Creating an event flyer in Google Docs is possible using a pre-existing template or through custom formatting. Google even provides a free template gallery with a number of flyer options that you can choose and customize. If you need a lot of images, you may prefer to use an outside program with a more robust suite of tools. Google Docs is a flexible platform, but it is intended for text document creation. That means the graphics capabilities are limited.
The Google Docs flyer template options are an excellent choice, and they will save you a ton of time. To open the templates, you must first sign in to your Google Drive account and access Docs. Hover your cursor over the plus sign at the bottom of the screen and slide it up to the "Template Gallery" rather than clicking the plus sign for a regular new document option. This generates a menu of templates for numerous types of documents. Browse the flyer options and select a template to use as the basis for a new document. After it opens, assign a new title to save the document. Now you can change text and graphics while using the existing formatting.
Numerous other flyer templates are available. Many of these are created in Microsoft Word, but you can easily convert a Word document to a Google document format. Locate a template while logged in to your Google drive account. Open the template in a preview format if possible. Select the drop-down menu labeled "Open With" and choose "Google Docs" to open in the correct format. If you are forced to open as a Word document, choose the "Save As" menu and select "Google Docs" from the format options. Doing a conversion from Microsoft Word is a painless process.
To create flyers with Google Docs from scratch, you need a graphic vision. Look at sample flyers for inspiration but keep in mind that you are limited in Google Docs. Scroll through the font options and use different sizes for headlines. You can change the font color or highlight text on the main shortcut menu. Choose "Insert" from the menu options to add photos and graphics from your Google Drive, hard drive or directly from a camera. The Format menu also makes it easy to manipulate text, add spacing, columns, bullets and lists and other custom formatting options. You can also clear formatting for a fresh start from this menu. Highlight the text where you want custom formatting removed and choose "Clear Formatting."