How to Design a brochure in Pages
Pick a design
Pages’ templates include the usual kinds of letters and flyers found in a word processor, but you can also create impressive brochures and other things you’d expect from a desktop publishing app. We’ll use the Museum Brochure.
This template isn’t a one-pager: it’s designed to print on both sides. If you click the View button at the top left of the window and choose Show Page Thumbnails, you can move between the two sides with a click.
Pages’ built-in media browser can be painfully slow. To add images without having to wait around, drag them from Photos (or Finder) onto the relevant spot on your document. Here we’re replacing the center image.
Resize or move
As you might expect, you can adjust the space allocated to an image by dragging the handles on its edges and corners. If you move an image, temporary guides appear to help you align it with other objects on the page.
Kill more colors
By default, Instant Alpha only removes one color, but if you drag across a range of colors you’ll make all those the pointer passes over transparent, too. Take care: if you overdo it you’ll find that your images start to look really weird.
Line it up
Choose View > Zoom > Fit Page to see how your page looks in full and check that the design works. That large picture on our page doesn’t look good: it should really fit into the first column, or sit behind the entire page.
Edit the mask
If you find that the picture is too big for the space allowed, choose Format > Image > Edit Mask. You can now drag the image around within its frame, or resize it so that it looks just right on your page, without being cut off or too big.
Put it back
If you want an image to appear behind everything else, click the Format inspector’s Arrange tab. Sometimes, though, you’ll see something like the above: our image is behind another image that has a solid background.
Add your own text
Replacing text in a Pages template couldn’t be simpler: just select the text you want to replace, then type or paste the new text. Use the Format inspector’s Text tab to adjust fonts, sizes, colors and spacing to make things just so.
Kill the background
If your image has a background color, you can remove it: open the Format inspector (top right), then click the Image tab followed by Instant Alpha. If you now click the background of your image, it appears in cyan to indicate transparency.
Instant Alpha again
We need to use Instant Alpha to remove the background color from the foreground image. You may find this causes text to appear around it. To stop that, select the image, then experiment with the Arrange tab’s Text Wrap options.
Have some fun
Pages really rewards exploration: the good old “What does this button do?” approach often uncovers great features. Here we’ve experimented with transparency and masks to run a big image of a Mac across multiple columns.