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How to Create Your Own Classroom Poster

by Sandra Iakovleva

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Kids don’t know it just yet, but the very classrooms they sit in will be the memories engraved in their minds for many years down the road. Classrooms become their playing grounds, a safe place for exploration, experimentation and ultimately inspiration. Every teacher has a duty to inspire their students, and you’re going to find all the right tools to do just that.

Many of the classrooms we all remember from our childhood and early adolescence were full of posters. At first glance they’re a bit corny, but with time they take on new meanings. Finding the perfect poster layout that fits with your classroom design and the kind of messages you want to promote is actually really difficult. With Crello, you can start creating your own posters and not only featuring the qutoes you’ve selected, but also use visuals that you find more fitting and inspiring, even if it’s a that much more demanding high school classroom.

This article will have everything you need to get started – from quotes you can use in your posters, to ready templates that can be modified for designs right away and finally a step by step guide on how to create a classroom poster from scratch.

Inspiring quotes for classroom posters

“You’ll never know if you don’t reach for it.”

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right.”

“Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – EE Cummings

“I’m not here to be average, I’m here to be awesome.”

“The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Don’t follow your dreams; Chase them.”

“All things are difficult before they are easy.” – Thomas Fuller

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference!” – Winston Churchill

“It’s okay to not know but it’s not okay to not try.”

“You never fail until you stop trying.” – Albert einstein

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Dr. Seuss

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” – Thomas Edison

“No dreamer is ever too small. No dream is ever too big.”

“Open your mind. Open a book.”

“The best way to predict your Future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Mistakes are proof that you are trying.”

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

“The expert in anything was once a beginner.”

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”

“If you never try, you’ll never know.”

“You don’t always get what you wish for, you get what you work for.”

“Be yourself, everyone else is taken!” – Oscar Wilde

Introducing Crello – A free online poster maker

Have you ever looked at a poster and thought, ‘I will never  be able to make something like that’? When you don’t have the right design skills, creating a poster from scratch is difficult because of the time it takes to master more complex design applications and programs. With Crello, you can easily design your posters yourself because the actual process of design is simplified and made accessible to all.

Crello is an all-in-one online design tool that can help you create your own posters. We have a selection of different templates that you can choose from and layouts for every theme. You can create your posters to share on social media or even to print for your classrooms. Today we’ll go through all the simple steps that will help you design a really impressive classroom poster.

Free templates to create classroom posters

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You can find more posters on the theme of education by going to the poster design format, clicking on “Choose category” and choose “Education and Science”.

How to create your own classroom poster online

If you’re completely new to design, there’s some basics you can grasp in our crash courses. Get familiar with all the design fundamentals so that you can have some knowledge of what to pay attention to and how to proceed with designs:

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Without going into much detail, all you’ll need to create an impressive classroom poster design is the right visuals and the right fonts. Your design should start with a quote to understand the type of image you’ll use to support your text, and the main image so that you can align your text accordingly to make an appealing composition. We’ll go through all the steps of creating a classroom poster design from scratch with additional tips to keep in mind while you’re working.

Step 1: Find your quote

Scroll to the top of the article and find an inspiring quote to use as part of your design. This is going to be your main message, and much of the design process will depend on your choice. You can use some of your personal favourite quotes or use your own words of wisdom for the design.

Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

– Oscar Wilde

Step 2: Go to Crello’s homepage and choose the poster format

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Step 3: Go to “My Files” and click “Upload Image”

Choose a file from your personal collection of images, choose a free file in the “Free Photos” tab in Crello, or buy an image for $0.99 from the library.

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Step 4: Select your image and fit it on your artboard

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Step 5: Adjust your image to leave white space for text

The types of images that work best for posters are the ones with some extra room for text, such as the left hand side of the image we’ve chosen.

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Step 5: Start adding your text

Go to the “Texts” tab and choose the heading text.

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Step 6: Choose a font that will strengthen your message

Fonts have personalities, so be wise in your choice of font style. See the difference it makes when we change the font size and style? Changing the thickness of the font also creates a completely new look and feel.

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Step 7: Download your finished design

Click on the “Download” button at the top right hand corner.

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When it comes to poster design, you will notice that keeping this simple will in fact be more effective when we judge the composition as a whole. Most importantly, make sure your message works with your image so that there is a logical connection between the two.

Creating a classroom poster online is really easy and can be done in just a few quick steps. You can create your own series of posters in no time and decorate your classroom with what you think your students will find motivating and fun.

Printing your posters

To print your Crello design, make sure you download your file in ‘PDF print’ format. This format downloads your design with the right DPI, ensuring the best quality of your design. If you are printing elsewhere for a bigger format, the printing place will take care of the RGB or CMYK settings for you.

Wrap up

As you can see, there’s no rocket science involved in creating your own posters. With a little bit of background knowledge and just one tool to help you create your classroom poster online, the process is seemingly simple and straightforward. Get creative with your designs, never be afraid to experiment and give your students something to ponder on and remember for years to come.

Looking for more content? Read our Back-to-School Template Haul.

Psst! Did you knwo that Crello also offers animated templates and features, like animated backgrounds? Read more.

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