How do I get started?
If you are like most people, you are new to brochure printing and design. So here are some things you should consider before you order full color brochures online.
1) Graphic Design Software
The first thing you will need is a graphic design software. Among the most popular, you can purchase Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe Illustrator®, Adobe InDesign®, Adobe Pagemaker®, CorelDraw® or Quark Express®.
If you are worried about the cost of a professional software, there are also open source (free) design software. Such software include Inkscape or Gimp.
If you own a Microsoft® Office license, you may also use Microsoft Publisher to design your brochures. However, make sure to use "Pack & Go" for a commercial printer and avoid using Publisher cliparts.
If you do not own any of the above graphic design software or if you prefer not to worry about the design, you may hire a graphic designer or let us design your file for you.
2) Brochure Size
Once you have your software or graphic company hired, you will need to know which size brochure you will need. Choose from letter size, legal size or large format brochures.
3) Brochure Folding
The type of folding you will require will affect the design, and most specifically how the brochure panels are designed. You will therefore want to select your folding type ahead of time.
4) Brochure Templates
Once you know the brochure size and folding type you need, you should use a brochure template. We supply you with templates that you can download so that you can design your brochures accordingly or provide your graphic designer with important file guidelines. See our Templates.
5) Image Resolution
All the images used in your file should be at 300 dpi minimum. Any pictures you save from the web will not work as web images are usually saved at 72 dpi.
5) Special Needs
If you will have detachable coupons or business cards designed within your brochure, be sure to tell your graphic designer or our art department about the sections requiring dotted lines or perforations.
Now, have fun and select any cool options you may like, such as paper type, mailing services and so on.
If you would like us to mail your brochures, we can certainly do so. We will require a spreadsheet with your contacts and a quote will need to be provided to you. You may also elect to do your own mailing. A good place to start is with the post office.Check out their direct mail services and create an account online.