“Best Poster Ever”
Poster Creation in Adobe Illustrator
Disclaimer
S M T W R F S
15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Gist
• What is Illustrator	

• SfN Poster requirements	

• Common elements	

• How to add them
Disclaimer
• Not the magic recipe!	

• Conglomeration from different sources	

• Implement your own style	

• Instruction ...
Adobe Illustrator
• Vector-based drawing program	

• Industry standard	

• Vector vs. Raster	

• Advantages include:	

• M...
Vector
Raster
.ai	

.eps	

.svg	

.pdf
.jpg	

.gif	

.bmp	

.tif
Installation
Version Release OS Source
10 Nov 2001 Win, PPC Lab
13 (CS3) Apr 2007 Win, Intel 30 day trial
https://www.adob...
Tool Palate
Page Tool
Selection Tool (V) Direct Selection Tool (A)
Pen Tool (P) Type Tool (T)
Line Tool () Rectangle Tool ...
Tool Panels
SfN Specifications
• Planning and layout	

• Title	

• Illustrations	

• Text	

• At the meeting
http://apu.sfn.org/am2007/...
Planning and Layout
“An effective poster balances
figures and text.”
78”
44”
35”
54.4”
Poster Board
Planning and Layout
Mike’s 2006 SfN Poster
Title
• Abstract title (88 pt)	

• Authors (62 pt)	

• Affiliations (62 pt)	

• Session number (66 pt)	

• Logos
Illustrations
• Clear and visible graphics	

• Use color when appropriate	

• Color Guide Demo	

• Online tools	

• Main p...
Line Drawings - Experimental Setup
Photograph
FlexiForce
Vectorized
Original
Em
0
Rest
EPSP
Action
potential
threshold
Small-diameter
motor neuron
Interneuron
Large-diameter
motor neuron
EPS...
 

=
 

IR
∆V ∆V
Vectorized
Line Drawings - Figures
SPI
FDI
APB
Ulnar Nerve
Homonymous
Heteronymous
Ia
Ia
Median Nerve
APB
αMN
SPI
αMN
FDI
αMN
-+
↑ Descending
Drive
↑ Discharge
RateVariability
↑ Synaptic
Noise
↓ Force
Production
↑ No of
Inputs
↑ Fluctuations in
AHP Tr...
Spike2 Data
• Important to show raw data in methods	

• Adjust data in Spike2 to match figure	

• File, Print, to Adobe PDF...
Graphs & Plots
• Same as Spike2	

• Adjust figures(s) in SPSS, Excel, SigmaPlot,
MATLAB	

• Print/Export as a PDF	

• Open ...
Text
• Headings or “Take-home” message figures	

• Legends (16 pt)	

• Bulleted/Numbered lists	

• Tables (example included...
Introduction
Nulla metus. Nam dictum arcu at
tortor. Sed convallis. Praesent
commodo metus sit amet sem.
Curabitur condime...
References
• J Neurophysiol style
• Author AR, Author SD, Author WS. Title of the
journal article. J Abbrev 276: 23-34, 19...
Results
• Tables to summarize results	

• Make a table in Word	

• Print as PDF	

• Open PDF in Ai, Copy, Paste into poster
Acknowledg(e)ments
• “The authors thank ___ for assisting with
data analysis.”	

• “Supported by NINDS R01 NS43275 to Roge...
Printing
• Install drivers	

• Which computer?	

• Document setup	

• Printer setup	

• Page tool
Sharing
• Handouts at the meeting	

• Shrink to legal size, export as PDF	

• Send to color printer (30 copies)	

• Links ...
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Best Poster Ever: Poster Creation in Adobe Illustrator

