A poster is a temporary promotion or advertisement for an idea, place, or thing that is used to gain and attract the attention of the public. Typically, posters include textual and graphic elements, although a poster may be either wholly graphical or wholly text. Posters are designed to be eye-catching and informative. This is achieved by inserting eye-catching pictures in the poster and the use of persuasive words. Many advertisers rely on posters as the major advertising material.
Google Docs, which is an online tool, can be used to make simple and cheaper posters. Many promoters and advertisers will choose Google docs to make posters as it helps to minimize the advertisement cost incurred. A newly Google docs user may not be able to create a poster due to the procedure involved. Therefore, the user may rely on the steps and instructions that should be followed in the making of these posters.
The steps involved in the making of posters using Google Docs tools are clearly highlighted and discussed below.
Step 1: open the Google docs
To be able to access Google Docs tools, go to drive.google.com. Then login into your Google account with your username and password. After logging in, you can create a new document. A new document is created in Google docs by clicking on the large rainbow “+” sign that is on the left-top side of the page.
After clicking the “+” sign, a blank page opens. The blank page is associated with many empty cells and tabs on the uppermost part of the blank page.
Step 2: Renaming the sheet
After opening the blank document, you can now rename your sheet by giving it the name of your poster. Click on the left-top side of the page named “Untitled document.” Highlight the two words and delete them. Then you can rename the sheet by giving it the name of the checklist you are creating.
Below is an image showing the two highlighted words before renaming and the other after editing and giving it the name of your choice.
Step 3: select the insert tab
After renaming the sheet, now proceed and click on the “insert tab.” The insert set is designed to help the user to insert images, symbols, forms, among other insert features. Clicking on the “insert” tab displays other settings. Click on the “drawing” setting; this is where you will create your poster. A new blank page will appear immediately after clicking on the drawing set.
Step 4: drawing the poster
This step involves the use of drawing tools to construct and create a poster. The type of poster to be created will depend on the choice of the poster the user wants or the purpose of the poster. Similarly, the size of the poster and the font used differs from one poster to another. The drawing page has different tools that facilitate the drawing and designing of the poster.
The original background color of the drawing page is the default (white). The user can therefore decide to insert an image using the “image insert option” or change the color of the background hence making the poster more presentable. There are no templates present on the drawing page that can be used in making the posters, and therefore the user uses symbols instead. Google docs are rich in a variety of symbols that are present on the symbol setting tab, located at the top of the drawing page. These symbols are modified and designed to come up with a persuasive poster. The most common symbols used in the making of posters are; rectangle and square. This because their shapes provide a large space for input of the advertisement words, and also their edges act as the frames that enclose the information contained in the poster.
A sample of a poster created using Google docs drawing tools is shown below.
The symbols are used in making simple posters. However, where a more appealing poster is needed, callouts symbols are used. These callouts symbols are contained in the callouts setting, which is under the “shape” tab. There are a variety of these shapes, and therefore it upon the user to choose the one that fits his poster best.
Click on the “callouts,” then choose any symbol. Then insert it on the drawing page. Thereafter you can proceed in editing it and inserting the advertisement images and information.
An example created using this type of Google docs setting is shown in the image below.
Step 5: Designing and saving the poster
This is the next step after you are done with inserting the symbols and inputting relevant information. Click the “save and close” tab on the top-right side of the drawing page so as to save the drawn poster. After clicking the “save and close” tab, the drawn poster will automatically appear on the Google sheet page.
The user can go further and edit, re-position, add information and increase or decrease the size of the poster with the help of the setting tabs present on Google docs (format tab, insert tab, and tool tab)
After the edition and the user are satisfied with the output (poster), the poster is saved, and it is now ready for circulation.
Alternatively, one may decide to go for the ready-made templates. After logging in to Google docs, a blank document tab and other templates are displayed. Google doc contains different types of templates that users can use to come up with different outputs. These templates differ in their appearance, and therefore, the user is allowed to choose the best template that fits his task best. The template is further edited, and the poster’s information and images are inserted into it. The template is customized and designed to make it more appealing and presentable. However, this method of making posters may not work well because it is difficult to come across a template designed in poster form.
In conclusion, any of the above methods can be used in creating the posters as they prove to cheaper and a simple way of making home-made posters.