Open up Adobe PageMaker and click on "File" and "New." A dialog box will open up.
Select letter size paper from the pull down menu. Select wide under "Orientation." Make sure that "Double Sided" and "Facing Pages" are checked.
Choose 2 pages in the "Number of Pages" text box. Set your margins in the "Inside" and "Outside" text boxes to 0.5 inches. In the "Top" and "Bottom" text boxes set the margins for 0.583 inches then click "OK."
Click on the "Layout" menu and select "Column Guides." A dialog box will appear. In the text box title "Number of Columns" type "3." In the "Space Between Columns" type ".667 inches." Click "OK."
Place your graphics by clicking on the arrow tool then going to "File" and "Place." Locate your graphic that you want to place and put it where you want it to be. You can use the cropping tool to resize it and the arrow tool to move it around.
Grab the "T" tool to type your text. First draw a text box with it then click inside the text box and type. The font selection will appear at the bottom of the screen for you to change the size and type style.
Finish, save and print. When finished click "File" and "Save." Print it to see if you need to make any changes.
Decide the information that needs to be included within the brochure. The "type" and "amount" of information will determine the size of the document and thereby the number of folds in the brochure as well as the amount of space that might be left for graphics and white space. Continue editing and reworking the text until the exact wording for the brochure is worked out.
Fold a piece of paper the same size as the intended brochure into the design shape to be used. The majority of business brochures are geared toward the standard three-fold brochure, which is an excellent place to begin. Using the information determined in Step 1 above, layout exactly "where" and "how" the text should be divided within the brochure. Leave the center fold panel on the front side of the brochure blank if it will be used as a self-mailer.
Using a desktop publishing program, pull up the layout formats for a business brochure. There are generally several different layouts to choose from. Choose the layout that most closely mirrors the draft brochure mapped out in Step 2 above. Using that brochure format, plug in the verbiage as laid in the draft, using a common font style. It may be necessary to play around with the size of the font to be used, or even with color, in order to make the brochure both easy and pleasant to view. Continue to adjust, edit, and redesign the text part of the brochure until happy with the results.
Examine the remaining white space in the brochure. This is where graphics can be used to enhance its beauty, make it more interesting to read, and give it a professional polish. However, a certain amount of white space needs to remain within the brochure in order to give the customer's eye a chance to rest in between the reading and absorption of each snippet of information. A good brochure is a mixture of text, graphics, and white space. Decide how much white space the laid out brochure should keep. This will have an impact on the graphics chosen in Step 5 below.
Determine the graphics to be used in the brochure. This may be impacted somewhat upon the limitations of the desktop publishing program being used as well as the graphics available for use. Graphics include clip art, photos, logos, charts and graphs and/or photographs. Don't be afraid to mix graphics. A brochure doesn't have to be all clip art, photos, or charts and graphs. In fact, a mixture of graphics is often desired because it makes the brochure more interesting to read.If the desktop publishing program does not contain the type of graphics desired, search for alternative sources to obtain them. These might include separate graphics software packages or graphics that the business has on hand that can be scanned into the computer system for use.
Scan graphics into the computer system, if required. Most desktop publishing programs will allow such scans to be pulled directly into the program.
Plug graphics into the brochure layout once all graphics are in place and ready to be inserted. Play around with rotating, sizing, cutting, editing or even changing the the colors of the graphic design to make it fit within the space allowed. Don't forget to leave some white space between text and graphics. Photos may, at times, require explanation. If that is the case with the photos chosen, be sure to leave room to insert text explanation below the photo. Continue to adjust, edit and redesign until happy with the graphics as laid out in conjunction with the text and white space.
Finalize the brochure by making any additional changes that might "accent" or draw more attention to the piece such as adding a colored background for the text, changing the color of the text, or using bold or italicized fonts to draw attention to key points. Continue to adjust, edit and redesign until happy with the total brochure layout.
Print in high quality whether the brochure is in color or black and white.
Distribute to family and friends for their input about what they liked and didn't like. Take their thoughts into consideration, if they seem valid, to adjust the final product according to Steps 8 and 9 above.
