How To Create a Free Download

How To Create a Free Download
Offering a free download is a great way to share a sample of the content on your blog and get readers to visit your blog. There are many was to create your download content and below we will take a look at my favorite methods. The PDF format is the most common format for downloading from the web, because just about any computer or tablet can open a PDF file. So, let's make a PDF.

Download PDF File Size
The most common size for your PDF is the letter size, which is 8.5 x 11 inches with a 300 dpi resolution for printing (see screenshot). This should work fine with just about any printer.

Photoshop or Photoshop Elements
It is possible to create your entire PDF in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, with both graphics and text. Just create the graphics and text layers as you would for any project. Then you will want to export the document in the Photoshop PDF format (see screenshot). I've found that merging the layers before exporting helps to keep the file size smaller.

Scrivener - Page Layout and More
Scrivener is a software for writers of all types and my go to software for just about anything from organizing my research for a project to creating a calendar for scheduling my posts. I've also used Scrivener to layout a few ebooks. This program has many features and therefore a greater learning curve. But once you get to know the software, you will be amazed at all the tasks that Scrivener can perform. Once you are ready to publish your download, Scrivener can generate several file formats, including Microsoft Word, RTF, OpenOffice, Final Draft, Epub, Kindle and PDF. You will use the Compile feature to create the PDF (see screenshot).

Scribus - Page Layout Software
Scribus is an open source, and therefore free, desktop publishing software, which is brought to you by the Scribus Team. I haven't used this software but you can't beat the $0 price, especially if you are working with vector graphics in your project.

Design a Calendar In Scrivener

Scrivener Writing Software Review

Scrivener for Research and Multiple Publishing

Scrivener by Literature and Latte

Scribus - Open Source Desktop


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