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Old 05-01-2008, 08:24 PM   #1
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Hello everyone! I look forward to joining in on some conversations and learning as much as I can for print design. I've done a bit here and there, and have also toyed with web design, but really like print.

I have enjoy learning to work with vectors in Illustrator and also raster in Photoshop, and learning, but mainly for logos and brand packaging. The reason I found this site was via Google for a booklet I'm working on for a local high school putting on a fashion show. They need the booklet for the audience.

Finding a printer has been a struggle because they school club is on a budget and most of the money is going to an organization that helps troubled teen-agers. Nevertheless, I'm doing the booklet and they may just print from their local print machine at school.

So how is everyone else doing?

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Old 05-01-2008, 11:46 PM   #2
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Hello David, and welcome to the forum.

I hope you'll find it as friendly and helpful as I have. It's nice to know how you found us too!

(I'm mostly a web designer and writer these days, but still produce some print material - mostly technical manuals, but the odd newsletter etc.)
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Old 05-02-2008, 01:22 AM   #3
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Hi Lois,

Thanks for the warm welcome. Glad to hear you're writing, and I'm assuming it's literature and not programming correct? I'm glad I found this forum. I'm having trouble printing a booklet with InDesign CS3 and I'm looking to get it done before this weekend. It's a booklet for a High School Fashion Show. I have no clue but I'm looking.

Thanks again for the warm welcome and I look forward to learning and plugging in some help as well, with the little that I know.

Cheers!
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Old 05-02-2008, 05:47 AM   #4
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Thanks for the warm welcome. Glad to hear you're writing, and I'm assuming it's literature and not programming correct? I'm glad I found this forum. I'm having trouble printing a booklet with InDesign CS3 and I'm looking to get it done before this weekend. It's a booklet for a High School Fashion Show. I have no clue but I'm looking.

Thanks again for the warm welcome and I look forward to learning and plugging in some help as well, with the little that I know.
Hi, David — welcome to the forum.

I too am a writer and designer, two separate hats most of the time.

Trouble printing with InDesign CS3 — is this referring to finding a commercial printer that the school can afford? Or technical problems in printing? If the latter, are you making a PDF? That should print just about anywhere, usually correctly.

As for finding a printer, sometimes a local outfit will contribute printing (or give a very good price) to a charity. Maybe a local newspaper? Or maybe they could solicit sponsorships from fashion-associated businesses to help pay the bill?

Good luck with it.

   
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Not literature, no: I'm a tech. writer - and a hack programmer - i.e. I just tinker with existing code rather than being very original!

I know HTML and CSS pretty well, but have only started to get my feet wet with PHP and ASP.NET.
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Old 05-08-2008, 11:44 PM   #6
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Hi there K,

Thanks for the information and your advice. I actually went and spoke to some local printers and they were able to give me a decent price, but still out of the school's club budget. I designed a booklet on 8.5x11 and did it in half size of 5.5x8.5 and I printed from my home computer.

I kept getting white border around the whole thing and it was printing slightly fitted/scaled down, although in pdf form. After tinkering with the settings all over the place and researching borderless printing, I found nothing that was specific to my situation.

Then while staring at the pdf file for a good while, I went to FILE>PAGE SET UP and there I was able to get US Letter (Sheet Feeder-Borderless) and the printer printed to the edge of the paper. I started jumping after nearly wasting my ink at so many prints.

But it was great to figure this out as it was my first booklet. Very simple but clean. Now the school will just run copies, have students in need of extra credit fold and staple the booklets and we're good to go. Thank you again for your advice; highly appreciated.

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Lois,

You know CSS? We need to talk *laughs*. I've been trying to learn it more and more and while most of it gives me a headache, I try but I want to get much better at it. I know a bit about front end programming but when it comes to PHP or ASP.NET or any of that other stuff, I'm lost...completely lost. But in the end, it's fun learning.

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You know CSS? We need to talk *laughs*. I've been trying to learn it more and more and while most of it gives me a headache, I try but I want to get much better at it. I know a bit about front end programming but when it comes to PHP or ASP.NET or any of that other stuff, I'm lost...completely lost. But in the end, it's fun learning.
You’ve come to the right place, then. A lot of us know CSS because we learned it right here (or at our old place on CompuServe). So we have lots of CSS “students” and some real experts to help. Jump on in.

I too struggle with PHP. Not interested in (nor have any need of) ASP, thank goodness. But there is always something new to learn.

   
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As you say, it's fun to find out new things. Have you come across the CSS Zen Garden yet? That should inspire you!
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As you say, it's fun to find out new things. Have you come across the CSS Zen Garden yet? That should inspire you!
What a great resource for those who haven't come across it before!

   
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