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Inspirations for Publications

Creativity can be very elusive, especially when you are working on a deadline and need an idea as soon as possible!  Many of the world’s greatest thinkers developed unusual habits in an effort to spark their minds.  Maya Angelou made hotel rooms her workspace of choice, while Igor Stravinski got his innovative juices flowing by standing on his head.

Thanks to LPi’s Art & Media Portal, inspiration is only a click away… Click here for an assortment of beautiful typographical art, both religious and secular, to suit any publication.

How can these inspirations be put to use? Here are some ideas:

Bulletins

Typographic artwork makes an attractive filler for weeks when content is light, or it can serve as a permanent staple within your bulletin.

Use as a Banner or Heading

Here is an example of inspirational art within the Wedding Banns section.

wedding banns inspiration

Place on a Perforated Page

Readers can tear out a new inspiration each week to post on their refrigerator or bulletin board.  Here is an example of a tear-out flap.

tear out inspiration

Newsletters

Article Inspirations

Include the image and describe how the quote applies to your organization/parish.

christianity inspiration

Place an inspiration on the calendar as a monthly reflection.

calendar

Social Networks

Inspirational art is a quick, easy item to post and share on social networks to facilitate thoughtful comments and discussions.

Pin them

pinterest

Use as a cover photo or profile picture on your Facebook page.

Facebook inspiration

Blog About Them

Post an inspirational quote along with a brief interpretation, and ask for comments on how the words impact readers’ daily lives.

Email Them

Add inspirational art to your email signature to end every conversation on a positive note.

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Now that you have some inspiration to work with, it is time to get started. How else can you imagine using these images?  Please share your ideas in the comment section below.

inspiration quote

Are you Linked into Linking?

If you use Publisher, Quark or InDesign to create your publication, one of the options you have when placing images is to link them to your publication file. But what does that mean and why would you choose to do that?

Generally speaking images files are large and take up lots of storage in your computer. When embedded in a Publisher, Quark or InDesign publication, the file you are working on becomes larger and takes more memory and hard drive space. In most circumstances this is an acceptable practice, and while it will make the program respond slower, the average computer used today is able to process data so quickly you will not likely notice. The same can be said for the space used by larger files in that most computers have very large hard drives and expansive amounts of RAM so that the effect of these larger files is rarely a issue to the average user.

This brings us back to the question of when is linking a good idea? Linking allows all high resolution image files to remain in one centralized location such as a server. This is commonly used at companies that work with high volumes of large image files such as newspapers or magazines. The files remain on the server and are not being copied to individual workstations across the company network slowing it down. When the document is finally ready for printing, proofing or final print, the software then finds the original high resolution image file and sends it to the printer.

The drawback to linking files to a page layout program is that, if the link is ever broken the high resolution file can no longer be used when you need to print it. When this occurs you will see a warning like the one in Microsoft Publisher. It states Publisher cannot find the following linked picture. It then lists the image that is missing. Publisher then offers up three options, find the linked picture and update it, print the low-resolution picture currently displayed in your publication, or print an empty space in place of the missing picture. In that instance you will always want to find the original file as printing the low resolution image or an empty space would only possibly be useful for proofreading.

As you can see, linking images is best avoided for the average user of page layout programs since it amounts to more confusion. Simply inserting the high resolution graphic is generally the best bet. The files you will find on LPi’s Art and Media Portal are all designed to keep the file sizes compact to allow for quicker downloading while at the same time making your bulletin or newsletter look great!

Is Anyone Reading Your Church Bulletin?

What is the life span of your church bulletin? About as long as the service, and then you find it in the garbage can outside? Breathe new life into your bulletin and make it an effective communication tool for your church. Think of it as a mini-newspaper, packed with need-to-know and need-to-grow information.

An attractive bulletin will draw readers. Is your bulletin wall-to-wall typewriter type, or is the print easy to read? The fewer typefaces (or fonts) you use, the better, so when you begin to add text, choose two or three at most that complement each other.  It’s best to mix serif type, (those with small lines on the end of letters, like Times Roman), with sans serif type (those with no small lines, such as Helvetica or Arial).  Always use the serif type for body copy, as it is easier to read when there are many words. Save the more elaborate artsy typefaces for short headlines or subheads—and remember, use three at most. Too much type in any font makes the page look too gray, and people won’t want to read very far.

Find different ways to break up the text. Add graphics to your church bulletin.  Just go to http://www.portal.4lpi.com, Liturgical Publications Inc Art & Media Portal. Pictures, photos, illustrations and clip-art are eye-catching and draw the reader into the text. Use moderation and choose graphics that create visual harmony.

Put only the most important information in your church bulletin.  If there’s too much, you’ll overwhelm today’s too-busy-to-read person.  Worse, they’ll end up reading it during the sermon!  Keep it brief, and refer readers to your website for more information.

