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When illustrating research results, graphs are a powerful tool to simplify complex findings in a clear visual format.

The key point to note is the importance of focusing on relationships between the data, and not necessarily focusing on the the exact values of the research findings.

Note: All Graphs must have labeled axes and captions. Once again - failure to include these captions reflects poorly on your research.

See the tabs below for more information on the relevance of Graphs in your poster.

Excel does not have an export or save to
high-resolution picture command. While it is possible to control+right click on a graph and save it out as a bitmap, the files created this way are screen resolution at 72dpi, not suitable for printing at 300dpi.

One solution is to select your graph and print to PDF. (you may need PDF converter Pro installed for this to function). You should then be able to open the saved PDF in an image manipulation application (such as Photoshop) at 300dpi to make changes and to add better positioned text.
Remove all non-essential information from graphs and tables - Grid lines, detailed ticks on axes, data markers, and grey background etc.

Label data directly, and avoid using legends as they force the reader to look back and forth to decode your graph.

Instead of using lines of different thickness, use contrasting coloured lines or different line styles to distinguish different lines in multi-line graphs.

Minimize abbreviations and cross-references.

Graphs should be of the same size and scale especially if they are to be compared.

Captions should either be positioned at the top or at the bottom of the figure.