Creating a Billboard Slide

Community slides are an image file (either a JPG, GIF, or PNG file).   They need to be sized to 1920 by 1080 pixels to show up correctly on our screens.  One option to use in create your image is to use Powerpoint (however, you can also use Photoshop or any image creation software you are comfortable with).  Below are instructions to create a slide in Powerpoint that will be the correct size for our screens.

Note:

  • Images should be sized to 1920 by 1080 pixels to display correctly on our screens.
  • Slides any bigger than 1920 by 1080 pixels OR smaller than 1366 by 768 pixels cannot be uploaded to Billboard, so if you get an error about the size being wrong, check the dimensions of your image.
  • A small margin with no words should be left around the borders of the image so no words are cropped when it is displayed on the screens.
  • The shorter the URL, the better.  Use NCSU GoLinks to shorten the name and generate a QR code.
  • For Billboard slides, it is strongly recommended that you choose a color palette with high contrast in order to accommodate readability for your audience. Keep in mind that there are individuals who suffer from colorblindness or similar visual disabilities. OIT provides a reference document for more information on Color Contrast.

You can download a formatted blank presentation here.

Powerpoint 2013 Instructions (PC)

  1. Open Powerpoint
  2. Start a new presentation
  3. Click the Design Tab.
  4. Click "Slide Size" in the upper right-hand corner (in the Customize section).
  5. Set a width of 20 inches, and a height of 11.25 inches, select Landscape for Slide orientation.  * This is important, if the height/width are not set your slide may appear distorted. *
  6. Design your slide.
  7. Click the File Tab and Select "Save As"
  8. Select "Save as type": JPEG File Interchange Format (*.jpg), hit "Save"
  9. Submit your slide to the Billboard Community Section (Instructions)

Powerpoint 2011 Instructions (Mac)

  1. Open Powerpoint.
  2. Start a new presentation.
  3. Set Page Setup->Slides sized for
  4. Set "Slides sized for" to "On-screen Show (16:9)"
  5. Select PowerPoint -> Preferences -> Save -> Save slides as graphics files
  6. Enter Width: 1920 and Height: 1080.
  7. Design your slide.
  8. Save your file as a jpg by selecting Save as Pictures from the File menu.
  9. Submit your slide to the Billboard Community Section (Instructions)

Powerpoint 2010 Instructions (PC)

  1. Open Powerpoint
  2. Start a new presentation
  3. Click the Design Tab.
  4. Click "Page Setup" in the upper left-hand corner.
  5. Set a width of 20 inches, and a height of 11.25 inches, select Landscape for Slide orientation.  * This is important, if the height/width are not set your slide may appear distorted. *
  6. Design your slide.
  7. Go to Windows Icon in the upper left hand corner->Save As
  8. Select "Save as type": JPEG File Interchange Format (*.jpg), hit "Save"
  9. Submit your slide to the Billboard Community Section (Instructions)

Powerpoint 2007 instructions

  1. Open Powerpoint
  2. Start a new presentation
  3. Click the Design Tab.
  4. Click "Page Setup" in the upper left-hand corner.
  5. Set a width of 20 inches, and a height of 11.25 inches, select Landscape for Slide orientation.  * This is important, if the height/width are not set your slide may appear distorted. *
  6. Design your slide.
  7. Go to Windows Icon in the upper left hand corner->Save As->Other Formats
  8. Select "Save as type": JPEG File Interchange Format (*.jpg), hit "Save"
  9. Submit your slide to the Billboard Community Section (Instructions)

Powerpoint 2003 instructions

  1. Open Powerpoint
  2. Start a new presentation
  3. Select File->Page Setup
  4. Set a width of 20 inches, and a height of 11.25 inches, select Landscape for Slide orientation. * This is important, if the height/width are not set your slide may appear distorted. *
  5. Design your slide.
  6. Select File->Save As
  7. Select "Save as type": JPEG File Interchange Format (*.jpg), hit "Save"
  8. Submit your slide to the Billboard Community Section (Instructions)

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