Taking stock

Taking stock

There is a lot of misunderstanding of what “stock photography” actually means and the phrase is often used to imply negative associations; in fact, whether we’re looking at digital or print design, we believe both custom images and stock photography have roles to play.  We’ve recently come across a few clients who say they’ve heard that […]

Why choose a specialist picture library?

Why choose a specialist picture library?

Luci Gosling, Head of Sales and Research at historical image specialist Mary Evans Picture Library argues the case for the smaller, specialist agency in an industry that is becoming increasingly dominated by a handful of major players. Founded in 1964, Mary Evans Picture Library was borne out of Mary’s, and her husband Hilary’s shared love […]

Tips & Tricks: Improving legibility of text on images

Tips & Tricks: Improving legibility of text on images

One of the fundamental things you can do either as a designer, or someone creating your own materials, is to understand how to get the best out of combining texts and images. When you overlay text onto a photo different areas of light and dark can reduce legibility. So we asked Amy, one of our Design Managers, […]

How to select photos for projects

How to select photos for projects

Getting photos for your project should be easy, there’s so much available on the internet, right? Well, yes and no. There are a few pitfalls you should be aware of, and easy ways of doing your picture research. The pitfalls 1) Copyright Many people think that it’s OK to copy pictures from the internet and […]

Tips for using Photoshop at work: Beate Allerton interview

Tips for using Photoshop at work: Beate Allerton interview

Ahead of the upcoming training course Photoshop for publishers, BookMachine are running a series of interviews with industry professionals to understand how they use the tool at work. This interview by Katie Dodson is with Beate Allerton, who runs a writing and creative business in Aberdeenshire. 1) How frequently do you use Photoshop and when […]

Tips for using InDesign and Photoshop at work: Adam Brightman interview

Tips for using InDesign and Photoshop at work: Adam Brightman interview

Ahead of the upcoming training courses InDesign and Photoshop for publishers, BookMachine are running a series of interviews with industry professionals to understand how they use the tools at work. The following interview by Katie Dodson is with Adam Brightman, Senior Designer at emcdesign. Since 2010, Adam has worked on some of the most complex […]

Tips for using InDesign and Photoshop at work: Michael Goldrei interview

Tips for using InDesign and Photoshop at work: Michael Goldrei interview

Ahead of the upcoming training courses InDesign and Photoshop for publishers, BookMachine are running a series of interviews with industry professionals to understand how they use the tools at work. The following interview by Katie Dodson is with Michael Goldrei, graphic designer, photographer & illustrator who works for Macmillan Education as a Managing Designer. 1) […]

What is the future of illustrated publishing?

What is the future of illustrated publishing?

Digital printing technology has the potential to transform the illustrated book industry. The classic model for illustrated book publishing established by Paul Hamlyn and others several decades ago saw high overall pre-press and print costs for illustrated titles offset by large print runs, traditionally including one or more coeditions with foreign-language publishers. Today, most – […]

When royalty came to the Fair

When royalty came to the Fair

It’s not everywhere that you get to follow in the footsteps of royalty. If you’re expecting to be standing on sore feet at London Book Fair, trying to keep your good suit looking pristine, reeling from multiple conversations and always hurrying on to the next stand at least you are in good company. In 2014, […]

Tips for using InDesign and Photoshop at work: Vladimir Verano interview

Tips for using InDesign and Photoshop at work: Vladimir Verano interview

Ahead of the upcoming training courses InDesign and Photoshop for publishers, BookMachine are running a series of interviews with industry professionals to understand how they use the tools at work. The following interview by Katie Dodson is with Vladimir Verano, Production Manager and lead Designer at Third Place Publishing. 1) How frequently do you use […]