What is the best way to start to make a flyer?
Another way to go about it is to download a free template from www.avery.com :
http://www.avery.com/avery/en_us/Templates-%26-Software/Templates/Card s/Brochures-Door-Hangers-%26-Flyers/Tri_Fold-Brochure-Landscape_Micros oft-Word.htm?N=0&refchannel=c042fd03ab30a110VgnVCM1000002118140aRCRD
These templates open in MS WORD.
You can then insert suitable pictures that relate to you company, once they have been enhanced in PSE, add your logo, and type in the information.
If you don't have a logo, you can generate one (free) here:
There are several other sites for logos ---just google for them
I'm obviosly new so when I print out a sample the colors look terrible. What resolution should I set it to that will make it look like a professional print?
The colors are false or the image is fuzzy?
If the former, you may need to calibrate your monitor. If the latter, try setting the resolution to 300 ppi.
Barbara your answers have been very helpful.
One of the other problems I'm experiencing is cropping out an image of a road map that I put on the flyer. When I zoom in and bring it over to the flyer I loose a lot of the detail so people can't see the roads and street addresses. What is the best setting to crop an image so I don't loose any of the detail and the image won't look strecthed out?
Well, you need to explain a little more about how you're going about this. How large is the original and how much do you want to crop it and how large do you plan to print the crop, for example?
I'm taking a "print screen shot" and putting it on a new photohsop tab using the "new" "from clipboard tab". I have two screens so more than half of the image is cropped out. I'm then transferring the image onto a square that's about 2" X 2" that's on the flyer that I'm creating.
The problem arises when I drag it over it's much larger than I need and it look stretched out and the detail is lost as well.
Try either increasing the ppi (Image>resize>image size, with Resample Image turned OFF), or using the Move tool to push it smaller.
However, screenshots are going to be low quality images no matter what you do.
Good to know about the screen shots.
Whenever i try and save the file as pdf it saves at roughly 15MB which is too large to email.
How do I save it in a pdf in small file size that still has good quality?
Elements always makes huge PDFs. Adobe wants to sell acrobat so the PDF making abilities of PSE are very restricted.
Which operating system are you using? On a mac you can apply quartz filters in Preview to reduce the file size, but the result will be cruddy and unprofessional looking.
I just took a look at a pdf from a local realtor's site here (5 pages, lots of photos, 1.6 mb) and the creator info shows:
R and OS php pdf writer, http://www.ros.co.nz
so that might be worth investigating.
My OS is whatever is the latest Windows version is. I've been saving them as a jpeg and then opening that file in adobe 8 and then saving the file as a PDF. It works but it's a step I would like to eliminate.
Thanks again for all of your help.
I would go back to Barbara's original answer.
Start with a new blank project in the finished print size with 300 resolution. Add graphics and text and photos.
Your problem lies with your source of material, i.e., maps, grahpics, logos, etc.
Save a file from whatever source you are using - it is helpful if it's a png for layering - and look at the pixel dimension.
The rule of thumb for getting something to print well is 300 resolution. You can determine if your pixel dimension is large enough to print well by dividing each side by 300.
i.e., If you have a screenshot that is 300 x 600 pixels - and you divide that by 300 - you will get an excellent print of only one inch by two inches.
You can see that on a 8.5 x 11 (letter sized) flyer, a photo that is one inch by two inches is too small to be reasonably viewed - especially if it is a map.
It's all about the pixel size of your graphics and map. Trying to upsize an item is usually futile. Things can be upsized a bit, but the more you increase the size, the more it pixelates and the more detail you lose.
The secret is starting with grapics that already have enough pixels to print well at 300 resolution.
As far as pdf's go - that adds a whole other dimension to your creation. Forget the pdf's. Seek graphics from sources the provide large enough graphics that are usable. Google what you need - alot of things are free but you may have to pay for high quality unique graphics.