How to Make a Brochure Using Google Docs


This wikiHow teaches you how to make a brochure, which is a bi- or tri-fold informational pamphlet, by using the Google Docs website. You can use a brochure template to easily set up your brochure, or you can create your own brochure from scratch by using Google Docs' included features.

Part 1
Using a Template

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Go to in your browser. This will open the Google Docs webpage if you're logged into your Google account. If you aren't logged in, enter your email address and password when prompted.

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It's in the top-right side of the Google Docs page. Doing so will open the Template Gallery page. If you don't see templates at the top of your window, click ☰ in the upper-left corner, click Settings, and check Display recent templates on home screens. The brochure templates for Google Docs are all in vertical format. If you want to create a traditional bi- or tri-fold brochure, you'll have to .

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This heading is near the middle of the Template Gallery page.

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Click one of the templates that has "Brochure" written below its icon.

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To replace the placeholder text in the brochure, simply highlight it and then type in the text that you want to use.

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Brochure templates come with images pre-inserted, but you can easily replace an image with one of your own without reformatting the brochure. To do so: Click the image to select it. Right-click the image. Select Replace image in the drop-down menu. Click Upload from computer Click an image that you want to use. Click Open

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If you want to make text bigger or smaller, use a different font, or use a different color, you can apply your preferred changes by highlighting the text that you want to change and then clicking an option in the menu bar at the top of the page. For example, you can make the text bold by highlighting it and then clicking B at the top of the page.

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When you see the phrase "All changes saved in Drive" appear at the top of the page, you're safe to exit the brochure's page if you like.

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The easiest way to this is by opening the brochure and then pressing Ctrl+P (Windows) or ⌘ Command+P (Mac), but you can also click File and then click Print in the drop-down menu. Once the print menu opens, set the print settings to your liking and then click Print.

Part 2
Setting Up a Manual Document

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Brochures come in many shapes and sizes. Do you want yours to be a letter-sized multi-page brochure, or a number 10-envelope-sized tri-fold brochure? Do you want more text or more pictures? It's often a good idea to sketch and fold a mock-up on blank sheets before you get started. This may seem like a trivial step, but knowing what you want your brochure to look like before attempting to create it will minimize your frustration later.

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Go to in your preferred browser. Google Docs is free to use for anyone with a Google account. If prompted, sign in with your Google email address and password. Your brochure will be saved to the Google Drive belonging to the currently logged-in Google account. If you're signed into the wrong account, you can sign into the correct one by clicking the profile icon in the top-right corner of the page, clicking Sign out, and then logging in with your own account.

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It's a blue button labeled "Blank" in the upper-left side of the page.

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Click the "Untitled Document" textbox in the upper-left corner of the window, then enter a type in a title for your brochure.

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It's in the upper-left side of the page. A drop-down menu will appear.

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This option is at the bottom of the File drop-down menu. Doing so opens a dialog box that allows you to set the paper size, page orientation, and margins.

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Check the "Landscape" box, then change all of the margins from "1" to "0.25" on the right side of the window.

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It's at the bottom of the window. This will save your changes and apply them to your document.

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This menu item is at the top of the page. A drop-down menu will appear.

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You'll find this near the bottom of the drop-down menu. Selecting it will prompt a pop-out menu.

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In the top row of boxes in the table pop-out menu, click the number of boxes that represents the number of columns that you want to use. You should see a thin, page-wide set of boxes appear in your document. For a three-page brochure, for example, you'd highlight the third box from the left in the top row of the table pop-out menu.

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Click and drag the bottom line of the table down to the bottom of the page, then release it.

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The easiest way to do this is by copying your table (press Ctrl+A or ⌘ Command+A to select the table, then press Ctrl+C or ⌘ Command+C to copy it), clicking below the table, pressing ↵ Enter until a second page forms, clicking the second page, and pressing Ctrl+V or ⌘ Command+V to paste in the table. This will ensure that the table is the same size on both pages. The first page serves as the brochure's covers, while the second page is for the brochure's text and images.

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You can also wait to do this until after you've finished your brochure if you want to keep the lines in as guides. To remove the lines: Right-click a black line on the table. Click Table properties... in the drop-down menu. Click the black box below the "Table border" heading. Click the white box in the upper-right corner of the drop-down menu. Click OK.

Part 3
Creating the Covers

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Because of the way double-sided printing works, the location of your brochure's cover panels will vary based on the number of pages or folds you have. The front cover of the tri-fold brochure is the right-most column on the first page.

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This will place the text cursor there.

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A headline is typically text that is larger and bolder than the rest of the document. The cover headline is usually the biggest and boldest in the brochure. It's typically catchy or informative. Use the toolbar tools to adjust the style (bold, italic, underlined), color, size, and alignment—headlines are often centered—of the headline.

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A strong cover image is important to illustrate the purpose of the brochure, as well as draw the interest of readers. To add an image, click Insert in the toolbar, select Image, click Upload from your computer, and double-click a picture that you want to use.

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For the purposes of the tri-fold brochure example, you'll want the text to wrap around the images, so you'll click Wrap text at the bottom of any image you insert. Break text means the text will stop above and continue below the image. This is also a viable option, particularly with the small panels of a tri-fold brochure. Inline means the image will basically be pasted amidst the text, which can cause formatting issues in the case of a brochure.

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Because of the way double-sided printing works the location of your brochure's cover panels will vary based on the number of pages or folds you have. The back cover of the tri-fold will be the middle column on the first page.

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The back panel of a brochure often includes information about next steps or how to contact the organization that published the brochure. Sometimes, it's designed to be a mailing panel so that the brochure can be mailed without using an envelope.

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Images on the back cover also help to ensure that your brochure is attractive and makes people want to pick it up.

Part 4
Creating the Internal Panels

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This is where your brochure's internal text and images will go.

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This is where you'll start adding the text and images that are the heart of the information you're trying to convey with the brochure. In the tri-fold example, this can be either the left-most panel on the second page or the left-most panel on the first-page, as these are the two panels readers will see first when they open the brochure.

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Type or paste the text of the brochure in the text boxes.

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To do so, highlight the text with the cursor and use the tools at the top of the window. Headlines above articles are often bold or italic and sometimes use a different font from the main text of a brochure section. Body text is usually 10 to 12-point type. Headlines are typically larger. Use the alignment buttons to align the text. Body text in columns is usually aligned left or justified. Headlines are typically aligned left, centered, or justified.

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Images help to emphasize what's being said in the text and to keep readers' eyes moving across the brochure. To add an image, click Insert in the toolbar, select Image, click Upload from your computer, and double-click a picture that you want to use.

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For the purposes of the tri-fold brochure example, you'll want the text to wrap around the images, so you'll click Wrap text at the bottom of any image you insert. Break text means the text will stop above and continue below the image. This is also a viable option, particularly with the small panels of a trifold brochure. Inline means the image will basically be pasted amidst the text, which can cause formatting issues in the case of a brochure.

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When you're ready to print the brochure, click File in toolbar, then click Print in the resulting drop-down menu. From the file menu, you can also download the document in a different format or email it to a commercial printer or coworkers. Google Docs automatically saves the file.