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PROOF PRINTING TIME - 18 HOURS FOR 7X7 BOOK
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UPDATE: I finally found out that Windows has a small little known bug that requires people to set their print over-rides through the Printer Settings tool of the OS not through the application window.  From the OS, you need to set up a custom page size and reduce the resolution to 72 or 144 dpi (the default is 1200 dpi) and save it as a profile. THEN from the application, select the profile.  This significantly speeds up printing. It would be nice if someone at blurb developed a custom joboptions file that everyone could download for each book size.  The actual page sizes are not the book sizes and you need to find the topic on custom templates to get the actual page sizes for each book OR crop the pages after they are printed.

TIP: In Adobe Acrobat, make sure to select "Show Cover page During Two Up" and Select "Two Up" as the page viewing options.  This will display your book with the proper pages facing each other.

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Feb 29, 2008 12:37am PDT
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More control over templates
Book Design and Imaging

Here is a quick and dirty way to size your images in Booksmart.

(1) Select your background on a full bleed photo page

(2) Drag and drop the photo onto the page

(3) Select one of the "do not crop" options for the image

(4) Increase, decrease and move the image in the full page layout.

 This works in all the layout windows.  If there is a frame on the layout, the border will shrink to fit the photo when you size it smaller than the frame.

This is not the best option because you can not crop the image inside the boundaries of the frame but it is one step closer to a controlled image layout.

 Hope this helps

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Dec 19, 2007 2:21pm PDT
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color correction and ICC profile
Book Design and Imaging

ICC color profiles should be copied into your Windows/system32/spool/drivers/color folder.  Then they will show up in Photoshop under View/Proof Setup/Custom where you can select the profile for viewing.  You can then make color adjustments while in the proofing mode.

Installing color profiles is not related to color calibration of your monitor, they are done independently, but, you must select the monitor profile using the tool provided with the calibration software when you start your operating system.  After that,everything you see will be calibrated to your monitor.  When you select the sRGB (printer) ICC profile for proofing in Photoshop it will accurately show you how your image will look when printed on a device with the sRGB color profile characteristics.

Hope this helps!

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Dec 19, 2007 1:39pm PDT
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PROOF PRINTING TIME - 18 HOURS FOR 7X7 BOOK
BookSmart

I have the same problem.  It takes days to print a book.  I have lots of memory and hard drive space.  It seems that it would be better to NOT spool the print because of the large image files BS creates.  BS needs a better print driver that processes one page at a time.

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Dec 19, 2007 1:02pm PDT
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