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We are open 24 hours a day Monday through Friday. Email reply time depends on volume. Evenings are encouraged for fastest response. You may still order 24 hours a day any day and your order will still be processed.

Designer PRO gives you access to an enhanced designing experience, offering you more tools and discounted services with our cloud designer for the duration of the subscription.

  • Unlimited eNewspaper Publishing – While your subscription is active, you can create as many eNewspapers as you wish of any or all of your projects. Normally, to get an eNewspaper of your PDF, you would be charged $19 per project--which only gets you the PDF and the eNewspaper. But with a Designer PRO subscription, you can create as many as you want.
  • Unlimited PDF Creation – While your subscription is active, you can create as many PDFs as you wish of any or all of your projects. Normally, to get an eNewspaper of your PDF, you would be charged $19 per project--which only gets you the PDF and the eNewspaper. But with a Designer PRO subscription, you can create as many as you want.
  • Unlimited Proofs – Many customers want the ability to print their project using their home or office printer. They want to do this in stages for proofing purposes, and with a Designer PRO subscription, you can create as many proofs as you need with no need to pay for any more PDF versions of your project.
  • Access to Premium Templates – Designer PRO comes with access to hundreds of beautiful, first-class templates that are not accessible through the free version of our designer. These templates are often cleaner, better spaced, offer more versatility and control, and can assist you in designing a newspaper that removes much of the hassle.
  • Access to 100,000+ Print-ready Image Library – With Designer PRO you have access to a gigantic library of print ready, royalty free images that can be inserted directly into the designer without the need to upload them on your own.
  • 50% Off Premium Content – Syndicated content is available to insert directly into the designer...for a small fee. A Designer PRO subscription gives you 50% off each and every comic, puzzle, and game that you insert into your newspaper.
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Absolutely. To begin with, our premium templates will save you time and money, allowing you to instantly insert some of our more top-notch templates. Templates on the internet may range from $5 to $50 each, so the savings can accumulate rapidly.

Secondly, because you can create an unlimited number of PDFs and eNewspapers, you will not need to keep purchasing the single $19 download each time you need a PDF or eNewspaper. This alone could save you hundreds of dollars.

Thirdly, you get half off all syndicated and premium content. This could quickly add up in savings.

Fourthly, the ability to instantly insert a print-ready, high quality, and royalty free image from a huge library directly from our cloud designer will save you the time and hassle you would put forth in finding such images on your own--especially when compared to paid Image websites that often charge up to $20 per high-quality image.

Obviously, the more you use your subscription, the more money you will save.

An eNewspaper is an online or digital version of your newspaper. For those customers with an email list, a website, use social media or simply want other people to be able to access and read their newspaper from anywhere in the world, an eNewspaper is ideal. You will have the benefits of enjoying exposure to millions of users, a handy digital viewer that displays your newspaper exactly like a newspaper, and the ability to embed the viewer and your eNewspaper in your website.

The eNewspaper creation process is done automatically through the ordering process. We do the uploading, deal with posting, manage it for you, and display a link for your eNewspaper right in your account. eNewsapapers are a great way to disseminate your news, stories, services, or products to as many people as possible in a truly professional format. We cannot, however, embed it onto your website.

Absolutely. Many customers design a newspaper for the sole purpose of using the eNewspaper format. You do not have to print to get your eNewsapaper link and subscription. If you ever do decide to print, you can do so directly from your account.

Absolutely. Many customers design a newspaper for print and then discover the value of having an eNewspaper as well. You can order both through the checkout process.

Your eNewspaper link will enable you to use it in a variety of ways. You can embed a viewer on your website, send the link via email, and share the link in your social media accounts. It is a great way to share your work!

Designer PRO Subscriptions will allow you to save money over the long run if you print more than a few times a year. First, with a subscription, you can publish unlimited eNewspapers. Then, if you print monthly, a year subscription will save you a lot of money versus buying eNewspapers one at a time. This means, if you use our Free Cloud Newspaper Designer, you will always get an eNewspaper, and a PDF file and links, every time you order while your subscription is active. In addition, links on your eNewspaper will be activated so that if a reader clicks on one, it will take him or her to the link address. This gives you even more power for yourself or your advertisers. A subscription is also a great way for as many instant proofs as you need, as you can create unlimited PDFs. As a bonus, the Designer PRO subscription also gives you upgraded premium templates, thousands of print ready images and discounts on syndications such as puzzles, games and comics..

