Thursday, 4:13pm
28 June 2012

Try this one at home (review in brief)

Digital Book Design and Publishing

By Douglas Holleley<br>Clarellen and the Cary Graphic <br>Arts Press, US dollars 39.95<br>

The scope of this one-stop, beginner’s guide to self-publishing is ambitious: software essentials, crash courses in typography, layout and bookbinding techniques, as well as illustrations of digital montages and artists’ books – including plenty of the author’s own work. It provides a useful overview in some respects, but anyone new to Quark or Photoshop might be intimidated by the text-heavy explanations. Holleley, forgets essentials such as reminding beginners to click on a text or picture box before, say, adding a frame. Tips on scanning and printer calibration shortcuts are handy, though the section on binding and making covers is a little sketchy. Holleley may have tried to do too much with one volume, but its home-spun pioneer spirit is admirable, reflecting a growing awareness among artists of the possibilities offered by cheap computer equipment.