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What programs to create flyers

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by outrunjason, Jan 16, 2004.

  1. outrunjason

    outrunjason LawnSite Senior Member
    from dallas
    Posts: 695

    What programs are there to create flyers. A local place that does it for me charges to much and they use apple so I can't put it on my computer and edit in any way.

    Thanks, Jason
     
  2. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
    from -
    Posts: 4,041

    Our designers make them in Adobe Illustrator but you could even make your own using Word.
     
  3. outrunjason

    outrunjason LawnSite Senior Member
    from dallas
    Posts: 695

    I have created several in word. But they just don't looks as succsesful as some others that I have seen.

    Jason
     
  4. trimmasters

    trimmasters LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 261

    Microsoft publisher can make some great, commercial looking stuff. a new copy is around $189 i think, but you could pick up 97' or 2000 on ebay for $15-25. Were still using 97 and it dose more than we will ever need.
     
  5. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Posts: 0

    Theres many options available to you. A flyer can be created in just about any program from a CAD program, GIS program, Word Processor program to a Publishing program. Heres a couple that I can think of right of the top of my head.

    Corel Draw
    Corel Word Perfect
    Microsoft Publisher
    Miscoosft Word
    Microsoft Powerpoint
    Adobe Illustrator
    Abode Page Maker
    Quark Xpress
     
  6. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 932

    I've done all of my stuff in Microsoft Word.
    You'd be surprised what you can come up with when you just learn the program, and get creative.
    I am sure there are much better programs out there, but at this stage in the game, I am working with what I have, and it is working fine.
     
  7. Mac V2.0

    Mac V2.0 LawnSite Member
    from Mid OH
    Posts: 92

    Jason,

    my dad is a graphics designer, so ive heard over and over that many people will take MS publisher documents into a print shop thinking they are print ready, only to find the printer having to entirely re-do it so it will work with his programs. With that in mind, i would talk to the printer you plan on working with and find out what program would be easiest for him to use on his end.

    I personally use Quark Express as well as Adobe Pagemaker (both PC versions) and have not been hassled about the format. I like Quark better, and ive heard that you can find versions of both on shareware programs like Kazaa. ;)
     
  8. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,125

    I agree with Mac, Everytime I call I printer to get an Idea of how much they will charge. I tell them I use Publisher and they tell me the horrer stories and tell me they will have to see it first. I have only had black and white printed so far because of the cost.

    This year, I'm going with full color doorhangers. 5000 for $650 includes design and setup. This includes two sides and preferated bottoms for people to tear off as business cards.
     
  9. outrunjason

    outrunjason LawnSite Senior Member
    from dallas
    Posts: 695

    Yeah, I have stayed black and white cause of the cost also. I figure most people through it away anyway. I think this year I am going to stay black and white once again and see what happens.

    Jason
     
  10. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    Mac's right, if you take your own work to a professional printer, they will want it in high-resolution, digital format. Some will just scan it and make copies. I use MS Publisher for my personally flyers.

    Trimmasters, I was getting ready to tell you that was a little high for MS Publisher, but I see cost have gone up since 2002. I only paid around $100 for my copy. I also see that the program includes digital imaging.

    If you are going to be in this business for the long haul, I would recommend dropping several hundred dollars and get a professional program. If you are like me, you will buy about 3 or 4 cheap programs ($100 or less) and end up spending what you would have for a professional setup. I would even recommend looking on ebay for a professional program that is a few years old vs buying a new cheap program. Shoot, I might sell you my MS Publisher.
     

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