Despite the rise of viral marketing and online advertising tools, nothing can beat an awesomely made flyer. They are cheap to mass-produce and can be distributed directly into the hands of potential customers, making them the perfect choice for entrepreneurs of all kinds. To help you out in creating your very own flyer, here is a list of some of the best solutions. Online flyer creators and flyer app for iPhone/iPad are also included.
Which one is the most suitable for creating flyers, Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign? While they can all be used to create a flyer, Adobe Illustrator is the best flyer makers out of the three. Here is a rundown of their strengths and weaknesses.
Photoshop excels at manipulating a single image – cleaning it up and applying effects to it is a breeze in Photoshop but it fails miserably at creating a page from scratch. Illustrator can change images, although not with such nuance as Photoshop can, but its forte is creating a single page – arranging all the elements, such as text and images in one layout. InDesign doesn’t handle extensive image manipulation or single pages well, but it reigns supreme when the project is about assembling material into multi-page layouts, such as brochures. Therefore, the most appropriate Adobe product for creating flyers is Adobe Illustrator.
Details: For Windows & Mac, Free 30-day trial, starts from $19.99/month
Print Creations is available for installation in 13 languages, including Swedish. As you launch the program, it won’t just pop out, instead, a window with the words “Print Creations Experience” will slowly fade in and that truly looks amazing. Sadly, Print Creations turns out to be just a one-trick pony. Though it allows the most customization with regards to printer options, in fact, it might be the most printer-friendly of all flyer solutions in this article, it also has the most eye-gouging pricing system imaginable. For example, only 2 out of 22 templates in the flyer category can be used, while the rest must be unlocked at a staggering price of $19.99 for every two templates.
The product itself is split into modules as well, with each module being sold separately. Flyers and brochures are only $59.99 while the entire package of modules costs $162.44. Free demo version produces a file with a watermark.
Details: For Windows & Mac – Free with Limited Features, $29.99 to buy
Wait what? I thought Microsoft Office Word is a boring word processing tool? Not anymore. The newer Microsoft Word versions (2007 onwards) are capable of making posters, flyers, cards, and even infographics. As shown at the screenshot below, a quick search on “flyer” returns hundreds of gorgeous and professional looking flyer templates in seconds. After selecting a template, you can easily add and customize the text, colors, graphics, effects, and more.
It would be even better if you have Microsoft Publisher, which is of course the perfect Microsoft Office solution for flyer designing. Microsoft PowerPoint works completely fine too, as it shares a lot of similar features with Microsoft Word and Publisher.
Details: For Windows – Free 1 month trial, Starts from $6.99/month or $69.99/year (subscription-based) or $139,99 (one-time)
GIMP is the best free Photoshop alternative you can find. Although it is an open source image manipulation software, it is almost as powerful as Adobe Photoshop. Some even argue that GIMP is better than Photoshop. If you are looking for free flyer makers and serious about flyer designing, look no further than GIMP. It has a steep learning curve for beginners, which requires newbie to put in some time and effort to master the features beforehand.
Details: For Windows & Mac, Free
Once you launch this flyer creator, you will be greeted with hundreds of available templates, ranging from those for infographics to mind maps and flowcharts. The creation process is so easy that you will probably drop everything you’re doing and want to test them all. The free demo allows a 7 days trial, has print limitations and includes a watermark on the output file, which can be exported as .pdf or saved as proprietary SmartDraw .sdr and .sdt file formats. Comes with full PowerPoint and SharePoint integration and priority technical support.
Details: For Windows, Free 7-day trial, $197 to buy
Surprisingly enough, when you launch this program, it will run in a small 900 x 700 window that cannot be maximized. It has a slightly archaic interface but offers a wealth of various templates that look professional and can produce credentials indistinguishable from the real ones in just a few minutes. Some templates do have minor spelling errors, as you can see in the screenshot below, so pay attention.
Easy Flyer Creator also offers a Windows 8 app that offers similar features. You can check out their flyer maker app at Windows Store.
Details: For Windows, Free with limited features, $39.99 to buy
Online Flyer Makers – Faster & Easier, But Less Features
There is no complicated setup procedure, you merely click the big green “Create your flyer now!” and you will be taken directly to the choice of flyer background. You have five categories to choose from: Facebook InstaCollage, gallery image background, upload your own image, monochrome background or color fade background. Combined with the gallery of ready-made images to be used on your flyer, you can create a truly spectacular piece of work, even if you’re not especially handy with art.
It’s truly a pleasure to work on PosterMyWall, but there is a nasty surprise when you try to save your work. There are three download options available – high quality for $7.99, medium quality for $2.99 and the free option, which also puts a big, smeared watermark at the bottom of your flyer. This can be circumvented by taking a screenshot of your finished flyer and cropping the rest of the page, but it still leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. To add insult to injury, paid options also require your email address. Using PosterMyWall.com is the best for purposes of training your flyer-making skills and testing your flyer ideas in practice, but nothing else. The resulting exported design will be in .jpg file format.
Details: Web app, Free with watermark
After you click “Try it now”, you will be able to start creating a flyer right away. The user interface is clean and pleasant to work with, but you will be constantly nagged to register. There is even a pop up appearing every five minutes with the useful suggestion that you should sign up, along with two massive buttons on the page. These buttons that lead to the registration page are littered everywhere around the work surface. You can’t export or share your work until you register, so you might as well click them eventually.
There are three paid options: $9.95 per month for a single user, $19.95 per month for an upgraded single user account, $50 per month for a shared account for 5 users and a free account. All these prices receive a 20% discount if you’re subscribing for a year. The most interesting of these options is the team account, allowing up to 300 (!) people to work at the same time on a single flyer for $50 per month per 5 users. Though, that price might be just a little too steep, as Adobe’s entire product suite costs the same while giving infinitely more utility.
Details: Web app, Free 14-day trial, starts from $7.95++/month
Scroll down the page a little bit, click the blue “Create” word and the page for making a flyer will open right away. Unlike most of other websites for creating flyers, it’s not done in Flash, rather it’s a regular webpage. You still cannot do anything with regards to saving, sharing or publishing your flyer without logging in, though. This website handles text exquisitely, with plenty of formatting options. Adding a footer or header is such a joy that you won’t even notice that you’ve made a flyer from scratch. It even supports right-to-left text direction!
Images are not its strong suite, since you can only add one image and even, there aren’t many options for manipulating them. To add an image, click “New Layer” and select “Image”. Unfortunately, there are no image galleries, so you will have to find and upload your own image. In general, this website seems to be having some constant performance issues, but at least the registration itself is free and requires only an email address.
Details: Web app, Free (requires registration)
Flyer Maker App For iOS
This app for creating flyers and posters is available through iTunes for $4.99 and supports iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, though it is optimized for the iPhone 5. It is available in 10 languages, including Simplified Chinese. Unfortunately, it cannot export high quality PDF in any size larger than 8.5 x 11 inches nor create 11 x 17 inch layouts for posters.
Details: For iOS, $4.99 to buy