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adding text on photo
Tips and Tricks

Use photoshop! In that case you really will get what you see!

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giessenborch
Feb 6, 2008 2:22pm PDT
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Blurb in the Netherlands??
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Zoals ik in mijn eerdere post al zei: de verzendkosten zijn aan de hoge kant! Dat zou beter kunnen, maar ik geen moment spijt van mijn keuze! De kwaliteit van de print is echt goed. Ik heb in divese erichten wel begrepen dat bij grotere boeken (meer dan 150 pagina’s) de bind-kwaliteit niet goed genoeg is.

Ik ben echter een tevreden klant!

Fred

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Feb 6, 2008 10:50am PDT
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Fixing a photo after it has been published
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Hello Perception8,

Yes you will have to do the editing in BookSmart and upload the entire project again. You first may want to delete the previous uploaded version of your book from the blurb-server to avoid confusion. You van do this via "My books" and press the delete button ("X").

Next to that: I agree with you on the complaints. I also had a problem with my proof-printed book, but with the help from other people in this forum, I was able to solve the problem I was facing with the drawings in my book.

The quality of the book I received was great and made me think of other projects!

Fred

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giessenborch
Feb 1, 2008 10:10am PDT
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Blurb in the Netherlands??
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Hello Frances,

I live in the Netherlands and am using the blurb publishing service. A few weeks a uploaded my book (hardcover, 148 pages, 7" x 7") on a Tuesday evening. It was finished the monday after and delivered the next day.

So: it is easy, it is fast, but not really cheaper. Shippingcosts are pretty high for a local delivery…

Fred

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Jan 28, 2008 12:14pm PDT
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Pictures are not full bleed :-(
Book Design and Imaging

Dear Tom,

Thanks very much! That’s the answer for my problem! You really helped me!

Fred

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giessenborch
Jan 26, 2008 1:41am PDT
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Pictures are not full bleed :-(
Book Design and Imaging

Dear Lee,

Thanks for your response! Referring to page 10: This was meant like it ;-)

Referring to page 11, I am 100% sure. I used the Image canvas resizing (is this correct?).

 In fact, some other drawings even haven’t been clipped to square or rectangle but as triangle :-(.

Very weird! I will submit a Tech Support report.

Fred

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Jan 24, 2008 7:42am PDT
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Pictures are not full bleed :-(
Book Design and Imaging

Hello,

I just received my first book for proofing. However I am not really satisfied about the results, and would like to know how to improve things. (The quality of the binding and printing is OK!!)

My problem is the following. I have a lot of drawings that I would lke to use in the book. The drawings were scanned using Photoshop and have a white background. In Photoshop (CS3) I resized all drawings to 7" x 7". However it seems that when importing the drawings in booksmart, the drawings are trimmed. Result is that in the book the drawings are not full bleed (I choosed Full bleed picture-page in Booksmart), but the background of the page-layout is being shown "through" the drawing. I tried using a White background in BookSmart, but that didn’t work either….

You will see what i mean in the pdf that as been generated by Blurb. Look at page 11 where the drawing of the flamengo-dancer is a rectangle on a light grey page, where the drawing in Photoshop was 7×7 inches square with a white background!

Please help!

Thanks very much in advance!

Fred

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Jan 24, 2008 7:00am PDT
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TIP: Never cut and paste direct from Word!
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Hello All,

I want to give you the following tip: NEVER (really NEVER) cut your text and paste it directly into BookSmart! The reason is that Word generates a lot of overhead "around" the text which slows down BookSmart (and a lot of other applications). The overhead (all types of codes) is invisible when you paste the text, but it is there!

Better is to use the following workaround: Copy the text from Word, then paste it in Notepad (this will remove all the overhead). Then copy the text from Notepad and paste it in BookSmart. After that you can edit the text (font, color, etc.) in BookSmart. It is an extra step, but believe me: It’s worth it!

This is also a tip for the developers of BookSmart: remove all the overhead during the paste command! It is easy to implement and will prevent a lot of frustration with the BookSmart-users…

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giessenborch
Jan 20, 2008 1:04am PDT
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Editing text is way too slow.
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Hello all,

I understand the frustration on a slow application! I also was facing a slowdown of the responsiveness of the program, but I just finished a book with 148 ages of which 35 are high-res drawings (full page).

I saw that the slowdown occurred after I designed the coverpages en puled in drawings on these pages. After I removed the illustrations, the progam became responsive again.

Next to that: NEVER (really NEVER) cut and paste from Word!! Better is to cut from Word, paste in Notepad,cut from notepad and then paste in Booksmart. This will remove all the overhead that Word generates and will prevent Booksmart from slowing down. This is not Booksmart-specific. More appliactions have difficulties when out cut from Word and paste direct in the "receiving" application.

After finalising all the pages, I designed the cover-pages and everything went well!

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Jan 17, 2008 6:06am PDT
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