Frequently Asked Questions

Can we help you? Please read our FAQ for more information on our company, print production processes, and our products and services. We love talking to clients about their projects so do not hesitate to get in touch via phone, email or social media if you don't find the answer to your questions here.

 

What is so special about our work?

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It is not company policy to produce bad work. We are proud of every book and item that leaves our studio. Our clients trust us with some of their most intimate and treasured projects. We think about the details – from the paper grain to the reaction of ink to the paper and how to best present your project. We understand the complicated processes of printing, binding and manufacturing books. This experience has been earned and we are delighted to share it with you.

We are a family company with generations of experience producing beautiful and long lasting books and other printed material. We don’t take shortcuts and use the best materials and appropriate processes for your project. We understand the book production process and will guide your project to completion.

 

Is Hurtwood Press a printing company?

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No. We are a print production company. We consider how to make your book or print project from concept through to realisation using the right materials and processes to achieve your vision.

 

Is Hurtwood Press a design studio?

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Design is central to producing beautiful work and we work with some of the most creative and inspirational design companies and individuals in the world. If you need assistance with design we will ensure you have the support that you need.

 

Is Hurtwood Press a publisher?

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No. We produce beautiful books however do not provide distribution or marketing services.

 

Can Hurtwood Press design my book?

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Yes. We work with world renowned designers and have a selection of pre-designed templates to kickstart your own creative process. Choose from our three templates in modern, traditional or contemporary page designs.

 

Where can I see your work?

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Please look at our portfolio page for some lovely examples of our favourite pieces.

 

Do you work with international clients?

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Yes! We are proudly British but are delighted to work with clients from across the globe and have done so for many years – from San Francisco to Hong Kong and beyond…

 

Help! I don’t know where to start with my project.

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We can assist you. We have over 30 years experience making unique and custom books of all shapes and sizes. There is nothing a cup of tea and a chat cannot sort out.

 

How much will it cost to produce my book?

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We quote every job individually, contact us and tell us about your project.

 

Can I use any kind of paper for my book?

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We recommend Mohawk Superfine paper because it reproduces high resolution work brilliantly, but is capable of making the very best of lower quality images.

 

What printing methods do you use and recommend?

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It depends on the project however we mainly use offset digital and offset lithography printing methods.

 

What binding methods do you use?

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We choose the method depending on the requirements of your project. The vast majority of our books are thread sewn.

 

How do I know if my images are high enough resolution?

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We recommend that you provide the highest quality images available. However, we can produce spectacular work from smart phone images. We will advise if your image is not high enough quality.

 

What format books do you offer?

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Please view our Artisan Books and Memoir Books product pages for our standard formats, however we can also work to your specification.

 

How can I make my book even more special?

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We offer elaborate foiling, embossing, ribbons, bookmarks and boxes. The only limit is your imagination. Please view our portfolio page for inspiration.

 

Can I go on-line to make a book or printed project?

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We don’t currently offer this service.

 

How do I supply design work?

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We prefer packaged InDesign files but can work with many different formats. Please call to discuss.

 

Can I talk to you?

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Yes of course, we would love to discuss your project – please call us on 0203 773 4713.

 

What is an Artisan Book?

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A series of hand crafted books for you to fill with your own ideas! be it design, photography, art or special events.

 

What is a memoir book?

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Memoir books are designed as text led books. The pages are filled with your words and combined with your own photographs or art to illustrate your story, be it a family history, a work of fiction or a thesis or dissertation.

 

What is a bespoke book?

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For those extra special projects we offer a full creative and design consultation to create your own bespoke book. Some of the projects we have worked on are art books, milestone birthdays and life events as well as business achievements. We would be happy for you to visit our studio and view these examples.

 

How do I make an order of service for a funeral or memorial service?

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Please view examples on our Orders of Service page. You can call us to discuss options on 0203 773 4713 or email us at info@hurtwoodpress.com

 

Do Hurtwood Press also make wedding stationery and service sheets?

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Not yet, but we are working on some lovely designs which we’ll be launching very soon.

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