Examples of advertising leaflets

HOW TO MAKE A LEAFLET: SOME TOP TIPS

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How do you make a leaflet and print it with Pixartprinting? In this article we explain the different types of leaflet you can create with Pixartprinting, how they work and how to configure a good-quality, error-free graphics file for printing the leaflet!

Leaflets have countless different uses. For example, you can print the programme for a multi-day festival, create promotional material for your products, publish a tourist brochure or make a city map packed with information. And because creating a leaflet online is so simple, it lends the format to more unconventional uses too: there are, for example, literary reviews printed as leaflets, and there’s no reason why the format couldn’t be used for a creative CV or a portfolio of your work.

The creative possibilities are endless, but to help you get the most out of this versatile format, we’re going to explain the basics of making a brochure, so you can avoid the most common mistakes in configuring your graphics file and produce a brochure that looks exactly how you designed it.

So here’s our guide to making leaflets and printing them online with Pixartprinting.

How to make a leaflet: sheets, folds and panels.

Before getting into how to make a leaflet, we first need to explain a few things about this format.

The leaflet, also called a folded flyer or brochure, is a product printed on a single sheet that’s folded once or more. So when we talk about the sheet we mean the flat format  on which the graphics are printed – either on one side or both. Here’s an example of a flat sheet.

A flat sheet in A3 format
A flat sheet in A3 format for one of our folded flyer models, in landscape (left) and portrait (right) orientation

Sheets come in various different formats, such as A2, A3, A4, A5 and others. Depending on the type of leaflet selected, you’ll be able to choose from several different formats on the Pixartprinting site.

The sheet will then be folded to create panels. The panels are therefore the parts of the sheet that are delimited by the folds. For example, in the image below, you can see a leaflet in A4 format with 2 folds: this creates 3 panels on the front and 3 on the back, 6 panels in total.

A brochure with 6 panels
An A4 brochure with 2 folds and 6 panels for one of our models to give you an idea of how to make a brochure. Landscape (left) and portrait (right) orientation

The folds are the lines along which the sheet is folded to create panels. Varying the number of folds and their position lets you create leaflets that open and read in different ways, depending on your requirements.

How to make a leaflet: step one, make mock-ups to help you choose the best format.

We now get down to the nitty gritty in our guide on how to make a brochure. You’ll have worked out that by combining different formats, types and numbers of folds, you can create products that are very different from one another. When you start to create a leaflet online with Pixartprinting, you can browse all the different types of leaflets available, as this image shows.

The online interface for creating a leaflet on Pixartprinting
The online interface for choosing the right format on Pixartprinting.co.uk

 But how do you choose between these formats and fold types? And how do you know what the right number of panels is for your project? The first and most basic tip in our guide on how to make a leaflet is this: create mock-ups of your brochure!

Creating a brochure mock-up is very simple. In the Pixartprinting interface, select one of the many formats available. Scroll down and, before you place your order, download the template.

Where to download a template for creating a leaflet on Pixartprinting
This is where you can download a template for creating a leaflet on Pixartprinting.co.uk

In the zipped file that you download, you’ll find various types of file. For now, use the PDF file. When you open it, you’ll find markings for the front and back of a sheet that you can print or re-create by hand on a blank sheet of paper.

That’s what we did. And in the next step of our guide on how to make a brochure we show you three types of mock-ups that we created.

How to make a brochure: our mock-ups

6-panel leaflet with 2 tri-folds

The first mock-up we show you is a 6-panel leaflet  with 2 “tri-folds”. You can choose this type in the Pixartprinting online interface for creating a leaflet, under the “4-6 panels” category. The result is what you see in this video: we show you the brochure first in landscape, then in portrait orientation.

Now try creating your own mock-up by watching the video and using the template that you can download from Pixartprinting.

8-panel leaflet with French fold

Let’s have a look at another brochure mock-up. In this instance, we have 8 panels with a French fold. Again, we first show the landscape orientation, followed by the portrait orientation.

18-panel leaflet with 4 folds: 2 Z-folds and 2 tri-folds

In this last leaflet example, we have 18 panels and 4 folds. You’ll find this model on the Pixartprinting page for creating a leaflet under the “14-36 panels” category. Once again, in the video we first show you the landscape orientation, then the portrait orientation.

Don’t be fooled by the numbers that you see printed (which go up to 8): in this case, different panels have been joined to create a single image. There are, however, still 18 panels. Now have a go at creating this mock-up yourself, before completing your order, using the templates you can download from the Pixartprinting site.

Once you’ve practised with these mock-up leaflets, you can go wild and try all the different combinations available on Pixartprinting before choosing the right format for your project.

We continue our guide on how to make a leaflet by explaining how to modify a template, insert your graphics and correctly prep a file for printing.

Which program should you use to create a leaflet online?

To create a leaflet online with Pixartprinting, once you’ve chosen the format you want, you need to modify the template that you downloaded by inserting your graphics.

To do so, you can use Adobe Illustrator, the most widely used vector graphics editor. With it, you can open and modify the files contained in the template pack.

How to make a leaflet: modifying the template and inserting your graphics

Once you have opened the file, you can insert your graphics. It’s important to follow the orientation of the panels that are in the template. So if you find an “upside down” number on a panel, you’ll need to rotate the content you’re inserting – images and text – by 180 degrees.

You’ll find different coloured lines in the file. These will help you to position images and text to avoid problems during printing.

  • The green line is the bleed – a safety margin that indicates where the sheet will be printed on beyond the cut line: you’ll therefore need to extend coloured backgrounds and graphics to at least this point to avoid unwanted white borders.
  • The light grey line is the cut line – the blade that cuts the material will follow this: we recommend you leave a gap of 5-10 mm between this line and any text or important content.
  • The dotted grey line is the fold line – it indicates where the material will be folded: if you don’t want text or images to be printed over the fold, leave a gap of 5-10 mm from this line.
  • The red line indicates the safe area: this line helps you see up to where you can position text or images so they are visible.

Follow these guidelines when positioning your graphics, and once you’ve created your leaflet, remember to delete all the lines mentioned above, except the green one.

Here ends our guide on how to make a leaflet

You’ve reached the end of our guide on how to create a leaflet on Pixartprinting.co.uk. For extra peace of mind when it comes to the end result, we recommend choosing the Professional File Check option when ordering, so the Pixartprinting team can check your file is correct and ready for printing!

All that’s left now is for you to let your creativity run wild in leaflet form!

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