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Dear Folks, For over 20 years I've been making cards, posters, booklets - all basic things that were oh so simple in PagePlus. I know Affinity is a far advanced program but:

- If I make greeting cards - they don't really come out right/even

- If I try to do mirror margins - oh horror - I've been working on simple mirror margins for months with such a mess: in Word, in PagePlus (they removed that option!) in Publisher, it's so simple!

- I listened to the tutorial on "Booklets" and truthfully, still couldn't figure how to make a simple 8.5x11" page into a booklet.

Please - those of you who do more professional work, and for whom this program is A+ Class - could you help those of us who are NOT doing magazine or book spreads?  Could someone come up with a series of templates for 1) simple mirror margins, 2) Booklets of a chosen size - this would probably do also for 3) Greeting cards of various sizes (mine are 7x10 landscape or topfold) -  7x10 for instance is close to B5 but not B5. I've had Affinity Publisher since it came out, and though I've often "practiced" on it, cannot work on it seriously. I know that if I could get started I would easily learn as I go along - It's how I learned Photoshop, Page and PhotoPlus and every other Photo and Publishing program I've used. Also, PLEASE don't "phase out" elements of PagePlus or PhotoPlus to force users to Afinity; it seems that might be happening? Booklets have caused unusual problems lately, mirror margins are now grayed out ... It's the only foundational software that does everything less advanced users need. Greeting Card programs do almost nothing. I am writing this as a deeply devoted user of Serif products, and a seriously 'would be' user of Affinity. Templates would be a great start (You know the opening screen for PagePlus?) Thank you so much!  Sister Regina Dierson

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31 minutes ago, peacenjoy said:

PLEASE don't "phase out" elements of PagePlus or PhotoPlus to force users to Afinity; it seems that might be happening? Booklets have caused unusual problems lately, mirror margins are now grayed out

Serif can't remove/"phase out" anything from a piece of software that you have installed on your PC. If something isn't working as it used to do there must be another reason.

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3 hours ago, peacenjoy said:

how to make a simple 8.5x11" page into a booklet.

Set a custom page size of 5.5" x 8.5" and make sure there is an even multiple of 4 pages in the document.

In the print dialog (File->Print), set the paper size to US Letter, then in the Document Layout section (on the Mac, use the popup menu directly underneath the paper size control; may be organized slightly differently on Windoze), set Model to Booklet.

Use the printer settings to configure duplexing appropriately if you are printing.

You can then print or export the PDF from there.

 

3 hours ago, peacenjoy said:

Greeting cards of various sizes

In theory, this is just a booklet of four pages (front, inside top, inside bottom, back) printed to cardstock...

Again, the page size of the Publisher document is the size of the finished page (after folding); the size of the paper set in the Print dialog is the size of the actual sheet of paper it is being printed on.

However, a top-fold card may present a problem with the set of options currently available for imposing under Publisher...  I will need to play with that a bit more later on; this is a use case I hadn't really thought about before...  side fold cards should be trivial using the booklet feature, but I'm not sure if the current booklet feature can adapt to a top-fold scenario...  hmm...

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Actually, the booklet feature works perfectly for top-fold cards.  When you create the document, turn on facing pages and set them to be arranged vertically starting at the bottom.  Set the printer to flip on the short edge if it has a duplexer.

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Thank you so much, fde101!  This is a big help to me; you explained it very well because choosing the right page size is what's confusing. Booklet is full page folded in half, the 7x10 cards are 7x5 folded. I'm going to copy all these instructions out when I get back to my regular computer.  Topfold I can just do 7x10,  make 2 pages, divide each page in half, then for the outside put the graphic on the bottom and  the logo upside down on top. Inside is straightforward, top and bottom.  It's the booklet that really threw me! Thanks again!  Sister Regina

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11 hours ago, peacenjoy said:

Topfold I can just do 7x10,  make 2 pages, divide each page in half

Instead of that, try setting the page size to 5" W x 7" H, facing pages, arranged vertically, starting at the bottom, with four pages.

When designing the card, page 1 will be on its own and represent the front of the card.  Pages 2 and 3 will show up stacked as a spread, representing the inside of the card when it is opened.  Page 4 will be on its own, representing the back of the card.

Then when printing, select 7" x 10" as the paper size, set the document layout to booklet, and if your printer can print on both sides, set it to flip on the short edge.

Publisher will "divide each page in half" for you automatically that way.

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FDE101 - You are a big help to me. These are probably formats used for magazines or professional work with which I am unacquainted. I hope that when they come out with a book for Publisher, it will have these things and more explained because I would really like to become proficient in the program. Admittedly, it's the first one that's really confused me, but that's because I was never trained in professional layouts. PagePlus was so clear! Of course, having the Templates probably did all the work. Thank you again - truly!  Sister Regina

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