simonlevene's Posts

First book review
General Interest

I just got my second book back today and was very pleased. Both books are 7×7. The first was a one-off that I got a hardback of-it’s only 44 pages. The second is 70 pages and I ordered paperback copies so far. I was so happy with the first batch I ordered a hardback copy already.

I have had no problem with image quality. This book is a lyric book for my band and has images of CD covers and posters that have been produced in Corel Photopaint. I know Corel is not the choice of the pros but it has worked well for me and I don’t intend changing anytime soon.

Paper and binding quality is also good. In a previous post I admitted to being nervous about this book as there had been many negative postings. My anxiety was unnecessary however. Blurb is amazing for someone like myself who wants a professional looking way of archiving images for very little money.

My only complaint is that the barcode on the back cover obscures a line of text. The fact that this is allowed to happen when using templates seems a little thoughtless.  

Personally I like the 7×7 size…it’s quirky and for this project was perfect. The cover design is based on a 7 inch record cover.

Posted by
simonlevene
Jun 11, 2008 2:13am PDT
Permalink
simonlevene
 
White type on black backgroung
Tips and Tricks

Just got the book back today…the white on black…AMAZING. In fact the whole book is better than I expected. There is just one little glitch with the barcode on the back cover, I’ll ask about that elsewhere in these forums. This is my second book. The new one is even better than the first, I learned some lessons from the first and they really paid off.

Regarding the white on black, I used a fairly bold font and there is no colour bleed at all. Very crisp and professional looking.

Posted by
simonlevene
Jun 11, 2008 1:37am PDT
Permalink
simonlevene
 
White type on black backgroung
Tips and Tricks

This forum can be very frustrating! I pity RJVS, who asked a sensible question only to have it hijacked by someone who didn’t even answer the question.

I have two pages in my new book that are dark grey with white text, I’m glad people have had good experience with white text on black, it gives me hope, but as this is only my second book and there are a lot of conflicting messages out there, I am still a little nervous about how the book will look. The other one exceeded my expectations.

Posted by
simonlevene
Jun 4, 2008 2:37am PDT
Permalink
simonlevene
 
One VERY satisfied customer
Book Printing

I’m another very satisfied customer. (coincidentally from Manchester, too) Just got my 7×7 book of limericks. Heavy on graphic design, not straight photos. The cover, binding, print and overall look of the book are fantastic. After reading so many negative postings I was a little worried. I cannot find fault.

I’m so pleased with the finished product, I’m already working on the expanded version of my book. As with your experience, Tom, I found the whole process very easy.

Posted by
simonlevene
Feb 18, 2008 11:48pm PDT
Permalink
simonlevene
 
Did Anyone Experience this Picture-Loading Problem?
Book Design and Imaging

I only had the problem once. All my images are the same size, so it was a little strange. The thing I had bigger problems with was how amazingly slow editing went when I had other web-based programs running. It took me a while to realize what was going on.

Posted by
simonlevene
Feb 13, 2008 5:07am PDT
Permalink
simonlevene
 
Can you use more than one theme in a single book?
Book Design and Imaging

you can certainly change backgrounds from page to page. When choosing the background type,colour,etc make sure you pick "this page only"

I didn’t use the themes on my book, though. Just different backgrounds.

Posted by
simonlevene
Feb 13, 2008 5:03am PDT
Permalink
simonlevene
 
proof printing
Book Design and Imaging

thanks everyone.

Thankfully there will be relatively little text per page to proof read.

simon

Posted by
simonlevene
Jan 31, 2008 1:59am PDT
Permalink
simonlevene
 
proof printing
Book Design and Imaging

What’s the concensus…do you print proofs on your home printer?

I have a fairly crappy Epson printer and I don’t know there is ANY advantage to doing test prints as I expect the quality of Blurb is far greater than I could do at home. As far as the text is concerned, there’s not much on any one page and I can proof that in the preview mode.

 Simon

Posted by
simonlevene
Jan 30, 2008 1:10am PDT
Permalink
simonlevene
 
White Text Warning
Book Design and Imaging

thanks,

my first project will be something of an experiment-see how the whole Blurb thing works out. After that we’ll go for something a little more complex

Posted by
simonlevene
Jan 23, 2008 3:29am PDT
Permalink
simonlevene
 
on screen image versus finished result
Book Design and Imaging

thanks Lee,

I’ve viewed the preview pages, and everything seemed good but some of the posts in this forum made me want to double check.

Posted by
simonlevene
Jan 23, 2008 3:27am PDT
Permalink
simonlevene
 
White Text Warning
Book Design and Imaging

is this a specific problem of white on black? I’m planning white text on mid-blue background.

Posted by
simonlevene
Jan 22, 2008 1:03am PDT
Permalink
simonlevene
 
on screen image versus finished result
Book Design and Imaging

I am brand new to blurb and this is a question for you who have completed books.

I see from this forum there are some who are not entirely satisfied with the results.

I am using images built in Corel Photopaint which basically consist of scans of old copyright-free etchings combined with distressed paper which has also been scanned. On screen when viewing in preview mode the images look as sharp as I need them to. Can I assume that if they look good on screen, the printed image will be as good if not even a little better than the screen image?

Posted by
simonlevene
Jan 22, 2008 1:00am PDT
Permalink
simonlevene