Best Poster Ever: Poster Creation in Adobe Illustrator

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These slides were presented at my lab meeting many years ago ahead of the Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference (2006).

These slides were presented at my lab meeting many years ago ahead of the Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference (2006).

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  • 1. “Best Poster Ever” Poster Creation in Adobe Illustrator
  • 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. Gist • What is Illustrator • SfN Poster requirements • Common elements • How to add them
  • 4. Disclaimer • Not the magic recipe! • Conglomeration from different sources • Implement your own style • Instruction limited today, but...
  • 5. Adobe Illustrator • Vector-based drawing program • Industry standard • Vector vs. Raster • Advantages include: • Minimal info = minimal file size • Indefinite zoom • Modification
  • 6. Vector Raster .ai .eps .svg .pdf .jpg .gif .bmp .tif
  • 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. 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. Tool Panels
  • 10. SfN Specifications • Planning and layout • Title • Illustrations • Text • At the meeting http://apu.sfn.org/am2007/index.cfm?pagename=resources_presentation
  • 11. Planning and Layout “An effective poster balances figures and text.”
  • 12. 78” 44” 35” 54.4” Poster Board
  • 13. Planning and Layout Mike’s 2006 SfN Poster
  • 14. Title • Abstract title (88 pt) • Authors (62 pt) • Affiliations (62 pt) • Session number (66 pt) • Logos
  • 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. Line Drawings - Experimental Setup Photograph FlexiForce Vectorized
  • 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
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IR ∆V ∆V Vectorized Line Drawings - Figures
  • 20. SPI FDI APB Ulnar Nerve Homonymous Heteronymous Ia Ia Median Nerve APB αMN SPI αMN FDI αMN -+
  • 21. ↑ Descending Drive ↑ Discharge RateVariability ↑ Synaptic Noise ↓ Force Production ↑ No of Inputs ↑ Fluctuations in AHP Trajectory
  • 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. 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. Text • Headings or “Take-home” message figures • Legends (16 pt) • Bulleted/Numbered lists • Tables (example included) • Introduction in upper left • Conclusion lower right
  • 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. 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. Results • Tables to summarize results • Make a table in Word • Print as PDF • Open PDF in Ai, Copy, Paste into poster
  • 28. Acknowledg(e)ments • “The authors thank ___ for assisting with data analysis.” • “Supported by NINDS R01 NS43275 to Roger M. Enoka.”
  • 29. Printing • Install drivers • Which computer? • Document setup • Printer setup • Page tool
  • 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. 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. Resource http://www.mikepascoe.com/sfn/resources.zip 41 MB ZIP file