Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

How to Create a Poster Presentation

Images and Visualizations

Use Images Wisely

Don't let your images (and a fancy poster) detract from your research findings. Your images and graphs should highlight your research and add something- not just serve as place fillers.

Charts and Graphs

Always include captions for any charts or graphs you use to explain your research findings.

Cite your Images

Unless you are using free images, be sure to give credit to any images or graphics you use in your poster. 

Recommended File Types

Use PNG, TIF or JPEG files. For more information on the differences between file types, read: Digital Image File Types Explained

Editing your Images

If necessary, use a photo editing software like Photoshop to resize or touch up your photos. Photoshop is available on Library computers. You can also try free software such as Paint.NET. Go to to download the software on your PC. 

Copyright and Images

Determining Copyright for Public Domain Images

Determining the Copyright for images from the internet can be tricky. Here are some resources to learn more about the topic.


Creative Commons

Content which has a Creative Commons license is free to download, adapt, distribute, and transmit without having to ask permission.  Depending on the license, however, there may be certain conditions: you may only be able to use the content for educational purposes, you may have to give attribution, etc.  (Licensing characteristics can be found to the left of this box).  Because licenses vary, always be sure to check the exact terms of the license before using an image. You can search the reusable content available here: 


   Attribution: others can use the work however they like, so long as they give credit

   No Derivative Work: other can copy, display, or perform your work, but it must be verbatim

   Non-Commercial: other can use your work, but for non-commercial purposes only

   Share Alike: others can distribute derivative works, but only under the same terms as the original license