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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 1:48 am 
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Technology is changing more rapidly than ever before. In the areas of publicity and communication churches can now produce "in house" quality materials which needed professional printers ten years ago, at prices which every church can afford.

Colour reaches the parts monochrome can't reach
For weekly service sheets, monthly church magazines and flyers for events, black and white photocopies have less impact than documents using spot colour and even photographs produced with an inkjet printer.

A3 is better than A4
A3 prints are useful for posters on interior and exterior display boards at church and in the windows of members' homes.
A4 pages fold into A5 sized booklets. A3 pages fold into A4 booklets such as church magazines and teaching materials.

Duplexing is SO useful (automatically copying on to both sides of the paper)
The great barrier to producing A5 or A4 booklets in any quantity is the hassle of backing each sheet and then collating them into the finished product - especially if you are thinking about a couple of hundred church magazines every month.
With a duplexing printer you simply create the document in page order as you want it to appear, use the "booklet" feature in your wordprocessing or desktop publishing software, select the number of copies you want and press "print". Have lunch and when you get back there sit the copies you wanted, backed and collated and all you need to do is staple and fold.

As an example, a recent 5 sermon series on God Every Day in Work, Rest and Play was particularly well received. It took less than half an hour to merge and reformat those sermon notes into a 24 A4 page booklet. With A3 paper loaded select the number of copies and each copy of the booklet takes just seven minutes to print out backed, collated and ready for stapling.

The price is right
Rich churches can afford to do all the above with a top range photocopier (even the colour!) But a quality A3 duplexing printer can do the same things in comparable quality at a much lower price.
An A5 backed weekly notice sheet with spot colour costs around 2p including paper - as cheap as a monochrome photocopy.
A church magazine consisting of 8 A4 pages (two backed A3 sheets) with spot colour and a few colour photos costs around 20p a copy including paper.
An A3 colour photo poster costs 50-60p and still under £2 if printed on weatherproof photo paper.
For long print runs (1000+) online print services (e.g. http://www.print24.co.uk) are excellent value and quality but for week by week printing a quality inkjet beats high street printshops and colour photocopiers every time.

HP and Canon are excellent brands with printers which last years and years. Every church should have one!


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