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

I use Photoshop, and in Edit-Colour Settings I chose "Blurb Profile" (that’s installed already)

I then go to View Proof Settup and put my Blurb Profile in there.

When finnished I choose 8bit,  EDIT Convert to Profile (sRGB) then Save As Jpg.

You now got your image/photo saved in Blurb Profile sRGB. Colors should look Good.

When you want to work in Adobe RGB you go back to the Edit Color Settings and choose it in there before opening a photo.

Never done it in Lightroom so can not tell you how to do color profile in Lightroom..Sorry

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Sep 11, 2013 5:46pm PDT
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Which Catagory to put a Christening Book in.
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Which Catagory to put a Christening Book in Please…

At moment I got a small Christening book in "Arts & Photography" and a Large Book in "Parenting & Families. Correct Catagory would be Good.

Thanks

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Sep 11, 2013 5:28pm PDT
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Why pic appears over sharpened after import
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I have asked this same question time after time but have never had a satisfactory answer to the problem. Good luck with this question.

Like you my images look great on monitor in PSCS5 or any other program. Looks Brilliant in A3 size print. But the moment I upload and preview the book, quite a few look oversharp and pixelated. Also All books I have had have been Very Good except for the odd image that looks slighly oversharp.

I find that when people look at the preview online they get put off by seeing the oversharpness.

I don’t get that problem on Flickr or Zenfolio or anywhere else with same images. So I find it rather strange that it happens on Blurb.

By the way, we not the only ones who see this problem.

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Jul 7, 2012 6:22am PDT
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NEF files won't render
Book Printing

Stick to JPG only. Forget the rest.

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Jul 7, 2012 6:06am PDT
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Output sharpening (Lightroom-InDesign)
Book Printing

Then are we over sharpening without realising it??

I do three sizes of my images so that they fit into the page to make sure I get No issues.

All my images on my monitor look great, I print upto A3 and they look great.

But the moment I upload and Preveiw the book they look oversharpened and some look horrible.

Today I found three Wedding books by other authors that looked really excellent whilst viewing. so what are we/I doing wrong.

My last wedding couple got put off when they looked at the preview book. I must add though, that each book I have had printed have looked Good. But it is this Preview that is off putting.

What can we do to correct this.?

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Jul 7, 2012 5:58am PDT
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Grain and noise in preview but not in Lightroom 4
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So WHY is Preview showing noisy images..Asked the same question 2 years ago.

Does Blurb do some kind of interpolation to the images. My customer was very put off and UPSET by seeing the noisy preview inages in the book. In fact the Bride of my recent book is Very Upset and angry with me after previewing the album on line.

Whatever Blurb does to them had better change soon as it do not happen anywhere else.

Peace..

PS—What are these stupid words we have to type in in order to post. You can not always read them to type them in.

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Jun 3, 2012 4:00pm PDT
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Booksmart profileproof
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But Booksmart is color profiled as far as I know.

Download the profile and add it to Photoshop/Lightroom. Color profile your monitor first though.

Works fine with me. I loaded the "Blurb Color Profile" chose it in Preview-Softproof in PSCS5, then when I finished the image changed it to sRGB. Never had a problem with the color on my images in Booksmart yet. Good Luck.

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Jan 13, 2012 8:01am PDT
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Your book contains no issues!
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Found it that if you got an image that is too big or small it tells you. Once you put it correct it then says"Your book contains no issues!". All is correct.

Thanks for replying. 

 By the way—The 12×12 book was Excellent. Pity that Blurb don’t do a lay flat book.

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Jan 13, 2012 7:49am PDT
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Hi Tony
Book Printing

Quote from another thread…

 The other thing to bear in mind is that to keep the open filesize down and keep response times acceptable BookSmart uses a small, low quality copy of your image when editing and previewing the book. This often introduces pixelation and apparant graininess to the images on the page. But when you come to upload for publishing your original high quality images are uploaded, not the low quality ones used for editing and previewing. If you want to check out the quality of the print as it will appear in the book print one of your pages locally from BookSmart, it also uses your original image when you do that.

 

That is the BIGGEST problem of All..When someone is reviewing a book and see’s those pixelations within the preview on internet, it puts them off. I don’t see those pixelations and noisy looking images anywhere else on the internet, only in Booksmart Preview in the book section.

They look Perfect and Print Perfectly on/from my PC.

 

One GOOD point out of all this is…My 7×7 Softcover Lustre paper Wedding book is PERFECT! when I received it the other day.

This is the second 7×7 that has been perfect when I received them.

A few changes on the pages and I’ll be ready to order a larger book.

Only one gripe there. On my Booksmart I can only go from 7×7 to 12×12. What has happened to the 13×11 that was in an older version. Is the 12×12 better. Would you use Lustre or Matt in a 12×12.

Thanks and Take Care

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Dec 8, 2011 4:50pm PDT
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Your book contains no issues!
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Hi All,

What does it mean when this pops up— "Your book contains no issues!"..

Not ever seen this before so a little explanation will be well recieved.

Thank You

Dennis

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Nov 23, 2011 6:48pm PDT
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Blurb Quality
Book Printing

I totaly agree with you Elena. If you or I downsize our images then Blurb also downsizes them a little bit more they should not never ever be pixelated provided we have downsized from a High res image. Blurb is going wrong somewhere along the line.

Now if we upres then I would except and accept that my images are going to look pixelated.

If my images can look great on Zenfolio and Flickr and Windows live after being downsized by them, then they should look just as good in Blurb. Just my two pennerth worth.

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Nov 22, 2011 8:33pm PDT
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Are my photos still too large?
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How on earth can one make 200 photos or more differing sizes for pages in a book. That is really silly. It will take ages, weeks to do all that. Surely it’s not that hard for blurb to sort it out.

