Recruit new members to your club, announce a meeting or let your community know of a brand new club hot spot in the neighbourhood by making a flyer. Flyers are quick and handy promotional materials; they’re single-sided sheets of standard copy paper and may include text, graphics and other details. You can make your own club flyers for free by taking advantage of programs already on your computer or by downloading free trials. Within minutes, you’ll be ready to start publicising your club.
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Things you need
- Windows Paint
- Digital image
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Publisher
Open Paint, click “File” and select “Open.” Browse to a digital image, such as a photo from your last club meeting, and double-click the file name to open it in the Paint workspace. Click the “Select” icon, which looks like a rectangle made of dotted lines, and draw an outline around the picture. Press the “Ctrl” and “C” keys to copy the selection.
Pull down the “File” menu, click “Image” and select “Attributes.” Set the page dimensions as 8.5-inches by 11-inches and click the “OK” button. The Paint workspace adjusts. Press the “Ctrl” and “V” keys on your keyboard to paste in the selection. Drag it into place in the middle of the flyer.
Click the “Text” tool, which looks like an “A” and click the top part of the flyer. If a text toolbar does not appear, click “View” and select “Text Toolbar.” Type the flyer headline, such as “All kings, queens, and pawns invited! Join the Chess Club!”
Move your cursor below the image and type more information, such as who to contact to join the club, rules, where and when the club meets and details such as membership fees.
Pull down the “File” menu, click “Save As,” name the flyer and save it to your computer.
Open Word or download a free trial, click “File” and select “New.” When the “New Document” pane appears, type “flyer” or “flyer” into the “Search online for” box and click “Go.” You may be more specific, such as “club flyer,” but you’ll limit your results.
Scroll through the list of available flyer templates, click a link to preview one and click the “Download” button to open the flyer in the Word workspace. Highlight the placeholder flyer headline and type directly over the top of it with your own words, such as “Drama Club Meets This Thursday.” Highlight the new headline and use the text toolbar at the top of the page to change the font, size, colour and position.
Highlight the rest of the placeholder flyer text and type over it with your own information, letting people know why they should join the club, any awards the club has won, places the club travels to, competitions and more.
Click once on the placeholder image on the flyer to highlight it, then press the “Delete” key to remove it. Pull down the “Insert” menu, click “Picture” and select “Clip Art.” Type a word or phrase into the “Search for” box, such as “drama club,” “chess,” “meeting” or “football” and click “Go.” Scroll through the results and double-click a graphic, which adds it to the flyer.
Pull down the “File” menu and click “Save As.” Give the flyer a name and a destination to save to on your computer, then click the “Save” button.
Open Publisher or download a free trial, click “Publications for Print” and scroll to “Flyers.” Scroll through the available flyer templates and double-click one to open it in the Publisher workspace.
Click your cursor into the placeholder headline text box, which becomes highlighted. Type directly over the words, which are replaced with your own, such as “New Comedy Club Coming to Town.” Highlight the new headline and change its appearance using the text toolbar at the top of the page. Repeat this to add information to the rest of the text boxes on the page, such as club hours of operation, directions, website, contact information, age restrictions and upcoming headliners.
Right-click the placeholder image on the flyer and select “Change Picture.” Choose “Clip Art” and type a word or phrase into the “Search for” box, such as “microphone,” “boxing” or “music notes.” Click “Go,” scroll through the results and double-click an image, which appears in place on the flyer.
Click the “Color Schemes” link on the “Flyer Options” pane on the left side of the screen. Scroll through the colour groups and double-click a set; the flyer automatically updates with new colours in the Publisher workspace.
Pull down the “File” menu, click “Save As” and name the flyer. Choose a place to save it to on your computer and click “Save.”
Tips and warnings
- All Windows computers come with the Paint software installed, so you can immediately start creating club flyers. If you’ve got the Microsoft Office Suite, you’ll have Word; later versions of the Suite also include Publisher. If you bought a stripped computer, you can still experiment with Word and Publisher by downloading a free Office Suite trial. You’ll have time to make multiple club flyers and try out the programs’ functionality before investing any money in the software.
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