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Software for fliers/postcards etc

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by OrganicsL&L, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. OrganicsL&L

    OrganicsL&L Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 253

    Planning on bringing my design of marketing materials in house...i already write the copy and pick the photos...then approve the layout, so I might as well go ahead and put it all together.

    So what programs do you all recommend?
     
  2. hatefulmechanic

    hatefulmechanic Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    I normally use Publisher, but hell if ya know what you are doing even MS Paint works.
     
  3. OrganicsL&L

    OrganicsL&L Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 253

    I don't know what I'm doing as far as the software goes....so publisher it is! Thanks!
     
  4. Laszlo Almasi

    Laszlo Almasi Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    I use Publisher as well. It's not as intense as Adobe Illustrator but it gets the job done.
     
  5. OrganicsL&L

    OrganicsL&L Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 253

    I don't need anything over the top....just need to create postcards/mailers, and then some handouts etc.
     
  6. Ford.crazy

    Ford.crazy Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    I've used openoffice, when I did my own flyers and post cards. They have a lot of templates and you just change the pics and wording on to make it your own. It's simple to use and fast to figure out.
     
  7. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,851

    Yes open office is great & I've used MS Paint ALOT, I also use corel photo & or video, both have great graphic editing features. I would also research getting more fonts(free from many sites) & various graphics & start taking pics! Here is a fall/pre-halloween clean up flyer I made last year with MS Paint, & an internet image. So you don't need fancy software, just some creativity & some timeThumbs Up

    Fall flyer.jpg
     
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2013
  8. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,216

    BC > That is a nice flyer.
    I use Avery Design Pro. Free download from Avery.com
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  9. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,851

    Thanks Lettuce, so see organics, if you got time you dont need to pay a publisher, just the printer maybe.:D
     
  10. Laszlo Almasi

    Laszlo Almasi Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    No, it Publisher as in MS Publisher from Microsoft. Not a physical publisher.
     
  11. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,851

    ohh, I never heard of that. Is it free? Easy to use?
     
  12. hatefulmechanic

    hatefulmechanic Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    Publisher is part of Office, most of the time it is installed on a purchased PC.



    Openoffice has several good freeware bits you can use that are similar, and free.

    Also, I want to make sure everyone knows that ComicSans font is only acceptable if being used to make a 12 year old's birthday invitation. Anything else, it makes you look like an idiot.

    http://bancomicsans.com/main/
     
  13. Laszlo Almasi

    Laszlo Almasi Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    It's quite easy to use and not very expensive unless you have to buy Office to get it. Like hateful said, it is usually installed but I think it can be purchased seperately...well, the first time I got it I purchased it seperately anyway.

    Office can be purchased for $139 USD from MS but you might be able to find it for less at a local retailer. The stand alone is MSPUB is $109.99 and is a permanent software item. The others now are being sold as subscriptions per year. Kinda lame hostage deal IMHO.