Many graphic designers who have a degree or extensive training have little idea of the requirements of the printing process. Often afraid to admit it, every time they send a job to print they experience a period of nail-biting anxiety because they don't know how it's going to turn out. This book gives designers the confidence to do everything necessary to ensure trouble-free, high-quality printing - to calibrate images (colour and black and white); adjust trapping levels in all the major software applications, and mix colours that won't print as something that is a complete surprise. It explains scanning and resolution, and discusses good and bad image formats, describing techniques to make images look good in print - even if they have been downloaded from the internet. There is advice on how to get accurate quotes from a printer, and a checklist to use when sending a job to print.
I divide my time fairly equally between seriously hi-tech and seriously lo-tech. Every alternate week sees me delivering training courses, usually in London, on the main graphics programmes used today worldwide: Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. I'm an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash and Dreamweaver. I'm also an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI). Having spent many years in commercial printing, both in the UK and the USA, I also teach digital prepress courses which try to fill the knowledge gap between graphic designers and printers. The book most closely related to this is 'Production for Print', by Laurence King Publishing.
The other half of my time is spent on my smallholding (well, tinyholding really) in south Wales where I live with 9 sheep, 4 chickens, 1 dog and my wife. We grow almost all our own food with the exception of rice - but global warming may mean we can do that too, before very long.
My gardening interests have led me to co-author two books with Andy McKee (a good friend and fellow gardener) on the domestic use of polytunnels - the use of which enables us to eat our own organic produce right through the winter. Polytunnels are an amazing addition to any vegetable garden and ours have enabled us to pick ripe tomatoes in late May, sweetcorn in early July and...melons. In Wales. Unbelievable.
In addition to all the above I paint (oils), make pottery, play the guitar (since age 12), sculpt stone and (when I can manage it) run around the countryside waving a metal detector (see 'www.weebling.com'). Not that I get the time...