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Old 09-11-2005, 01:31 AM   #1
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Default Hurricane Katrina benefit: newbie needs help with poster design

For a Hurricane Katrina aid event on a very short notice (a world-
famous artist will be in town and has agreed to perform), it falls on a
couple of newbies (who have only composed letters) to design a 11X17
full-color poster to be printed at Kinko's or equivalent in a few days.
People will forgive us if we botch it, but we do want to do a respectable job.

We have a mac, MS word, a file of artists' photograph. Other than
that we are out of our depth here! This is an urgent appeal to all
experts to help us decide basic design: the colors, fonts and sizes,
etc.

Here is the general structure of the text:

--------------11x17 Color Poster Begins--------

IN AID OF HURRICANE KATRINA SURVIVORS

XY1 Foundation and YZ2 Academy present

Flute Maestro
<Main Artist>

[Photo goes here? See a question about photo later]

with <disciple1> (flute) & <disciple2> (flute)

Day, Date, Time

Guests expected to attend include <governor, senator, etc>.

<Venue name> is located at <address>. For directions, and to purchase
tickets online, please visit <website>.

TICKETS are VIP, <price list> and will be available at the Box Office
(<phone#>). For VIP seating, and donating to aid Hurricane Katrina
survivors, please contact <Major Organizers>. We request that checks
be made payable to American Red Cross.

In collaboration with <list of organizations>. Media sponsor: <local
paper>. Special Thanks to <list of individuals>.

--------------11x17 Color Poster Ends--------


Finally, a question abut photograph: If I just import it into a Word
file, the picture looks distorted. Don't know if it is screen effect or
real.

How can we find out what is the physical size of the photograph and
make it fit our poster without distortion?

The software I see includes Word, Apple Works, Preview, Graphic
Convertor.

Thanks
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