Log on to Office.Microsoft.com. You will notice the different blue tabs running along the top of the page. This is where you will begin.
Click on the blue tab labeled “Templates” and you will be brought to a page with different sections you can search or click on. In Type in the name of a specific kind of template.
Type "Brochure”and click the “Search” tab. This is such an easy and quick way to find what you are looking for. You will notice a page with a variety of different brochure templates.
Search through the various brochure templates, find one that appeals to your needs and click on the picture. This will bring you to a second page that will enlarge the brochureso you can get a closer look. There will also be a download button for you to click on.
Click on the “Download” button. Office.Microsoft.com will automatically begin the download. You will then be able to change the wording on the brochure and the pictures to reflect the information you want on it.
Look in the lower left-hand corner of your screen. You will notice small tabs labeled 1 and 2. If you click on 2, the brochure will flip to the other side. You can then change the inside of the brochure to reflect your information.
Save the brochure to a file when completed. Later, you can access it, make changes or print from it. Office.Microsoft.com makes easy-to-create paper products. This is practical for small projects or when you just don’t have time to go to an advertiser to complete a job.
Log onto computer. Click on "Start" menu. Click on "Programs." Double click on "Microsoft Office Publisher."
Choose "Brochures" under "Wizards" from the Microsoft Publisher Catalog that will open with the Publisher program. If the catalog does not open automatically, click on "File" on the toolbar and choose "New."
Click on the brochure type that you wish to create. There will be an assortment of brochures specifically designed for certain purposes including: Informational, Event, Fund-raiser and Price List.
Choose the layout of the brochure from the designs options in the right hand box. Click "Start Wizard." Click "OK" if you wish the Wizard to fill out the contact information automatically. This option will take you to a personal information box. After filling out the contact information click "Update." The Wizard will add the information to the brochure and it will save the information for later use. If you wish to fill in the contact information manually, click the red "X" on the top of the dialog box.
Choose the color scheme of you brochure by clicking on "Next" in the dialog box located on the left side of the screen. The color scheme can be previewed on the brochure in the window on the right. When you have decided on the color scheme, click "Finish" in the dialog box. The dialog will stay open so you can colors later if you wish.
Type in the brochure text in the areas that have text place holders. The Wizard will automatically show side one of the brochure. When finished filling out side one, click on the number 2 which is located on the let side of the bottom tool bar.
Insert pictures into your brochure by right clicking on the picture placeholders in the brochure. Hover the mouse over "Change Picture..." and choose "Picture." Click on "From Clipart" to use a Microsoft image or click on "From File" to use an image saved on your computer. Resize the image you choose by clicking and holding on one of the corner handles on the box surrounding the picture. Move the handle to make the image larger or smaller.
Click on "File" when you are finished creating your brochure. Click "Save As." Enter the name of your brochure into the dialog box. The dialog box will automatically suggest saving the project as a Publisher File. You should always do this first, it will allow you to go back and make changes, edit or reuse your brochure design.
Click on "File" again to save the brochure as a final product. What you choose depends on how you plan to distribute the brochure. On older versions of Publisher you have the options of saving and distributing the brochure as a Word, Works or WordPerfect document. On newer versions of Publisher, you will also have the option of saving the brochure as an Adobe Acrobat file. Click "Save As' and choose the type of document from the "Save as Type" pull down menu. If you plan on having brochure commercially printed, click on "Pack and Go" and choose "Take to a Commercial Printing Service."
Start WordPerfect. Click on "New" from the "File" menu. Under the "Create" tab, find the project list and click on "Brochure." Click the "Create" button.
Enter a description of your company or agency on the first panel of the brochure. Explain why you do what you do, or affirm your mission statement. If you have a logo, place it here.
Enter your contact information on the second panel. You can also add graphics, showing your staff in action or your business location.
Enter your title information on the third panel. When your brochure is printed and folded, this panel will actually be the cover. Create three interior panels on the remaining columns.
Print your brochure onto heavy paper or cardstock. If your printer does not have double-sided printing capability, you will need to print one side, flip the paper over and then print the second side.
