More people are recognizing the need to conserve energy as a valuable but limited resource. Maybe you are a teacher who wants to get students started early learning about their part in conserving energy. Or perhaps you work for a company that has a new policy about its employees taking action to lower energy costs, and you are responsible for informing colleagues of the changes. In either case, a poster on the subject is a terrific way to spread the word.
Create a list of information to include in the poster. Make certain that statistics are properly referenced. Government sources are best when using data to back up information, but try to verify that the data is the latest on the subject. Brainstorm ideas on how to present your information in a manner that will engage the public. Detail your ideas in a sketchbook and continue to fine-tune them until the theme and premise are satisfactory.
Create a document in a quality graphics program such as Photoshop. Set the height and width requirements for your poster. Set the resolution to a minimum of 200 pixels for best printing quality. Set the background to your liking, usually white. Work within layers to create your overall design. If your poster's design calls for a light bulb, a car, solar panels and a windmill, place each image on a separate layer so that you can work on each without affecting the other elements. Apply various effects to each element, going back to a previous step and making changes while the work you've done in other layers remains unaffected. This also applies to text. Additionally, you can move the elements, including text, around on your document until you are satisfied with their positions. Once you have completed your poster's design, save it as a high-resolution JPEG file for printing.
Print the posters yourself or have them done professionally. If the posters will be relativity small, you can purchase poster paper from office-supply retailers to print from your home or office printer. If you need a larger poster or a bulk order of posters, it might be best to go with a professional printing service. Several online printing services are available, and office-supply stores such as Staples print posters and also offer design servicesl.
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