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How to Create a Free Brochure: Best Methods

written by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•edited by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•updated: 3/4/2010

Want to know how to create a free brochure? Here are some excellent resources and instructions for anyone interested in making a brochure for marketing or informational purposes without the budget to outsource this DTP project. Here’s a few great ways to create and customize one yourself.

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    Decide on Size, Content, and Images to Use First

    The first considerations in deciding how to create a free brochure involve its rudimentary design features. That is to say what size do you want it to be first of all? The most popular options tend to be 5.5" x 8.5", 8.5" x 11", 8.5" x 14", 11" x 17", or 11" x 25.375. Next you have the fold considerations to contend with; such as tri-fold, half-fold, Z-fold, or the type that has pockets in it to hold additional information like business cards and such.

    While we’re discussing how much room you will need for your brochure, it may be worth your while (especially if you’re in a time crunch or have only a little information that needs to be on it) to consider a flyer instead of a brochure. They can be quick, easy, and effective solutions in some advertising or information-generating cases. Read about The Best Free Flyer Templates to get all the information you need on that.

    Now then, back to your brochure making endeavors. Choosing the eye-grabbing photos and images you’re going to want to include on your brochure, prior to the creation process, is a good idea. Having a general idea on the content meaning the text and the bold headings when you’re marketing the products or services of a business, will make it easier when you get to the design stage.

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    Unleash your Creativity Using these Methods

    First you will be well-served to be made privy to all the great online resources that can help you with this and many other DTP projects. Check out the bevy of free templates available from Microsoft Office Online for use in Microsoft Word and some for Microsoft Publisher. Just take a look at the samples at that link which cover a variety of different categories of brochures based on the purpose of the brochure and industry specific examples that are yours for the taking with a simple download. Once downloaded into the appropriate Microsoft application, you simply type over the text with your own and follow any directions to upload your own images for customization.

    Another means that will teach you how to create a free brochure is at SockLayouts. There you have a few free sample options in template form that you can download and customize in template forms. Of course, they have a larger more impressive variety that you can buy after you’re lured in by the free stuff, but you can certainly find a free one to meet your needs. Similarly, there are more brochure templates available at Allgraphicdesign.com for your perusal. I also recommend the HP Creative Studio as a good resource for this project.

    There you have your means and methods to exercise your DTP freedom to make brochures. If you’re looking for any additional advice on coming up with a winning brochure, please read Brochures 101: Ten Brochure Design Tips for First Timers. Best of luck to you for this project and remember to consult this Bright Hub channel for help with creating all of your advertising and marketing materials using a wide array of DTP software and resources.