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, […]

Wear out your command key: Ten tips on using Photoshop and InDesign like the pros

Wear out your command key: Ten tips on using Photoshop and InDesign like the pros

Understanding Photoshop with Ken Jones4th May 2017 | Faber Academy, Bloomsbury, London Sign up. Learning how to use your Adobe software quickly and cleverly is something that I include in my training sessions for publishing people at any level of experience. A good understanding of the principles and capabilities of your Adobe apps is an […]

InDesign for publishers: Annette Peppis interview

InDesign for publishers: Annette Peppis 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 Annette Peppis, virtual team leader at Annette Peppis & Associates. Annette’s work was recently commended in the ‘Best Website’ category at the Richmond Business Awards. […]

Photoshop and InDesign for publishers: Subha Chelvam-Lewis interview

Photoshop and InDesign for publishers: Subha Chelvam-Lewis 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 Subha Chelvam- Lewis, Freelance Designer & Consultant, working from her newly Hygge-ed front room in leafy Banstead. 1) How frequently do you use Photoshop/InDesign and […]

Book design for self-publishing authors

Book design for self-publishing authors

What is book design like when you choose to self-publish your work? Mathias Lord of Hewer Text fills us in. Book design is something readers appreciate but usually don’t notice. However, if you are a self-publisher, it is crucial to know about book design. What is it, and what are the main differences between book […]

Typographic inspiration from Myfonts.com

Typographic inspiration from Myfonts.com

As a design agency always looking for new ways of being creative and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible within editorial design we’re constantly looking outside of our studio for inspiration. Myfonts.com to us isn’t just a place we go to to buy new fonts, it’s a wonderful resource of ideas, from matching typefaces to sparking off our creative […]

Mind The Gap: Planning your InDesign pages using Margins and Columns

Mind The Gap: Planning your InDesign pages using Margins and Columns

This is an excerpt from Nigel French’s book ‘InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign’. These principles apply to all versions of InDesign and any page layout software. Determining Margins Margins often aren’t given enough consideration. It’s easy to fall back on even margins of half an inch, but in doing so you miss an […]

Text Black, what it is and why you should no longer be using it

Text Black, what it is and why you should no longer be using it

Being Upfront As every good production controller knows the cost of a print run is upfront. For illustrated books in particular, a major investment of time and hard cash is needed to get artworks and photography done, edited content completed and layouts finalised, proofed and signed off. Only once the printing plates have been made and the […]

Origins of the interactive book

Origins of the interactive book

Digital formats provide a wealth of opportunity to experiment with, and push the boundaries of, the traditional book. With much focus on what this can do to engage children in reading, here Jana Sukenikova takes a look at the origins of the interactive children’s book and why she used monsters as the topic of her most recent […]

Typographic trends: Discover which fonts creatives love, and hate…

Typographic trends: Discover which fonts creatives love, and hate…

“I love fonts!” We hear it all the time. It’s common for creative professionals to obsess over their tools, and fonts are critical to any project that includes text. At Extensis, we are font nerds ourselves, and I wear mine with a badge of honor. Having worked with creative professionals for over 14 years, I love […]