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25 Creative Poster Ideas with Templates and Design Tips

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Published on Jul 27, 2022 | Updated on Nov 16, 2022

Are you struggling to make your poster stand out in the crowd of similar others?

How you present your products or services to your potential customers, showcase the anticipation of an event, and most importantly, how you make people pause to look at your poster thoroughly – a lot of planning and creative thinking goes behind it. 

Since emotion is one of the critical factors in people’s buying decisions, your poster must evoke emotions. Solid knowledge about your target audience mixed with a bit of creativity is bound to bring you the desired results.

Designing a poster from scratch can be frustrating as you must strike a perfect balance between all the necessary elements. But it can be exciting when you get a foundation to work on and the appropriate design elements complement your branding.

What if we take the load of coming out with new ideas and flood you with creative poster ideas

In this blog post, I’ll share twenty-five creative poster ideas that pique the curiosity and excitement of your target audience and compel them to invest in your products or services or join the event you’re hosting. Along with that, you’ll get templates to implement the ideas immediately. 

If you’re unsure whether you should include posters as a part of your advertising mix, let’s first understand how posters can help businesses. 

Why are Posters a Good Marketing Strategy?

As posters are exhibited publicly, you can cost-effectively reach a broader audience. You may need to make people aware of your new product or service offerings, inform them about your special offers, generate buzz for your upcoming event, or support a sentiment (such as patriotism) or social cause (like pride month). A thoughtfully crafted poster acts as a catalyst that enables you to arouse your target audience’s compassion.

When you incorporate your branding, using your brand’s logo, signature colors, and other elements specific to your business, your target audience will recognize it instantly. So it helps in increasing brand awareness and recognition.

What is a Creative Poster?

A creative poster is a poster where you convey your message in a unique style. How you craft your copy and use different design elements speaks for your brand and stands out from others.

If you apply cutting-edge graphic design to your posters, it’ll never fail to leave a lasting impression in your target audience’s minds. Apart from showing the creative side, it’ll give your brand or business a professional look and feel.

If you wonder, “How can I add creativity to my poster?” read it till the end for many creative poster ideas.

Creative Poster Design Tips

Here are some poster design best practices that you should keep in mind:

  • Know your ultimate goal with your poster. Depending on the poster context, plan ahead which kind of design elements (illustrations, icons, etc.) you will use and what vibe you wish to spread. Then experiment with the creative poster ideas (shared below) and stick to the one that looks best. All the elements in harmony should speak your key message.
  • Consider the location before starting to create your poster, as it’ll impact your design choices. Suppose your poster will be used on a wall; you need to choose a color to include in your poster that will contrast with the wall’s color.
  • Include high-quality images that instantly grab the viewers’ attention. You may use DocHipo’s stock images or your own, especially in the case of your product advertisements.
  • Prioritize the readability of your poster text. People should be able to read through your poster from a distance; otherwise, they’ll walk past it. Use large and bold fonts and appealing typeface for headlines. 
  • Each element in your poster matters and should get the viewers’ attention. Create some contrast so they’re visible from a distance.
  • Maintain a visual hierarchy in your poster design so your viewers can first see the core message.
  • Craft a Call To Action that compels your audience to take action.
  • Each element in your poster should have its own free space to breathe. The image, copy, and graphic elements should not overlap, making the design clumsy.
  • Don’t go overboard to showcase your creativity. You can be creative, but don’t compromise on the functionality of your poster.

Creative Poster Ideas with Templates

Now comes the most exciting part. Observe every detail of the creative posters to create your own.  

1. Let the Background Image Make the Noise

Let your background image dominate the poster design. It must be of high resolution to catch the eye from a distance.

Advertising Poster Template

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Gym Poster Template

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Watch our demonstration on uploading images in DocHipo.

2. Play Around with the Background Texture

You can experiment with the background texture that gives your viewers the feel of what you’re advertising for. 

Gym Poster Template

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Learn how to create a stunning background in DocHipo.

3. Create a Shape with Text and Design Elements

Think of the design elements like icons, stickers, shapes, etc., relevant to your poster’s context. Then arrange them in such an order that it forms a shape.

For example, a Christmas-centric design element collection creates a Christmas tree’s shape.

Christmas Poster Template

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Similarly, the numbers, mathematical symbols, calculator, scale, etc., form a round shape.

School Poster Template

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Watch our YouTube video below on using icons in DocHipo.

Here’s a video guide on using stickers in your design with DocHipo. 

4. Border with Design Elements

Adding borders to any design gives a structure to it. We all have seen simple-lined borders. How about a border (drawn) using various design elements like stickers?

Look at the implementation of this creative poster idea that gives structure and a fresh look to the poster.

Christmas Poster Template

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5. Add Opaque Layer 

When a background image seems too busy, the text you add might not be prominent. You can add a colored layer above the image to tone it down and make the text pop up. Additionally, this creative poster idea will make the design even more attractive.

For example, look at the 4th of July Poster Template; the opaque layer adds an extra dimension to the poster.

4th of July Poster Template

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6. Incorporate Color Overlay

You can also add a semi-transparent colored shape to a vivid background image. This effect is a beautiful use of colors to make a statement and grab eyeballs to your poster.

Observe that the application of a color overlay makes the bright background image in the Poster Template into a reserved one.

4th of July Poster Template

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Similarly, the blue transparent layer in the Business Poster Template helps to highlight the text (seminar details).

7. Use Wooden Pattern as Background

See the beautiful effect created with the wooden pattern in the Thanksgiving Poster Template.

