How to Make a Travel Brochure on the Computer

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Make a Travel Brochure on the Computer
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So you are tired of spending a small fortune at your neighborhood print shop. Don't worry. You are not alone. Whether you are thinking of making a travel brochure for the next family vacation or as part of your small home-based business materials, learning how to make a travel brochure on the computer will save you time and money. It also offers you the ultimate control over content and presentation. Within a short period of time, you may print any number of travel brochures right from the comfort of home.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Color printer
  • Paper
  • Microsoft Word or Microsoft Works

Boot up your computer. Wait until all your programs are fully loaded. Open a blank Microsoft Word document.

Click on "File," "Page setup" and then "Orientation." You may now change from the regular portrait paper orientation to the landscape orientation, which allows you to fill the paper sideways.

Click on "Format" and choose "Columns." Travel brochures usually have three columns and are folded three times; by following this simple truism, you are well on your road to creating a travel brochure on your computer that mimics those professionally printed.

Add your text into the three columns. Include pictures, photos and clip art.

Save the travel brochure by clicking on "File" and then "Save." Double-check your spelling, grammar and punctuation. Proofread carefully for any homonyms or errors.

Send your finished brochure to the printer by clicking on "File" and then "Print."

Click on the program options of your computer. Usually you can get there from the "Start" option.

Choose the Microsoft Works Task Launcher. It will open up a general screen that offers access to the word processor, spreadsheet and functions.

Click on the "Templates" option. This presents you with access to a variety of different already-created documents that simply need additional text and pictures.

Choose the "Newsletter & Fliers" category from the left. From there, pick the "Brochures" option.

Change the title options (there really is not anything for travel) and remember that these brochures are half-folded, not tri-folded. Include all the text and pictures you have available. Make sure to spellcheck carefully.

Save the finished brochure and send it to the printer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider using photo paper of the highest quality for your finished brochures. It will be worth it.
  • Printing travel brochures from your computer takes a lot of ink. Confirm that you have spare ink cartridges before you start.

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