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How to Make a Missing Person Flyer (Free Template Download)

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What You'll Be Creating

When someone goes missing, it becomes a time-sensitive search to find them. Use this missing person flyer to cut out the stress of making a missing person template.

This tutorial also includes a free missing person flyer template for you to download, with files for Word, Photoshop, and InDesign.

In this tutorial, you will learn the key details you need to include in your missing person flyer template and how to edit the attached missing person poster template files.

What You'll Learn in This Missing Person Template Tutorial

  • How to create a missing person poster template
  • The key details you should include
  • How to edit a free missing person template in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Word

What You'll Need

To recreate the tutorial as it is pictured, you will need to download these two assets available on Envato Elements:

You will also need the Verdana font. No download is required because it is a system font.

1. How to Set Up a Blank Missing Person Poster in InDesign and the Details You Should Include

Step 1

Open InDesign and create a new document (File > New > Document) and make the dimensions of your flyer 8.5 x 11 in. Set the Margins to 0.5 in and the Bleed to 0.125 in on each side.

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Step 2

Since this is a missing person flyer, time is of the essence. We want our flyer to grab attention and draw the viewer in. One of the ways we can achieve this is by the use of color. The color red is a perfect choice because it demands attention and is often used to indicate danger. 

Select the Rectangle Tool (M) and make a red bar at the top of the flyer. The dimensions I'm using are 8.75 in x 1.73 in. Fill this bar with the red swatch in the Swatches panel.

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Step 3

Make another red bar at the bottom using the Rectangle Tool (M). The size for this bar is 8.75 x 0.8 in.

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Step 4

Now, let's add the headline. Along with the red color scheme, your wording should grab attention as well. Using the Type Tool (T), type your headline. For this tutorial, I am using the headline "MISSING PERSON". Another alternative headline would be "HAVE YOU SEEN ME?" Both of these headlines cause the viewer to want to learn more and could garner more leads for your missing person.

Use these settings for the "MISSING PERSON" headline:

  • Verdana Bold
  • 53 pt font size
  • Paper swatch
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Step 5

Create another text box underneath the headline. For this information, include the name of the missing person, the location, and the date where the person was last seen. This information is vital and aids in the location of said individual. Use the settings below for the name, location, and date:

  • Name: Verdana Bold, 40 pt, Red swatch
  • Date and location: Verdana Bold, 16 pt, Black swatch
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Step 6

Now we will create the most important part of our missing person template. Including photos puts a face to the name, and of course humans are visual creatures. Using more than one photo is a good idea because one square can be used as a close-up shot and the other a full body photo. Create two squares using the Rectangle Tool (M). The size of my boxes is 3.5 x 3.9 in

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Step 7

Open the woman wearing glasses photo in Photoshop. Go to Image > Mode > CMYK Color to convert the image for print. Press OK if a dialog box pops up. Now, go to Image > Image Size and change the Resolution to 300, making sure Resample is unchecked. Save the file as a TIFF to your desktop. Do the same to the young woman holding basketball photo.

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Step 8

Go back to InDesign and place the TIFF files you just saved into the squares by going to File > Place. Make sure the square you want to place the photo into is selected.

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Step 9

Underneath the first photo, use the Type Tool (T) and type the physical description of the missing person. This information is important in identifying the person being searched for. Include the age, sex, race, height, weight, hair color, and eye color. Use Verdana Bold, 16 pt, and the Black swatch for this information.

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Step 10

With the Type Tool (T) selected, type the full description of the missing person under the second photo. Tell the viewer what the missing person was last seen wearing. You can also add any other physical attributes that would stand out, like a tattoo or a birthmark. I'm using Verdana Regular and Bold, 13 pt, and the Black swatch.

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Step 11

Now, we need to add a call to action. What do we want the viewer to do if they spot this person or have a tip? Include the contact information in a large font—this is usually a phone number or email address. Use Verdana Bold, 44 pt, and Paper swatch.

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Step 12

This part is optional, but if you have a cash reward available for the retrieval of the missing person, then place this information at the bottom. Select the Rectangle Tool (M) and make a Black rectangle under the tips banner. Next, with the Type Tool (T) selected, include the cash reward information. Here are the font settings I used:

  • Header: Verdana Bold, 33 pt, Paper swatch
  • Subheader: Verdana Regular, 14 pt, Paper swatch
Reward tip textReward tip textReward tip text

We're now done with the tutorial part of this article. Next, I will teach you how to edit this missing person poster template in Photoshop, Word, and InDesign.

2. How to Edit a Free Missing Person Flyer Template in Photoshop

Step 1

Open the blank missing person poster PSD file in Photoshop. Use the Type Tool (T) and highlight the text you want to replace.

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Step 2

Double-click inside the Image1 smart object layer thumbnail. This should open up a new window (Image1.psb). File > Open the image of the missing person in Photoshop. Drag and drop the image into the Image1 window. Resize the image by selecting Command-T on your keyboard. File > Save this window.

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Step 3

Repeat the previous step and select the Image2 smart object layer thumbnail and open your second photo of the missing person. Drag and drop that image into the Image2 window, resize it, and save.

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Step 4

To edit the colors of the horizontal bars, select the banner layer and the Rectangle Tool (U). Click the Fill and change it to the color you want.

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Step 5

Highlight the text you want to change using the Type Tool (T). Click the Color field in the Character panel and change the color of the font.

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3. How to Edit a Missing Person Flyer Template in Word

Step 1

Open the blank missing person poster Word document. Highlight the text and type out your information. 

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Step 2

Select the first square and right-click > Change Picture > From a File and select the image of the missing person. If you need to change the crop on the image, select Picture Format in the top toolbar. Click Crop and adjust the image to your liking. Select Crop again to finalize your changes. Do the same with the second square.

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Step 3

To change the color of the horizontal bars, select the bar and choose Shape Format in the top toolbar. Select the dropdown arrow by the paint bucket icon and choose one of the Theme Colors below.

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Step 4

Highlight the text and click the dropdown arrow by the 'A' icon and select the new font color.

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4. How to Edit a Missing Person Flyer Template in InDesign

If you followed the InDesign tutorial above, then this will be a refresher on how to edit a blank missing person poster.

Step 1

Open the INDD or IDML file in InDesign. Select the Type Tool (T), highlight the text, and replace it with your own. 

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Step 2

Open your missing person's photo in Photoshop. Go to Image > Mode > CMYK Color to convert the image for print. Press OK if a dialog box pops up. Now, go to Image > Image Size and change the Resolution to 300 and make sure Resample is unchecked. Save the file as a TIFF to your desktop. Do the same to your second missing person's photo.

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Step 3

In InDesign, place the TIFF files you just saved into the squares by going to File > Place. Make sure the square you want to place the photo into is selected.

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Step 4

To edit the colors of fonts and horizontal bars, go to the Swatches panel and select the new color. Double-click the swatch to change the color or select the '+' sign to create a new color in the Swatches panel.

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You're Done!

You've just finished this tutorial on how to make a missing person flyer. Throughout this tutorial, you've learned how to create a missing person template in InDesign. You should now have a basic understanding of the important details you should include in the flyer as well. We also provided free source files for this flyer available for you to edit in InDesign, Photoshop, and Word. 

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Looking for bold and vibrant mockups? Placeit has a plethora of various styles and environments for you to place your flyers. To recreate the design above, use this flyer mockup.

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