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    Letterhead templates redux (Word 2K/Windows2K)

    <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15> I know I've asked this before but the question has come up again -- text boxes v. images (i.e., tif, jpg, etc.) for letterheads. <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>

    We have 7 locations, hence 7 letterheads. Engraved letterhead was scanned as TIF images and then these are inserted via macros when letterhead documents are created.

    Issue: Users complain that the images are not sharp enough (either on-screen or when printed). If I scan at a higher resolution to achieve clarity, file size increases and this becomes an issue for some users in foreign offices with respect to slowing down email (especially when connecting to our network remotely).

    OTOH, text boxes (which give a cleaner look) become problematical if the fonts used are not available on the recipient's end (e.g., we're using Adobe Garamond and Engravers' Gothic BT).

    Question: Have I exhausted all approaches or is there something I'm not thinking of?

    Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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    Re: Letterhead templates redux (Word 2K/Windows2K)

    It sounds to me like you ought to have your logos recreated in a good graphic program -vs- scanning. Then, they can be saved as just about any file type, and you have "original" artwork. If it's not too hairy, I'd be willing to give it a go from a scanned image.

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    Re: Letterhead templates redux (Word 2K/Windows2K)

    Thanks for the offer. I'd like to take you up on it but I'll have to send you the file privately, since it's a TIF and was rejected when I tried to attach it.

    I don't think it should be too hairy since it's all text, no art.

    After you look this over, I'd be curious to know which graphics program you'd use and whether it would be easy for someone with no graphics software experience to use.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Letterhead templates redux (Word 2K/Windows2K)

    Hiya Schatzie

    If your logo comprises mainly text you might try this:

    In PowerPoint, create a new blank presentation file.
    Set the page size to the size you want your logo.
    Create your logo using the typeface(s) you want such that the logo fills the page.
    Incorporate other graphic elements if you wish.

    In File/Save as a Windows Metafile (*.wmf)

    Open Word.
    Choose Insert/Picture/From file, browse to your wmf and insert it.

    ...worth a shot?

    Bede

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    Re: Letterhead templates redux (Word 2K/Windows2K)

    Thanks for this idea.
    I've also gotten a great deal of help from Dreamboat who has actually sent me a file.
    I will be trying all these suggestions and will let you know the results.
    With all this help, it looks like I will finally have this problem licked. <img src=/S/fanfare.gif border=0 alt=fanfare width=31 height=23>

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    Re: Letterhead templates redux (Word 2K/Windows2K)

    Word 97 had the ability to embed True Type fonts into the document. Is that an option in your version?

    Again, in Word 97, you would check Tools, Options, Save. It was one of the check boxes.

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    Re: Letterhead templates redux (Word 2K/Windows2K)

    Yes I can embed the fonts. Main issue with that is file size -- increases from 32K to 128K.

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    Re: Letterhead templates redux (Word 2K/Windows2K)

    Hi schatzie,

    Since it is all text and you can create it in Word, why not let Word create the graphic for you? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    - Create the letterhead
    - Copy it and use Edit/Paste Special
    - Paste as Picture
    - Save the file as HTML (Web page)

    Word will extract the image and create a *.gif from the image.
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    Re: Letterhead templates redux (Word 2K/Windows2K)

    <img src=/S/trophy.gif border=0 alt=trophy width=15 height=15> What an absolutely BRILLIANT idea. <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30> It works like a charm. You have changed my life!! <img src=/S/bow.gif border=0 alt=bow width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Letterhead templates redux (Word 2K/Windows2K)

    You could embed the fonts in the document, this would ensure that they would appear properly in the document.

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    Re: Letterhead templates redux (Word 2K/Windows2K)

    Hi Al,
    Just an aside to this actual thread, but I was interested in your comment about embedding true type fonts. I have never had any success with that feature, either in Word 97 or Word 2000. The font I've tried it with is called Peignot and isn't very common. Have you had any success?

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    Re: Letterhead templates redux (Word 2K/Windows2K)

    I've had success embedding all the fonts I've tried but the user at the other end can't always edit the documents I send (Anyone know why?). Apparently some fonts don't allow themselves to be embedded. May be Peignot is one of them.

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    Re: Letterhead templates redux (Word 2K/Windows2K)

    Hi Melissa,
    Thanks for your comments. Next time someone asks me about it then I will be more open-minded!

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    Re: Letterhead templates redux (Word 2K/Windows2K)

    I don't know for certain, but the problem with being able to edit documents with embedded fonts might be to do with the way the font was embedded - you can either embed the entire font, or just the characters used in this document. I haven't tried this out, but perhaps if only the characters used were embedded it might cause problems at the other end? Just a suggestion.
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