Wonder how to make a newspaper?

You can make your own newspaper by first choosing your software. Any software that can generate a high quality PDF may be used for your layout. Adobe InDeisgn, Adobe PageMaker, Quark and Microsoft Publisher are the most commonly used computer programs.

Better yet: If you do not have any of these (or if you don’t want to learn them) we offer a free online design program called My Design Online. We also offer many free resources – see the list on the right.

When you make a newspaper you will want to follow the specifications of your printer. See our specific instructions below.

mdo artworkMy Design Online (MDO) is a free online program that allows users to create newsprint and non-newsprint publications from pre-designed templates. The web-based program provides users with an uncomplicated way to produce a quality publication. Simply copy and paste or type your copy into the spaces provided and upload images and ads to create each page of your publication.

For quick, hassle-free file submissions, we recommend all orders be submitted in high quality Adobe® PDF format. You may create your publication using any software program as long as the finished file is converted to PDF format. Most software applications have a built-in utility that will create a pdf file. Please review the TechKnow Lessons on Creating PDFs.

Non-PDF Files

If you are not submitting a PDF file, all the fonts and images used in the publications must be submitted along with the document files. Missing fonts could cause the text, images and layout of your publication to print differently than you expect.

The easiest way to be sure that you send everything properly is to use your software program’s internal packaging feature.  Please see TechKnow Lessons on Packaging and Organizing your files.

Newspaper Specifications

PAGE DIMENSIONS & COUNT:

  • 11 x 17 with .5″ Margins
  • Pages in multiples of 4

PAPER OPTIONS:

  • 30# Recycled Newsprint
  • 35# Highbright

COLOR OPTIONS:

  • Black and White
  • Monthly Spot Color up to 8 pages
  • Full Color on up to 4 pages

IMAGE FORMATING:

  • Photos should be 130 dpi
  • Art should be 600 dpi
  • Import images into the document.
  • Do not copy and paste. Do not resize images by more than 20% after placing them into your document.

 

Magazine Specifications

PAGE DIMENSIONS & COUNT:

  • Anything between 5.5″x8.5″ & 8.5″x11″
  • Bleeds should be set to .125″
  • Total page count in multiples of 4
  • Can be used on publications with up to 40 pages of content

PAPER OPTIONS:

  • 60# Standard or 80# Glossy Text
  • 80# Glossy or Matte Cover
  • Custom Options available

COLOR OPTIONS:

  • Black and White
  • Full Color (no placement restrictions)

IMAGE FORMATING:

  • Photos should be 300 dpi
  • Art should be 600 dpi
  • Import images into the document.
  • Do not copy and paste. Do not resize images by more than 20% after placing them into your document.