• Part of a roofline shows from one building. Trees with fall color leaves on them fill most of the photo. A lamp-post is near center of the photo.

    Harpers Ferry Center

FAQs About Templates

Question 1: Why don't you provide more templates in Microsoft Word format?

While Microsoft Word is the NPS "standard" for word processing, it is not necessarily the best tool for producing professional quality print output—the ultimate goal of the NPS Graphic Identity Program. Nevertheless, MS Word is both popular and prevelant in parks and offices, and we have made many of the templates likely to be printed "in-house" on desktop printers available in MS Word format.

However, publications which require complex page layouts, typography, photo reproduction, and custom folding or binding are generally not provided in MS Word format. Also, because most desktop printers do not permit printing to the edge of a page ("bleed"), none of the "bleed" templates are furnished in MS Word format.

Every publication template on this website is furnished in both Adobe InDesign CS2 and CS3 format. InDesign provides advanced page layout features, typographic control, image management, and print output capabilities. And because InDesign has now replaced PageMaker as Adobe's primary desktop publishing application, we no longer furnish our templates in PageMaker format. Also, we have discontinued support for Quark Xpress on this website.

Question 2: What fonts do the templates use?

In March 2006, new OpenType versions of the NPS typefaces Adobe Frutiger and NPS Rawlinson were released—replacing the previous PostScript Type 1 versions of these fonts. All the templates now available on this website have been updated to use these new fonts. You must have Frutiger LT Std and NPS Rawlinson OT installed on your computer if you plan to use these templates. To learn more about the NPS typefaces, follow this link: NPS Typefaces

Question 3: Do the templates have Postscript or non-Postscript arrowheads in them?

All the templates we provide in Microsoft Word format contain non-Postscript (TIF) arrowheads. All the Adobe InDesign templates contain Postscript (EPS) arrowheads. The reason for this is 1) most parks and offices using Microsoft Word as their primary print production tool have non-Postscript desktop printers, while 2) most parks and offices using Adobe InDesign typically have Postscript-compatible desktop printers, or hand off their files to commercial printers who prefer the Postscript format.

If you use Adobe InDesign and have a non-Postscript printer, you will need to replace the Postscript (EPS) format arrowheads in your templates with non-Postscript (TIF) format arrowheads available from this website.

For more detailed information on Postscript versus non-Postscript printers and file formats, follow this link: Frequently Asked Questions about Arrowhead Artwork

Question 4: How do we distribute the News Release template to recipients electronically?

For parks and offices who only distribute their news releases electronically via e-mail, there are three basic ways to accomplish this:

  • Type your news release copy directly in the message portion of your email (there is no need to use the News Release template). Note, however, that there is no consistent way to specify font formatting in e-mail messages that are distributed outside of the NPS (Lotus Notes) network. Therefore, no special font formatting is necessary for news releases typed and distributed in this manner.
  • Attach your news release to an email message as a Microsoft Word document file. In this case, you may use the News Release template with all its specified formatting. If the recipient does not have Adobe Frutiger or NPS Rawlinson fonts on their computer (which will probably be the case), Word will substitute its own default fonts (on a PC, for instance, Word typically substitutes "Arial" for Frutiger and "Times New Roman" for NPS Rawlinson). The layout of the NPS news release remains largely the same, and, most importantly, the news release text is completely readable or can easily be copied and pasted into the recipient's own software application.
  • Attach your news release to an email message as an Acrobat PDF file (which requires that you have the full Adobe Acrobat authoring software). In this case, all formatting, including the Frutiger and NPS Rawlinson typefaces, is faithfully preserved in your news release, and the recipient can either read the file or copy and paste the news release text into their own software application.

Question 5: Does "EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA" always appear in capital letters? Is it a trademarked item?

The phrase EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA has been trademarked by the National Park Foundation for use by the National Park Service. It should always appear in uppercase letters that are letterspaced (i.e., additional spacing added between individual letters). It is difficult to express precisely the amount of such spacing because various design programs use different letterspacing methods and terminology. The best thing to do is to visually match a sample; the best sample is on the back of your NPS business card. The phrase should always be accompanied by a small superscript TM indicating that it is protected by Trade Mark.

Question 6: When I try to insert a photo in a Microsoft Word 2003 document, only a small horizontal sliver of the photo appears on the page. How do I fix that?

Here's the procedure for inserting photos into a Microsoft Word 2003 document—in this case, using the site bulletin template from this website.

  • Delete the red text by selecting the edge of each text box and deleting them.
  • Select and delete the gray box (which designates the suggested position for a photo).
  • With nothing on the page selected, choose Insert > Picture > From File...
  • Browse the Insert Picture dialog, select the picture you want, and select Insert.
  • The picture you selected should now fill some portion of the page, probably covering some part of the underlying page text.
  • Right-click over the picture and choose Format Picture.
  • Select the Layout tab.
  • Select the "In front of text" option, leave "Other" as the default for "Horizontal alignment", and select OK.

You can now select and reposition the picture by dragging it any way you wish. Select a corner point to resize the picture (but note that if you select and move a side point you will stretch or squish the picture rather than resize or crop it). If you need to crop the picture, choose the cropping tool from the Picture toolbar and select and drag either a side "handle" or corner "handle" of the picture.


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