Digital brochures are a convenient and cost-effective way to share information with a wide audience.

They can be easily distributed via email or posted on a website, allowing users to flip or navigate through the pages just like a printed brochure.

If you have an original printed brochure that you’d like to convert into a digital format, you can follow a few steps to create a professional-looking result.

Note that this is one of two options; depending on the size and scope of the printed brochure, it might be more effective to rework it. How to convert hard-copy brochures to PDFs.

Scanning an original brochure to create a new PDF version.

  1. Scan the printed brochure: To create a digital version of your printed brochure, you’ll need first to scan the pages. You can use a flatbed scanner or a high-quality camera to capture images of each page. Be sure to scan the pages at a high resolution to ensure that the text and images are clear and legible.

  2. Edit the scanned images: Once you have all the pages scanned, you’ll need to edit the images to ensure they look their best. Use image editing software like Adobe Photoshop or GIMP to crop the images, adjust the brightness and contrast, and remove any blemishes or imperfections.

  3. Convert the images to a PDF: After you’ve edited the images, you’ll need to convert them to a PDF (Portable Document Format) file. This will allow you to create a digital version of the brochure that can be easily viewed on a computer or mobile device. There are a number of free online tools that can help you convert images to PDF, such as SmallPDF or PDF2Go.

  4. Add interactive features: Once you have your digital brochure in PDF format, you can add interactive features to make it more engaging for your audience. For example, you can include links to your website or social media profiles or add buttons that allow users to share the brochure with their friends and followers easily.

  5. Distribute the digital brochure: There are a number of ways you can distribute your digital brochure once it’s ready. You can email it to your email list, post it on your website, or upload it to a platform like Issuu or Scribd, which allows users to view and download PDF documents.

Overall, creating a digital brochure from an original printed one is a straightforward process that requires just a few simple steps, but it won’t give you the flexibility and interaction you can get if you recreate the old printed brochure.

Recreating an old printed brochure by art working it again.

One of the problems with older marketing materials is that the original source files and images have often disappeared.

However, suppose you’ve got a hard copy. In that case, this can be typeset and designed from new in Adobe Indesign to give you a new, digital version of the older collateral with the benefit of being able to update it and turn it into an interactive PDF brochure design.

Suppose you don’t have the original images for the brochure. In that case, there are options to replace imagery with new stock files, commission a new shoot or scanning and retouch the images from the hard-copy brochure (this can often take longer than finding or shooting new ones).

Once your old printed brochure is digital, it can easily be converted into a range of PDF formats so it can be shared on your website, social media or sales emails.

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