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Important considerations when using images on your poster
- Make sure that you don’t increase the photo from the original size. If you copy and paste the image and it’s too small, enlarging it will only pixilate your photo and it will not print properly on the final poster.
- If you are attending a national conference, it is essential that you identify yourself as an affiliate of Illinois If you’d like to use Illinois graphics, they can be found on the Office of Strategic Marketing & Branding Website, or you can find a few in the Illinois logo section of this guide.
- Many images on the web are protected under copyright and should not be used on a poster. You can legally use photos in four ways:
- Find photos that are licensed as Creative Commons (flickr),
- Ask permission from the photographer
- Buy your photos from a stock photo site (e.g. iStock )
- Take your own photos
- Photos as background images rarely look good. The image tends to overpower the text and make the poster hard to read. (If you must, you can fade out your image by using image editing software.) Instead, try using a background color or boxes to set off your text and images.