Sadly for Diana, when she received the consignment of printed books from her publisher, excitement quickly turned to disappointment. Many of the all-important images looked flat and lifeless, and the colours too dark. Not really understanding what had gone wrong, she got back in touch with Holywell Press for help.
“Ben was kind enough to talk me through the issues. My book had been printed on an inkjet digital press, and I hadn’t asked for a printed proof which would have highlighted the problems with the images. I’d simply asked the publishers to match the Arts and Crafts Churches book that I liked, and though they claimed to have done exactly that, the result was far from it.
“I decided to scrap the entire print run and start again – confident that, with Holywell’s help, I would get the print quality I wanted.”
Holywell’s pre-production studio worked closely with Diana on the reprint. Individual images were manipulated to reflect the desired colours and beauty of Shearman’s buildings. The book was then printed lithographically on a silk art paper, ensuring sharp text and vibrant images.