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Resizing workflow, Aperature to Photoshop to Booksmart questions

Hi,

I shoot raw (Nikon D80), used Aperature to create my library of images. The jpeg export in Aperature is really good – seems better than Photoshop with better colors and depth and color corrections (tonal curves) overall. Plus Aperature is better for correcting jpegs vs. Bridge and the raw plug in; and a ton faster.

Okay, Aperature sent out my jpegs full size at 72dpi in sRGB color space. I resized to 2884 pixels across for a book I put together that is 10×8. Added output sharpening for matte printing. The images all looked great. I added those to my book layout, all looked good.

Then a few days later, I realized that Blurb prints at 300 dpi. I already uploaded my whole book at 72 dpi. The image size was very large – so my question is, when I made the book, did the Booksmart software convert all the images to 300dpi when it was uploaded? Or, should I resize all the images at 300dpi as well as 2884 pixels across, then reload the book starting for the 2nd copy. That 2nd resize to 300dpi als changes the pixels, which then have to be changed; then the images seem to come to just about 9×7 inches give or take. I can see the intention for the 300dpi for a 10×8 book. I guess I am feeling I did everything correct but the 300 dpi setting, or, in the case of printing off jpeg images, does it really matter if Blurb resizes the dpi from 72 to 300. Any and all insights welcome!

Eugene Martin

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Posted by
eugenemartin
Jul 26, 2007 7:37am PDT
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eugenemartin
 

I believe that you could export your image at 300dpi.

Aperture also can “publish” its own books at 300dpi by itself on the fly. I will look into my Aperture about resolution between 72 and 300.

I have no problem with that approach with Ps CS3 (Photoshop). I will reproduce of what you are trying to achieve through Aperture app. What version are you working with your Aperture and Photoshop?

Cheers, Brian

Posted by
brianbonitz
Jul 26, 2007 3:38pm PDT
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brianbonitz
 

Eugene,

I don’t know if this venue works for you, or that if you have done this venue.

To remedy this, you need to set up an external image editing app. To do this, run Aperture app, open Preferences panel, then do this following steps: Output > External Image Editor > (you need to select your preferred image editing app, if you have Photoshop on your machine, then select it as your image editing app). Then chose it by hit a choose button.

There is one more step after selecting external image editing app, set external editor File Format at 300 dpi resolution below the choose button in Aperture preference panel. Close the panel. Restart Aperture. Then try this to see if that works for you.

Remember, be sure to set your color profile to sRGB, though.

Does that help, no? Let us know if that works for you.

Thanks, Brian

Posted by
brianbonitz
Jul 26, 2007 7:09pm PDT
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brianbonitz
 

Darn, one other thing, when you wish to export the image. Once if you select Photoshop, or any image editing app, as external image editing app, Aperture automatically know where to open external image editor app for you.

All you have to do is double clicking on any image you want to “export”, then follow the instructions that Aperture asks you to do so.

Then it is all to it, I believe.

Posted by
brianbonitz
Jul 26, 2007 7:12pm PDT
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brianbonitz
 

Brian,

Many thanks for you posts – I am running the latest version of Aperture, and CS2 of Photoshop. Tech support emailed back and said since I set the pixel sizes correctly at 2884 across, then changing dpi after the fact is no big deal. When I make my own prints, I use 240 dpi to get the size close to 10×13, since I print with an Epson 4000 on Crane Museo Paper for a print size of ab out 11×17. This is my first experience trying to get stuff out for any kind of press run. I have noticed a big difference in the color range and overall quality of jpeg images in Aperature, which appear to be much better. That said, I generally work in TIFF format when I make my own fine art photo prints. I really never have ventured into jpeg for anything other than Flickr posts and email sizes that actually get through. I’ll look and see if I can change to dpi output of Aperture. Once in CS2 I do a sharpening workflow and any final color correction as a layers.

Posted by
eugenemartin
Jul 26, 2007 8:36pm PDT
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eugenemartin
 

Hi Eugene,

When you say TIFF format print for fine art photo prints, I agree with you completely.

As for fine art photographic prints, I print in variety of Somerset Photo Enhanced/Velvet, Somerset Photo Enhanced/Textured, Legion Photo Gloss, Legion Photo Matte, and Legion Photo Silk on HP Pro B9180 using 8 different color pigment-based ink technology. I had some minor problem with Crane Museo Paper a couple years ago.

I am glad that you got some response from tech support email in re: to your question.

Posted by
brianbonitz
Jul 26, 2007 10:15pm PDT
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