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Using projectors and large print in church

Projectors

The following is fairly standard guidance for projectors:-

  • Avoid text smaller than 24 point – make it as large as you can.
  • Avoid text over pictures (or set the background in the text frame to a dark colour).
  • White or yellow text on a dark background works best (dark blue is good) - maximising contrast is the key - shadowing text can boost the apparent contrast on the screen.
  • That can be reversed, but most people prefer white or yellow on dark blue – a white or yellow background can cause too much glare.
  • Use a regular simple uncluttered layout – strong and bold.
  • It is easier if text is left justified – (starts in the same place on each line with even spacing between the letters).
  • Use sans serif fonts (Arial, Helvetica, Trebuchet) in bold. A slight serif like Tiresias can be even better. (Tiresias is a font created for partially sighted readers - and it looks good on PowerPoint.)
  • If you are preparing this for just one individual then find out what works best for them, otherwise the suggestions above are appropriate for the majority of people. 

Printed material

The font for song sheets and other printed material should be as above but black on white (a few people prefer black on cream or yellow) with no shadowing.  If you know who you are printing material for then ask what works best for them.  If it is for general use, then 24 or 25 are probably the most useful font size for the majority of partially sighted people.  Torch produces large/giant print in font sizes 17, 20, 25, 30 – all bold unless you use Tiresias LPfont which is already bold.

Check with the partially sighted people in the church whether the projection or print is right for them – they may not like to ask for something to be done differently.  Always ask!

From the RNIB website - http://www.rnib.org.uk/search/site/clear%20print

What font size is large print?

The “point” is the usual unit for measuring the size of fonts.

  • Regular print is usually 10 or 12 point and may even be slightly smaller than this in some newspapers.
  • Clear print is usually 14 point.
  • Large print is significantly bigger – 16 point or higher – and this may be large enough for people who have some useful sight, but who struggle to read regular print.
  • We also use the term “giant print” to refer to anything larger than 18 point size. Giant print books from RNIB Library are in 24 point. 

If you’re thinking of producing material in large print for someone, check with them first to see what size of font they are comfortable reading. Some people may even prefer audio for very long documents or books. You might also want to consider using a font that is more legible, perhaps even a specialist font such as Tiresias.