Make Brochures in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 in minutes.
- Make Brochures in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 in minutes.
- Here is the first video: Setting all the slides
- The second video : Adding images and text
- Let’s get started.
- Set the page size.
- Align the shapes
- Change your shape
- Add background gradient fill to shapes
- Add the background to the page
- Set up Pages 2, 3 and 4 (inner pages)
- Adding formatting to shapes on the inner page
- Adding your images
- Feature image
- Resize the Image
- Adding images to the inner pages
- Adding the text
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If you want to make brochures the really stands and grabs the reader’s attention then PowerPoint 2010 /2013 is the program to use.
I am going to use personal training and fitness as the theme for this brochure.
There are 2 files that you can download. What makes them really different is in each file I present you with 3 different option for the inside panel.
You will be able to download the finished brochures add your own images and text and choose what you want inside.
- Full poster panel 1×1
- One large panel and one small 1×2
- Three panels as in conventional brochures 1x1x1
Add your images and text
Download the free templates
Orange Accent Brochure
Online PC Learning Brochure in PowerPoint Orange
Blue Accent Brochure
Online PC Learning Brochure in PowerPoint Blue
Here is the first video: Setting all the slides
The second video : Adding images and text
Let’s get started.
We will work on pages 5, 6 and 1(the outer panels)
Set the page size.
Click on the Design tab and choose Page Setup. In the dropdown box Slides sized for choose Custom or A4 and set the width to 29.7cm and the Height to 21cm.
Under Orientation choose Slides Landscape.
Let’s set up the first pages. Page 5, 6 and 1
On the Insert tab select shape and draw a rectangular shape on the page.
The Drawing tools tab will now appear click Format / Size and set the size to 20cm x 8cm.
Choose Align / grid lines and tick Snap objects to grid /Snap objects to other objects /Display smart guides when shapes are aligned / Display grid on screen/Display drawing lines on screen.
Tick all the boxes and spacing set to 2 cm.
Right click on the shape and copy and paste it 2 times.
Align the shapes
Align the shapes to the grid evenly. Remember the 2 inside margins should be twice the size of the outer margin. If your grid is set to .2 cm the outside margin will be able to snap to the last right hand vertical grid line.
Change your shape
Change the shape on page one to a Wave. You will find this under Stars and Banners.
I generally add Change shape to the Quick Access Toolbar File / Actions /Quick Access Toolbar / All Commands / Change Shape / Add
Hold down the CTRL key and select all shapes. Click the Group button and then Group to group the shapes.
Add background gradient fill to shapes
With the shapes still selected choose Drawing tab / Shape fill / Gradient / More gradient /
Set Type = Linear Direction = Linear Up
Add 4 stops dark color on the left and lighten the color as you move to the right the right hand stop should be white. Set the 2nd 3rd and last stop with increasing transparency.
Rotate page 1 shape 180degrees
Add the background to the page
There are 2 things to consider here that will affect the printing.
- If you convert your document to a PDF before printing (recommended) then the background should be added as follows.
- a. Right click and select Format background / Fill / the settings from the previous shapes will still be set /click Apply to All
- If you want to print from your PowerPoint file then go to Insert Shape / Rectangle / Draw a shape over the page and select the shape / Right click and select Format Shape / Fill / the settings from the previous shapes will still be set /click Apply to All.
- a. Choose drawing tools / Format /Send Backward / Send to Back
Note: The 2 processes discribed above work the same if you want to add an image background.
Fill / Picture or texture fill / File or Clipart / Make the image transparent 70- 90 %.
It is not possible to make a picture transparent on its own except in the slide background. You can increase the brightness and decrease the contrast and get a sort of transparent effect.
Here is the workaround.
Put the picture into the shape and then make the shape transparent. This will cause the picture to become transparent.
Set up Pages 2, 3 and 4 (inner pages)
In the 2 files that you can download I have set up 3 options for the inner pages.
1. Full page (Poster) 2. 1 Third x 2 Thirds 3. Thirds
Adding formatting to shapes on the inner page
If you choose full page then your background created earlier will be all that you will need.
For options 2 and 3 draw and align your shapes and group them if you want.
Go to the front cover and click on a shape. On the Home tab in Clipboard double click Format Painter. Return to you inner pages and click on your shapes the format painter will apply the same transparent formatting.
Adding your images
The images I have used here are Microsoft clip art images for training purposes. You no doubt will have your own images that you may like to use. Check the copyright status of an image before using it in the document.
Select the feature image. In this instance I have removed the background from the image. To do this first select the image and choose Picture Tools / Format / in the Adjust group / Remove background / Mark areas to keep / Mark areas to remove.
We want to brighten up the image that we are using. With the image selected choose Corrections for this image I have chosen: Brightness +40 Contrast -20
Resize the Image
To resize the image, first select the image and drag from the corner while holding down the Shift key as you drag. This will keep the aspect ratio.
Adding images to the inner pages
The images for the inner panels will probably need to be cropped first then sized.
Add a style to the images that is consistent to all of them and a slight 3d rotation.
Choose picture Tools Picture styles and Picture Tools / Picture effects / 3D rotation
Adding the text
The 2 methods for adding text that I have used are WordArt and Text boxes.
The text can be added by text boxes aligned on top of the shapes. Change the font colour to suit the background. If your background is dark then use white for the font colour and vice versa.
Watch the video tutorials
I would really encourage you to watch the videos if you have not already done so. You will learn so much more from watching how to accomplish a task then from reading the instructions.
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