Typesetting services

We typeset text-heavy novels to complex 1000+ page academic textbooks, formatting text and content ensuring it is accurate and consistent, using software from Adobe, Quark and Office. We learn quickly about how a design or document is put together, our expert typographic knowledge, understanding of editorial style and eye for detail, is also a natural benefit. If there are any unresolved issues, we make a list and send them to you. Our turnaround times are prompt, or they are set by you. We regularly typeset books, journals and publications, for major book publishers and organisations.

Information standards, quality, and consistency

We do

  • Mathematical, chemical and scientific equations and formulas.
  • Well named and clearly setup stylesheets.
  • Conversion/reformat/repurpose of old QuarkXPress files into Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Word documents.
  • Expert typographic and typeface selection advice.
  • Footnotes, endnotes, quotations.
  • Format to composition or template specification.
  • Micro-typography issues (justification, kerning, leading, tracking, hyphenation, superscript/subscript setting).
  • Fix of widow/orphan words and lines, and cleaning text rags.
  • Prepress preflight (remove unused spaces, fonts and swatches).
  • Setup to printer’s specification (bleed and crop marks, PDF preparation, colour management and colour profiles).
  • Tables (including decimal point alignment in numerical data).
  • XML (Extensible Markup Language) tagging and export.

Below is a selection of projects to give you an idea, of just some of the projects we have worked on.

A large thick yellow handdrawn chalk arrow pointing down

Cinema film directory front cover at a 45 degree angle. Shows a woman's face contemplating

Image of 1st spread of the book showing typesetting of a world cinema film directory

Image of 2nd spread of the book showing typesetting of a world cinema film directory

Image of 3rd spread of the book showing typesetting of a world cinema film directory

Image of 4th spread of the book showing typesetting of a world cinema film directory

Client

Intellect Books.

Project title

Directory of world cinema: Turkey.

Book type

Film directory, reference.

Services

Typesetting + Corrections + Typographic design.

About the client

Independent academic publisher for scholars and practitioners teaching and researching in the arts, media and creative industries. They publish over 100 journals and around 100 books each year.

Client’s needs

The client needed a wide-range of different types of information, like text, photographs and foreign text extracts, typesetting exactly the same as their previous world cinema directories, in a variating 3 column layout.

Outline of what we did

We typeset this 215-page directory and turned around a 1st proof within 1 week. We amended a large amount of corrections from the editors. The text also included many Turkish specific diacritic marks, and some were not available in the typeface specified and had to be put in manually, using the available standalone diacritic marks and kerning.

3 main improvements for them

  • Typeset and amended editorial corrections from staff and authors.
  • Increased product quality by using best practice expert knowledge and technical experience.
  • Setup for high-resolution CMYK printing on uncoated paper.

Details

Pages: 215Page size: width 170mm × height 240mmPaper: Explorer Offset, 90g/m².

Enabled sequential success

Photograph of the ELT teachers workbook, red front cover at a 45 degree angle

Image of a spread showing complex typesetting using stylesheets, tables and images. ELT teachers workbook

Image of a spread showing workbook/activity section for people to work through. ELT teachers workbook

Image of a spread showing table typesetting. ELT teachers workbook

Client

Oxford University Press.

Project title

Incredible English, teacher’s book 2, 2nd edition.

Book type

English language teaching (ELT).

Services

Typesetting + Corrections.

About the client

The largest university press in the world, with more than 6000 staff, and a presence in 52 countries.

Client’s needs

This worldwide academic publisher needed a diverse range of content handling and typesetting, ranging from icons, images, tables, dingbats, to many heading levels.

Outline of what we did

We typeset this book exactly as specified in their detailed and extensive brief and handover notes. We avoided widow/orphan lines at the top and bottom of columns. There was a large amount of paragraph and character stylesheets, along with nested styles, and various symbol and dingbat fonts, as well as the required use of the publisher’s custom Adobe InDesign scripts. The manuscript from the editors, also had various coding tags, which when imported in, were changed to their corresponding Adobe InDesign paragraph and character style. The editors for this title used Adobe InCopy, and any overflown text was linked into a text frame on the pasteboard, so the editors could still get access to the text. We produced a final proof for this book with a minimum amount of fuss.

3 main improvements for them

  • Accurately formatted content to the client’s specification.
  • Decreased staff time needed in the office to produce the book.
  • Managed the typesetting, amended editorial corrections from staff and authors, setup to the printer’s specification and exported the final book PDF.

Details

Pages: 176Page size: A4: width 210mm × height 297mmPaper: unknown, 80g/m².

Turned around simple complexity

Medical/scientific textbook cover design. Photograph of the cover at a 45 degree angle showing the front and spine. The cover uses metallic paper

Image of the book showing academic/medical typesetting with complex scientific/Greek characters/symbols and equations

Image of the book showing academic/medical typesetting with images in grid system

Image of the book showing academic/medical typesetting showing complex tables and illustrations

Client

BioMed.

