HOW TO MAKE AND MAIL
QUARTER PAGE FLYERS

by Karl Arnold Belser

Copyright 2009 by Karl Arnold Belser


PURPOSE

This page shows how to create 1/4 page flyers.

The reason for making 1/4 page flyers is that 15 of these flyers can be mailed with one postage stamp in a small envelope. Hence it is a cost effective means of advertising.


 CREATING THE FLYER

A word processor should be used to create the flyer.  Any word processor will do as long as the document created can be written in PDF format

The instructions here assume that Microsoft WORD is used, but the free word processors offered by OPEN OFFICE or GOOGLE DOCS can also be used.


The flyer must be converted to the PDF (Portable Document Format). One can use a free PDF distiller such as CutePDF or PrimoPDF instead of purchasing the Adobe distiller. The document is printed to a PDF file on the local hard drive.


CONVERT THE FLYER TO AN IMAGE

Open the PDF file using the Adobe Acrobat Reader and use the snapshot tool to copy a selected portion of the PDF page to the clipboard as a bit map.

To use the Snapshot tool, click on the camera icon on the tool bar above the document. It there is no camera icon, go to "Tools", "Customize Tool bars",. and check the box for "Snapshot Tool"  in the "Select and Zoom Tool bar" list.

After clicking the camera icon, use the mouse to define a box around the portion of the page that is to be copied. When the right mouse button is released, a dialog box will pop up stating that "The selected image has been copied".


EDITING THE BITMAP IMAGE

The bitmap on the clipboard should be first pasted into Microsoft PAINT and then recopied to the clipboard. Now paste the image into a new WORD document where the image can be resized and copied three times.

NOTE: If the bitmap is pasted immediately into the WORD document, there may be a black line on the right edge of the pasted image.


FORMATTING THE IMAGES

Select the pasted image in WORD by clicking on the image. Then click on "Format", "Object", and "Layout". The "In Front of Text" option should already be selected. If not, select it and then click "OK". Now the image will float on the page in the sense that it can be dragged and repositioned.

Click on the image and resize it to be the desired 1/4 page size. Now copy this resized image 3 times using the control key before the image is dragged.  Position the for images so that when they are printed they are centered evenly on the 1/4 page section. The exact adjustment will probably require printing the flyer to get a precise adjustment.


PRINTING THE IMAGES

The 4-to-a-page flyers can now be printed on colored paper and cut into 4 pieces using a paper cutter.

Last Updated November 22, 2009
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