Whether you are the director of tourism in your community or you’re a travel agent in need of a brochure that highlights the historic past of a city, creating a historic travel brochure might be the perfect way to attract the interest of the public. Designing a historic travel brochure doesn’t have to be a difficult task in the least, but it will take some time and attention to detail to complete and the use of a graphics program.
1. Gather any photos you want to include in your brochure. Remember to use only images that you have gained permission to use or that are the public domain. You may also opt to take photos yourself or hire a professional photograph to take photos for your brochure’s design. Load these photos onto your computer.
2. Create a very basic template for your brochure in order to get an idea of the space you will have to add images and text.
3. Go online or to the local library to find interesting facts about the area the brochure will focus on. Remember to only rely on credible sources when stating “facts” in your brochure.
4. Select a graphics program to create your historic travel brochure in. If you are familiar with a particular program, its a good idea to make use of this software to design your brochure. Otherwise, select a program that you have access to and are willing to spend some time learning use. A nice alternative to Photoshop, and one that is absolutely free, is GIMP.
5. Open Photoshop. Select “File” and click “New.” In the dialog enter 8.5 x 11. Use the “Rectangular Shape” to create a box for sections of text or images. You can use “Fill” to add color to the box you create. You can use the “Stroke” option to add a border. Add text using the “Text” tool and “Move” to place your text and images where you want them in your document. Experiment with the tools in the program to create the type design you want for your brochure.
6. Add your photos or other graphics to a “New Layer” in the layers panel. You must first bring in the images to wish to incorporate into your brochure by going to “File” then “Open,” selecting the one you want. Next choose “Copy,” go back to the main document an click “Paste.” Add each text selection you create in the program to a “New Layer” in order to make the editing process easier for you.
7. Print your historic travel brochure yourself using your office printer or have you brochures printed professionally. You may find that having your brochures printed professionally a better option as it will save you time and effort and, normally, you can receive a discount on bulk printing orders.