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Need help with layout or photo enhancement? We're experts on Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. In fact we've given seminars at the Garden State Scholastic Press Association. Once you join the SPC family, help is always just a phone call or email away!

If you don't find the answer to your questions simply give us a call (888) 543-1000, or send an email to info@SchoolPub.com and we'll get you going in the right direction.

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SPC Tips For A
Great School Newspaper


1. Good Layouts


2. Keep it Real, Keep it Crisp


3. Mark divs Clearly


4. Place Photos Properly


5. Manage Free Space


6. Watch Your Page Count!


7. Overset Text


8. Timing is Everything


9. Do A Final Check


10. Publish With SPC!

Tip 1

Good Layouts

Clear and Consistent Layouts are vital to producing a great looking paper. Consider setting your paper up on a grid to ensure photos and text line up correctly. Most design software comes with an easy to use grid feature.

*SPC can provide expert advice to you if you need help navigating your software to give your paper the best look possible.

Keep in mind, top Quality Newspapers are printed on a Web Press. The wheels that grip the outside of the paper will cause some smearing/fading if they touch your content. Giving yourself a good margin will ensure a crisp clean border!  (1/2 inch is suggested)

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Tip 2

Keep it Real, Keep it Crisp

Life goes by in a blur and memories start to fade, but your pictures shouldn't. Newspapers that include pictures are always a big hit. Who doesn't like seeing their face in print?

Making sure the photos you print are high resolution, at least 300 dpi, will guarantee they print crisp and clean.

*SPC will check all photos before sending to print and will notify you immediately if any images are not a high enough resolution to print clearly.

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Tip 3

Mark divs Clearly

It is very easy to get caught up on the "in your face" look of a HUGE BOLD headline. Use a consistent strong font and a decent size (18-30 point) to keep your Newspaper flowing smoothly throughout your pages.

*Many of SPC's customers win awards for their publication as far as layout and printing quality. We are always happy to provide samples or examples of how to make your Newspaper look professional!

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Tip 4

Place Photos Properly

It is very easy to get caught up on the "in your face" look of a HUGE BOLD headline. Use a consistent strong font and a decent size (18-30 point) to keep your Newspaper flowing smoothly throughout your pages.

Your Great Photos will only print Great when placed correctly! "Copy & Paste"ing is a very common error! Place your photos directly from the photo source file!

Another very common error is "Stretching" photos to meet certain frame sizes or fit in certain articles or collages on your page. This does not look good in the finished product! If you have a 2"x3" picture that needs to fit in a 4"x1" frame, it is strongly suggested to crop the photo or redesign the page to fit its proportions.

*SPC looks through every page of your printing for these errors and will let you know immediately before sending to press to ensure an error-free Issue!

*Many of SPC's customers win awards for their publication as far as layout and printing quality. We are always happy to provide samples or examples of how to make your Newspaper look professional!

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Tip 5

Watch Your Page Count!

Try keeping your page count to a multiple of four. A web press prints large sheets with 4 pages on them. Most printers will not print Newspapers without a page count multiple of four.

*SPC offers 6,10,14,18,22, etc. page Newspapers!

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Tip 6

Watch Your Page Count!

Try keeping your page count to a multiple of four. A web press prints large sheets with 4 pages on them. Most printers will not print Newspapers without a page count multiple of four.

*SPC offers 6,10,14,18,22, etc. page Newspapers!

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Tip 7

Check For Overset Text

Overset Text means not all of your text is fitting in your frames. Sometimes, it is as simple as a couple of blank "Return"s at the end of an article, but other times, you are actually missing some of your content! You can check for this very easily in most Publishing Software.

In Adobe InDesign, Overset text is identified with a small Red Plus sign in the bottom right corner of your Text Box. There is a picture of it below.
redbox

You can also click "View Errors" in the bottom left hand corner of your screen in InDesign to view all of your Overset Text throughout your document.

The Overset Text icon in Microsoft Publisher is an "A...". There is a picture of it below.
pubA

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Tip 8

Timing is Everything

Take note of your printer's turn-around time and shipping! You should know when your Newspaper will arrive before you even submit it!

SPC will ship your newspaper (with some color pages) the same day you submit your files if they arrive by noon Eastern time. SPC will ship your black and white newspaper the same day you submit your files if the files arrive by 3:00 pm Eastern time

UPS Ground Shipping is FREE! Below is a chart of shipping from SPC throughout the US. (Business Days)

UPS Shipping

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Tip 9

Final Check

Before sending your publication to the printer, you should do a final check to make certain it’s perfect. The margins correct. There’s no overset text. The photos are formatted properly.

Making changes after your submission may cause time delays and/or extra charges.

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Tip 10

Print Your Paper With SPC

We are family owned and operated and have been since 1926 and we treat our customers like family. Once you join the SPC family you never have to worry about printing your magazine.

We have top quality digital presses and a Heidleberg offset press to give you the highest quality available.

Our turnaround times are extremely fast, and our customer service is amazing.

It's time to take your paper to the next level with SPC.

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