How to Make a Brochure Using Google Docs

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There are two ways to create a brochure using Google Docs on Google Drive: You can download and customize a template from the Template Gallery or you can make one from scratch. If you opt to do the latter, deciding where to place text, graphics and other objects can be a challenge. You can insert a three-column table onto the page to act as a guide for your trifold brochure.

Using a Google Docs Template

Step 1: Open Template Options

Log into Google Drive. Click "Create" and select "Document." Select the "File" menu, point to "New" and choose "From Template."

Step 2: Search for Templates

Type "brochure" into the search box and click "Search Templates." Alternatively, go to the Google Docs Template Gallery and search for a brochure template.

Step 3: Select the Template

Click "Use This Template" to select a template to open as a new document in Google Drive.

Step 4: Add Customization

Customize the template by replacing sample text with your own and inserting images or other content by selecting the "Insert" menu, choosing the object type and finding the content you wish to use.

Step 5: Print Your Brochure

Print the brochure using your printer's duplex print setting. Google Drive saves your new document automatically.

Using a Google Docs Table

Step 1: Create a Document

Log into Google Drive. Click "Create" and select "Document."

Step 2: Set Up the Page

Select the "File" menu and choose "Page Setup." Choose "Landscape" and click "OK."

Step 3: Insert the Table

Select the "Table" menu, point to "Insert Table" and select a "3x2 Table." Select the "Table" menu again and click "Table Properties." Select the "Column Width" check box and enter "3." Select the "Minimum Row Height" check box and enter "6."

Step 4: Add Table Content

Enter text, graphics and other objects into the table cells. The first column will fold to the inside of the brochure, the second will be the back cover and the third will be the front cover. The first column of the second page will be the left inside page, the second column will be the center of the brochure and the third will be the right inside page.

Step 5: Print Your Brochure

Print the brochure using your printer's duplex print setting. Google Drive saves your new document automatically.

Tips for Making Brochures

If you're using a template to make your brochure in Google Docs, know that you aren't limited to the built-in templates. Instead, you can search for free and paid brochure templates through third-party websites, download the files and then upload them to Google Docs for you to use.

When designing your brochure covers, keep in mind that the front cover should be visually appealing and streamlined. An attractive image, your company name and a tagline will suffice. Limit the back cover to contact information.

Throughout the brochure, use headings and subheadings to help readers focus on your brochure content. Avoid excessive fonts by limiting your choices to two or three for the heading, subheading and body content. Don't try to cram too much information into your brochure. Simply provide a description of your company, product or service and a few paragraphs explaining the benefits of your brand and what they can expect working with you.

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