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Wednesday 10th October 2018, Executive

Committee

The next meeting of the Executive Committee will take place in Woburn Sands on Saturday 3rd November. The main topics of discussion will be: 1:  The speakers and agenda for the 2019 Annual Meeting 2:  Details of the Awards Scheme for 2019

Wednesday 10th October 2018, Serif’s new

programs

About a couple of years ago Serif announced their new Affinity Photo program, the first of a new series of programs designed for both the professional and the amateur. It promptly found favour with both. I purchased a copy and found it to be really excellent and easy to use. A few months later Affinity Design was announced and again it was considered to be a big success. So I was looking forward to the announcement of the new desk top publishing program. I was offered the opportunity of trialling the new Affinity Publisher Public Beta. Yes I am getting the hang of it. It promises to meet all my expectations and suffice it to say that I am looking forward to the new program becoming available in commercial form.

Wednesday 10th October 2018, web editing

Serif has recently announced that Serif WebPlus is also being dropped to legacy status. The sad thing is that it is not being replaced. I had been planning to produce a new website for ACE and was hoping for a new web editing program from Serif. As far as I understand, this not to be. Question! What do you do? I set out to find something new. WordPress is well known and I had a look at it. But unfortunately I couldn’t get on with it. So I have tried Xara’s Web Designer Premium and am quite pleased with it. Why? Because it has something of the feel of Serif WebPlus,

Imaginative images

add impact

Taking photographs Remember that faces are the important element of most pictures especially for church magazine which should always be people-orientated. Avoid shots which look as though they have been taken for a police identity parade. If you are taking a group shot, don’t take people standing in a line. Keep groups of people as close together as possible, perhaps showing them at different levels. Always get permission before you take photographs of children. Don’t use such photographs in the magazine without prior approval. Try to catch people in a relaxed or active situation, for instance, coming down steps, looking out of a car or around a door, sitting beside a window or walking away then looking back. If you are not using a tripod, avoid camera shake by holding the camera close and lean against something solid like a wall. You can get interesting shots from a low angle, or by standing on a chair (be careful!). Avoid complicated backgrounds and direct sunshine behind or in front of the subject. Photographs on a dull day against a plain background often give even lighting and often work well. Some editors are better than others when it comes to taking photographs. There may be someone  in your church, or your local camera club, who is skilful in this area. Bring them into your editorial team – they may consider it an honour to help.

Wednesday 10th October 2018, web editing

Serif has recently announced that Serif WebPlus is also being dropped to legacy status. The sad thing is that it is not being replaced. I had been planning to produce a new website for ACE and was hoping for a new web editing program from Serif. As far as I understand, this not to be. Question! What do you do? I set out to find something new. WordPress is well known and I had a look at it. But unfortunately I couldn’t get on with it. So I have tried Xara’s Web Designer Premium and am quite pleased with it. Why? Because it has something of the feel of Serif WebPlus. .

Thursday 11th October 2018, Jay Kettle-

Williams

We are delighted to hear that Jay Kettle-Williams will be editing Catholic South West. His first issue will be January. Congratulations, Jay!
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Wednesday 10th October 2018,

Executive Committee

The next meeting of the Executive Committee will take place in Woburn Sands on Saturday 3rd November. The main topics of discussion will be: 1:  The speakers and agenda for the 2019 Annual Meeting 2:  Details of the Awards Scheme for 2019

Wednesday 10th October 2018,

Serif’s new programs

About a couple of years ago Serif announced their new Affinity Photo program, the first of a new series of programs designed for both the professional and the amateur. It promptly found favour with both. I purchased a copy and found it to be really excellent and easy to use. A few months later Affinity Design was announced and again it was considered to be a big success. So I was looking forward to the announcement of the new desk top publishing program. I was offered the opportunity of trialling the new Affinity Publisher Public Beta. Yes I am getting the hang of it. It promises to meet all my expectations and suffice it to say that I am looking forward to the new program becoming available in commercial form.

Wednesday 10th October 2018,

web editing

Serif has recently announced that Serif WebPlus is also being dropped to legacy status. The sad thing is that it is not being replaced. I had been planning to produce a new website for ACE and was hoping for a new web editing program from Serif. As far as I understand, this not to be. Question! What do you do? I set out to find something new. WordPress is well known and I had a look at it. But unfortunately I couldn’t get on with it. So I have tried Xara’s Web Designer Premium and am quite pleased with it. Why? Because it has something of the feel of Serif WebPlus,