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.

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

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 Pro. We’ve partnered with LucidPress to bring this layout options to our customers FOR FREE. If you are a customer, email us at [email protected] and we will get you set up!

This free option is only available to our customers.

We also offer many free resources – see the list on the right.

We accept two types of files.

PDF Files

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.

A PDF proof will be sent for the customer to approve. Turnaround time will start from the time of proof approval.

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 Scheduled 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.
  • When using images from a phone, always use full size images. Do not downsize/resize them.

**Custom options are available. Please contact customer service for more info.

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 for staple binding and multiples of 2 for glue binding
  • Include any blank pages that you want in your publication in both your page count and in the file that you send

PAPER OPTIONS:

  • 60# Standard or 80# Glossy Text**
  • 80# Glossy or Matte Cover**

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.
  • When using images from a phone, always use full size images. Do not downsize/resize them.

**Custom options are available. Please contact customer service for more info. If we listed all the options available, you would hate us!