Yes! Anyone can use the subscriptions and take full benefit of the digital viewer and handy link to share your publication. AND, unlike other sites without a Designer, when you order through us, your eNewspaper is absolutely ad free and you share your publication with no other publications. Your eNewspaper is private and safe from the adult content of other publications.

Click Here to read all about eNewspapers.

When you open your eNewspaper, there is "share" button in the tool bar on top. Simply click there, and an embed code will show. Copy the embed code into the page of your website where you want it to show. Ask your webmaster for help if you have any issues.

Two (2) years. At which point, we delete them from our system. To keep a permanent copy of your project, you will need to download the PDF to your computer. Current subscribers may, of course re-upload their PDF and get another eNewspaper once it has been purged from our system. Non-subscribers may also re-upload their PDF and order another eNewspaper as well.

Yes. Non-subscribers and subscribers alike may order a PDF only of their Designer project. Keep in mind, however, that you get a PDF regardless. A PDF comes with ALL eNewspapers.

It takes between 5 and 20 minutes for the PDF to render and the eNewspaper to be created. On your initial order, you will recieve 2 emails. The first is an order confirmation. The second comes later and will contain the links to access your eNewspaper and PDF. If you have a subscription already and are using our Designer, you get the PDF and eNewspaper faster and directly from within the Designer. Simply click the "eNewspaper" publishing button to get your eNewspaper and PDF.

No. Newsprint is not coated so it does not look like the glossy magazine paper you are familiar with. Typically, newsprint has grey in it. The ratio is close to 80% white and 20% grey.

Quarter fold means the newspaper is folded into a quarter of its normal size. For an example, see our Specifications Page. This is how your newspapers will be delivered.

On a Metric Tabloid of 289mm x 380mm, the sheet of newsprint is 578mm x 380mm inches. For a Berliner newspaper (318mm x 467mm), it is 636mm x 467mm. We fold this one time (half fold) to produce 4 pages of the size you ordered. These 4 pages are printed on both sides of this larger sheet. 1 page for us is literally one content page out of the 4 content pages that can be produced on the larger sheet of newsprint. This is why you can only order pages in quantity of 4. We require PDF's to be in consecutive page numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. We arrange them to print correctly in your newspaper.

For the most part. Colours typically print darker than what you see on a computer screen since a computer screen is backlit and newsprint has gray in the paper.

You can absolutely do this. Many customers want the professional look of a newspaper that people can read, download, or email to family and friends. Our digital newspaper service allows you to do this. You can print, produce a PDF, have an online newspaper or any combination of the three.

Contact your local Mail Service or Courier regarding mailing individual newspapers.

Our newspapers are tabloids or berliners. You can choose between a tabloid of size of 289mm x 380mm or a berliner of 318mm x 467mm. US sizes are available, but we cannot print them in the UK. You can chose US sizes to create a PDF or an eNewsapper.

The paper we use is sustainably sourced and has a proportion of recycled material within it.

No. All our newspapers are printed on real newsprint.

You can go to our custom order page and request a quote for an amount of copies not listed on our price page.

No. We do recommend that whatever browser you use that you consistently use that browser as using different browsers may shift some of the components from session to session.

There are advantages and disadvantages.

The Advantages:

  1. You do not have to worry about CMYK issues in our Cloud Designer.
  2. You do not have to worry about PDF creation.
  3. You do not have to deal with page size and margins.
  4. You get many free templates to use.
  5. The learning curve to use our Cloud Designer effectively is minimal.
  6. You do not have to purchase any additional software.
  7. Features and options special to newspaper design will constantly be added.
  8. Avoid the upload process.
  9. You can collaborate with others from anywhere and anytime.

The Disadvantages:

  1. Our Cloud Designer does not have some of the more advanced features of other desktop publishing software that you may be used to.
  2. You do not automatically get a PDF copy of your design unless you purchase it for a minimal charge.
  3. You need an internet connection to design.
  4. Speed of design is dependent upon the speed of your internet connection.

You have two options: tabloid of size of 289mm x 380mm or a berliner of 318mm x 467mm. US imperial sizes are available, but not for print. You can create a PDF or an eNewspaper in US sizes only.

