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Images from Photoshop to BookSmart look quite different
Book Design and Imaging

Just checked the BookSmart software out on my second monitor – a cheap basic Dell which I keep for tools when in Photoshop.  I have to say straight away that the BookSmart software looks a lot better on it than it does my HPw2207 monitor, reserved for all my editing.  There is obviously something about my wide screen monitor that BookSmart doesn’t like.  Anyway, I will use the cheapo monitor for importing the images into BookSmart in future as they really look good now.

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May 18, 2013 3:43am PDT
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Images from Photoshop to BookSmart look quite different
Book Design and Imaging

I am having similar problems and am in touch with Blurb at the moment over this.  I do mainly b/w and do all my conversions and editing in CS4.  The images that look just how I want them in CS4 look dreadfully over saturated in BookSmart, almost to the point of being over sharpened and pixilated.  I work with 50mb originals so I know that the final image is large enough for decent printing.  It has now come to the point where I am seriously thinking of scrapping BookSmart and Blurb altogether.  The excuse from Blurb that BookSmart is only a book layout programme and not an image viewer is no excuse at all.  If I can’t view my images correctly and as I edited them, then I will always be suspect of the printed result.  Please Blurb, concentrate on this aspect of your software before I go somewhere else.

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May 18, 2013 2:06am PDT
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Thank you Blurb
Book Design and Imaging

For those who have b/w magenta cast printing issues with Blurb, I too had magenta cast issues with my second b/w book.  Blurb agreed with me after seeing photographs of the book and reprinted free of charge.  I recieved the new version this morning from the Netherlands.  This copy is just superb.  It is by all intents and purposes a black and white photo book as good as it gets for the money and even better.  It is truely a black and white book without any noticeable cast when viewed in daylight (I have yet to look at it under artificial light).  Blurb – please pass on my thanks to the printers in the Netherlands for their quality and attention to detail.  It proves that it can be done if we all let Blurb know we won’r put up with second rate printing.  Let’s now hope the printers keep up the good work and Blurb stays on top of things.

Regards…Keith

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Dec 12, 2008 2:26am PDT
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Don't wasts your money here!
Tips and Tricks

Eric, I have to disagree with you I’m affraid.   The success of a Blurb book, and its ultimate pleasure in having one in your bookcase, is down to the taking and processing of the images by the photographer and giving the project a large amount of care and attention in doing so, not Blurb’s printing methods.  I certainly have no complaints about my images being too dark.  In short, it’s down to your skills as a photographer and processor.

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Oct 10, 2008 12:56pm PDT
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help! Big Difference between hardcover & softcover printing
Book Printing

After my post below I decided to analyze the images in my book.  One image in particular ’ APPLE MARKET’ stands out as good black and white printing with just some very minor magenta casting at certain angles and in certain light.  I seem to have given this image a bit more contrast than the others during the editing stage.  Maybe paying more attention to achieving optimum contrast is part of the answer.  Even so, if B/W images are important from a ‘Fine Art’ point of view, I would be reluctant to use blurb for the printing, as good as they otherwise are.

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May 13, 2008 1:49am PDT
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Black and white photography
BookSmart

I have had my first book published and find there is a magenta cast on black and white images.  It isn’t all bad as the book’s main thrust is the poetry.  Even so, I think blurb could give us some pointers on how to get better B/W reproduction.  Otherwise satisfied with the product.

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May 12, 2008 5:36am PDT
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Got my first book back, and seem to be having callibration issues
Book Design and Imaging

This is an interesting thread.  Would it not be best to edit pictures in CYMK in Photoshop at the outset, or is it best to leave this to Blurb?

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Apr 30, 2008 5:27am PDT
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Help!!! All my pictures are 24 Bit Do I need to change them to 8 Bit?
Book Design and Imaging

Thought I’d high-jack this thread for a brief moment to say hello, Tony.  You will know me by my DCM name OF KeithT.  Thanks for all your advice.

Sanytoes, Tony is right.  8 or 24 bit shouldn’t make any difference to your images.  All that will happen is you have a bigger file to contend with.

Regards…Keith

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Apr 30, 2008 5:19am PDT
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Hello there.
Book Design and Imaging

Just a quick hello to everyone using this forum.  I have just ordered my first book, ‘The Pride’ , and am as nervous as hell about the way it will turn out.  A few issues came to me one dark and sleepless night after ordering: 1, had I aligned my page count so that photo’s on the left corresponded with text on the right, etc, etc?  2. A text warning suddenly appeared on one page after ordering the book and downloading the latest bookmaking software?  A quick email to Blurb put my mind tat rest on the first part, and using the Help search put it to rest on the second, as I found out that providing the text looked OK in preview mode, and nothing was missing, it was OK to ignore the warning.  Now I’m just waiting for my book to be delivered and all that’s left to worry about is the quality.  Where would I be without something to worry about.

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Apr 30, 2008 5:13am PDT
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