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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King; 01 edition (1 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856696588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856696586
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lester Meachem has worked as a freelance illustrator/designer for many years. He is Head of Visual Communication at the School of Art & Design, University of Wolverhampton. Dr Lindsey Marshall pursued a freelance career in graphic design before moving into higher education. She is currently a principal lecturer working in visual communications at the School of Art & Design, University of Wolverhampton.


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This good-sized book (just shy of A4 size and just shy of 200 pages) provides a practical, if simplistic, introduction to using images - both for print and online. It makes an excellent reference and will be useful to graphic design students and people who work with/use images in their communications/marketing, but don't have in-depth knowledge of images. It provides an overview of how to select and use images, and it's nice to see a reference book that doesn't need to be read sequentially - you can, of course, do this; but it's also been written in a way that you can dip in and out of as you need.

The book covers:

1. A brief history of images
2. Who images are aimed at
3. When and how they are used
4. Selecting images
5. How to structure a design
6. Composition
7. Communication
8. Using colour
9. Image potential
10. Production

Each topic is succinctly covered in easy-to-read and plain language - you'll get a basic understanding of topics such as where to position an image on a page, grid systems, replacing text, visual continuity; but I'm only touching on what the book covers. Case studies are provided throughout the book, which provide a nice break from the main content. There are also exercises at the end of each chapter to help you get thinking about what you've just read (the exercises are presented in a tacky Blue Peter style, and the book probably could have done without them).

My only issues with the book are that (1) the paper quality isn't great, which means the images used within the book don't really come to life. (2) Also the text doesn't contract with the page, which makes it difficult to read at times - the image captions in particular are written in a legal-style small print that can barely be made out.

Otherwise, a very good reference book.
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HASH(0x8cef6e64) out of 5 stars One of the best book from my book collections!! 25 Jun. 2010
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As the title shows on the book, it explains every detail of how to use images in a design, advertising, and web. How to attract people's attention in a design; do's and don'ts in a design; why do you select a certain image for your design; what's the purpose and more. And also, it talks about colors use, typography, scaling, contrasting, it is a must have book for all designers in all fields. Highly recommended!
HASH(0x8c6f3270) out of 5 stars A great beginner primer 29 Mar. 2013
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This is a fantastic book that serves as a well rounded introduction to image manipulation. It is part textbook and part workbook, as it features certain exercises throughout the length of the book. I bought this in conjunction with, " How to Create a Portfolio and Get Hired," by the same publisher. It has definitely helped me become a more independent visual album concept designer and just a generally more informed person regarding this field.
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