How to Edit Photos of People for Digital Newspapers

How to edit photos of people for digital newspapers

We print all sorts of designs every day at Newspaper Club, and our poor presses have all manner of fine patterns and delicate lines to contend with every day. However. One of the things we continue to struggle with the most is accurately reproducing images of humans.

The problem with printing people is that we all know very well what a person looks like, and what range of colours we think of as “normal” flesh tones. As a result, the tiny colour inconsistencies that you maybe wouldn’t notice on say, a picture of a kettle, seem suddenly so huge when viewed in the face of a person.

I printed a newspaper at the end of last year as a present, filled with photos of my last year. I couldn’t get the result quite right the first time, so I came back and tried to improve the results. (n.b. these images are all of caucasians but the same advice does apply to all skin tones).

Here’s an image I wasn’t happy with from my first print. The image I sent to print is on the left, and the printed image is on the right:

You can see the original image looked pretty good. A little bit red, but it’s not so noticeable on a bright, backlit computer screen. The printed image is a little bit more lobster-y. This is because our print process adds some extra magenta ink into the mix to try to make the dark areas darker. You see how the black bits on my t-shirt aren’t really a proper black? That’s because it’s hard to get a really deep, dark colour in printing, and it’s why we add the extra magenta in the first place – it makes everything a bit richer looking. The downside to this is my poor sunburnt face.

So how can I make this better? It’s quite simple actually – just by removing some of the redness from the photograph.

Here’s my adjusted image, and the new print. The image I sent to print is on the left, and the printed image is on the right:

There are pros and cons to this – the background is now very pale because it’s too subtle to be printed. But the image of the person, which was the focus of this print, is much better – there’s much more definition in the face.

How to Make your Images Less Red

Firstly, please note this advice is just for digital printing – traditional printing doesn’t boost magenta levels to improve the appearance of blacks.

I use GIMP to edit my photography (it’s free and does almost everything that Photoshop does, except did I mention that it’s FREE) but you can use any other piece of photo editing software – the controls will be broadly similar.

GIMP doesn’t support CMYK colours, so I’m working with these images in RGB. This is not a problem at all for working with photography before printing – you can let your publishing software convert the colours to CMYK for you when you export the final PDF.

First of all I opened up the Hue/Saturation dialogue, and selected just the reds in the image from the dialogue.

Then I reduced the saturation of the reds by just moving the saturation slider. This image was really red so I reduced them quite a lot!

I hit ok, and opened up the levels dialogue. You can use this to increase the contrast in your image. Very dark areas and very pale areas don’t have so much detail in print, so I dragged the black arrow across to the first noticeable peak to make the blacks blacker, and did the same with the white to make the whites whiter. I then moved the grey arrow across towards the left to make the midtones in the image a bit paler, so the details will stand out more.

Further Examples

Here are some other images from the same newspaper I’ve tried to improve.
This image had lots of detail onscreen that completely disappeared in print. Printing newspapers just isn’t great for dark images like this.For photos like this boosting the contrast more to make the mid tones a lot paler can help to make details stand out.
This image was really red in print – much more than I expected. When you look closely at the first photo again you can see how orange it looks. A little tweaking to desaturate the red in the image and the final result was much better.


The sunset in this image was a little bit too intense in my first print so I really knocked back the reds in the image.This image now looks much calmer, but with hindsight I maybe preferred the first image after all!

Sometimes it’s good to just embrace your inner lobsters.

For any questions about printing colours in your newspaper, please get in touch with us at and we will try our best to help.

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Highlights from Glasgow School of Art’s Degree Show 2016

Work by Emily Stopford at Glasgow School of Art Degree ShowEmily Stopford, Glasgow School of Art

We love helping students make newspapers and many customers (and Newspaper Club employees!) come to us from the Glasgow School of Art. We look forward to checking out their work at the GSA Degree Show every year. Our Customer Assistant (and GSA alum) Hannah visited the exhibition earlier this week and rounds up highlights from the soon-to-be graduates:

It’s that time of year again! Summer’s here and the talented students of GSA have produced another standout show. The Degree Show 2016 opened on 18 June and continues until 26 June, with work from graduating students across the schools of Design, Fine Art and Architecture.

