December 2004: V3#12: Design Wednesday, Jan 28 2009 

Lots of books that have dust jackets are rather plain underneath with a binding band along the spine.  One way to have this band and still save money is to forgo the dust covers in favor of a 4-color cover.  The spine can still have the same banded look along with most, if not all, of your original dust cover layout thoughts.Color hard cover with spine strip

October 2004, V3#10: Design Wednesday, Jan 28 2009 

Overall colors: Even if you don’t have a full color budget, you can consider color on a bigger scale.  What colors of cover are offered and what colors of imprint are included in the base price?  What colors of end sheets and text paper can be used economically? A brown suede-look book might really be enhanced with cream text and end papers.  Then, to use gold or bronze foil or even cream ink?

Red foil on carmel suede finish.

Red foil on carmel suede finish.

December 2003, V2#12: Design Thursday, Jan 22 2009 

Most printer/publishers can and do provide color work for customers. Color achieved as a result of ink changes or combination ink runs are often priced higher. Depending on the method of reproduction however if you wanted say brown printing on cream paper the ink is still 1 color (brown instead of black) and wouldn’t be charged extra (however the color paper would cost extra). Often color changes are used to highlight certain text areas or for a coat of arms. Should you desire a color photo page, we offer process work. However, it must be pointed out that it is not cost effective on runs less than 500.  We can also have color pages copied or in very small quantities possibly inkjet reproduced for economy.  

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This section is drawn from information online at http://www.gregathcompany.com/tips.html 

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