A carnival coming to town means a neon-bright night sky, loud shouts of excitement as the gears of a roller coaster grid, smells of candyfloss and, if planned properly, big crowds. Attract more people your carnival by advertising it with a poster. You don't need to spend money on a graphic designer or artist for the poster when you may have everything required already on your computer. Make a carnival poster and invite community members to the "ride" of their lives.
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Things you need
- Desktop publishing or word processing program
- Digital pictures (optional)
Gather images for the carnival poster by reviewing existing files that may be available from previous events or by taking pictures of carnival preparations. This is optional.
Open a desktop publishing program such as Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Publisher. You can also use a word processing program such as Microsoft Word.
Set the dimensions for the poster by clicking the program's "Page Layout" or "Page Design" tabs. Choose "Custom," "More Page Sizes" or "Page Size." Enter dimensions such as "18 inches" in the "Width" box and "24 inches" in the "Height" box, a common poster size. Click the "OK" button and the software resizes to poster size.
Click the "Insert" menu or tab on the top of the software screen. Choose the "Picture" button or "Image" option. Browse to a digital image to use from a previous carnival or themed photograph. Double-click the picture to add it to the poster and add additional images as desired. Add additional images by clicking the "Clip Art" button on the software and by searching for carnival-related pictures such as clowns, fireworks and Ferris wheels. Double-click images to add them to the poster.
Click near the top of the poster or add a text box by clicking the "Draw Text Box" option on the ribbon. Type the poster headline, such as "Carnival Comes to Town Saturday through Saturday!" Customise the text so that it informs a potential reader about your event.
Highlight the text and enlarge it using the options in the "Home" tab's font section, "Type" toolbar or by right-clicking and selecting "Font."
Add additional text to the poster, including information about the carnival's contents such as food, games and rides; location and directions; costs for parking, admission, rides, foods and entertainment; and details on how to get more information such as a website or coordinator phone number.
Click the "File" tab or menu. Click "Save As." Type a name for the carnival poster and click the "Save" button.
Tips and warnings
- Make a Carnival poster celebrating Brazil's most famous holiday in just about the same way as you would a circus carnival. Instead of circus-themed pictures and text, use images from Brazil and Carnival websites, along with facts about the holiday and how to celebrate it.
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