My first post, so please be kind.
OK, I’m a professional photographer new to the idea of creating a book. So new, I kinda know but not really what a bleed is, even though I’ve been published in magazines(the editors take care of all the mumb jumbo, I just submit the images at a specific resolution and format).
I’ve read all the tutorials (video and otherwise) and have been through about 50 threads in the Forum hoping to find the answer to my question, but have failed. So here I go. I know how to uprez and down rez in Photoshop at 300 ppi. When I place my image on the Book Smart page, I do not want to CROP my image.
So for example I’m looking at a specific “Picture Layout” page. By hovering my mouse over the image area I find that it is 2680×2713 pixels at 300 ppi. If the image is in vertical or portrait orientation, can I just resize the image on the vertical (longest dimension) to 2713, drag it into the image place holder, hit the center justify button, thereby leaving space in the image place holder on the left and right? Will this leave some sort of grey or border on the left or right? My intention is for my images to be simply centered on the page to the dimension that I have edited them to.
Thank you in advance for any constructive advice.
WP: If I’ve got you correctly: those grey areas "on the left or right" are just showing the image box. If you switch to your Preview mode you’ll see those areas take up your Background colour so that just your photo shows. Try it.
And now in version 2 you can in any case adjust the image box sizes themselves in BookSmart.
(I did three books with old BookSmart:
No grey areas. )
Here’s the new problem:
So the Book Smart Picture Layout page tells me the Image Fill Box is exactly 2680 (w) x 2713 (h) in pixels. I want to place a landscape oriented image that I have done all the resizing in Photoshop in the middle of the box. So I resize my image on the long side at 2680 pixels (the width of the image) at 300 ppi. I then drag and drop my image into the page. What I would like to see is my image in the middle with grey on the top and bottom. But no…..the Book Smart software says, “I need to fill the entire place holder with the image” and up samples it without asking me to fill the entire box. Now if I hit the center justify button there is the image centered in the box with grey on the top and bottom. What this tells me is that Book Smart has just resampled my image twice (when I don’t want it to do it at all.). Once to fill the entire image place holder and the second time to center the image.
My plan was to make a photo book with the images on the right hand side and text on the left. I would use the same picture layout page with a dimension of 2680 (w) x 2713 (h). So I would take all my Landscape oriented images and size them on the long side (the width) at 2680. And take all my Portrait oriented images and resize them on their long side (height) at 2713, sharpen, soft proof, etc.
Is their a way to do this so that Blurb’s software doesn’t resize the images?
Believe it or not I have printed at least 30 images off my Epson 7900 printer to my exact size requirements with no problem this last week. I seem to have a disconnect with this book software.