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Other Publication Design Ideas

Quality may be a factor in deciding whether to included a printed photo in a family book, but not always. Many authors are producing hybrid books so they don't have to leave any photos out. This page contains some great ideas to be published by Gregath Company, Inc. to keep in mind.

Content Ideas

o Honors/Awards o Service o School o Lifestyle and Informational Captions o

How To - Manuscript Mechanics

o Insert in Word o Modify color to "black and white" o

MS Word changing from color to black/white (grayscale)

Right click the photo; from the selection list that pops up choose "format picture" then according to your version:
  • OLDER version choose picture tab, change the image control pull down to grayscale then click OK
  • Version 7+: choose picture color option (left of box) click preset list under color saturation and choose the grayscale then click close

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Basic MS Word photo/graphic insertion instructions (may vary according to version):

  1. Place cursor in the area you wish your picture to be

  2. click the "Insert" pull down menu

  3. place mouse over "picture" and slide right/down until you can click "from file"

  4. browse in "picture" dialog box until you have selected the correct file then click "Insert" button.

  5. Format to fit your manuscript page -

  • right click photo

  • from the shortcut menu click "format picture"

  • click the tab marked "layout"

  • click the wrapping style you wish - text is represented as lines and your picture is the dog.

  • click the OK button at the bottom

Repeat as necessary

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This cropped example is from Mt. Zion Baptist Church Axon, Georgia 1858-2008:

Sometimes there really is a photo that can be worth more than words. Even these can have more impact if they have a descriptive caption. Note this caption sketches a story of a seemingly random photograph included in a history book. Click here for another informational caption example.

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Page 230 (cropped) from Stories of Our Family Our Lives Our Places, by Stephen Denker, 2009: Keepsake postcard placed with caption in relation to information in the main text. The photograph could have been used, but leaving the entire card intact ads flavor.

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Show achievements, whatever they are - be they are military medals, trophies, etc. Captions are important as well. This cropped example page is from My Branch of the Family, by Roy Denman:

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