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Very happy with the book!
General Interest

is it for the same $ and ease?

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Aug 21, 2007 7:24am PDT
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Very happy with the book!
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Yes, it was hard to even guess what it would look like as a printed book.  And its really cool you can make changes to it, then reload and reorder!  I can think of no better way to show people my work as a visual artist in a nice compact and professional manner.  Plus, the dream of having a book of images published is a pretty great thing too!

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Aug 20, 2007 6:12pm PDT
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Very happy with the book!
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I just got home after being away for a few weeks and my book was waiting for me.  It is 200 pages of street photos – overall I am very very  happy with the results – a few images are a very tiny bit light/foggy?, but overall the look and quality of the book is really great!  wow!  can’t wait to order more!  I think this is an amazing process and overall my workflow is suited for this.  Most of all, it looks and feels like a real published work.  The quality of the layout and the clean design, plus the upload process was a lot of fun.  I find the resulting book an amazing result!

 

Eugene Martin 

  

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Aug 19, 2007 11:33am PDT
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Resizing workflow, Aperature to Photoshop to Booksmart questions
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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.

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Jul 26, 2007 8:36pm PDT
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Resizing workflow, Aperature to Photoshop to Booksmart questions
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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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Jul 26, 2007 7:37am PDT
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