I have images at 11×16" plus 9×7" I certainly do not want to do loads at 2"x2" or 3×2" etc, etc.

Surely if i can put images on the internet and see them Crystal Clear then Blurb should be able to do the same thing.

I Hope Blurb has not gone back to the 18th Century.

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Nov 22, 2011 8:12pm PDT
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Received my 13x11 ProLine Uncoated book!!!
Book Printing

I was also happy with my Book but with same bad things as in yours. Glue spots on two pages that had stuck together. The one I hate the most is that each time you turn a page over, the pages crease in bottom corner. Why can they not use same paper that gets used in Top of the range Catalouges.

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Oct 18, 2011 7:07am PDT
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Images look bitmapped and pixelated in smaller image boxes
Book Design and Imaging

Hi Mike..Yep it is pretty BAD! Unfortunatly it is too late to cancell the order. I did click on preview before payment but it would not work untill after I paid. Did not see the botom bit in my email about cancelling within 1 hour.

I think I have discovered the problem. I tried out a new pic resizer called "VSO image Resizer 4" chose 300ppi but the darn thing did three quarters of my images at 96 ppi. looked good my side and printed ok. But for a book is a NO, NO!…I only discovered this after redoing my images for the sixth time. 800 tiffs to 800 jpg images each time. Duh!! I redid all images one at a time in photoshop, which gave me sleepless nights and many hours of work. £28 down the drain!.

I will now redo the book in Large Landscape with Jpgs same size as my original Tiffs. The downsizeing in the book should be fine now they be at 300ppi. I will make sure I can Preview book before publishing this time.  Thanks for answering me in someone elses thread.

Sorry for Hijacking it.

Cheers

Dennis

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Jun 10, 2011 11:54am PDT
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Images look bitmapped and pixelated in smaller image boxes
Book Design and Imaging

When I look at any book that someone has uploaded to Booksmart it looks Great!

Mine looks TERRIBLE!    Any ideas as to why ?  Looks superb on my monitor.

Prints out GREAT, this way using my Epson 2400.

Thanks for replying.

Dennis

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Jun 9, 2011 5:03am PDT
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Images look bitmapped and pixelated in smaller image boxes
Book Design and Imaging

Exactly the same has happened to me today. Took me ages to get correct sizes for a 7 × 7 inch book @ 2067 × 1641 pix at 300ppi. All done correctly, yet when I preview the book it all looks pixellated/noisy, but on my PC they look great. Also prints excellently.

Blurb would not let me preview when uploaded, but moment I paid it let me do so. To ruddy late then.

This could be my first and last book from blurb if it’s not corrected.

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Jun 8, 2011 4:09pm PDT
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Uploaded my Book--Pixelated
BookSmart

I did so more than over two dozen times. Picture perfect this way. I uploaded and clicked to preview but it would not preview online. I then thought that if it looks 101% good this way, it should show me the same on Blurb. It do not.

Now I’ve uploaded thousands of images to Flicker at various sizers at 300ppi and to my Zenfolio and to camera clubs and NEVER had this kind of problem…This is my first in here and so far no one from Blurb has answered my query except yourself. I will demand my cash back if this book turns up to be useless because images are pixelated. This is a tester for a larger book. With more to follow. 

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Jun 8, 2011 2:52pm PDT
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Uploaded my Book--Pixelated
BookSmart

Hi

I’ve just finnished and uploaded my book for publication. It is a 7×7  Softcover to start with.

My images in the book are – 2067 × 1641 5.458" w x 6.877" h Book title is "Wendy & Gareth" by Dennis Russ.

I just previewed the book on line and it looks very rougth & pixelated compared to others. What on earth have I done wrong????

Please help before it’s too late to redo..

Thanks

Dennis

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Jun 8, 2011 7:57am PDT
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Not printing correct colour
BookSmart

Hi Michael

Sorry I’m late in answering you. First off, Thanks for answering my question.

So I open my image and click on Edit " Convert to Profile" sRGB. I then go to View-Proof Setup of which I chose the Blurb Profile. In that order. Yes/No ?

If that is the case I’ve done that correct. My misstake was I used Flash and forgot flash gives Skin a warm brown/orange look and that was not looking quite right. I now selected in PSCRAW , Whit Balance-Auto and correct colour comes out. PHEW! it took me days. Hope all I’ve said is correct.

Thanks.

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Jun 6, 2011 5:24pm PDT
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sorting photos in booksmart driving me nuts
Book Design and Imaging

I’m new at this. Still putting my Book together.

If you open up booksmart, then open up your folder that has the photos/images in, you can drag & drop your image into the space. I find it easier this way than filling up the left hand space with 1000s of images. It’s easy to delete that photo off of the page by right clicking and chooseing. Or just drop another image on top of that image.

Hope this has helped you.

Dennis

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Jun 3, 2011 2:05pm PDT
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Not printing correct colour
BookSmart

My first post, so here gos..

My monitor is profiled. I use Photoshop and print via aRGB. My prints come out as I see them on my Monitor. I print for International Comps & club comps so know how to use PS + printer + colour profiles or No colour profiles, etc.

So why is it That I have spent days stuck to my PC trying to get Booksmart to print what I see.

Just spent ALL day redoing 400 images or more in the Blurb profile saved as sRGB. Brightened up my images etc. All looks great on my monitor. But, some colours are not printing as they should do.

I need to get these Wedding images correct before I send off to Blurb for printing. At the moment I have wasted 25 sheets of paper. That’s £25 in the BIN.

Any ideas as to what is wrong this way.

Thanks

Dennis

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Jun 3, 2011 1:14pm PDT
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