Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fighting With Font

If this had been an MMA fight I would've gotten my ass knocked out in the first minute.  I hinted in Sunday's post, by showing my new long stapler, that I may dabble in a zine or two .  Nothing like Christian's Lovaitar, which I think sets the standard.  Anyway, knowing nothing of how to create a zine I've been getting schooled lately.

First off, I've only recently discovered my printer can print booklets.  Never knew cause I never needed to know.

Second, mine is not a automatic two-sided printer.  (More on this later.)  I have to do it manually.  Paper can only beput into the machine four ways, so you think I'd figure it out within four tries.  Oh no.  No. No.  I keep screwing it up, but I think I've got it now. 

Third, font size.  Again, not having any experience with booklet print I had no idea how tiny the font was going to print.  I use a 9 or 10 font most of the time and that was way too tiny.  Did 14.  Still a little small.  It seems 18 is the one to use.  I'm using Times New Roman font.  Now the smart thing to do would have been to print one page to test.  Oh no. No. No.  I kept printing the whole booklet.

Four, stapling.  My stapler rocks.  But I do not.  It took me a few tries to get the pointy ends inside the booklet.

Five, page numbers.  Still haven't figured this one out.  I was planning on doing them on the edge of the bottom of the pages, but haven't figured out how to make them switch sides on alternate pages. 

And lastly, no I am not going to say what I am working on because I'm just screwing around for now.

Back to the printer thing.  I'm considering purchasing a new printer.  One that is a little bigger and can auto print both sides.  I was looking at a Epson Workforce 845.  Any suggestions about this?  Printer suggestions?  Looking to keep it under 300 bucks.