Instead of paying high fees for graphic designers and desktop publishers to create a brochure for you, make your own with programs included in your Microsoft Office suite. Save money by designing your own brochure in the user-friendly Publisher, which comes with a variety of preset styles to speed up your work. Word, which is much more basic and bare-bones, adequately serves as a platform for your brochure creation. With just a few clicks of a Microsoft program you can make your own brochures.
1. Open Publisher and click “Publications for Print” on the left side of the screen. Choose “Brochures,” then scroll through the options and choose something similar to your desired brochure. Don’t worry if you don’t like the colors or patterns, you can change them during the creation process. Double-click a brochure for it to open in your workspace. Notice the two page icons (1 and 2) at the bottom of the screen–the brochure has two pages or two sides.
2. (Optional) Right-click one of the images on the brochure and select “Change Picture,” then click “From File.” Browse to where you have a picture or photo for the brochure on your computer and double-click it; it appears in the exact place of the preset image. Repeat for images throughout the brochure.
3. Add more photos to the brochure by clicking the “Image” menu at the top of the screen and selecting “Picture,” then “From File” and browsing to where the images are, then double-clicking them. Click the “Move” tool, which looks like a white arrowhead, on the “Tools” palette, then drag images to your preferred placement. If you don’t have photos for the brochure, choose “Clip Art” and search for preset option images.
4. Click your mouse cursor inside one of the placeholder text boxes, which may have standard sentences or Latin phrases to fill up the space. Type information for the brochure; change text color, font or size by adjusting them in the text toolbar at the top of the page.
5. (Optional) Click “Format,” then click “Brochure Options” and click the “Color Schemes” link. Choose a new color scheme for the brochure by double-clicking one of the options; Publisher then auto-adjusts the document.
6. (Optional) Click “Format,” then click “Background.” Click one of the preset background textures, which will overlay the entire page of the brochure but won’t cover up any of your text or pictures. Click “More Backgrounds” to add your own image for the background or choose a different preset such as a sunburst, tie-dye or texture.
7. Check both pages of the brochure to ensure you’ve replaced any filler text, such as “Back Panel Heading,” with your own headlines and information.
8. Open Word and click “File,” then “Page Setup.” Click the “Paper” tab and ensure the “Letter” size option is highlighted, click the “Landscape” option, then click the “OK” button. Word does not have a preset option for a brochure, so you will have to design pages separately. Brochures consist of three panels on each page, so you’ll have to eyeball it, picturing the page broken into three equal sections.
9. Click “Insert” and select “Picture,” then click either “From File” if you have photos or images to add to the brochure or “Clip Art” to use Word’s preset collection of artwork. Double-click items to add them to the brochure.
10. Click “Insert” and choose “Text Box,” then click an area of the page to add text. Type into the box, then adjust the font, size and color with the text toolbar at the top of the page. To remove the frame around the box, right-click it, select “Format Textbox,” click the “Colors and Lines” tab and pull down the menu under “Line” and “Color,” then choose “No Line.”
11. Add more text boxes and art as preferred for your brochure.
12. Click “Insert,” then click “Break” and select “Page break” and click the “OK” button. This adds page two to your brochure; repeat all the steps for adding pictures and text.