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Making a brochure template allows you to easily create and update brochures for your business. While you can create many different types of folds for your brochure, these instructions will focus on creating a standard trifold brochure. By following these guidelines, you can alter these instructions to fit whatever type of fold you want. To get your brochure to print properly, the panels must line up correctly. To make sure you have the panels set up correctly, start by creating a template from a plain piece of paper. Then you can add your company logos and information to the template. When you finish, you will have a template you can use over and over.
Fold a plain piece of paper into a trifold brochure by folding the right side a third of the way in, and then folding the left side a third of the way in and on top of the first fold. This will help you visualize which panels make up the front of the brochure, the back, and the inside.
Label your folded brochure. You will have a front panel, an inside fold panel, a back panel and three inside panels. Labeling each panel on your paper mockup will make it easier to label them correctly on the computer.
Go to your computer and open the software program you'll use to create your brochure template. You will need two pages, so your brochure can print front and back. For a trifold brochure, choose the "Landscape" orientation when you open your new, blank document.
Draw your panels on your document. The software you use will determine how you would draw these panels. Depending on the software you're using, insert either an object box or a text box. These tools allow you to create boxes on your document. Draw three boxes on each document, with each box taking a third of the page.
Type a reminder in each box for which panel it is (front panel, back panel and so forth). You may want to print and fold your brochure at this point to make sure that your template has all the panels labeled correctly.
Add the elements that will be included in every brochure. For example, add your company logo and image to the front panel. Leave room for a title. On the back panel, add a smaller version of your logo and your company contact information. This allows you to change the brochure to fit your topic while keeping a unified look to your brochures.
Natalie Ray has been a freelance writer since 2008. She writes education, technology and how-to articles for various websites. She is a technical writing graduate student at the University of North Texas and received her Bachelor of Arts in criminology from the University of Texas at Arlington.