This time I’ll help you to create a prepared to print three-fold brochure from scratch using only Photoshop. This tutorial is perfect for beginners and for people who want to know more about print design. Let’s get it started!
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This is a practical guide on how to design a easy brochure from scratch using only Photoshop. I’m doing it without using InDesign templates, or Illustrator, since there are many people who don’t have that software, or don’t know how to use it. If you’re a student looking to print a Brochure in your Inkjet Printer, this just might be the right tutorial for you.
Part One – Setting Up the Work Document
Step 1 – Chose the Folding Type
There are numerous things we need to think before starting to design a brochure: the size, shape, and folding type besides the concept itself. Usually, we should start with pen and paper – factually. It’s a good idea to grab a piece of paper and start looking for the best way to fold it, anyway at the end you’ll have only two printable sides, that means, two Photoshop documents, one for the front side, and one more for the back side.
This time I’ll show you how to design a three-fold brochure. Underneath is a quick draft of the folding guide. From here and forward, we’ll name each print area a “Face,” so we have “Face 1,” “Face 2,” “Face 3″… until “Face 6.”
Step 2 – Drafting
It isn’t hard to imagine a design once the folding type is selected. Once you’ve folded your piece of paper, draw something over it and see how it looks. This is the most creative step, so feel free to do whatever you want.
In the following instance, I’ve used my tablet to draw something for you (did the same on paper actually). This forms the basic guidelines of the design and some of the graphic ideas. Drafting will help you to see where you’ll put the content of your brochure and if the layout will help the reader find the info rapidly, besides it’s a good way to keep your info prearranged. E.g. in my draft you can see how I placed the “Contact us” text in field number 2 (see the previous graphic), so when the brochure stays folded, the reader will still be able to read the title of the brochure and the contact info as a speedy reference.
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