BookSmart

before I order

I have looked at the pdf version of my book. I am aware that it is low res. But I am concerned that the degree of posterisation is being created due to the zoom software.

I have a res. of 300DPi on each image.

I then choose a layout style for a page. looked at the optimum pixel height and width. then I would import.

still the image seems to big to fit so I would resize using zoom and fit to what pleasured the eye.

this is the result.

my blurbPDF

and it definately looks poor in comparison to another book layout I have viewed as a PDF.
eyeblink

Is it really a bad sign as I believe?

What should I have done differently?

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Posted by
samulle
Mar 28, 2008 11:41am PDT
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samulle
 

Howdy Samulle,

No worries. I believe the note at the beginning of your PDF preview helps to explain this best:

Your bound-and-finished book will look great so go ahead and order with confidence!

Best regards,
Jeremy

Posted by
jbates
Mar 28, 2008 1:39pm PDT
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jbates
 

yep. got you. and I recieved this from my flickr post which goes a bit further. great, prompt feed back from your team. thanks

Hi Samulle –
If you didn’t have any resolution warnings in BookSmart, which looking at your process I imagine you didn’t, your book should be fine. The PDF scaling for preview introduces some artifacts and posterization is some instances. Were working on an improved preview.

That said, your images are high-contrast and have a great deal of dark shadow detail that may be lost when it goes to print as the white point of paper is darker than on-screen and slightly darker images tend to be the result of ink-on-paper versus light on screen. I’d go ahead and order the book as a proof, but you may want to consider soft-proofing your images in Photoshop using the HP Indigo ICC profile, tweaking if needed, save as sRGB color space and bring back into BookSmart. Here is more info on the profile and softproof process if interested.

cheers – chad (i’m with blurb)
Posted by
samulle
Mar 28, 2008 2:13pm PDT
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samulle