The bulletin is the best and easiest way to help attendees, especially newcomers, know what to expect in the service, and to educate members on small groups, ministries, prayer groups and other activities that define your church. Include information that is important for your congregation to get through the week ahead.

You should include:
•    Ministry news
•    Small group meeting information
•    Approaching church events and outside events like concerts or trips to local amusement parks
•    Recap past week’s important events, and use names. People love to see their name in print
•    Excerpts from books or periodicals that relate to real life issues, such as parenting, relationships, finance and other topics that will provide spiritual growth
•    Pictures, if possible.  If you have the scanning technology to reproduce a high-quality photo, use it!  You’ll have more success in this area if you start with a photo that has good contrast and brightness. As much as people like to see their names, they like to see their pictures even more. (Don’t forget to have the individuals in the photos sign a release to use their images in the bulletin).

And finally, ask your congregation what they’d like to see in the bulletin. Add a simply survey or questionnaire. By giving them a simple survey, which can be collected during the offering or at the end of the service, you’re conveying your desire to meet their needs better. They’ll be glad you asked and so will you!

New Special Covers for October and November

That time of year is approaching again; that period when it seems as though every other day is another holiday, feast, or celebration to prepare for. From religious feasts like Our Lady of the Rosary and Christ the King, to national holidays like Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, to multinational celebrations like World Food Day and Día de los Muertos—our designers have been hard at work to create beautiful covers to help you in your celebrations. All the covers are available in full-color and black-and-white (covers with asterisks indicate bilingual versions). So take a look at what’s new on LPi’s Art & Media Portal, and get ready to celebrate!

October Special Covers

November Special Covers

Anything we’ve missed? If you’re looking for a special cover that you can’t find on Portal, be sure to let us know—you can leave a comment below or e-mail us your suggestions at LPiConnections@4LPi.com.

We’re not talking sausage links here

When speaking to us here at LPi, you will likely hear us use the term “link” or “hyperlink” as in “click on the link” but what does that mean?

The terms “link”, “hyperlink” and “hypertext” all refer to the same basic idea, that is a way to quickly change the internet web page you are viewing or quickly jump to other content from the document you are on. 

If you use the Art & Media Portal, then you have been taking advantage of this technology that has been around since the 1960’s! 

Once on LPi’s home page www.4lpi.com, you can find lots of links. Let’s focus on just the Art & Media Portal for this explanation. There are a few ways to find the Portal. One is to simply click on the Customer Login button at the top of the page and click on the link for the Art & Media Portal Login. You can also scroll or move down to the bottom of the page and look for the words Art & Media Portal. As you move your cursor over those words you should see it change into a small hand that is pointing at the link. Click on it. There, you have just used a link! 

In the paragraph that begins with “Pay a visit to…” there is another link that will redirect you to the Portal. If you click on it you will be taken to a different web page, that of the Art & Media portal. After logging in with your username and password you will see all the content we provide for the creation of your bulletin or newsletter. What you are seeing are lots of links. When you click on the Download button, that is a form of hyperlink. As you look over the page for different clip art or perform a search for a specific image and decide you want to go back to the initial starting point on the Portal here’s a tip: on the top of the page you will see the words, “Art & Media Portal”. Move your cursor over the words and as you see it turn into the small pointing hand just click. You’ve just used another form of a link. 

 While they may not be as filling as sausage links, hyperlinks can be a part of a fulfilling web experience!

Full Transparency

So, you’re putting together your publication, you have a block of text with some background shading and a piece of clip art that will go perfect with that text.  You insert it in but it has a white box around it that you just can’t seem to get rid of.  What you may not know is that Publisher (among other layout programs) has an option to make that background transparent.

In Publisher, once the image is placed, if you select the image it will bring up the image/picture toolbar or tab depending on the version.  Displayed is how it appears in Publisher 2007.  On that toolbar we just need to select the “Set Transparency” option.

Move the cursor to the white background, click and it disappears!

Seek And You Shall Find… Your Publication Online!

You’ve probably heard by now that your bulletin or newsletter is posted online at SeekAndFind.com at no additional cost; but have your members heard the news? Do they know they can find the most recent bulletins or newsletters, subscribe to receive an e-mail notification when a new publication is available online, and even participate in a contest to win $50 every week? And they can do it all without leaving the house!

To find your bulletin or newsletter online, go to SeekAndFind.com and type your zip code in the NEAR box and then click FIND. Select your church or organization from the results list and you’ll see the listing; in the middle of the page is a Publications section, listing the most recent bulletins and/or newsletters. Just click on the issue you’d like to view, and it will open a PDF that you can Print or Save to your computer.

To subscribe to your publication, click on the link just above the bulletins, pictured here:

Just enter your name and e-mail address, and you’ll automatically receive an e-mail each time a new bulletin or newsletter is posted online!

