How to Make a Customized Flyer

by Filonia LeChat

When it's time to paper your neighborhood about an upcoming yard sale, advertise available violin lessons or let the community know about a lost pet, a quick and simple way to get the word out is through a flyer. Flyers may be handed out, posted on bulletin boards or even sent to your mailing list. There's no need to pay expensive design costs when you can make a customized flyer of your own at home for free, taking advantage of your computer's Paint program. Paint, a basic sketching and design graphics program, can help you create a custom flyer in minutes.

Open Paint, click "File" and select "Open." Browse to a photo on your computer to use for the flyer and double-click it; it opens in the Paint workspace.

Pull down the "Edit" menu, click "Select All" and press the "Ctrl" and "C" keys on your keyboard to copy the picture.

Pull down the "File" menu and click "New." Pull down the "Image" menu, click "Attributes" and type 8.5 inches by 11 inches as the dimensions, then click the "OK" button.

Press the "Ctrl" and "V" keys on your keyboard to paste in the photo you copied, then drag it into place on the flyer space. Resize it as preferred by grabbing a corner and shrinking it into place.

Click the "Text" tool, which looks like an "A," and position your cursor at the top of the flyer. Type the headline, such as "Yard Sale Saturday" or "Grass Mowing Available."

Move your cursor down toward the bottom of the flyer and click in the white space, then type more information, such as your phone number, address or information about what you're advertising.

Click the "Paintbrush" tool, select the small round brush head and choose a paint color from the "Color Picker" at the bottom of the screen. Add some eye-catching designs to the flyer, such as polka dots, swirls, smiley faces or balloons. Switch paint colors and brush heads as desired.

Tip

  • check Because Paint is a basic program, it doesn't allow for multiple files to be open at the same time, which is why you have to open your photo first, before creating the flyer, and then paste it in.

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About the Author

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.