Yes. Currently, our designer only supports up to 32 pages. However, anything over 16 pages will require you to get a custom order quote before you print. If you need more than 32 pages, you will need to not only get a custom quote, but you will need to design your newspaper using your own Desktop Publishing Software. If you are using your own software, please read our specifications listed under the "Help/Tutorial" menu.

Yes. Our designer is accessible from any browser with an internet connection. Anyone who has access to your account can open and edit one of your designs. We do, however, recommend strongly that everyone use the same browser when editing your document. Moving between browsers could shift some of the text since each browser renders their kerning (space between letters) for letters differently. Also, don't work on the same project at the same time. Whoever saves last will win and erase what the other person has done.

Most likely, you either used a different browser than the one you saved it in or you are using a different version of the same browser. Each browser renders their kerning (space between letters) for letters differently. This may cause some shift in the letters when you click on a text box. To avoid this, always use the same browser. It doesn't matter which one you use, so long as you use the same one.

PLEASE NOTE: Most of our templates were designed in Google Chrome. Loading them in a different browser may cause some of the text to shift when you first click on a text box. However, once you replace the text and save it, it will always come up the way you saved it as long as you continue to use the same browser.

No. Most of our templates were designed in Google Chrome so there should be no shift in the kerning (space between letters) if you use Chrome. It doesn't matter which browser you use so long as you continue to use the same one throughout your project.

Yes. When you open up the designer, there will be a "Help" button on the upper right portion of your screen.

Most likely you are using an old browser. Upgrade your browser and you should have no problems.

Any project that has had no activity (saves) in the last eighteen (18) months will be purged from our system.

You can use any desktop publishing software that will produce a print ready PDF in CMYK colours. Below is a list of common programs and if they are or are not acceptable to produce a print ready PDF:

  • Adobe InDesign – This is perfectly acceptable as it is a desktop publishing software designed for this type of project.
  • Adobe Illustrator – This is not acceptable. Illustrator is a vector editing program, not a desktop publishing software. Please do not use Illustrator for your newspaper designs.
  • Adobe Photoshop – This is not acceptable. Photoshop is a photo editing program, not a desktop publishing program. It creates huge picture files that often do not have the correct font or CMYK information imbedded in the PDF. Please do not use Photoshop for your newspaper design.
  • CorelDraw – This is not acceptable. CorelDraw is a vector editing software similar to Adobe Illustrator. It is not a desktop publishing software and does not produce acceptable print ready PDFs for commercial printing.
  • Microsoft Publisher – This is perfectly acceptable. Although not our favorite, it can be used for your newspaper designs. Converting to CMYK in Publisher is tricky…especially trying to get 100% black fonts. You may use Publisher for your newspaper designs.
  • Microsoft Word – Word is not acceptable for PDF submission as it is not a desktop publishing software. It is a word processor and does not have the functionality to correctly convert a PDF to the correct CMYK settings or embed the necessary font information in the PDF. We will not accept PDFs created by Word.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint – Powerpoint is not a desktop publishing software and lacks the capability to convert RGB to CMYK or embed the fonts needed for commercial printing. Please do not use PowerPoint.
  • Mac/Apple Pages – Pages is a basic design program for home use. It does not have the capacity to convert RGB to CMYK for commercial printing. Please do not use Mac Pages.
  • Serif PagePlus – This is perfectly acceptable. This is the only Serif program that is a true desktop publishing software.
  • QuarkXPress – This is perfectly acceptable.

Click Here to view our specifications.

CMYK stands for the colour pallet (c)yan, (m)agenta, (y)ellow, and (k) black. CMYK is what professional printers use in their web and offset printers. Conversely, your home printer is more apt to use RGB (red, green, blue) to produce colours.

In CMYK, the K means black. When you convert RGB black to CMYK black, the black is actually a combination of all 4 colours. To get the black font to be true black, you will need to reduce the C, M, and Y colours to 0% and the K to 100%. This should be done for all true black fonts to prevent the printers from going over your text four times with all the colours.

We have included a tutorial for Microsoft Publisher 2007 on our Design Tips Page. A similar procedure will need to be followed for all desktop publishing software--except for our free Cloud Newspaper Designer, which does the conversion for you. The tutorial covers both the CMYK conversion for the actual PDF and how to ensure that all your black fonts are 100% black and not an actual combination of colours.