Glasgow School of Art Degree Show 2016

Like last year, the shows are split up due to the fire that devastated the Mackintosh Building in 2014. Fine Art students are set up in the Tontine Building in the Merchant City, while Design students have taken over the Reid Building in Garnethill (a building I’ve always thought resembles a marooned spaceship). Despite the distance between shows, there’s a unique spirit tying the students together through the impressive work on display.

Work by Rowan Flint at Glasgow School of Art Degree Show
Rowan Flint, Glasgow School of Art

I was excited to see how the Fine Art students adapted to the Tontine Building, an odd and somewhat confusing maze of studios. My first impression was that the students are confidently making use of the space, with bold installations and larger works. Striking prints by Rowan Flint were the first works to catch my eye. A mix of acetone and collage, her prints are bold but sensitive – a Timorous Beasties vibe with a bit of Hieronymus Bosch thrown in. Because, why not?

Work by Ash Kitchen at Glasgow School of Art Degree Show
Ash Kitchen, Glasgow School of Art

There was a high standard of painting throughout the show, but ethereal oil paintings by Ash Kitchen and graphic works from Laura Gaiger were my favourites. Kitchen’s oil painting are so subtle and sensitively handled they almost look like watercolours, with portraits of eminent women juxtaposed with delicate sculptures of bra cups and fur. Gaiger, on the other hand, is bolder with the paintbrush, producing abstract images of domestic objects that leap out with joyfulness and confidence – something I appreciate when trying to wrap my head around complex concepts.

Work by Akash Sharma at Glasgow School of Art Degree Show
Akash Sharma, Glasgow School of Art

Moving on to the Design show at Reid Building, the famous Textiles department – which has produced such talents as Jonathan Saunders and Pam Hogg – didn’t disappoint. I was particularly drawn to the work of Akash Sharma, who layers colours to produce kaleidoscopic patterns printed on a range of fabrics including jersey, sweatshirt, poplin and cotton drill. Other standout print designs came from Emily Stopford, whose playful, childlike fabrics evoke fond memories. If she ever decides to turn these samples into lil’ oversized sweatshirts – I’m there!

Work by Sean Bell at Glasgow School of Art Degree ShowSean Bell, Glasgow School of Art

Communication Design is always a highlight for me (I’m biased –I studied it!) But the work on show here was genuinely fantastic. Walking into the room, you’re instantly hit by a wall of photographs by Sean Bell. Bell documents Glasgow nightlife and clubbing subcultures, capturing the eclecticism of youth in bold portraits of worse-for-wear partiers. A brave piece of work that summons the singular nature of Glasgow’s nightlife and its revelers.

Work by Peter McKenna at Glasgow School of Art Degree Show
Peter McKenna, Glasgow School of Art

Other highlights include character studies by Peter McKenna, reminiscent of John Kricfalusi‘s dynamic cartoons. Mckenna’s draughtsmanship is effortless and stands out for its simplicity and boldness – a real treat! I also enjoyed the work of Mari Campistron, who produced possibly the largest screenprinted book I’ve ever seen. It was huge! I didn’t trust myself to flip through the book, but happily observed from behind a friend’s shoulder with my glass of red wine a safe distance from this glorious work!

Work by Mari Campistron at Glasgow School of Art Degree Show
Mari Campistron, Glasgow School of Art

There’s so much great work at the GSA Degree Show, it’s impossible to cover everything. One highlight from Architecture was the large train station design by Ewan Whittle and from Product Design don’t miss Harriet de Wet, who designed a digital service to help bring stability to the everyday lives of Glasgow asylum seekers.

All in all, another fabulous and eclectic show from a group of future stars. I’m proud to see the beginning of your creative journey. The Degree Show 2016 ends on Sunday, so go take a peak before then! Full details and opening hours on GSA’s website.

