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bike808
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Hi guy's & gal's
would anyone on here recommend a good program for designing flyer's & business cards? I was using print shop on my old computer but it won't work on vista which is fine cause I wasn't that crazy about it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. thanx in advance
Dave
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Pencil and paper, maybe?

I'm serious about this, coming from a background in design. I always start with a pencil and paper to play with the design. It's easier to play with design ideas. The computer (even with my Cintiq tablet) always gets in the way more than a pencil.

Then worry about the software. Because once you have the design, you have a better idea of what capabilities your software will need. You might get away with a $20 photoshop subscription, or even an iPad app for a couple of bucks. My logo for my app was designed with "InkPad," an ipad app that's about $4.

Best regards!
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The Adobe suite (Photshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc) is considered industry standard. However, if you're looking to design promotional materials, it might be better to invest in a professional designer to provide those services for you.

I have a design and marketing company and would be happy to talk to you about what your needs are. I also provide printing services as well.

I have seen far too many performers try to design their own materials and the results are usually drastic. Most have no artistic nor marketing abilities and fail to incorporste specific criteria needed to promote themselves effectively.
bike808
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Thank you for your advice Scott you are so right about the computer getting in the way I do try to draw / layout my ideas first the computer makes it easy to get lost.

Eatonmagic when I get things a little more together I may contact You. what is a normal price range if there is such a thing ? can you give me a rough price on cards & brochures design nothing I would hold you to just maybe a starting range.
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I haven't used this but I know someone who designs websites that creates his graphics in http://pixlr.com/ it is free.
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The Adobe suite (Photshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc) is considered industry standard. However, if you're looking to design promotional materials, it might be better to invest in a professional designer to provide those services for you.


This is great advice. I have Photoshop elements and use it quite a lot. However, for my promotional materials I use a professional designer. Yes it costs money, but the results are far superior, as would be expected.

- Mike
Children's entertainer in Bristol - making children look AMAZING! - www.thekidsmagician.com
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Several MagicCoach members have been using http://fiverr.com to generate both ideas for flyers/business cards and in some cases strong finished artwork.
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On 2014-01-12 21:19, MrHyde wrote:
Several MagicCoach members have been using http://fiverr.com to generate both ideas for flyers/business cards and in some cases strong finished artwork.


A good friend of mine once told me, "Cheap is expensive!"

I have heard mixed results from people using Fiverr. I will admit that I have used it for outsourcing code or development issues but I have seen nothing but dreadful results in the design categories.
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On 2014-01-10 19:02, bike808 wrote:
Eatonmagic when I get things a little more together I may contact You. what is a normal price range if there is such a thing ? can you give me a rough price on cards & brochures design nothing I would hold you to just maybe a starting range.


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I'm a believer in getting things happening. Fivver and other sites like it can make that happen and happen quickly.

My main designer charges $150 an hour. His work is great, I'm happy to pay that, I use him a lot.
But if I want an assortment of ideas, I'll write a brief and spend $25 on 5 people to come up with concepts for me on Fiverr.
I tend to use some of the same people and try out some new ones each time. You can check out their portfolios online.

Depending on the job, one of the finished concepts may be adequate. I do quite a few giveaway cards, & custom cards for specific events or effects.
If the idea is good I can also then choose to pass on the concept to my main guy and get him to add his touch to a concept we may not have come up with together.

Just one way of using it
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On 2014-01-09 16:33, bike808 wrote:
Hi guy's & gal's
would anyone on here recommend a good program for designing flyer's & business cards? I was using print shop on my old computer but it won't work on vista which is fine cause I wasn't that crazy about it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. thanx in advance
Dave

The Adobe products are very good but quite expensive.
If you have Microsoft's Office, try Publisher.
It's basic but it gets the job done.
Ihor
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