Advanced Medical Graphics

Helpful Hints

Here are some suggestions to help you better prepare materials for final rendering by us. We always welcome your calls for further information.

Poster sessions

Posters generally require 1 to 2 weeks to complete depending on whether or not we need to generate figures or merely organize and paste up materials onto boards. Please provide us with:

  • Dimensions of your allotted space
  • Due date
  • All materials that need to be incorporated into the presentation: figures, legends, abstract, intro, conclusion, etc.
  • Match figures with legends
  • A small map of your poster to show us in what order your materials will be presented. Numbering the materials is OK, too.

Refer to the instructions supplied by the meeting organizer. In general, use 14 pt. type or larger. Orient your page for typed legends the same way the figures are oriented. Landscape for landscape, portrait for portrait.

Photographs and photocomposites
(i.e. one or more photos with labels and graphics added)

  • When color is critical, and it usually is (e.g. histology), provide us with an accurate color sample so we can match it.
  • Indicate areas that are OK to crop.
  • Indicate orientation --which side is up?
  • How large will the final image be?
  • Clearly indicate labels, arrows, and other graphics on a photocopy.
  • Add a scale bar or other visual indicator so your audience will know the magnification or reduction of the image.


Diagrams and Illustrations

  • We can pictorially represent your ideas just from what you tell us, but even a quick sketch with "stick" figures and labels will greatly assist in showing us relationships in the proposed diagram.
  • Show us similar depictions from other sources, if they're available. You are likely to have references that are otherwise unavailable to us.
  • Color or black and white? Color is usually more expensive, except for flat color (without tinted/shaded modulations). You may require black and white art for publication but color art for presentation.
  • Renderings, with attention to shadows, highlights and realistic textures take longer to produce and are more difficult to revise than line drawings. Taking the time to plan artwork is always a good idea. Drawings with many curved, non-polygonal shapes are labor intensive and require more time as well.

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