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    Hello-I am looking for software to help create menus and such for restaurants and bars...any suggestions?

  • #2
    Hi Rachel and welcome to GDF.

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    If I was designing a menu, it would probably be in Adobe InDesign. If you're asking if there is a program specifically created to create only menus, not that I'm aware of.
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    • #3
      LOL! (and just a little bit.....sad.....)
      Last edited by PrintDriver; 07-12-2017, 09:51 PM.


      • KitchWitch
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    • #4
      I suggested Adobe photoshop


      • PrintDriver
        PrintDriver commented
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        Photoshop is NOT NOT NOT a layout tool.
        Especially a menu with small type.
        But if that's the quality you want to serve up for your clients, Have at it.

      • aldorabancroft
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        Hello PrintDriver, Thanks for you opinions.

        The person has not mentioned in thread that he wants layout tool. Most of the web designer are using photoshop to create and website template and other webpages.

    • #5
      Yup, Your Professional software company hard at work.
      This is apropos:

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      • #6
        I would take serious exception to doing a menu for a website in Photoshop also. Maybe perhaps to mockup, but certainly not to implement.


        • #7
          Creating a menu in Photoshop would be a disaster. There's little to no alignment tools - bitmap type is small sizes print terribly - Your file size is likely to be enormous. Color will not match when you output to print.

          If you're using the adobe suite, inDesign would be the way to go. Hands down. If you'd like to do a background for the menu in photoshop and import it, that would be acceptable. Never do typesetting or print layouts in photoshop though. Ever.


          • #8
            Never do typesetting or print layouts in photoshop though. Ever.
            I wouldn't go that far. You can typeset in photoshop for something like a billboard (=viewed at 100foot distance at 70mph.) I do a lot of scenery that incorporates typographic elements into the photoshop file in some way that doesn't rely on the copy being 100% legible. But for something hand held? Photoshop, no.


            • #9
              Ok maybe not ever. I do album design with some isolated typography. But at the end of the day it was a photoshop project from the start. I'm not going to import the spread to another program for a few lines of type.

              But a menu? i'd rather walk into traffic.


              • B
                B commented
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                Yes, I agree (even though it goes against conventional wisdom).

                In 4-color process printing, when the edges of letters are made up of halftone dots from four separate plates, it really makes little difference whether the type is raster or vector. Either way, the typography will have no higher resolution than the lines per inch of the screen dots.

                Of course, it's best to avoid that sort of thing with text-sized type because of the relatively low resolution and the possible misregistration issues. And it would make no sense to type a paragraph of text into Photoshop for a dozen different reasons.

                But in those one-off instances, like an album cover or a book jacket where a 4-color headline, for example, is part of the artwork, bringing that artwork into InDesign just to place a headline or subhead, accomplishes nothing. Besides, if the headline is part of the artwork, there are more possibilities for visually integrating the letters into the imagery in Photoshop than in InDesign.

            • #10
              How about MS Word? LOL!


              • #11
                You can use macromedia flash software to create menu for your restaurants and bars


                • PrintDriver
                  PrintDriver commented
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                  Maybe for an online menu you don't want an iPhone to be able to read. iOS doesn't support Flash.
                  If you send a macromedia flash file to be printed.......that would just be so wrong as to be a non-starter.





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