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Church membership / directory

Gerry Szarek , May 26, 2005; 12:08 p.m.

Good afternoon, I do volunteer photography at my church and I was asked if I could do a directory of all members (the membership has not been satisfied with the big chain guys who did this in the past). Typically this includes ~16 pics per page with a name(s), phone number, printed out on a little better than your typically magazine paper. I would make money from the sale of photo's to the membership along with the directory.

First where can I get the directory printed out, what type of formatting will I need to do for it, software needed etc? Second outside of using www.printroom.com does anybody have another online biz printing source they could direct me to?

Thanks, Gerry


Mark Jacoby - Raleigh, NC , May 26, 2005; 01:23 p.m.


digilabs.biz offers a spiral bound proof book that might suit your needs. Maybe not.

Brian Krug , May 26, 2005; 01:28 p.m.

Hi Gerry, I found this site through Miller's, the lab we use. They do all kinds of printing for photographers, here's the link to the church directory page: http://www.marathonpress.com/page.php/mpi/directory_directories

I hope this helps!

Take care, Amanda

Brenda Logan , May 27, 2005; 12:49 a.m.

www.candid2000.com www.asuka.com i think asuka has a soft magazine style book that might be more appropriate for that. also, they're very reasonable. they have templates that you use in photoshop and a file checker software that you download. anyone you go to will probably give discounts on multiple books like you are doing. brenda

Dan Daly , May 27, 2005; 02:23 a.m.

Very cool thread. I'll have to ask my local church if they would like a similar service.


Stephen H , May 30, 2005; 10:24 p.m.

Gerry, just a thought for you. Out at my office, we have a digital B&W copier that is now two or three years old, wired into the office network, where we can print to it from the office computers. The quality on that thing is high enough that you can print easily recognizable photos. They won't be glossy and slick looking, but you could probably match a typical yellow-pages look. Anyway, if you can do a directory like that, you'll have somewhat lower quality, but still perfectly usable, at a cost of about 3-4 cents per page, instead of $5-$20 a book. I know at our church, that cost is the main reason we don't keep up-to-date photo directories around. Run that idea past them. If you don't have access to a good copier like that (it prints fast, too, by the way), check out what your local Kinko's can do.

JP Fulton , Dec 01, 2005; 09:08 a.m.

There is a great company that will do this kind of service for you, free of charge that is based in Michigan. The company is small enough to care about you, but big enough to do the job right and has been in business OVER 60 YEARS!!! However, if you choose to do it on your own, software you should use is Adobe InDesign. Cathedral Directories - Free Pictorial Church Directories Free Church Phone Directories Directory Neighborhood Membership Directories Pictures Homeowners Association Directory Free

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