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Published on 11 Jun 2014 | over 2 years ago

Learn how to design a brochure in Adobe Photoshop with our expert, easy-to-follow video tutorial...

This video is part of our Adobe Creative series of design tutorials. Please make sure to subscribe to the Solopress YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/solopress) so you don't miss out on future guides!

Please visit our blog (http://blog.solopress.com) for a more detailed description on all the steps in this video.

How To Design A Brochure In Photoshop

On the Solopress website (http://www.solopress.com), in the Free Artwork 'Templates' section under A4 Letterheads, click and download the (PS) Photoshop Template 297mm by 210mm.

Open up the Photoshop file. We have created a guide layer that will help you to design your brochure - this includes the Bleed Area, Trim and Safe Area.

Remember to use high-resolution images (300dpi) for the best results.

Create a new guide by clicking and dragging on the vertical and horizontal Ruler (if your Ruler does not appear in Photoshop press Command + R). Create 4 new guides on the safe area line.

Page 1 (Front Page/Cover)

In the Layers window hide the Guide Layer Only refer to this layer to check your design fits within the Safe Area and make sure any colouring or images extends beyond the Bleed Area.

To import your background in the top menu heading go to File, Place Embedded, locate your file(s) and select Place. Adjust the size and position. Select the Tick to confirm the action.

To create the background image, import and adjust the size. In the top menu heading, go to Layers, New Adjustment Layer and select Hue & Saturation. A properties panel will appear, this is where you can adjust the Hue, Saturation and Lightness. You can also Colourise the image. Select the Colourise option, and pull down the Saturation to 11. Change the Lightness to -21 and adjust the hue to 210. Adjust your settings to suit your design; we have chosen a greyish blue, we want to keep the design simple so it does not stand out.

Keep It Simple - With all the latest design trends having a simple and minimal design with set themed colours will have your brochure looking smart and professional. Now save your design and begin on the next page.

Select the rectangle tool, drag and create a header for your text. (We have preselected the rectangle colour, to do this; make sure the rectangle tool is selected and in the top menu options will appear for you to change the colour). In the Layer window, select the Opacity and set it to 80%, the rectangle will now become slightly transparent.

Select the text tool and change the font setting in the top menu. Type the Brochure Name, and adjust the position and size of the text, adjust the header box too if needed.

We will now import our logo to the front cover. Using the same steps as before, place and embed the logo and adjust the size and positioning. We have positioned our logo in the top right hand corner.

We will now duplicate the page, this helps when you are creating a similar image, all the layers will be as they were in the previous image. Remember to save your document by going to the top menu, File Save as, and save the document in your desired location. Select all the layers in the Layer Window and in the top menu, go to Layer and select Duplicate Layers. A pop window will appear asking where you want to move the layers. Under the Document, Select New, Name the new Page and select OK.

Page 2

Apply the same set up guides as before; hide the all the extra layers by clicking off Eye icon in the Layer Window. Import your background (we have chosen a solid colour for this page).

In the layers window, turn on the Rectangle Layer. Using the text tool, write your information within the orange box and adjust the font's size and position. The text we are using is called Lorem Ipsum. Loren Ipsum is a filler text used to demonstrate the graphic allowing viewers to focus on graphic aspects such as font, typography and page layout.

Save and duplicate the image creating a new page.

Pages 3 and beyond...

Repeat these procedures until you have created all the pages in your brochure. Another useful tip: Try having all or most of your information ready before starting the brochure, this will help when choosing the font size and spacing.

If you have any comments or questions regarding designing a brochure, please use the comments section below and we'll do our very best to answer your queries.

www.solopress.com/brochures

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