May 25, 2012

A free way to make high quality posters

Posters!

Making aesthetically pleasing and informative posters in no easy task, but a good knowledge of relevant software definitely helps.

There's a few different ways to make posters, PowerPoint being the one most students go with. There's other options out there though. For example, ever heard of paint.net? Not to be confused with MS paint, paint.net is an opensource(free) piece of software that uses a layered structure like Photoshop.


How do I use it?

Paint.net is a bit tricky at first if you've never used a layer based program. Here's a few tips to get you started.

  • In the bottom right hand corner you'll find a box entitled layers. In paint.net when you add new images it usually puts that image in a new layer. When using the standard tools like rubber and paintbrush, make sure you've got the correct layer selected. To be selected, a layer can't just have its box ticked, that just means its being shown (you can show as many or as few of the layers as you like), you've got to click on it so all of its highlighted.
  • If you want to add a background image an easy way to do it is to go to layers-import from file.
  • One of the most powerful tools of paint.net is the magic wand. This is to the left of the hand symbol in the toolbar on the right. Clicking an area of an image with this causes the wand to select all the surrounding image of a similar colour. You can increase or decrease the area selected by changing the tolerance bar which will appear at the top of the screen when you use the wand.

If you like the look of paint.net and want to use it more often, check out this online tutorial;

http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/forum/18-tutorials-publishing-only/

Any questions on using paint.net or making posters in general, put them here!


- 2 comments by 2 or more people Not publicly viewable

  1. Han-na Cha

    Hi – this is new to me. Would you recommend using this, rather than powerpoint for making posters?

    21 Jun 2012, 16:59

  2. Nicholas Collis

    It depends on what you’re after. Powerpoint is useful for posters containing a lot of text as within Powerpoint text is easy to alter and can be justified. This cannot be done in paint.net but paint.net is layer based and has some photoshop like tools such as magic wand and so can be used to create more impressive graphics.

    21 Jun 2012, 17:42


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