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A Japanese Air in Venice

A Japanese Air in Venice by Faye and Gina. A digital broadsheet newspaper about the work of the architecture student Sungju Lim

Photo courtesy of Collectif Blanc

 A Japanese Air in Venice (subtitled “The Story of a Beautiful Collision”) explores the intersection of two distinct styles of architecture, as seen through the work of architecture student Sungju Lim.

Last year Lim staged a temporary architecture installation in Venice, Italy, inspired by the style and philosophy of self-taught Japanese architect Tadao Ando (who most recently designed Venice’s beautiful Punta della Dogana Museum, in 2009.)

A Japanese Air in Venice by Faye and Gina. A digital broadsheet newspaper about the work of the architecture student Sungju Lim

The digital broadsheet newspaper is laid out like a work journal, with sketches, photographic studies, and notes in French and Japanese.  

The newspaper was designed by Paris-based creative studio Faye & Gina, AKA Rocio Ortiz and Helena Kadji.

A Japanese Air in Venice by Faye and Gina. A digital broadsheet newspaper about the work of the architecture student Sungju Lim

Kadji tells us: “We discovered Newspaper Club two years ago and found the concept easy and fun. Everything worked out very good, and the delivery was fast. We were very happy.”

A Japanese Air in Venice by Faye and Gina. A digital broadsheet newspaper about the work of the architecture student Sungju Lim

The publication was included in Collective Blanc‘s wonderful Newspaper Edition exhibition last year.

A few copies of the newspaper are still available – request a copy of A Japanese Air in Venice by writing to

Learn more about our Digital Broadsheet newspapers. Our biggest format makes a big impression. Great for pull-outs, posters, and portfolios.

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It’s Makeup Time!

Amy Lesko It's Make Up Time Activity Book Newspaper

Newspapers aren’t just for reading. They’re also for drying shoes, wrapping giftssharpening knives, and wearing on your head. So there’s no reason why you couldn’t put makeup on them, too. It’s Makeup Time! is a digital tabloid that’s designed for just that – though crayons can stand in for lipstick and eyeshadow.

Amy Lesko It's Make Up Time Activity Book Newspaper

It’s Makeup Time! was created by Amy Lesko, makeup fanatic and graphic design student at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. Newspapers are always fun to scribble on, but Amy’s wonderful illustrations make the experience extra joyful. She tells us more about her project:

It’s Make Up Time! is a disposable activity book for a younger audience. It features playful imagery with spaces for the reader to join in. From drawing on a funky hairstyle to coloring in a lovely big face – it’s a make up adventure!

Amy Lesko It's Make Up Time Activity Book Newspaper

The process began from a university brief – “dot dash”. I have always loved illustrating cosmetics and beauty items and considered the way people apply make up. The way we dash on mascara and dot on our blusher all seemed to fit with the initial brief.

Amy Lesko It's Make Up Time Activity Book Newspaper

I chose a newspaper format out of pure intrigue– I have always wanted to see my work in newsprint! The activity book quality worked hand in hand with the size of a tabloid.

Amy Lesko It's Make Up Time Activity Book Newspaper

Printing with Newspaper Club has been an absolute pleasure (never a chore). The site is easy to use and the InDesign templates make everything straightforward.

Pick up a copy of It’s Makeup Time! in the The Newsagent and get doodling. You can also spy on Amy’s works in progress on her blog and find her on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for printing with us!

Learn more about our digital tabloid newspapers. Our most popular product, great for everything from weddings to portfolios, props and posters. Easy to try out – print one copy or print hundreds.

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The Amazing Fantastic Year in Review

Amazing Fantastic Year in Review Newspaper

Amazing Fantastic Year in Review Children's Newspaper

Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2016 with a newspaper that celebrates all that was fantastic in 2015, created by publishing startup Lost My Name — with the help of some clever young imaginations.

The Amazing Fantastic Year in Review is a traditional tabloid reporting big events through the pens of little journalists. It covers the US Elections, the birth of Princess Charlotte (The Royal Baby: She Weighed the Same as a Hedgehog), the Pluto mission, and more. The newspaper also features Rules for a Happy Future, including sage advice from Lola (age 6)  to “wrap yourself in tape every day, in different colours.” That’s our resolutions sorted.

