We have all seen the adorable kittens, popular athletes and brave rock climbers on motivational posters in offices and websites all over. They can be serious, funny, cute or inspirational, but they certainly are popular.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a poster that is beyond motivational!
Step 1. Plan the concept.
Decide what your message will be. You can start with an image to inspire the message or choose an inspirational word and find an image to match.
Tip: Many inspirational posters use famous quotes.
Step 2. Find your image.
If you don’t already have an image to use, search the Web. If you started with a quote or message, use a keyword to search for a good image.
Tip: If you are printing this poster, you will need to get a high resolution image. I recommend 300 DPI.
Step 3. Determine the layout.
Start with a black background using whatever software you prefer.
Step 4. Insert the image.
Center your image in the middle of the black background. Leave room at the bottom for the text.
Tip: You may want to put a border around the image to add some visual interest.
Step 5. Insert the title.
Motivational posters tend to have a central theme or title. It should be larger and bolder than the rest of the text. Insert this right below the image.
Step 6. Insert inspirational message.
In a smaller font, type out the inspirational message or quote you have chosen to go with your theme. Insert this right below the title.
Step 7. Check your work.
Make sure the picture and text is aligned properly and there are no spelling mistakes before printing.
You can do it!
Now that you have your own motivational poster, take it to a printer, email it around or just print out a copy to hang in your office. Make them for friends or co-workers. Create ironic or funny inspirational posters for a few laughs.