Make a Flyer in Pages on the Mac


Make a Flyer in Pages on the Mac
Mac Tip #543, 04 July 2012

Pages.app, part of the iWork suite of apps, is a very handy piece of software. It opens and saves to Word, but is also perfect for making flyers, invitations, certificates and more. This Tip shows how to use and adapt the Flyer template.

Pages.app costs US$19.99 (NZ$24.99) from the App Store, and is part of the iWork productivity suite that includes Numbers (for spreadsheets) and Keynote (for presentations).

Quick Start

  1. Choose a template from the Template Chooser.
  2. Click once on text to select the object, then click again to select the text.
  3. Type new text to replace the placeholder text.
  4. Drag an image from the Media viewer onto the existing image to replace it.
  5. The text in the tear-off tabs automatically rotates so you can easily type over it.

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Choose a Template

When you open Pages the Template Chooser appears. If you already have a document open and want to see the Template Chooser select Open Template Chooser… from the File menu.

The Template Chooser in Pages.

The Template Chooser in Pages. I’ve selected the Flyers category under Page Layout on the left.

Pages ’09 offers several Flyers templates. In the Tip I use the Learn Guitar Flyer template.

Click on a template to select it and click the Choose button at the bottom of the window. A document opens with images and text already filled in, ready to be replaced.

The Learn Guitar template in Pages.

The Learn Guitar template in Pages.

Selecting may take two clicks

The text and images in the flyer template are just waiting to be replaced. Because this is a template it doesn’t work quite the same as in a normal document.

I want to replace the words Learn Guitar with Learn Mac.

To do that I click once on the words Learn Guitar. An outline box appears around that whole section of text. Now I click once again on the words Learn Guitar. This time the words themselves are selected. To replace them I just start typing.

Double click is a handy shortcut for these two clicks.

I replaced Learn Guitar with Learn Mac.

I replaced Learn Guitar with Learn Mac. Currently that section has an outline box around it.

Work through each section of text in this way, replacing the placeholder text with your own.

How the tear-off tabs at the bottom work

The text in the tear-off tabs rotates so you can more easily edit it.  Left: while editing. Right: after.

The text in the tear-off tabs rotates so you can more easily edit it. Left: while editing. Right: after.

You may think there will be a problem with the tear-off tabs at the bottom because they’ve been rotated. Pages is smart though. Click once on a tab to select the text box, then click once on the text itself. After that second click the text rotates, making it easier for you to type in your own wording.

Start by getting the text in one tab correct, then copy and paste to each of the other tabs in turn.

After editing the first tab type Command (⌘) A to Select All then Command (⌘) C to Copy. Then for every other tab double click, type Command (⌘) A to Select All then Command (⌘) P to Paste.

Change the picture

The template includes a photo, in my case of a guitar. Click once on the image to select it.

Then go to the View menu and choose Show Media Browser. A floating window appears, showing your iPhoto and Aperture collections.

Make sure the Photos tab is selected, rather than Audio or Movies.

Find a suitable images in your Aperture or iPhoto collections. I have a photo of some Macs selected.

Find a suitable images in your Aperture or iPhoto collections. I have a photo of some Macs selected. Note that the guitar image has a selection box around it, so when I drag my photo in the guitar will be replaced.

Browse your photo collection: scroll around in the image browser until you find a suitable photo, or use the Search field at the bottom to narrow down the choices.

When you find a suitable picture drag it over on top of the placeholder photo in the template. Your image is resized if necessary and replaces the image that was there previously.

When you’ve finished, either click the Close control on the Media Browser or go to the View menu and choose Hide Media Browser.

Save the new flyer

The next steps are to save the flyer, print it and distribute it. Good luck.

Pages.app can do plenty more

There are all kinds of things you can do to make your flyer stand out from all the others on the noticeboard, but that’s for future Tips.

Pages is a very nice app to work with. If you haven’t considered buying it and you’re interested in making flyers, posters, invitations, certificates and the like then give it a try.

I can’t speak to the US prices, but I see from an earlier article I posted on KnowIT — Apple’s Pages Demystified — that the New Zealand price is now only 1/6th what it was 6 years ago. That’s a huge drop and really makes the app affordable.

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