PRINT NEWSLETTER TUTORIALS
Here are all the tutorials for the print version of the newsletter.
Here are the steps for preparing your printed newsletter. WELL WORTH WATCHING! [The video shows our older interface with the downloads page, but everything else is up to date.]
The "Insert Listings" tutorial (above) gives you the basics for adding a listing image. But there are other ways to use images in your articles. Here are quick tricks for working with images in Word's quirky interface.
This is the most common way to print a 4-page newsletter. When printed on tabloid paper, the newsletter can be printed on one piece of paper (front to back) and folded like a book.
Even if you plan to send your newsletter to an outside print company for printing, you will likely have to convert it to a PDF in Tabloid size before sending it to the printer.
If you want to print your 4-page newsletter onto a single LEGAL sized sheet of paper (front and back), you can. The text will be smaller, since this reduces the size by 77%.
- First convert your newsletter to a TABLOID-layout PDF. You must do this, because Word will not shrink the content to fit the new page size. Here's how to create a tabloid-layout PDF.
- Open the PDF. Then in your ADOBE Print Menu...
- Click the button in the bottom left corner: "Page Setup..."
- Choose Legal size paper, click OK.
- On the main print menu, click the "Size" button.
- Choose "Custom Scale": (enter 77%)
(If the mock-up image doesn't change right away, click the Actual Size option once, then click back to Custom Scale. It's just something funky with Adobe.)
- Print to your printer or to a new PDF.
If letter-sized paper is the only option, then you'll want to be able to print quickly front to back in the correct page order. Here's how:
First, determine if your printer does "Duplex Printing." That means it will print front to back for you, without you having to turn the pages over. If your printer doesn't do Duplex Printing, then you'll have to print the first sides, then manually turn your paper over and print the other sides.
- In MICROSOFT WORD, open the print menu for your newsletter.
- On the print menu, make sure your PRINTER is selected.
- Under SETTINGS, look for the box that says "Print One Sided."
- Click on that box. If the option to "Print on Both Sides (flip pages on long edge)" is there, then your printer can print Duplex. If that option is not there, then you will choose "Manually Print on Both Sides."
- Click Print. When finished, separate your newsletters, then fold or staple them.
If you plan to mail these newsletters, you'll have to fold, label, tab, and stamp them. This is easy enough if you're sending under 50 newsletters. But if you're sending more than 50, you may want to send your newsletters to a local print shop for processing. They can also merge your .csv file of labels.
COLOR NOTE: Most home or office printers will print colors differently. You may want to adjust your newsletter colors to better match what comes out of your printer. For instance, the deep blue bar at the top of the newsletter comes out sky blue on some printers. You may want to darken the blue on your screen before printing.
We don't offer the mailing ourselves, but partner with an inexpensive company that does offer bulk mailing within the US. Please visit docucopies.com to see what they offer. You can use their calculator to estimate various quantities and get an exact price.
Select "Newsletters" from their menu for 4-page options.
Select "Copies" from their menu for two-page options.
Select "EDDM" from their menu for EDDM printing and mailing.
Note that the US postal service has limitations on bulk mail: 200 minimum for 3rd class postage/500 minimum for 1st class.
Please request a bulk printing and mailing quote from https://bulkmailcanada.com/