How to Make a Flyer With Gimp

By Kylene Arnold

Flyers are sheets of paper that contain information about a person, item, place, or event. Although some flyers are double-sided, most of them are usually single-sided and look similar to a small poster. A well-designed flyer is both informative and visually appealing, therefore they are often created using graphic design software, such as the GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP. GIMP not only offers designers the tools that they need to create an attractive advertisement, it also provides ways for designers to precisely conform to professional size and resolution standards.

Step 1

Launch GIMP, then click on the File menu and select "New" to open the "Create a New Image" dialog box.

Step 2

Select a unit from the drop-down box under the "Image Size" heading. The default unit is pixels, but most printers specify their flyer sizes in inches or millimeters.

Step 3

Determine whether you want a full or a half sheet flyer. For a full sheet, type "8.5" into the width box and "11" into the height box. For a half-sheet flyer, your dimensions should be 5.5" by 8.5".

Step 4

Choose "Portrait" or "Landscape" orientation.

Step 5

Click on the plus sign next to the "Advanced Options" heading to expand this section.

Step 6

Type "300" into the "X Resolution" and "Y Resolution" boxes, then click "Okay." This creates a project with 300 pixels per inch, which is the standard resolution for professional printing.

Step 7

Add images and text to your project. The GIMP Toolbox contains dozens of tools to help you design your flyer.

Step 8

Save your project as the front of your flyer.

Step 9

Create a new project if you wish to make a double-sided flyer. Repeat the steps you performed to make the front.

Step 10

Save this project as the back of your flyer.

Step 11

Print the front of your flyer, then reinsert the paper into the printer and print the back. You may also save your GIMP projects as .jpg or .tiff file and take the images to a professional printer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you know how the paper feeds through the printer before printing the back of your flyers. If you reinsert the paper the wrong way, the back side will be upside-down when the front is right-side up.