How to Make a Brochure on Powerpoint

Making a brochure in PowerPoint doesn’t have to be a headache if you can take the time to work your way through the program and understand the choices that you have available.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 has a few more features than previous versions and is the best version of PowerPoint to work with as not all computers are compatible with the older versions such as the 98 version for Microsoft Windows.

Although PowerPoint is primarily designed to operate as a program that creates presentation slides such as for a slide show, there is no reason you cannot create an excellent brochure using PowerPoint.

How to Make a Brochure in PowerPoint

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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.

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Once you have the layout you desire, unless you are using special stock paper, you will want to 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.

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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.

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Be sure to periodically save your brochure in a location on your computer, portable storage drive or CD. This saves your work up to the point where you are in case something happens such as your computer shutting down due to a power outage.

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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”. This function cannot be undone by “ctrl+z” however.

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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.

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Add artistic touches. For a brochure that you want to add drawing to, there is the option to use pre-designed shapes or free hand drawing.

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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.

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Proofread thoroughly. Once you have the content you want on your brochure, make sure to run the spelling check and save again when completed.

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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.

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Choose the right type of paper. If you are using special paper, you will need to make sure you load it properly to print on the correct side.