Hi, and welcome back to the series of Google Docs tutorials. In today’s guide, you are going to learn how to make a coupon on Google Docs. Yes, a coupon, a complete coupon on Google Docs without any previous designing experience or expensive tools. Creating coupons for your business or organization, or even for your small business can be a great way to attract new customers and boost sales. With the help of Google Docs, it’s easy to design and print professional-looking coupons without the need for expensive design software.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps of making a coupon on Google Docs, from selecting a template to customizing the design and printing the final product.
When to Make a Coupon on Google Docs?
A coupon is a business-related entity that is primarily used to give away some discount through a scheme on any occasion or when any business may decide to get more sales. To attract new customers, we may need many more things including coupons, they can be a great way to entice new customers to try your products or services. There are so many reasons to learn how to make a coupon in Google Docs like boosting sales, by offering discounts or special promotions, and coupons can help increase sales and revenue. And this is what every business owner wants.
There are a lot more benefits the coupon is always our creation and we can change, customize, and make more variants of it, so the control is in our hands. Not like a case when we hire a graphic designer, and they exit after delivering a single design over which we don’t have much control. So, these are some reasons you need to learn how to make a coupon in Google Docs.
How to Make a Coupon on Google Docs?
So here we have two possible ways to make a coupon in Google Docs. The first is directly on the document using tables, and the second way is to use the Drawing tool. Of course, the drawing method is very new and advanced so we should use it for making good-looking coupons, but if you have a very simple design, you can use the direct method as well using tables and some other elements. We have another way but it is an external way so I will disclose it last. Let’s start with the simple method first.
Make a Coupon on Google Docs – Using Table
In this first section, we will learn how to make a beautiful coupon on Google Docs, without using any external images, even without having an internet connection. Wow, we can simply create a good-looking and printable coupon using Google Docs’ tables, and then some basic design skills to kill it in just 5 minutes. So, let’s get started with the steps required to make a coupon on Google Docs using tables.
Open the Google Docs file and take a blank page
Go to Insert > Table > select a 2×1 table
Now resize it increase the height equal to a coupon size and adjust the width accordingly.
Now on the right side part, we have a small segment where you can write smaller details about the coupon.
The left side of the coupon card is for the main highlight of the discount available and any other discount-related information
Keep the font sizes different for different elements, it will make a good feel for a customer, and keep the discount value. i.e., 50% with a bigger font size such as 50 or 55 depending on your overall size
Now right-click on the table and go to Table Properties
Select the color drop-down from the sidebar, and then change the settings for the border width and the cell background color. Make sure that you use contrasting colors for the text and background.
Now come back to your coupon design, and it’s almost ready, now you can add a final detail, and select the (only) border that is between the two parts of the coupon card, by clicking on it.
Now go to Border dash in the toolbar and change the straight line with the dotted line, and it will look like a real clippable part.
So here you can see, your final result is here.
But wait. The work is not done yet. how will you print this coupon? This table method is very easy and simple and works even without the internet, but this design is not stable. You cannot change its size or move it over the page. So, when it comes to printing which is a requirement in most cases, this method fails.
For the solution, we have another method that can help us create a stable design using the Drawing tool inside Google Docs.
Make a Coupon on Google Docs – Using Drawing Tool
In this section, we will learn how to make a coupon on Google Docs using the Drawing tool. We will see how we can use the drawing tool to create a fully-fledged coupon card and then add it directly to your document. It will be a detailed guide so don’t miss any steps. Let’s see the below steps.
Open a new or existing Google Doc.
Click on the “Insert” menu at the top of the page
Select “Drawing” from the drop-down menu > New
A new drawing window will open. In the drawing window, click on the “Shapes” button in the toolbar and then select a rectangle shape
Draw a rectangle on the canvas to create the coupon.
Now it’s up to you, if you want to make 1,2, or 3 sections on your coupon card you can make them by adding more rectangles.
To add text, click on the “Text box” button in the toolbar, and add text to the coupon, such as the name of your business, the offer, and the expiration date.
Note: Use a big font size for writing the discount percentage such as 50% OFF, to grab customer attention.
Use the formatting tools in the toolbar to customize the font, color, and size of the text.
Now contrasting to your text, give background colors to all the segments of your coupon card
Don’t forget to use the dashed border type instead of plain.
Once you are finished, click the “Save and Close” button.
The coupon will now appear in your Google Doc as an image. You can resize and move it to your desired location.
You can see how easily we can move it drag it, and resize it, it’s an image and we can set it on the page as per our need for printing purposes.
You can see the print preview by pressing Ctrl + P
I hope you like this tutorial and have learned a new skill of coupon designing from it.
Get the Free Coupon design templates
Here is the link you can get both designs used in this article for free. Make your copy and experiment with it to make your original designs using the Drawing tool.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to create a coupon on Google Docs using a template?
In the Google Docs template library, there is no available template to make a coupon on it, since Google Docs is a word processing software, it has many professional documentation and personal documentation pre-made templates like CV design, letter, proposal, development roadmap, and so on, but there is no coupon card template available.
Can I get the coupon template from anywhere for free?
I will recommend Canva.com for getting free + paid pre-made templates for coupons and thousands of other designs. you will also use it to get ideas and design your templates in Google Docs using the Drawing tool.
How to insert a drawing in Google Docs? my drawing option is disabled.
To insert a drawing in Google Docs, click on the “Insert” menu at the top of the page and select “Drawing” then New or From Drive, if your Drawing options is disabled, it must be a network failure, try reconnecting your internet and it will become active.
How to add a vertical text to my coupon in Google Docs?
Inside the Drawing tool, you can do it by rotating your textbox vertically, all the content inside the textbox will be aligned vertically then you can take the center and middle alignment. Note that you cannot align text vertically directly on your Google Docs file.
How to save my coupon in Google Docs?
You can save it inside a Google Docs file itself. Unfortunately, you cannot externally download this image file on your computer by date, but there are some tricks to do that you can convert your docs file to PDF, then to image and this is how you will be able to keep your image file in your computer in PNG or JPG format.
So today we learned how to make a coupon on Google Docs using two very easy and internal methods. The first method is very easy and required minimum hard work and also it does not require an internet connection, but we saw it has one limitation, it’s not a stable design and not good for printing purposes. But, the Drawing method requires a little more skills in design, also an internet connection but gives you a stable and controlled design in the form of an image that can be resized, moved, and easily used for printing purposes.
So I hope you like the above tutorial and you have learned something new from it. I will see you soon with another useful guide. Thank you and keep learning with Office Demy.