Do you want to create a printable? But don’t know where to start? This blog is for you.
This blog post is about creating a printable like a PRO.
I will give you 8 points on how to create your first printable.
- Define your main purpose
- Decide what software to use
- Design your look and feel
- Add header and/or footer
- Add guide and contact details page
- Decide your output file
- Create a cover page (optional)
1. Define your main purpose
It is imperative that your purpose in creating a printable is clear. If it’s not clear to you, it will reflect on your printable. It will be cluttered messy, and misleading. It should be clear to you that the purpose of your printable is to sell, share information, or other things. The purpose is like a goal in creating the printable.
2. Decide what software to use
You can use FREE or PAID software. If you are a beginner, I recommend using FREE software. Then if you know your groove, you can try the PAID ones. I collated some FREE and PAID software that you can use.
- Google Sheet
- Google Docs
- Google Slides
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Powerpoint
Actually, you can use any software, as long as the final output can be PDF, JPEG, or PNG.
3. Design your look and feel
Aesthetics are very important in the digital era. It adds impact to any product. It will also add impact to your printables. The only way to add aesthetics to your printable is by designing the look and feel.
There are three factors in designing your look and feel.
- some are minimalist, pastel, rustic , etc.
- Color Palette
- I recommend using 2 fonts, max 3 fonts, for uniformity (but of course, you can use as many fonts as you like that will match your theme)
4. Add Header and/or Footer
Your header and/or footer will be your branding. So this is very important. You can put your Instagram handle, FB page link, or website address. You can also put the title of your printable.
5. Add guide and contact details page
This is also another part of your printable. You can explain the purpose of your printable or how to use your printable. You can also add here your intro and your contact details. Contact details are important because if they have questions, they know how they can reach you. This might be a business inquiry or opportunity so make sure you don’t forget to put your contact details.
6. Decide your output file
You can use many output files for your printable. But the most common, meaning it’s compatible with any platforms, is PDF. But you can also use the following:
- Microsoft Word file
- Microsoft Excel file
- Microsoft Powerpoint file
- Google Docs link
- Google Sheets link
- Google Slides link
7. Create a cover page (optional)
You can add a cover page to your printable like a book cover. But this is optional. Printables are usually worksheets with minimal pages. But you can use your cover page for marketing your printable or when you share it printable in social media.
So after creating your printable, don’t forget to share it so the world is aware that another useful printable was create *wink*. You can share it on
- Facebook Page
- Facebook Groups
- Your own website
Just don’t forget to create your own system for sharing your content so it will be consistent across all platforms.
You can check my printable, “Money Mindfulness for Kids“, so you have an overview of the points that I shared with you.
That’s it! Please share your first printable with me OK? I’m sure it’s incredible!
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