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Old 02-10-2007, 05:08 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by ktinkel View Post
We always used to leave this process to the (commercial) printer. Nowadays, though, people want to do it on their own desktop printers.
And people have the tendency to use 8.5x11 paper folded. But I don't really like the way the size looks, feels, or reads. I don't think that on booklets DTP people can lower standards and expect the publication to be taken seriously. So these last few weeks I've been thinking about my options of the most practical way to create better sizes, even if I have to use a paper cutter. Does anyone have any suggestions on this?? Are there basic rules to follow on things like line length. I prefer 11 pt for booklets, just for how it looks and reads for myself. Is that a good size in general?

And what about paper? I use 28lb., 96 bright. I just pick it from what is on the shelf at an office supply store. However, I buy the covers from a paper supply store that seems to have a much larger selection. I can't go below 28 lb. without the print showing through. But I actually like the feel of the weight. I wonder if I should want something so bright, but I'm not sure where to buy off-white or if that is most practical.

And yet, it seems that the booklets I know of that go around the world by the millions, have the lowest standards on paper, print, layout, and worst of all quality of content. It's like the best loved poetry -- yuk, don't read it.

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