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I'm hoping that folks in this topic will know where I could find a nice, professional-looking printable product catalog template.  I've looked out on Microsoft templates, but the content is average at best.

Is it possible to purchase a product catalog template in much the same way as u can purchase a web site template??


thanks.
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I would imagine you can purchase or possibly find a free product catalog template.  What program will you be using to make your catalog?

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I see this is the Photoshop question category... I was just thinking that Photoshop wouldn't be the best choice for a multipage book like a catalog.  So, that is why I asked.

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I was thinking Photoshop for the cover and Word for the body.  
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Well, I bet there won't be many catalog templates done in Word.  Word isn't usually used for sending a print job to a printing press.  So, are you going to be printing this on a laser printer?

Most catalogs are probably printed at a printshop on a printing press... though I suppose many are done with digital presses too.  Almost all the catalog work I know about is done in either QuarkExpress, InDesign, or Pagemaker.  I suppose you could use Microsoft Publisher (but if you do, there are things you need to know -- such as files aren't always compatible with different versions and if you are going to use a print shop, make sure they can use a Publisher file)


You might be able to modify some of the brochure templates such as these:
http://www.hp.com/sbso/productivity/office/brochure.html

DeeDee
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I would not be opposed to buying and learning QuarkExpress, InDesign, or PageMaker - provided there were templates that I could purchase.  Any clue if catalog templates are available for those products?  

I really have appreciated your help on this.

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Yes there definitely are templates available for those three programs.  Currently QuarkExpress is still widely used but InDesign is gaining popularity.  PageMaker is probably not going to be around long, since Adobe sells it and InDesign.  (just my opinion)  So... I recommend InDesign.  But you will get just as many people recommending Quark.  You might even download a trial and use a template with it to see what you think.

This page has some information about catalogs.  
http://www.allgraphicdesign.com/graphicdesignarticles/catalogsgraphicdesign/catalogsdesigningtips.html

I haven't looked at these templates (you'll need the program to look at them)
http://www.psprint.com/creative/downloads/templates/catalogs_booklets_printing_templates.asp
http://www.dynacolor.com/Downloads.php

You can buy templates from Stocklayouts.com - here is one for products (like a catalog) -- for lots of different software (including Word)
http://www.stocklayouts.com/Products/Details.aspx?name=GB0660101
They also list them by industry:
http://www.stocklayouts.com/hp.aspx?campaign=pid158

About.com has lots of desktop publishing information and a page with templates:
http://desktoppub.about.com/od/templates/

I may have spoken too soon about availability of catalog templates -- they ARE hard to find!

DeeDee
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Sweet!  Thanks very much DeeDee!
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Thank you.  If you get into your project and need more help, post a question in the general graphics area.  There are lots of good experts that can help with creating files for printing there!

DeeDee

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