Graphics Essentials for Small Offices and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
Graphics Essentials for S... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Like New | Details
Sold by Wordery USA
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: International shipping available. This fine copy is in our depot and should be with you within 10-11 working days via Air Mail. Please note this title is print on demand.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Graphics Essentials for Small Offices Paperback – April 2, 2012

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$5.78 $6.27

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
$7.99 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.

Editorial Reviews


" ... is a great read for business owners and graphic designers who are looking for an easy-to-read guide that walks them through a general approach towards creating page layouts and other types of printed material." - Michael Jackness,


"A great book for the very beginner who's been designated the person to create graphic oriented documents. A 14-page glossary covers the field, and at a price of around $8.00, it's a bargain." - Stanley Strauss, Burning Bridges Press
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle Edition for FREE. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.

Shop the New Digital Design Bookstore
Check out the Digital Design Bookstore, a new hub for photographers, art directors, illustrators, web developers, and other creative individuals to find highly rated and highly relevant career resources. Shop books on web development and graphic design, or check out blog posts by authors and thought-leaders in the design industry. Shop now

Product Details

  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461052130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461052135
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,948,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Author, David Loeff (like Leff) also writes and designs business publications. A long time fan of science fiction and fantasy, he enjoys books that explore social as well as scientific themes, including those by Jack Vance and Frank Herbert.

"Whatever inspires a sense of awe is what I like the best. Whether that comes from the Arabian Nights or from popular science writing makes no difference. It's the mysterious that matters."

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Lappen VINE VOICE on December 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Graphics is an essential part of any small business, but it can be very difficult and confusing. This book aims to make it a little easier.

It is tempting to designate one of your employees as the "graphics person," instead of using an outside vendor; it's cheaper, right? Can other employees pick up the slack while the person is learning PhotoShop or InDesign? Will overtime be needed to keep up with the workload? If you do use an outside printer, make sure that they are aware of your budget. It helps no one if they deliver "champagne" graphics when all you have is a "beer" budget.

Come up with some sort of corporate identity manual, which includes your logo (with possible variations) and the colors and print font to be used in your documents. It's acceptable to re-visit the manual from time to time to do any necessary revising, but few things say "unprofessional" like constantly changing fonts and colors from one document to the next. You also need to decide what sort of text alignment will be used; left aligned, or justified. Don't use right aligned text unless absolutely necessary.

When you are designing your page, resist the temptation to get "creative" and fancy. Readability is most important. Use color sparingly. Put the headline right under the picture, and above the body text. Use a serif font instead of a sans-serif font (the book explores the differences between them) for body text. A reader's eyes travel from top to bottom and left to right. Don't try to make the eyes go in some other direction. Learn how to use, or not use, white space. The book also looks at working with images, and photo editing.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gord Wilson VINE VOICE on December 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
What could you possibly learn in a 94 page book? Not much if it's your typical, rambling eBook. But it's not. It's a straight-forward, no-nonsense, nuts and bolts guide. How could it be? Good question. For starters, vocabulary. High end and low end graphics programs have one thing in common: gobbledegook. No printed manual, an unhelpful help menu, incomprehensible menu choices in arcane jargon. How do I know if I want RGB or CYMK? Fixed or variable width fonts? Spot or bleed color? Vector or raster images? Save as jpeg or GIF? I need someone to tell me.

Enter David Loeff. All that crazy vocabulary, he explains, isn't just the made-up tech talk of the day. He delves back into the roots of the ancient art of printing which-- who knew?-- still exists. Not only does he bring us up to speed. He also enables the little graphics guy like you or me to talk to the printer like a pro. Why do I need to? Because for big press runs, press printing is far cheaper than emptying cartridges on an inkjet. He also talks about layout so you and the printer are on the same page concerning your project.

There's also some discussion of the role of the SoHo (Small office/ Home office) graphics person and a helpful bit on planning your project. There's a very brief discussion on programs-- MS Publisher (included with some versions of Office), Serif PagePlus (low end programs) up to Quark XPress and Adobe InDesign. After reading this book I went and bought Photoshop Elements 11 (which just came out as I write this review). The paperback is very inexpensive and excellently done. The eBook includes some inside color. Both are very easy to use due to Loeff's brilliant layout: words in the glossary in the back are bolded in the text, and defined in both places.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Faulhaber on May 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a great starter book for those who have been assigned the tasks of creating graphic oriented documents for a small office or small business. It is well written and covers topics critical to learning the basics of graphic design. Loeff states the book is not a step-by-step. Instead, the book is meant to serve as a reference guide for the principles of graphics.

He starts the book with "How the written text is arranged, its size, color and weight constitutes the graphics component of communication." Loeff goes onto pack 76 pages full of concepts, techniques and easy to understand terminology, including a 14 page glossary in the back of the book.

The difference between typefaces and fonts, leading, kerning, photo editing and desktop publishing are all covered in the book. Loeff also provides some good principles of design such as page layout with good comprehensibility versus poor, layouts that follow reading gravity are more comprehensible, readers can be annoyed by too many characters in a line of body type and space consists of filled space (text and graphics) and empty or white space.

One of the two drawbacks about the book is that the principles of design would have been easier to read and follow if Loeff would have used bulleted lists. The second downfall of the book is that it just ends without suggesting to the reader what they should do next to keep learning. It would have also been nice to have some background on the author included in the book.

Nonetheless, it would make a great first book on graphic design and someone with enough know-how to be dangerous, will also find it very helpful. It covers all of the basics in a quick and easy manner for those people that already have every minute of the day filled with work and now have to try to fit in a new mailing or designing a new brochure for the company or non-profit agency.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Graphics Essentials for Small Offices
This item: Graphics Essentials for Small Offices
Price: $7.99
Ships from and sold by