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ImageWrap creation is a little absurd...
Tips and Tricks

As with any bleed cover, you must allow for image to go beyond the trim. In Quark, InDesign, or other professional layout programmes, you can see the bleed. However, currently you cannot in BookSmart, so you have to eye-ball it and move the image around so that you know the image is a good 1/4" (my own allowance)  beyond the visible trim.

As for the spine – I believe I am correct in saying it is not an issue since there is no bleed here, The image is simply cropped off to allow for the beginning of the spine.

 I hope this helps.

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Jul 7, 2009 2:07pm PDT
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12 x 12 Scanner??
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Hi Lisa – I have the Epson GT-20000 scanner. The bed is 11.7” x 17”. It is a wonderful scanner and is capable of rich detail. I just now had to scan a sensitive US government card with embedded markings, holographic details etc. The scan picked everything up.

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Jul 7, 2009 7:37am PDT
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Quality concern.
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As with any printing workflow, many processes and people are involved. Invariably, there will be the odd issue in finishing. I have had problems in the past and whenever I e-mailed the appropriate help contact, I have always received a prompt (ish) response and every time, have had a new book sent to replace the errant one.

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Jul 7, 2009 7:01am PDT
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EXPERIENCED WITH UPLOADING PNG FILES?
Book Design and Imaging

For this particular book, the client wants, and expects, and is paying for a high-end job. I will not be using Palatino, but rather a font with quite thin strokes and serifs. I will have to give it a go and do a test to see. Thanks for the feedback.

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Jun 10, 2009 7:21pm PDT
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EXPERIENCED WITH UPLOADING PNG FILES?
Book Design and Imaging

I am working on a fina art catalog for a client. The catalog will feature his collection as well as descriptions, history, and background of some of the schools of artists. This means there will be a lot of copy.

I find Blurb’s text handling to be rough and low-level. However, I understnad that Blurb is not meant for high-end typography. So I will have to create my text pages outside Blurb and upload them as PNG files.

Has anyone had experience with uploading text as PNG files? How did it work out? What are your comments on this workflow?

 Thanks

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Jun 10, 2009 6:20am PDT
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TEXT TEXT TEXT TEXT!!!!
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I love Blurb. I have made many many books and love this product.

However, I find the text function of BookSmart to be very poor if you want to try to finesse the type. Really strange things happen with the size and leading. And the links from one text box to another acts strange most of the time.

I am hoping the new custom layouts might help. Apparently there are greater type controls. Has anyone found the latest version any better? Is text handling easier?

I am creating a fine art catalog and need proper typography. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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Jun 8, 2009 7:18pm PDT
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FONT ISSUES for MAC users
Book Design and Imaging

I have done many books using Blurb and while quite pleased overall, I have ALWAYS had issues with typography. I experience issues where kerning is so bad, letters overlap, line spacing has a mind of its own, and fonts do not image properly.

 Recently, I have had to eat over $1,000 because of bad font rendering.

I’d love to know what other Mac users are doing with type and if you have resolved any font issues. If this continues, I may have to try to find another book company – I cannot afford to have things go so wrong and out of control!

 Thanks in advance!

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Nov 11, 2008 7:29am PDT
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Formatting text
Book Design and Imaging

I too find type to be very spotty with Blurb. I am an editorial designer and find that typography is the one huge area where Blurb falls apart. I am working on a book that will require very precise type handling, and I am very nervous about how Blurb will handle it.

For me, it is not worth the risk, so I shall have to create the type in another programme and then upload the type pages. This is not the way to work, but there is no other choice until BookSmart gets better.

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Nov 10, 2008 2:10pm PDT
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Please help a newbie >>> two page photo spread?
Book Design and Imaging

I have done many travel books using spreads to show large panoramas in the arctic and the Great Wall.

Its easy! Albeit not technically precise, but then again, you are also dealing with the inaccuracies of gutters and various trim sizes.

Here’s what I do…

I load the photo (it has to be large enough to span the distance of the spread to begin with) twice! Import the left side, then import the one on the right side. Enlarge them both alternatively and position them so that the optically line up the way the photo should look.

Keep in mind there will be some image loss in the gutter (the greater number of pages, the more loss). To compensate for the gutter, I actually back off the image a bit in the gutter so that I am assured not to loose anything.

Of course, design rules apply – don’t shoot a photo where the subject is dead-centre, as this is where the gutter will sit – assuming you want a full bleed, 2-page spread and not one of the 3/4-type spreads.

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Nov 10, 2008 2:04pm PDT
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