and books and to create presentations containing mathematical formulas and complex technical information. LaTeX isn't just for documents and slides, though. You may also need to create a poster based on your paper or presentation materials. You don't need graphics software to do this; it can be done right in LaTeX using the "Beamerposter" package.

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Things you need

  • PDFLaTeX
  • Beamer class for LaTeX
  • TeXnicCenter (or other LaTex/TeX editor)

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  1. 1

    Download "" from the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network (CTAN) website.

  2. 2

    Right-click the ZIP file, click "Extract All," and then follow the prompts to extract it.

  3. 3

    Click "File," "Open," and then select "example.tex" from the file dialogue to open the template file with TeXnicCenter. You may also use any other TeX/ LaTeX editor of your choice.

  4. 4

    Fill in the template with your poster text and graphics. Tweak any options such as font style now.

  5. 5

    Set your Output Profile to "LaTEX =>PDF" in the drop-down box on the second line, then compile your poster by clicking the "Build" button.

Tips and warnings

  • You have to use the document class beamer: \documentclass{beamer}
  • You can use Notepad to create your poster source file, but then you will have to know the LaTeX commands yourself.
  • Use PDFLaTeX and compile directly to PDF. Using straight LaTex and DVI will cause problems with Beamer. Also, PDFLatex can handle bitmap images such as PNG, GIF, JPEG or TIFF files.

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