Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-27-2002, 10:33 AM
MacLawnCo's Avatar
MacLawnCo MacLawnCo is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 1,847
If you make your own flyers, what program do you use?

I am going to be sending out monthly flyers to about 3000 homeowners this upcoming year. I want to make my own so I can have control over what goes into and how it comes out. (I recently got screwed by a graphic designer) My question is this: for those who do their own flyers, what program do you use. Cost is no hindrence in this arena. I want a great program to produce great results. What do you recomend. Thanks.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-27-2002, 10:43 AM
Hodge's Avatar
Hodge Hodge is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Terrafirma
Posts: 261
Photo Shop 7, but I would like to recommend purchasing a bible on how to use effectively.. burned copy is the only way to go.
__________________
TJ's Landscape Care LLC
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-27-2002, 10:52 AM
LawnLad LawnLad is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Posts: 738
The "better" the program the better you need to be at operating it, or you won't get the benefits of a greater program. Adobe Pagemaker and Quark Express are the industry standards for page layout. Can't go wrong with either one. Might run you in excess of $700 though - not sure because I haven't checked new prices recently. Upgrade for Quark 5.0 from 4.0 was $275.

You might check the pricing at a college bookstore - it's much less expensive to buy the educational version (almost identical to the the professional version) which will run sometimes 30% off of other versions.
__________________
Lawn Lad, Inc.
Cleveland, Ohio
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-27-2002, 11:09 AM
turfmarketing turfmarketing is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Ohio
Posts: 49
MacLawnCo,

It all depends on how you are going to reproduce your flyers. If you are going to have them commercially printed, the best choices are Quark Xpress 5.0 or Adobe InDesign 2.0. Both are true professional-grade applications that have a learning curve and price tag to match. $500+ . Also, if you are going to have the material commercially printed, you will want to check with your printer BEFORE you begin any work. He may only what Macintosh files and if you were going to create it on a PC, there may be some compatibility issues. The last consideration is font types used. Commercial printers only want Postscript fonts. Most Windows users use Truetype fonts.

If on the other hand, you were going to reproduce them on your desktop printer, or have them output on a digital copier, Adobe PageMaker or Microsoft Publisher maybe better. They are less expensive and much easier to learn. With PageMaker (which used to be Adobe's professional-grade application before InDesign) you still have a pretty good chance that a printer will accept the files if needed. With Publisher, which is easier to use, you may to search a little bit more to find a printer.

My recommendation for most non-professional designers, is to go with Microsoft Publisher or maybe PageMaker. They both offer the ability to do anything anybody could ask for and probably about 90% more than most non-professionals would ever use.

Good Luck
turfmarketing
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-27-2002, 12:19 PM
SLS SLS is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Mars
Posts: 1,542
Paint.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-27-2002, 01:46 PM
Firefighter Dave's Avatar
Firefighter Dave Firefighter Dave is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Clarkston, MI
Posts: 166
I like Microsoft Publisher.... Haven't had any problems ...

Dave

__________________
Dave Castle
Firefighter/Paramedic
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-27-2002, 05:18 PM
Stonehenge's Avatar
Stonehenge Stonehenge is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Midwest
Posts: 1,277
If $$ is no object, LawnLad's got it.

If you really want to be able to tinker with images themselves before you put them into some page layout, get Photoshop, too.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-27-2002, 07:24 PM
MacLawnCo's Avatar
MacLawnCo MacLawnCo is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 1,847
Thanks guys for the replies.

I will look into Quark Express and Adobe Pagemaker. I have quite a bit of free time as of now, and expect it to increase as the season ends. I am planning to learn these programs this winter and hopefully have the flyers read for print prior to Feb. I appreciate the help, and will show yall the results in a few months. I bet you can hardly wait.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-28-2002, 11:42 PM
heygrassman's Avatar
heygrassman heygrassman is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 509
Adobe Illustrator 9 or 10 works well. Learning curve on Quark and Adobe products is steep. Publisher is pretty decent.

Good Luck.

jf
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-29-2002, 12:50 AM
LAWNGODFATHER LAWNGODFATHER is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: St. Louis, Missouri Gateway to the west
Posts: 6,750
MS Publisher, and MS Word.

Once you have mastered their capabilities, boundries, and powers you can make some good stuff.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:19 PM.

Page generated in 0.10483 seconds with 7 queries