Thanksgiving Poster Template

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8. Include Silhouettes in Your Poster Design

A silhouette in graphic design is an image or any design element having a single hue and tone. It can add to the attractiveness of your poster.

For example, the Golf Poster Template is a stunning example of contrast using the silhouette of a golf player.

Sports Poster Template

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Christmas Poster Template

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9. Add Borders with Beautiful Patterns

Go creative with beautiful patterns on the border.

For example, such a heart-melting moment of the mother-child duo is enclosed within an appealing border design.  The black and white color contrast plays a massive role in making it a stunning poster design.

Mother's Day Poster Template

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10. Use Mockups

You may get mockups from stock photo websites like freepik, unsplash, pixabay, etc. 

Mother's Day Poster Template

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11. Breaking Down  a Text to Manage Space Creatively

You may need people to focus their attention on your poster image and want to keep that area uncluttered. In that case, you can brilliantly place the text like the creative poster template below.

Rowing Poster Template

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12. Hide and Seek Text

Look at the cool posters from our DocHipo template library, applying a bold and a light shade to the texts in a single line.

Gym Poster Template

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As you can see, the Gym Poster Template conveys two messages, “JUST DON’T QUIT” and  “JUST DO IT” with just one phrase.

Brthday Poster Template

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13. Have Fun with Typography

You can think of relevant design element(s) to replace specific letter(s) in your poster. This is one of my favorite creative poster ideas in this blog post. 

For instance, the letter ‘O’ in the Soccer Poster Template is replaced with a football.

Soccer Poster Template

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Similarly, the ‘O’s in ‘workshop’ is replaced by wool related to knitting.

Business Poster Template

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14. Design Out of the Box

When I say “Out of the Box,” I mean it!

Generally, we put a frame to enclose an image within it. But how does it look when it jumps out of the frame?

Look at the creative posters below to give your posters a refreshing and unique look.

Boxing Poster Template

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Mother's Day Poster Template

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Gym Poster Template

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15. Illustrated Poster Design

You can create stories using illustrations to convey your message beautifully.

For example, look at the DocHipo Poster Templates for some cute poster ideas leveraging the power of illustrations.

Mother's Day Poster Template

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School Poster Template

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Business Poster Template

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16. Go Creative with How You Showcase Your Image and Key Message

If you don’t want to display an image throughout your poster, try partitioning your photo and text like the following poster templates.

Road Race Poster Template

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Beauty Poster Template

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17. Incorporate Shapes and Patterns

To make your poster design stand out, try out different shapes and apply different colors to them. It’ll change the whole look and feel of your simple poster and turn it into a fun one.

Look at the DocHipo templates for some cool poster ideas.

New Year

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The New Year Poster Template uses different shapes of varied colors and sizes to give a fresh and charming look.

Conference Poster Template

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The linear and filled hexagonal shapes add to the uniqueness of the poster, still keeping it professional. 

18. Use Abstract Shapes behind Text to Highlight It

Observe how the words “BIG SALE” is highlighted using a red-colored abstract shape behind it in the 4th of July Poster Template. 

4th of July Poster Template

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19. Let the Poster Background Image Direct Your Design Choices 

In the below Gymnastics Poster Template, the background image sets the direction for the rest of the design elements of the poster. The text and the bar behind are aligned with that of the image.

Gymnastics Poster Template

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20. Utilize the Text to Add Meaning to Your Design Creatively

Look at the Sale Poster Template to observe our designers have utilized the letter “S”  to hang the price tag creatively.

Sale Poster Template

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21. Add Text and Design Elements in Separate Blocks

Look at how structured and organized the Christmas Poster Template looks, with bright colored blocks for each design element. 

Christmas Poster Template

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22. Showcase Your Text Creatively

Look at how the words “about opening” is presented in the Christmas Poster Template.

Christmas Poster Template

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23. Add a Dash of Color to Your Black and White Poster

Adding a splash of green colors to the black and white minimalist Tennis Poster Template instantly grabs the viewer’s attention.

Tennis Poster Template

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24. Get Creative with Your Hiring Process

Yes! You can use graphic elements like illustrations, shapes, etc., to showcase your reactive side. Keeping it professional, you can be creative while advertising your company vacancy. 

Check out the below template to come up with your creative recruitment poster ideas.

Business Poster Template

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25. Club Your Image and Text Together

Look at the Sports Poster Template how the player’s image and the text are clubbed together.

Basketball Poster Template

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Check out Sports Poster Design: Design Amazing Sports Posters In A Few Clicks.

How To Make a Poster with Dochipo?

DocHipo offers beautifully-designed Poster Templates for various industries and occasions. You’ll get templates for the 4th of July, Advertising, Beauty, Birthday, Business, Christmas, Conference, Food, Golf, Gym, Holiday, Music, Sale, Schools, Sports, Thanksgiving, etc.

You can find the poster templates by format, industry, or occasion. 

DocHipo's Poster Temlates

Select the template category and then the particular template you want to work with. DocHipo equips you with various design widgets or design elements to help you in the customization process. 

DocHipo's Graphics and Media Widgets

The design elements include background, illustrations, icons, stickers, shapes, lines, etc.

You can also watch our video guide on creating posters in DocHipo.

Wrapping Up

Hopefully, you loved our ideas and may come up with your own creative poster ideas inspired by them. Make the best use of the above resources to implement your design ideas and imaginations. Sign up to DocHipo, explore all the poster templates, and design with the ones that align with your poster context. Leverage the design widgets to create posters that drive brand awareness and boost visibility. Keep the poster design best practices in mind while designing and win your target customer’s hearts by making the most creative poster ever.