Open Microsoft Word. Select "New Document." Choose "Brochures." You will find a wide variety of brochure templates. To create a basic tri-fold, select "Business brochure" (8 1/2 x 11-inch, landscape) or type in "3-fold brochure" in the search window. Double click it to open.
Read the instructions. The brochure template features instructions that tell you how to replace the text with your own. The template has pre-set columns and paragraph styles that simplify your creation.
Highlight the text of the first headline, "How to Create A Brochure," then replace it with the headline of your choosing. Highlight the text below it and fill in the necessary information. Repeat this process in each column.
Insert your own pictures. You can do this by clicking on the picture you wish to replace. Once it is highlighted, move up to the tool bar and click "Insert." Choose "Picture." Locate the picture on your hard drive and choose it. It will replace the picture you have highlighted with your chosen picture.
Proofread the brochure when you are complete. Be certain you have replaced all the template text with your own text. Delete any extraneous. When ready, print it out. Be prepared to use double-sided printing in order to create the folds properly. Proof the hard copy and make any necessary changes.
When you open PowerPoint, the default slide appears. This is a slide with two stacked boxes; one for the title and one for the subtitle. If this is not the format you want to use, you can change it by clicking "Layout" and selecting a different format.
Once you have the layout you desire, unless you are using special stock paper, select a background color and design. Click "Design." Three rows of different designs are available. Click on a design, and it will appear on your brochure immediately. If you don't like the selection, use the keys "Ctrl+Z" together to undo the selection.
Choose an engaging text. Fonts within a design selection can be changed by double left mouse-clicking the font to see the font command menu.
Be sure to periodically save your brochure in a location on your computer, portable storage drive or CD. This saves your work, should a problem arise, such as your computer shutting down due to a power outage.
Incorporate "Smart Tools" to communicate your message in visually stimulating ways such as communication bubbles. If you want to use Smart Tools, the paragraph section has an icon to "Convert to SmartArt graphic." However, this function cannot be undone by "Ctrl+Z."
Use text tools. Other ways to manipulate and arrange text are available within the paragraph tab. Text can be aligned in a variety of ways including horizontal, stacked, rotated 90 degrees, rotated 270 degrees, in 3-D format, outline style, shadow, text outline and text fill.
Add artistic touches. For a brochure to which you want to add drawing, there is the option to use pre-designed shapes or free-hand drawing.
Include attractive elements. Inserting tables, pictures, clip art or other media such as a hyperlink or chart is possible through the "Insert" menu. Pictures or clip art are a great way to add visual appeal to your brochure.
Proofread your work thoroughly. Once you have the content you want on your brochure, make sure to run the spell check and save your work again when completed.
Preview your final version carefully before printing. A print preview will give you an idea of how your finished brochure will look. If you are satisfied, you can proceed to the print option.
Choose the right type of paper. If you are using special paper, make sure you load it properly so that your work prints on the correct side.
Launch Microsoft Publisher on your computer.
Click "File," then select "New" to create a new document.
Click "Brochures" from the template gallery.
Double-click on the brochure template you want to use to load it in Publisher. You can choose from many pre-made designs, each with its own layout, colors and style. The template provides many place-holder text boxes and images that you can change to make your own.
Click inside of the text boxes and type your own content over the placeholder text. You can change the font, size and colors of the font in the text boxes based on your brochure design.
Left-click and hold on the border of the text box or image, then drag your mouse to move it around on the layout.
Left-click and hold on one of the white dots that appear on the outline of a text box or image, then drag the circle to resize it. Dragging the circle towards the center of the object will shrink it while dragging the circle away from the center will make the object larger.
Right-click on a text box or image and choose "Delete" to remove it from your brochure.
Navigate to the "Insert" tab, click "Draw Text Box" from the menu, then left-click and drag within your brochure. A new text box will appear, ready for you to edit.
Click the "Picture" option on the "Insert" tab to browse your computer for a new image you want to include in the brochure. Double-click the image to load it.
Click "File," then click "Save" to save the changes to your brochure. You can also click "Print" from the "File" Menu to print a copy of your brochure.