Project title

Medical imaging, 5.

Book type

Medical, scientific.

Services

Journal cover design + Journal design + Typographic design + Typesetting + Paper research and sourcing.

About the client

Scientific open access publisher that has an evolving portfolio of some 300 peer-reviewed journals.

Client’s needs

This journal required demanding, complex and accurate typesetting. The content needed support for Greek characters, superscripts and subscripts, different numerical alignment styles, equations, mathematical and scientific symbols.

Outline of what we did

We choose and recommended 2 typeface families that would get the job done. The book featured many tables, which we setup an appealing table style for, really enhancing them into an enjoyable feature of the book, rather than typically under‑designed, dull and boring. We decided to use no hyphenation on the ranged left text setting, to avoid splitting and hyphenating complex long medical words and terminology, which could lead to further confusion. We also made the x-height of the 2 different typefaces match within the stylesheets, for a consistent typeface weight appearance, between the 2 different typefaces.

3 main improvements for them

  • Improved layout readability through precisely structured horizontal and vertical typographic alignment.
  • Chose typefaces that supports Unicode, Greek characters, scientific symbols and mathematical equations.
  • Well designed, setup, clearly named, and easy to reuse Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator templates.

Details

Pages: 184Page size: A4: width 210mm × height 297mmPaper: Croxley Heritage Wove, ivory, 120g/m², 75% recycled.

Provided a painless remedy

Political and early history book cover design. Photograph of the cover at a 45 degree angle showing the blue front cover and spine

Image of chapter page spread. Academic, history, political, medieval typesetting with lots of footnotes and references

Image of double page spread 1. Academic, history, political, medieval typesetting with lots of footnotes and references

Image of bibliography. Academic, history, political, medieval typesetting with lots of footnotes and references

Client

Boydell & Brewer.

Project title

The Civil wars after 1660: Public remembering in late Stuart England.

Book type

History.

Services

Typesetting + Typographic design + Corrections.

About the client

History press based in England that specialises in publishing historical and critical works.

Client’s needs

The publisher provided the information in Word documents and we were required to typeset this tricky book.

Outline of what we did

The book needed accurate typesetting with 100s of footnotes. We were careful to double‑check all footnotes, to make sure they were on the same page as the footnote reference in the main body text. A number of template improvements were also made, such as a slight increase in the amount of leading (making it easier to read), and better vertical composition of the text. The main body text typeface the publisher instructed us to use, did not have properly drawn superscript characters. Thankfully, there was a semi-bold weight of the typeface available, which we used just for superscripts, so they render at the same weight as the main body text and do not print too light, which is better for readers with less than ideal eyesight. We expertly typeset this tricky and text‑dense book, giving readers the best chance of an effortless reading experience.

3 main improvements for them

  • Made the text easier to read for people with ageing or less than ideal eyesight, improving the reading experience.
  • Accurate and precise typesetting with an error check stage.
  • Used consistent and precise vertical alignment for the different parts of the book and main chapter headings.

Details

Pages: 300Page size: Royal: width 156mm × height 234mmPaper: unknown, 80g/m².

Gave their users an easier environment to think in

Political/non-fiction book cover design. Photograph of the cover at a 45 degree angle showing the bright yellow front and spine

Image of the book showing political/autobiographical/trade typesetting with Greek characters/passages/extracts/quotes

Political/non-fiction/general trade book design and typesetting. Image of a spread 2

Political/non-fiction/general trade book design and typesetting. Image of a references/notes

Client

Project Gutenberg.

Project title

Political and literary essays 1908–1913 by the Earl of Cromer.

Book type

Political, autobiographical.

Services

Book cover design + Book design + Typesetting + Typographic design + Paper research and sourcing.

About the client

They have a library of over 60,000 free online books, based in Salt Lake City, America.

Client’s needs

The content was supplied as default Word documents and featured: main chapter headings, 2 levels of subheadings, quoted extracts, and Greek passages of text.

Outline of what we did

The text featured many superscripts, which were checked to make sure they were not too close to the text on the left. We used a Unicode typeface for the Greek passages of text, which also matched the weight of the main body text. We enforced consistent alignment, spacing and proportions throughout, and a British designed typeface, sympathetic to the author and content of the book.

3 main improvements for them

  • Researched and used typefaces that can handle the symbols and languages used in the book, that could also be used as web fonts in HTML webpages.
  • Improved alignment and structuring of different information parts and typography.
  • Increased the book’s product quality and value, by using best practice expert knowledge and technical experience.

Details

Pages: 216Page size: width 160mm × height 225mmPaper: Think Warm, 100g/m², 50% recycled.

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3 results of typesetting by us

 1 Expert typography and layout that results in more consistent, professional and rewarding reading experiences.

 2 Increased confidence and security because you know who is handling and doing your job (we do not outsource).

 3 Less project input time needed from you or your organisation, which helps you focus on the other important project aspects.

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