Guides, slide decks and other self-help resources are available in the Research Imaging Guide section of this website.

Imaging Solutions for Scientific Communication Lunchtime Seminars are based on the unique ways that researchers use proprietary scientific applications, Microsoft Office and a variety graphics programs to create, acquire and edit images that are included in grant applications, journal articles and presentations to the scientific community. Free Imaging Made Easy Lunchtime Seminars cover topics including poster making, proper PowerPoint techniques and Photoshop tricks.

Customized individual, small group, lab or departmental classes can also be arranged for Quad-based departments. Consider inviting us to your next lab or departmental meeting for some customized training. To schedule Beth Beighlie for your next lab or departmental meeting click here.

What You Need to Know

For the foreseeable future all Imaging Solutions Seminars will be held remotely at their regularly scheduled time by using Zoom. Send an email to to get a Zoom access link for each seminar.

Research Imaging Lunchtime Seminars are free and available to all Harvard, HMS, HSDM, HSPH and affiliated hospital employees.

  • No registration is required for Research Imaging Lunchtime Seminars.
  • All Research Imaging Lunchtime Seminars are held from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Research Imaging Brown Bag seminars qualify for for AMA/PRA category 1 credits.

All sessions are held remotely using Zoom, email to get link to these seminars

Imaging Essentials

September 16

BioRender : Top Tips for Designing Graphical Abstracts

Registration required to join this special session

  September 22
Figures for Journals
  October 6

BioRender : Design Tips for Publication Figures

Registration required to join this special session

  October 21
Poster Making for Large Format Printers
  October 26

BioRender : Tips for Protocol Figures

Registration required to join this special session

  November 9
Harnessing the Power of Photoshop
  November 18
Drawing Tools and Illustration Features in PowerPoint
  December 8


Harnessing the Power of Photoshop

Learn to create and use actions and droplets to minimize repetitive tasks. Find out how you can easily create actions and droplets to batch process images that need reformatting, resizing or other uniform adjustments.

Imaging Essentials

Master the basics of identifying & editing raster, bitmap, pixel-based photos & vector objects. Determine correct file compression, color mode & bit depth options. Learn important fundamentals of image preparation. Understand how to prep images in one application for use in other applications. Become skilled at determining correct resolution & output strategies.

Figures for Journals

Efficiency & reliability: easily prepare figures for scientific journals with familiar tools & a foolproof workflow that eliminates any chance of rejection for guideline violations.

Reliably Accessorize On-Screen Presentations

Understand important concepts of presentation design to reliably display images. Minimize the risks associated with certain fonts & design templates. Learn to use PowerPoint to correctly to insert illustrations, charts & movies in a way that will enable you to present with confidence. Also master ways to use animation & make hyperlinks.

Poster Making for Large Format Printers

Develop proper techniques for an efficient & pain-free way to construct posters. Maximize your message with images, illustrations & text by using PowerPoint & Photoshop to create large format documents that print properly.

Drawing Tools & Illustration Features of PowerPoint

Uncover the secrets of PowerPoint’s sophisticated drawing tools. Discover how to draw complex shapes, edit Bezier curves, output high-resolution images, create pdf files & prepare complex images for journals.

Getting Your Point Across

Deliver better presentations by using PowerPoint as a more effective public speaking tool. Learn to capitalize on PowerPoint's capabilities to convey your ideas. See examples of the principles of information design & clear communication techniques. Understand elements of PowerPoint presentation construction.

Overcoming Projection Dysfunction

Say good-bye to public humiliation! Eliminate the technical problems associated with projecting computer-based presentations. Familiarize yourself with common issues that arise when connecting computers to projectors & learn what to do about it.

iPad Tips & Tricks in the HMS Environment

Learn about hidden features that will streamline tasks. Understand the differences between Private & Public wireless access. Discover free & not so free apps that boost productivity (& fun). Explore collaboration options in the HMS environment.