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Newsletter design - help!


davewill

Senior Member
#1
hey guys, im doing a freebie for a friend and they need a christmas newsletter producing for a local church. they want it double sided A4 on glossy paper (you know the type, not a fan myself, but anyway) and coz its for free and time is short I dont want to spend ages on it. I was wondering if anyone knew of any nice templates or layout grids I could base my design on?

Newsletters are not something I usually do, i work alot with the sports industry and mostly produce advertising, brochures and product packaging so this is abit different and im trying to avoid a boring, looks like it cudda been done in ms word, style layout. any ideas would be appreciated
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Kevin

Senior Member
#2
Pages, the Apple equivalent of MS Word, has some nice templates to choose from. I'm not saying you should make the newsletter in Pages but it can give you a good basic idea.

 

davewill

Senior Member
#3
thanks onartis, im planning on using indesign to layout the newsletter, so dont worry, i never would use pages or word! but thanks for the inspiration, i just need a starting point really to get going, i appreciate your help tho, thanks!
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davewill

Senior Member
#6
thanks charles, thats a good example, its similar to what I had in mind. I cant decide if I should stick to what they want (A4 double sided gloss) or suggest folding to A4 to form an A5 4pg brochure on more of a luxurious stock. obviously the budget is very low but i still like to produce top quality stuff.

Harry - cheers for that link, its well and truely bookmarked, everytime I go on that site i think i should bookmark it, so now I finally have!
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davewill

Senior Member
#8
yeh i think it would work best, the idea is to advertise what is going on over christmas, along with a few present ideas, book reviews, music reviews, an interview, etc so its more like a mini magazine than a newsletter. any suggestions on a nice paper anyone? im not a fan of glossy print but i dont really know the names of any nice natural alternatives
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charles

Senior Member
#9
i would just print it on 170 gloss stock personally if on budget

what is the budget and what is the run? if u dont mind disclosing...
 

davewill

Senior Member
#10
well the run is only gona be around 150 - 200 copies, and there is no budget (altho not in a good way) Ive done abit of work for them in the past and they are happy to pay for print up to a point, but obviously want it to be as cheap as possible.

Its been a real struggle over the years to convince them that its worth spending some money on print coz if they had their way I'd design 1 master file and they would photocopy it in B&W so I try and keep the cost to a minimum as best as possible, while at the same time producing something with abit of quality.
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charles

Senior Member
#11
Hmm so I guess you'd be looking at the £50 - £100 mark on a digital run?

I'm not sure you'll find many printers who will do a low cost option on different stocks at that level.

Wonder what miss printed easy can do?