  1. 1. “Best Poster Ever” Poster Creation in Adobe Illustrator
  2. 2. Disclaimer S M T W R F S 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  3. 3. Gist • What is Illustrator • SfN Poster requirements • Common elements • How to add them
  4. 4. Disclaimer • Not the magic recipe! • Conglomeration from different sources • Implement your own style • Instruction limited today, but...
  5. 5. Adobe Illustrator • Vector-based drawing program • Industry standard • Vector vs. Raster • Advantages include: • Minimal info = minimal file size • Indefinite zoom • Modification
  6. 6. Vector Raster .ai .eps .svg .pdf .jpg .gif .bmp .tif
  7. 7. Installation Version Release OS Source 10 Nov 2001 Win, PPC Lab 13 (CS3) Apr 2007 Win, Intel 30 day trial https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=illustrator
  8. 8. Tool Palate Page Tool Selection Tool (V) Direct Selection Tool (A) Pen Tool (P) Type Tool (T) Line Tool () Rectangle Tool (M) Rotate Tool (R) Zoom Tool (Z)
  9. 9. Tool Panels
  10. 10. SfN Specifications • Planning and layout • Title • Illustrations • Text • At the meeting http://apu.sfn.org/am2007/index.cfm?pagename=resources_presentation
  11. 11. Planning and Layout “An effective poster balances figures and text.”
  12. 12. 78” 44” 35” 54.4” Poster Board
  13. 13. Planning and Layout Mike’s 2006 SfN Poster
  14. 14. Title • Abstract title (88 pt) • Authors (62 pt) • Affiliations (62 pt) • Session number (66 pt) • Logos
  15. 15. Illustrations • Clear and visible graphics • Use color when appropriate • Color Guide Demo • Online tools • Main points clear, details for experts • Numbered (SfN discourages Fig. or Figure)
  16. 16. Line Drawings - Experimental Setup Photograph FlexiForce Vectorized
  17. 17. Original Em 0 Rest EPSP Action potential threshold Small-diameter motor neuron Interneuron Large-diameter motor neuron EPSP threshold Rest 0 Em Rhigh Rlow ∆V
  18. 18.  

=
  19. 19.  

IR ∆V ∆V Vectorized Line Drawings - Figures
  20. 20. SPI FDI APB Ulnar Nerve Homonymous Heteronymous Ia Ia Median Nerve APB αMN SPI αMN FDI αMN -+
  21. 21. ↑ Descending Drive ↑ Discharge RateVariability ↑ Synaptic Noise ↓ Force Production ↑ No of Inputs ↑ Fluctuations in AHP Trajectory
  22. 22. Spike2 Data • Important to show raw data in methods • Adjust data in Spike2 to match figure • File, Print, to Adobe PDF • Open PDF in Ai, Copy, Paste into poster • Adjust line thickness, color, add axis labels
  23. 23. Graphs & Plots • Same as Spike2 • Adjust figures(s) in SPSS, Excel, SigmaPlot, MATLAB • Print/Export as a PDF • Open PDF in Ai, Copy, Paste on poster • Adjust line thickness, color, add axis labels
  24. 24. Text • Headings or “Take-home” message figures • Legends (16 pt) • Bulleted/Numbered lists • Tables (example included) • Introduction in upper left • Conclusion lower right
  25. 25. Introduction Nulla metus. Nam dictum arcu at tortor. Sed convallis. Praesent commodo metus sit amet sem. Curabitur condimentum lobortis velit. Integer fermentum elit eu leo. Integer nibh. Nunc aliquet, purus at commodo pharetra, orci leo rhoncus libero, nec placerat quam risus eu sem. Quisque at erat. Nunc quis tellus sit amet sapien rutrum pharetra. Quisque tristique, orci vel iaculis ornare, dui libero consectetuer diam, non lobortis elit nibh in tellus. Nullam hendrerit mattis pede. Donec risus tellus, consequat et, nonummy eget, pretium eu, lacus. Praesent tellus. Aenean molestie urna id est. Nulla Nulla metus. Nam dictum arcu at tortor. Sed convallis. Praesent commodo metus sit amet sem. Curabitur condimentum lobortis velit. Integer fermentum elit eu leo. Integer nibh. Nunc aliquet, purus at commodo pharetra, orci leo rhoncus libero, nec placerat quam risus eu sem. Quisque at erat. Nunc quis tellus sit amet sapien rutrum pharetra. Quisque tristique, orci vel iaculis ornare, dui libero consectetuer diam, non lobortis elit nibh in tellus.
  26. 26. References • J Neurophysiol style • Author AR, Author SD, Author WS. Title of the journal article. J Abbrev 276: 23-34, 1999. • PubMed can help you determine abbreviations • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=Journals • Alphabetize
  27. 27. Results • Tables to summarize results • Make a table in Word • Print as PDF • Open PDF in Ai, Copy, Paste into poster
  28. 28. Acknowledg(e)ments • “The authors thank ___ for assisting with data analysis.” • “Supported by NINDS R01 NS43275 to Roger M. Enoka.”
  29. 29. Printing • Install drivers • Which computer? • Document setup • Printer setup • Page tool
  30. 30. Sharing • Handouts at the meeting • Shrink to legal size, export as PDF • Send to color printer (30 copies) • Links on your online CV • Scribd.com?
  31. 31. At the Meeting • Post 15 minutes prior to session start • Leave in place for entire session • Pushpins will be provided • Remove poster after session
  32. 32. Resource http://www.mikepascoe.com/sfn/resources.zip 41 MB ZIP file
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