Amazing Fantastic Year in Review Children's Newspaper

The team at Lost My Name got in touch with some kind words to say about printing with us: “Just wanted to say thank you for helping us create something so wonderful that people LOVE! We’ve had hundreds of congratulatory comments from newspaper requesters and happy recipients… and we had thousands distributed by people in London, New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Toronto, and Vancouver! Your product is amazing…we’ve been wondering how to follow this up next year!”

Amazing Fantastic Year in Review Children's Newspaper

They also passed along this lovely comment from a happy newspaper recipient: “I sat down with a coffee, got the newspaper and read it from cover to cover. It made me smile, it made me laugh, it surprised me! All in all, it’s totally brilliant and there should be a weekly edition! Life is too short to be miserable, so I never read newspapers, but this one, I would have a subscription to! A HUGE thank you!”

We’ll leave you with a video of the hardworking, wagon-pulling distribution team in action:

Thank you for printing us, Lost My Name — here’s to another amazing and fantastic year ahead.

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Westminster Fashion 2015


Earlier this year, we printed an artful catalogue of student work for Westminster Fashion. The classic tabloid newspaper shows off highlights from the 2015 Runway Collection, as illustrated by the designers.

This is the third catalogue we’ve printed for Westminster Fashion, and we look forward to seeing what their brilliant students come up with each year. Course director Andrew Groves tells us why they choose newsprint:

Every May we present our graduate runway collections at the beginning of the Graduate fashion season. We’ve always published examples of the student’s portfolio work and fashion illustration alongside this, and for the last three years we’ve used Newspaper Club to produce a tabloid newspaper featuring examples of work from them all.


This is the perfect format for us as the illustrations are only finished 3 days before we have to send the artwork to print and we get the newspapers about a week later. This fast turnaround gives the work and the newspaper such immediacy which is vital for the fashion industry. The illustrations have to match the collections and they are still being finished when the newspaper is being printed! So it’s all very last minute, but in a way that is very easy for us to manage and have confidence in.


As well as presenting their final collections on the runway, we also focus on the importance of students presenting their 2D design work in both printed and digital formats. This means that when the press are watching the runway show they can also look at the students work in the newspaper at the same time.


We had 36 graduates this year so they each have a double page spread to show off their work.  All of them have spent a year in industry whilst on the course interning for a number of international fashion companies including Marc Jacobs, Celine, Lanvin, Balmain, Christian Dior, Proenza Schouler, J.W. Anderson, Iris van Herpen, Jeremy Scott, Loewe, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Tom Ford. When they come back this variety of aesthetics is reflected in their runway collections but also their portfolio work which is highlighted in the newspaper.


What’s really exciting is the scale of imagery and the use of colour that this medium gives us. The fashion industry has really been excited by the format and students have embraced it as an exciting way of showing off their skills in design and illustration.


Photos from the runway show are online now, and it’s fascinating to compare the wild illustrations to the (even wilder) realised designs. Thank you for printing with us!

Learn more about our Classic Tabloid newspapers. Our most popular size—perfect for catalogues, zines, comics, newsletters…the possibilities are endless. Our classic tabloids are printed on real high-speed newspaper presses.

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Paper of the Month: Picture the Poet

Picture the Poet1

Marianne Pownall © Samiul Hoque

Our Paper of the Month for September is Picture the Poet, a publication celebrating words and images from North East England. The digital tabloid newspaper is part of a Sunderland-based project that paired local poets with student photographers, in support of the touring Picture the Poet exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery:

During the summer holidays Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens ran a photography workshop with eight young people aged 16 – 17 years old from Southmoor Academy in Sunderland. The young people worked with photographers Louise Taylor and Paul Alexander Knox to develop their practical photography skills and learn from Louise and Paul’s professional practice.


The group photographed eight North East poets in selected locations around Sunderland. Their work is featured in this newspaper, as well as being exhibited in the Open Space Gallery, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens from 19th September to 1st November 2015, supporting the National Portrait Gallery touring exhibition Picture the Poet. Picture the Poet is a partnership programme between the National Portrait Gallery, the National Literacy Trust, and Apples and Snakes, working in collaboration with six museum partners over three years.


