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How to Make a 2-Sided Flyer in
Making your own flyers in Photoshop will save you time and money. Just a simple setup
and you can add your own text and graphics to promote anything from a car for sale to a
conference. A two-sided flyer is twice as effective with more information, while using
just one sheet of paper. Flyers are also effective ways to simply inform your audience of
your company and services. Being able to promote your events with a nice flyer of your
own creation will make you a star at work, and give you a valuable skill to include on
Open a new document in Photoshop. Set the size to U.S. Paper, a standard
8.5 inches by 11 inches, RGB color mode and a resolution of 300 pixels
Create margins by clicking and dragging guides from the ruler at the right
side and top of the document. Type "Control" + "r" ("Command" + "r" on
a Mac) to open the ruler if it is not already visible. For printing on a home
or office printer, drag the guides to one-quarter of an inch from the
document edges. For professional printing, ask your printer what margins
Open the "Type" tool and pick your font. It should be clear and readable
from a distance, so nothing too fancy. Choose a color for your text to
complement whatever artwork or message you are including. For example,
if you are including a photo of a car for sale you may want to match the
color of the car. Type your headline towards the top of the flyer and hit the
"Enter" key to finish typing.
Open a photo or other artwork for your flyer inside Photoshop. Drag it into
your flyer document. It will appear on its own layer. You can now resize it
by using the "Free Transform" tool ("Control + "t"). Hold the "Shift" key
when resizing to maintain the aspect ratio. You may consider double
clicking the layer to open the "Layer Effects" options, where you can add
effects like a drop shadow to make your image stand out.
Add more text to describe the main point of your flyer. Do you want to
motivate people to action, or just provide information? Use the "Text" tool
to place smaller text lower down on your flyer. Keep it simple and easy to
read. With the "Text" tool active, click the "Create Warped Text" icon in
the tool options towards the top of the screen. Here you can scroll through
options like arcs and flag bends to add an eye-catching banner effect to
Create a second side for your flyer by going to the "Image" pull-down
menu and picking "Duplicate." A dialog box will open and allow you to
name the new document. Click "OK" and an exact copy of your first
document will open. Delete the text and image already present.
Try a "Gradient" layer for the second side or continue the look from the
first side. Finish your flyer's second side with appropriate text, images and
your contact information if applicable.
Save both the front and back documents. You can print them directly from
Photoshop and just flip your paper over for the second side or save them
as a single .pdf document with two pages, which is most likely the way a
professional printer would require the file.
Tips & Warnings
Try printing the flyer yourself on heavier paper to avoid seeing through one side
to the other.
If you intend to have the flyer professionally printed, be sure to get specifications
--- such as margins --- from your printer before setting up your document.
If you are printing the flyer yourself, avoid large areas of solid color or gradients.
They can be difficult for a home or office printer to render clearly.
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