You can bridge the centre margin of the centre spread of your newspaper. You cannot do this in our online Cloud Designer, but you can do this if you design the newspaper using your own Desktop Publishing software. To do this, you would move the image or text of the left page all the way to the very edge of the right margin of that page and for the right page, you would move the image or text all the way to the left of the page. We need TWO pages that meet our normal specifications...except on the bridged margins. Do not create one very large page.

We do not, however, do bleeds. A bleed is when you have print or colour in the half inch margin around the outside of your newspaper.

Because the actual sheet of newspaper is double the width of the page size. When we fold it in half, we get 4 pages when you print on both sides. For example, a 4 page newspaper is really a single sheet of newsprint, 2 pages printed on both sides. Thus 8 pages is 2 sheets, 12 pages is 3 sheets, and 16 pages is 4 sheets of newsprint.

Our templates allow you to design relatively easy. We do not at this time offer paid design services. Design will be up to you.

We have several pages and tutorials that might be of help to you.

  1. Click Here to view our specifications page. This will help with picture quality, CMYK options and more.
  2. Click Here to view some more design tips.
  3. Click Here to view some more content tips.
  4. Click Here to view a thorough tutorial on starting a profitable newspaper. The tutorial talks about design, content, ads, ad pricing, distribution, and much more.

We print every Monday and Thursday. The cut off times are MIDNIGHT the previous day. Orders are sent by courier the same day they are printed. For the UK, deliveries take place the next day. For international shipments, transit times will vary. Please see the Delivery Calculator on the Price Page.

Daily, weekly, and bi-monthly accounts can be put on a schedule. We would put you on a printing schedule, so as long as we have your PDF the day before you are scheduled to print, your order will print and ship according to a set schedule. Please contact Customer Service to set this up.

Be aware of our turnaround times before you begin. In all cases, our worst case scenarios require that you have your order in 2 weeks before you need it. In most cases, you will receive your newspaper well before that time, but with printing demands and transit times, we recommend that you order 14 days before you actually need it.

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The pricing page has a delivery calculator available to help you calculate your costs. Click Here to go to the price page.

MakeMyNewspaper offers several storefronts that accommodate regional paper sizes, shipping and delivery options, templates, design tools, and specifications. If you are shipping to North America, for instance, you may want to design and order through the North American Website as the paper sizes will be right for printing from there, shipping will be less and will have faster delivery times. If you want delivery in the UK or Europe, the UK site might offer better sizes and prices for shipping.

North America (11"x14" or 11"x17" tabloids): www.MakeMyNewspaper.com
UK and Europe (289 x 380mm tabloid or 318 x 467mm berliner): www.MakeMyNewspaper.com/uk

You may, of course, ship to any country from the UK, but you must use the metric sizes to print. To print and ship in Imperial sizes, you will need to visit the North American website. Your account and all your saved projects are available in any storefront.

Your newspapers are delivered in re-enforced packaging to protect its condition.

Currently, because the shipment is often so large, we do not offer expedited shipping services when your order requires Drop Shipping.

Absolutely. When we get one, we update your account and an email is sent to you with the details.

Our services are designed to allow you to also act as a manager of your print projects. To do that, we need to associate your projects with you—so we need an account set up. The account is free and your information is fully protected. We don’t use it except to occasionally send you an email informing you of changes or new features.

No. The account and our Online Cloud Designer are free. We only charge when you go to print, create a downloadable PDF, or create a digital newspaper. The designer itself is free to use.

Contact Customer Support to help with this problem.

Our Terms of Service specify that, unless you indicate otherwise, we may use your newspaper as a sample displayed on our website.

All rights to your content are exclusively yours. If you don’t want us to publish your newspaper as a sample or to send any extras in a sample packet to prospective customers, please let us know. We do not republish your content for any other purposes than what is mentioned by our Terms of Service.

The maximum size of file you can upload at this time is not an issue.  If you are experiencing problems when ordering a newspaper, please contact us and we'll help you place your order. Also, be aware than images larger than 15 MB cannot be uploaded into our Designer...if you do upload an image larger than 15 MB, the image might show, but not print whatsoever.

The only form of payment we accept is from a debit card and a credit card.

There is a small window where you can re-upload your PDF with changes. Your account will inform you of the status of your order. If the printer has downloaded it for print, you most likely cannot make changes. If it hasn’t yet been downloaded for print, you can resubmit it.