Last but not least, to enter the 5 Minutes Could Mean $50 for You contest, all you have to do is write an online review of one of the advertising sponsors of your publication. To do this, click on View All >> in the Our Supporters section, in the top right of your church or organization’s listing page:

You’ll see a list of all the businesses that sponsor your organization’s publications; select the business you’d like to review, and at the bottom of that business’ listing page, click the Write Review button, and create your review:

It’s fast, simple, and easy, and each review counts as one entry in a drawing to win $50 every week! And there’s no limit on the number of times you can enter.

So now you know… do your members? You can find short articles and graphics on Art & Media Portal to help you share this resource with your members; just search for keyword “Seek And Find” to download them today!

Rotate or flip objects in Publisher

Select the object that you want to rotate or flip.

Do one of the following:

Rotate objects freely

Point to the green rotation handle.

Drag the mouse in the direction you want the object to rotate.

NOTE: To rotate in 15-degree increments, hold down SHIFT while dragging the handle.

Rotate objects by 90 degrees

On the Arrange menu, point to Rotate or Flip, and then select the option you want.

Rotate an object an exact number of degrees

Right-click the object.

On the shortcut menu, click Format <object type>, and then click the Size tab.

Under Size and rotate, type or select the number of degrees to rotate the object in the Rotation box.

Rotate an object on its base

Hold down CTRL and drag the green rotation handle.

The object will rotate in a circle by pivoting around the handle (handle: One of several small shapes displayed around an object when the object is selected. You can move or reshape an object by clicking on a handle and dragging.) that is located directly across from the green rotation handle.

Flip an object

On the Arrange menu, point to Rotate or Flip.

Do one of the following:

To flip an object horizontally, click Flip Horizontal.

To flip an object vertically, click Flip Vertical.

Different ways to resize an object in Publisher

After selecting an object, you can resize it in a number of ways by dragging the handles of the object.

Position the mouse pointer over one of the handles (handle: One of several small shapes displayed around an object when the object is selected. You can move or reshape an object by clicking on a handle and dragging.) and then drag the mouse but be careful not to squish or stretch the object. Below are a few ways to resize objects and not lose the original shape.

• To maintain the object’s proportions

Hold down SHIFT. Position the mouse pointer over one of the corner handles (handle: One of several small shapes displayed around an object when the object is selected. You can move or reshape an object by clicking on a handle and dragging.) and then drag the mouse.

Release the mouse button before you release SHIFT.

• To maintain the proportions and keep the center in the same place

Hold down CTRL+SHIFT

Position the mouse pointer over one of the corner handles (handle: One of several small shapes displayed around an object when the object is selected. You can move or reshape an object by clicking on a handle and dragging.) and then drag the mouse.

Release the mouse before you release CTRL+SHIFT.

You can also choose a specific height and width or choose a specific proportion.

• To choose a specific height and width

Right-click the picture or AutoShape.

On the shortcut menu, click Format<object type>.

In the dialog box, click the Size tab.

Under Size and rotate, enter measurements for the height and width of the object.

• To choose a specific proportion

Right-click the picture or AutoShape.

On the shortcut menu, click Format<object type>.

In the dialog box, click the Size tab.
Under Scale, enter the percentage of the original height or width you want the object resized to.

How does it all fit? Working with Clip Art.

In the past we have discussed how to build up your clip art library and then how to modify images to fit your needs (within the bounds of copyrights as was discussed in another post,) but now comes the tricky part of getting these images into your publication.

There are a few formatting options available for images.  Anyone working with images in Word knows the first option “In Line with Text.”  This is the default setting for any images that are inserted into a word document, but it is generally unfavorable because it often takes up a lot of room unnecessarily.  So how do we fix this?

First, if you right click on the image a series of options will open up, one of which will say “Format Picture”  This will open a formatting window, if we click on the Layout tab we will see the Text Wrapping options.  (In later versions of word the Text Wrapping options are accessible just by right clicking the image.)  Remember this Formatting screen as we will refer to it later.

Of the options that are available, Square is most likely the choice we are looking for.  This will allow us to move the image freely and will let the text fill the white space on either side of the image (this is the default picture setting in Publisher.)

There are a lot of other options available to us, for instance, lets say we want our graphic behind the text.  In word, we can either use the “Behind Text” option from the “format Picture” screen, or else we can just right click the image and there is an option available for “Send to Back” and “Send Behind Text,” similarly in publisher, you can right click, select “Object Order” and “Send to Back.  Generally this format is used for watermarks and should be done very sparingly and only with lighter images so that it doesn’t interfere with the text on top.  Also overuse of watermarks or images behind text can make your publication look very busy and make it harder to read.

These are only a couple of options available to help your graphics work with the text.  Don’t be afraid to play with the available options and see what you can do