Our Design Studio
Bluffton, South Carolina
Bluffton, South Carolina
Your book is a exhibition that you have the ability to control the color of the walls, framing and lighting. We will assist you in every phase of design, image refinement & layout. Utilizing our design studio ensures that the book meets the Branning Publishing standard of quality. It is important that your layout flow in an interesting and methodical way. We will utilize the landscape provided, however sometimes white space is one of the most important design elements.
We understand that your artwork is unique and so are you. Your book will represent your artist “brand” and display your work in the best possible way without compromise. Your book will receive a custom design; we do not utilize templates or out of the box concepts.
High-resolution digital TIFF, JPG or EPS files, typically 30MB or larger, will work best. If you are an artist whose only record of older art is a 35mm slide, 4 x 5, or 8 x 10 transparency, we can accommodate that. Scanning to a hi-res digital file costs a bit more, but you will also get a digital file for your own records.
Please clearly name and the images (title, medium, dimensions, etc.). Names like “IMG_0023” does not help us identify an image. Of course with the name, please indicate the relevant placement in the text. Original artwork should always be professionally photographed. GIF, PNG or other files downloaded from the internet cannot be used for print.
We have many tools to enhance and edit images. This service is not included in your base price. Cost will be quoted before we begin. Note: We do not edit/enhance or even crop supplied images unless specifically instructed.
For offset printing, images have to be converted to CMYK color mode. You can supply RGB images or RAW capture files, but note that color may shift slightly when converted to CMYK.
If you edit/enhance your images in Photoshop®, please be aware of the out-of-gamut warning. If an adjustment (saturation, brightness/hue or others) causes that small triangle to show next to the swatch, you have pushed the color out of gamut. This may look great in RGB (monitor) color, but it will cause disappointment when you convert to CMYK.
During the layout process you will receive digital proofs (PDF). First of the concept and “look and feel” of the design and then as pages are built. You will have an opportunity to make edits and we will send you additional digital proofs. Editorial changes after the second proof may constitute additional charges. Changes at the time of print-ready color proofs are discouraged due to high cost and project delays. Please be sure that we have all the files at the start of the project to avoid extra expense.
You may have a designer that you are comfortable working with and prefer not to use our design studio. This is perfectly acceptable but make sure that the designer understands the technical requirements for print ready files. We are happy to consult with your designer to ensure that the files are setup correctly and meet Branning Publishing standards.
We prefer PDF files for the text pages (Print-Ready) and native indesign files for the cover or dust-jacket. We can only accept files in Indesign format. Files must be packaged with fonts and images.
You will receive a full color proof before we go to press. If you are not sure about the color accuracy of your monitor we can run test color proofs before we output the entire layout. We offer color editing in our studio.