Sometimes, only a printed manual will do. Such is the case with the little gem of a handbook called, appropriately, “A Print Handbook for Designers.”
The handbook provides a very visual example of what your designs might look like in print. Different papers are used and a few of the specialty finishes include foil stamping and folding. Topics and processes that are explained range from image resolution, to rich black formulas, to file types to use for output.
Even if you are a production artist working with these processes every day, the Print Handbook is a handy reference to keep within arm’s reach. It’s also a great gift!
The Print Handbook costs £4–£6 including shipping, depending on where you live.
Get it at www.printhandbook.com
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.