Photos your designer doesn’t want you to send them

Photos your designer doesn’t want you to send them

Here designer Annette Peppis shares tips on how to supply designers with good pictures.  I have lost count of the amount of times I am asked by a client to design a high-end publication or a book cover – only to be supplied with sub-standard pictures. Often, the type of images you need are not readily available […]

Art Director [JOB POSTING]

Art Director [JOB POSTING]

Quintet Publishing, part of The Quarto Group, is looking for an Art Director to join their busy team based in central Brighton from January 2018. The Quarto Group is the leading global illustrated book publisher; our mission is to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of our readers. Quintet creates non-fiction books across subject areas […]

A whiter shade of paper

A whiter shade of paper

How do you print white? In some complex cases a white ink is used on top of a foil or acetate but on the vast majority of our print jobs to get white you simply don’t print any ink. There are many shades of white… The whiteness of the paper we print on can vary […]

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) […]