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Does Blurb use a Halftone or Continuous Tone printing process?
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chdant,

No need to be rude. Jaycemcee is only looking to ensure the very best quality of the end product and although the Blurb support person believes he has answered the question—he really did not. He could not or would not give an answer to the question—even in broad terms such as a range—what would be the appropriate settings for sharpening of images.

I believe that Jaycemcee understands the basic of the sharpening process and is just trying to process the images to get the best reproduction that he can. Since Blurb is unable to provide a spec for processing of the images it is somewhat frustrating.

Perhaps your interest in not in high quality and therefore you are simply have low expectations for quality.

-r

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Feb 10, 2008 9:28am PDT
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InDesign export to JPG then into BookSmart....
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Chip—

Not sure as it appears that you are using CS3 version of InDesign which has its own export to Jpeg function.

However, using an earlier version of InDesign, I have converted the document to pdft, imported the pdf to photoshop and then saved each page as a jpeg. The type does look choppy in thepreview but came out just fine when printed.

I assume that this is because we are only viewing a "screen shot" of the image and not the real image as represented by all those ones and zeros.

pax,

R

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Feb 10, 2008 9:09am PDT
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Photo Spanning Two Pages
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This is not a strength of the Blurb software or process.

I am in the process of publishing one of their large books and I am doing it with InDesign. So here is the process  that you could consider.

Open InDesign and go to a new document. It will guide you through the size and type of document. Check the blurb site for InDesign specs for your book. Make Sure that you set the document for spreads—this will give you two pages together. One note, make sure that the color preference is set to RGB (just check the help file in InDesign, and search for color preference.

Then "place" Control D on the PC the image into the document. Arrange the image where you want it and besure that you have set the document for the bleed of one eighth of an inch—this is a part of the set-up process mentioned above.

One you are satisfied with that, save the document. Then go to File > Export and for a file type choose PDF. This will lead you through the PDF creation process. Two notes—do not choose spreads and be sure to select create for printing and check to make sure that it is making a pdf with inages at 300 dpi.

Once this document is created import it into PhotoShop and then expert each page seperately again ensuring that you set the jpegs to exported at 300 dpi. To make things easy choose smart names for the export—since there are just two pages here choose left and right, for exampe.

No you will have two jpgs the left page and the right page. Open the blurb tool and import these two images. Now you can place these into the blurb template. However, you will have to play around a little since the tool is a bit stupid and does not have an alignment guides. So where the image goes across the gutter you will have to "play a little" to ensure alignment. Once  you have alignmente you can check with the blurb test buttom (OK I admit that I can not remember what Blurb calls their test buttom and I don’t have time to go and look —but it is pretty obvious. Keep playing until the two seams match up and then you are good to go.

I realize this seems like a lot of steps—and it is—but it is also effective. Indesign will cut the image in half for you and you and it is ready to stick in the blurb tool. Also, I believe that someone said that InDesign CS3 will allow you to export pages directly to JPEGS but I do not have CS3 so I can not confirm.

Remember, all learning is good. Just dive in and enjoy the journey.

Rustoleum

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Jan 21, 2008 3:43pm PDT
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Disappointed with Layouts
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I found that the templates that Blurb provides to be relatively limiting for anything but the most basic book. So I have gone the route of using InDesign. It is a kludgee process but the good news is that it works pretty well. I printed a test book and am just getting ready to send a large format photo documentary to press late this month.

So if the Blurb templates make you crazy, there are other alternatives.

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Jan 21, 2008 12:05am PDT
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Cover production for the hard cover book
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On my recent test book the only thing that was a little off kilter was the cover. You still use the blurb template for the cover and as this is a photo documentary type of book, having an idea of bleeds etc is critical. With the cover however, in which two full bleed images are used (front and back covers) and this particularly an issue on the front cover, the image from the cover bleeds around the fold to the inside of the book.

I understand that this happens and why, but it seems as if the template that blurb offers could give one a better idea that this will be happening.

Any thoughts on how to overcome this issue for the future?

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Jan 17, 2008 8:15am PDT
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InDesign and Blurb and good combination
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All—

I am in the process of making one of the large format books using InDesign for doing the layout and following the process outlined in other posts here on the forum. While the process is a but kludgy all I can say is that it works.

I received last night a test book—20 pages of a 100 page book and it is really spectacular in quality. The images are stretching the technology—some double truck images from an original 6.1 megapix camera that are just stunning.

After futzing with the images that go across the gutter a little with the Blurb tool everything seems to come together.

I am proceeding with this 100 page book with confidence that it will meet my expectations on quality.

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Jan 11, 2008 9:40am PDT
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Bleed photos in blurb
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I am sorry to say, that in a most ordinary way, the answer is lacking and the question in still smacking.

I have followed ALL of the specifications as laid out by the glorious blurb wunderkind of java, xml, html, and c++ or whatever.

I have used InDesign to put together a photo documentary that has numerous images that bleed. When I am import the jpg (which btw is the most fubar process that I have ever seen [indesign to pdf to photoshop to jpeg]) there does not seem to be a way to deternine the one eighth inch bleed.

So it seems to me that I have wasted my time and that of a bunch of pixels as I do not see how I can develop a quality product with the tool and instruction that I am asked to use via Blurb.

Is there an answer out there, or should I just take a knitting needle and stab myself in the ear (since as the venerable Luis Black notes, if I am going to be in pain,  at least it should be self inflicted!)

 -rb

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Dec 31, 2007 8:55pm PDT
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Bleed photos in blurb
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Hello,

I am using InDesign to develop a book following the instructions given by Blurb.

I am to the point where I have made the jpegs of the pdf files and am reading to import them into the blurb template. Numerous pages of this book have photos that bleed and I followed the specifications of Blurb and designed the book with a one-eighth inch bleed.

However, there is no bleed measurement in the blurb template as far as I can see. Am I missing something?

Thanks,

RB

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Dec 31, 2007 10:00am PDT
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dust jacket specs for InDesign
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I am trying to make the dust jacket in InDesign—not the Booksmart product. What specs do I use or do I have to use the blurb stuff.

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Dec 12, 2007 12:15am PDT
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dust jacket specs for InDesign
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I have not been able to find the dust jacket specs for an InDesign dust jacket of a 13×11 horizontal book. I assume 11×16 plus the thickness (spine)of the book, plus flaps, and of course bleed—butit would be nice to have something official. Can someone give me a link?

 

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Dec 11, 2007 5:51pm PDT
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