Create a Poster
Create a Poster Grading Rubric

Open PowerPoint 2010. Save the presentation with the name The Simpson Poster.

Page Layout

With the new PowerPoint slide presentation close the Slides and Outline Pane on the left by clicking the small x in the top right corner.


With the Home tab selected click the Layout icon. Select the Blank Slide layout.

Blank Slide Layout

Click the Design tab. then select Page Setup.

Page Setup

Select Custom from the “Slides sized for:” dropdown menu. Select the “Orientation” of the poster. Enter the “Width” and “Height.”* 10. NOTE: When creating a landscape poster, the maximum width is 56” and the maximum height is 42”. The two most common Tri-fold poster sizes are 48 x 36 and 40 x 28. Set your page to the settings below:

Page Setup

Notice now that you are viewing your slide at a smaller size due to how large the page is set up.


View Ruler, Gridlines and Guides

Click the View tab then check the Ruler, Gridlines, and Guides boxes. Click the Show arrow.


Select 1 inch from the Spacing drop down box. Check the Guide Settings boxes. They are guides only, they will not print. Click the OK button

Grid Settings

Click on a Guide line and drag it to a new position when needed to provide a straight line to align text and images.

Guide Lines

Insert WordArt

With the insert tab selected click WordArt and choose one of the WordArt styles of your choice.


Type The Simpsons in the text box. Use the guides to align the text to the center.


Adjust the font size on the home tab.

Font Size

Insert Picture Placeholders

On the View tab, in the Master Views group, click Slide Master.

Slide Master

In the pane that contains the slide masters and layouts, click Insert Placeholder, and then click Picture.

Insert Picture Placeholder

4.Click a location on the layout, and then drag to draw the placeholder. Drag out picture place holders and rotate them to resemble the picture placeholder graphic shown below. To rotate a placeholder while the placeholder is selected click the green circle Rotate Placeholder and rotate the box so that it appears like the placeholders below:

Picture Placeholders

When you add placeholders to a layout, if the content in those placeholders changes the layout's purpose, you will want to rename the layout. To do so, right-click the slide layout thumbnail, click Rename Layout, type a new name, and then click Rename.

Rename Layout

Rename the layout Poster Pictures. Click the Rename button to save the name with the slide layout.


On the Slide Master tab, in the Close group, click Close Master View Closer Master View to return to Normal view.

Nothing has happened on the poster slide yet. To reapply the newly-edited layout to an existing slide, in the slide thumbnail list, select the slide, and then on the Home tab, in the Slides group, click Layout, and then select the revised layout.

Picture Poster

Now your slide should look like this:

Picture Layout

Click on the picture icon Picture Icon to insert one of the jpeg files you previously saved from The Simpson presentation.

Insert 6 of the photos on the page. Here is how my poster turned out.

Apply a Colored Outline to Text Box

Now add a colored outline, Red Accent 2 shape style, to the WordArt text box.

Click the text box place holder.

Select Textbox

With the Drawing Tools tab selected click the Red Accent 2 shape style in the Shape styles section.

Colored Outline

Apply Picture Styles to Images

Click on each of the slides and apply the Thick Matte Black picture style. With the Picture Tools Format tag selected, in the picture styles section, select the Thick Matte Black picture style. Apply it to all the pictures on the page,

Thick Matte Picture Style

Add Slipstream Theme to Slide

With the design tab selected in the theme section select Slipstream to apply the design to the poster.

Slipstream Design

Mark Slide Show as Complete to Status Presentation Document Properties

Now add Compete to the presentation properties in the Status section. To get the presentation properties click File > Info > Properties > Shoe Document Panel.

Show Document Panel

Add the text Compete in the Status text box.

Status Complete

Remove Ruler, Gridlines, and Guidelines

Uncheck the Ruler, gridlines, and Guidelines check box to see how your poster turned out. (View tab)


Here is how your poster should now look:


Encrypt the Poster with a Password

Click File > Info > Protect Presentation > Encrypt with Password.

Protect Document

At the Encrypt Document dialog box type password the password dialog box. Click OK.


Reenter the password (password).

Reenter Password

Click on the Home tab to return to the presentation.

Save and close the presentation.

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