Kirsten Luckins © Catherine Maw

An exhibition of high quality photographs of living poets has a targeted learning, participation, and audience development programme at each regional venue to increase engagement with creative writing, poetry and photography.

The Picture the Poet exhibition is on show at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens between 19th September and 29th November 2015. For more information, please contact Jennie Lambert, Learning Officer, Sunderland Museums. You can also follow #picturethepoet on social media.

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Shillington Post

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Shillington has a simple and admirable mission: “to create a positive and inspirational learning environment where students are taught relevant industry skills.” The institution is renowned for its creative campuses around the world, and they’ve been printing their very own classic tabloidShillington Post, with us since 2014.


The latest issue of the Post was printed on 55gsm improved stock, and celebrates all things all-American, playing tribute to a host of designers, inventions, and student success stories from the Shillington campus in New York City.


Here’s their 2nd issue in all of its glory, fresh off the press! Find out more about Shillington and their creative courses on their website, or click around their brilliant blog. Thank you for sharing your publication with us!

Learn more about our Classic Tabloid newspapers. Our most popular size—perfect for catalogues, zines, comics, newsletters…the possibilities are endless. Our classic tabloids are printed on real high-speed newspaper presses.

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One Hundred and Forty-Three Centimetres


Sabine Lewandowski is a photographer based in Bremen, Germany. Hundertdreiundvierzig Zentimeter (or One Hundred and Forty-Three Centimetres in English) is an intimate series of portraits of her younger sister, who has Down Syndrome. The title is a reference to the average height of a person with Down Syndrome, about 4.5 feet.


Sabine collected the portraits in a 60-page digital tabloid newspaper as part of her BA thesis, which explores attitudes towards people with Down Syndrome. She says:

One Hundred and Forty-Three Centimetres raises questions about our relationship with the stigma of “impairment.” The series addresses social issues everybody finds difficult to answer: how do we deal with strangeness and unfamiliarity within the frame of what society calls “normal.”


My pictures show my view of my wonderful sister and her life. Her heart is so good and she has the ability to sense how others feel and experience emotional connections that are often lacking in our world.


The project was shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards earlier this year. You can see more images from One Hundred and Forty-Three Centimetres, as well as Sabine’s other incredible work, on her website. Thank you for sharing your story with us!


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I Have (Not) Read and Agree to the Terms of Use

I Have (Not) Read Digital Broadsheet Newspaper

What’s black and white and not read all over? Terms of use, according to a Guardian article reporting that 73% of people don’t study the fine print. This fact prompted graphic designer Cleber de Campos to publish a digital broadsheet newspaper as a ‘typographical critique of things I agreed to without reading.’

I Have (Not) Read and Agree to the Terms of Use was conceived as a university project during Cleber’s studies at UAL: London College of Communication. He recently reprinted the publication for inclusion in a newspaper exhibition at Collectif Blanc in Montreal.

I Have (Not) Read Digital Broadsheet Newspaper

The newspaper presents the terms of use of major social networks (Facebook, Tumblr, Linkedin, Pinterest, and Twitter) in a new light. By subverting design tactics used to make text undesirable to the reader, Cleber transforms dull writing into a dynamic typographic experiment. His manipulation of type reveals sinister implications behind mundane documents.

I Have (Not) Read Digital Broadsheet Newspaper

Cleber says newsprint was a perfect fit for the nature of the project. He chose a big broadsheet newspaper to contrast the “digital immateriality” of online text. And seeing that text set against the familiar scale of a broadsheet makes the lengthy policies all the more jarring.

I Have (Not) Read Digital Broadsheet Newspaper

I Have (Not) Read and Agree to the Terms of Use is a clever and unsettling study of visual language. And it’s surely the most fun you can have reading terms and conditions.

You can find more of Cleber’s work on his website. Thank you for printing with us!

Learn more about our Digital Broadsheet newspapers. Our biggest format makes a big impression. Great for pull-outs, posters, and portfolios.

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