The first thing that you are going to have to do is choose what software you would like to use to create your tri-fold brochure. inDesign has great software, but you have to be a little more computer savvy to use it. If you aren't familiar with using graphic programs, you can easily create a brochure using Word. For this tutorial, we'll teach you how to make your brochure using Microsoft Word.
One of the easiest things to do is to download a template from Microsoft. They have free downloads and you can then update and adjust the template to meet your needs.
If you prefer to create your own template, start by opening Microsoft Word. Click on the "File" tab at the top, and then choose "Page Setup." You want to select "landscape" as the page orientation from the pop-up.
Once you have set your page orientation to landscape, you need to separate your document into 3 columns so that you can enter information on each one. Look for the "format" option at the top of your screen. Click on "format" and then click on "columns."
When you click on "columns" a pop-up window will open. For a tri-fold brochure, you'll want to choose 3 columns. Word will now set up your document for 3-columns. Once you have selected 3-columns and closed the pop-up box, you will see at the top of your page, in the ruler area, that there are blue stops. These show you where your column breaks are.
Now it's time to begin creating your tri-fold brochure. Remember, you will need two total pages to create the outside and inside of your brochure. If you start work on the outside of your brochure first, remember that the front page of your brochure will actually be the right column on the screen. The middle column is your back page and the left column will be the first page that people see when they open your brochure.
You can now use tools like text boxes, and pictures to format and create your brochure. You can use the insert menu to insert text boxes, pictures, etc.
Once you are done creating the first page of your brochure, choose, "insert" from the menu at the top. When the menu appears, choose "break" and then "page break." A new page will appear and you can then create the inside of your brochure. Remember that the inside of your brochure will appear just as it looks on the screen - the reader will read it from left to right.
When you are done creating your brochure, you can either choose to print it on your own printer, or you can save the file to disk and bring it to a print shop, like Kinko's, to have it printed for you. If you are printing it yourself, you should print one side at a time, unless you have a double sided printer. When you print, print the first page first. Start by printing just one. Then place the same paper back in the printer to print the second side, you may have to do this a few times to get the format correct.
We are going to make a fourfold brochure with finished size of 3.5" x 11". To do so, we will create 2 separate 11x14 legal size documents. They will be printed back to back and folded up evenly.
Open a new Microsoft Word document, under templates, select brochures and click the 8.5" x 14" landscape 4-fold travel brochure template. You will see two spreads. Save as California Tours.
Click on the text box and enter your own text. Click on the pictures and insert your own photos. Adjust size of text box and pictures by dragging on the sides and corners. To keep pictures proportional, hold shift and drag on the corner. Highlight text to format to different sizes, fonts and colors.
Do the same for the second spread.
Save the final design and email to your local printer and ask them to print it out on semi-gloss magazine paper stock.
Come up with a plan. Consider what you want to include in your brochure. Draw a rough draft or list the important elements to incorporate into your brochure. If you want to include pictures, graphics or clip art, make sure it's accessible on your computer. Save pictures or graphics in a format compatible with MS Word.
Open Microsoft Word. Click on "New" on the menu bar under "File" to open the Design Wizard, if it does not open automatically. Select the "Publications" tab. Highlight "Brochure", then click on "OK" to open the document.
Save a copy of your brochure. Click on "Save As" found under "File." Name your brochure. If desired, change the location of the saved brochure. Click on "Save."
Read the tips, ideas and instructions on the sample brochure. Look over the various sections for helpful tips to help you customize your brochure.
Customize your brochure. Highlight a section and type your details in place of the sample text. Adjust the size, style and color of the font. Highlight and delete any sections you do not wish to include on your brochure. Make any necessary edits in each section of the brochure.
Add pictures or graphics to the brochure. Click on "Picture" located under "Insert" on the menu bar. Locate the image or graphic on your computer and click "Insert".
Review your brochure. Look for any errors, and make all final changes. Save the brochure after all alterations have been made.
Print your brochure. Always print a single copy to proof it prior to printing multiple copies. Practice inserting the paper correctly into your printer for the back of the brochure, to be certain it prints accurately.