Following the Star

For Sunday, January 4, 2015, Epiphany of the Lord The stockings that were hung by the chimney with care have come down and been put away for next year. Santa Claus has come and gone. Christmas presents have been unwrapped and put away or exchanged. Jingle bells have already stopped ringing in stores as after-Christmas […]

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How to Insert a PDF into a Microsoft Publisher Document

Customers occasionally call to ask “Can I insert a PDF into my Microsoft Publisher document?” Yes, you can insert a PDF into your Publisher document as an object. You won’t be very happy with the results, however. Publisher inserts the object at low resolution. What’s the workaround? The best workaround that we’ve discovered is to […]

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How to Use a Style Sheet

Style sheet? What’s a style sheet? A style sheet is a set of criteria defining the layout and appearance of a publication. Style sheets impose margins, fonts, point sizes, alignments, and other criteria to give text a uniform appearance. It includes rules for using artwork and conventions for specifying names, titles, places, numbers, dates, times, […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Save Files to Your Desktop

Your computer’s Desktop is the easiest place to save images, text documents, recent downloads, and any other kind of file. But while it seems easy and convenient to save that file there where you know you can find it again, here are three reasons why you shouldn’t: Why You Shouldn’t Save Files to Your Desktop […]

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Seven Tips for Building a Better Bulletin

1. Use boxes sparingly: Cluttering a bulletin with lines and boxes makes it difficult for your parishioners to know where to look. Keep lines to a minimum and separate content with color or white space. Try adding images to help illustrate the content allowing for a more attractive, clean layout. 2. Use white space: It […]

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Get Inspired!

Creativity can be very elusive, especially when you are working on a deadline and need an idea as soon as possible!  Many of the world’s greatest thinkers developed unusual habits in an effort to spark their minds.  Maya Angelou made hotel rooms her workspace of choice, while Igor Stravinski got his innovative juices flowing by […]

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Calendar

Creating Event Calendars for Busy Schedules

Spring will soon be in the air, and Lent is now upon us. Preparing for holy seasons presents a challenge to our editors, who must find a way to squeeze many special events and masses into the bulletin. What is the best way to convey important dates and church happenings to parishioners within a limited […]

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Newsletter Design Trends: How to Find Your Style

All newsletters share a common purpose of communicating a message to a targeted group of people.  The type of information and reason for presenting it will vary, however, because every newsletter is unique.  For instance, the goal could be to build brand awareness, increase an organization’s membership base, educate readers, garner donations, etc.  Regardless of […]

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Bulletin Design Trends: How to Find Your Style

Every publication is unique, but there are several different styles commonly used for bulletin layout. Covers Inside Pages Which style is best for your church? When choosing a layout, first and foremost, consider the amount and type of content necessary.  Is there a lot of important information that must be included?  Choose a design that […]

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Print Preview Using LPi Express

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” — Benjamin Franklin Franklin’s adage is just as true today in the cyberworld as it was in colonial times. Before you submit your publication to LPi to be printed, walk through the following steps to prevent any issues. Always preview your PDF file by clicking […]

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Logo Design Tips

Logos are not just for global brands like Apple and Starbucks. They are a powerful tool for any organization aiming to differentiate itself and establish a loyal following. A logo can give religious institutions a recognizable identity that represents the core values and mission of the congregation. What makes a good logo? Simplicity There are […]

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Are you Linked into “Linking”?

If you use Publisher, Quark or InDesign to create your publication, one of the options you have when placing images is to link them to your publication file. But what does that mean and why would you choose to do that? Generally speaking images files are large and take up lots of storage in your […]

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