Books and book covers are my specialty. First-time authors and self-publishers are welcome. Please browse my site—view my samples, my capabilities, and my tips on preparing your book manuscript files.

Patricia Rasch, Designer
Cromwell, Connecticut

 

About my design ethic and methods …

I believe that communication is the essence of good graphic design and illustration.

I value a clear, concise, unequivocal message above any other design element. Clever concepts, beautiful techniques, and thoughtful color choices assist in that communication. My specialties are books, magazines, technical reports, newsletters— projects where tight organization aids clear communication.

I do my design work in Adobe InDesign CS5.5, using Photoshop and Illustrator for artwork, and exporting final files as high-resolution pdf files. Most books can be converted to ebooks in the .epub format. I also create magazine layouts, newsletters, and advertising pieces, and also provide illustrations for certain projects.

Having a long history in graphics and publishing, I also instruct in digital page design and advanced graphic design at the college level. I am an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in InDesign CS2.

I enjoy working with images and can improve many less-than-perfect images, repairing bad exposures (to a degree), retouching imperfections (especially in faces), removing unwanted parts of images, and/or compositing multiple images. Charts and graphs are built in Illustrator, and styled tables are built in InDesign from clients' Excel or Word files.

My rate is reasonable, and I can usually offer a quick turnaround.