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Bookstore Staff Picks - Do They Actually Look Inside?
General Interest

“rather pedestrian” lol I like how you said that!!

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Aug 13, 2008 5:03pm PDT
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Designing book in Adobe InDesign
Book Design and Imaging

This is how I made my book – but the type is rasterized to 300 dpi and turns out pixelated – both .jpg and .png I have tried both.

Please accept .pdf, Blurb!!

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Aug 13, 2008 5:00pm PDT
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Bookstore Staff Picks - Do They Actually Look Inside?
General Interest

I’m sure they look inside!

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Aug 8, 2008 10:22am PDT
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Desiging page layouts in Photoshop
Book Design and Imaging

You know – I have tried both .jpg and .png for text – I re-uploaded my book as .png and re-ordered it. Honestly, they are both mediocre!! The .PNG text is also pixelated, although not quite as bad as the .JPG. The problem is that the print resolution for text needs to be 600 dpi, but Booksmart only supports 300 dpi (which is the resolution for image printing).

Blurb, you need to accept .pdf files! It is ridiculous to have to save out as .PNG files or to force a designer to create a template based book in Booksmart. I don’t need templates, I am a professional graphic designer. I love the service and idea of Blurb, but Blurb does not [yet] accommodate the needs of design professionals.

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Jul 29, 2008 1:20pm PDT
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Book written in PDF. Need help getting it in Book Smart format.
Book Design and Imaging

you have to use photoshop to make them jpg or png files. I recommend png. Make sure to export document as pages not spreads, open them all in photoshop, and then create an action to save them as 300 dpi .png files. Then you place each page in Blurb using the the auto-place tool.  Good luck!

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Jul 13, 2008 9:07pm PDT
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Photography Book NOW - competition question!
Book Design and Imaging

Well that was my reaction to reading the FAQ’s as well…but after contacting support I was told that as long as I have permission to use everything and claim “authorship”, then the book is eligible. I can even put the names of others who wrote the passages as long as they are not claimed as “co-authors”.

It didn’t make much sense to me, but I guess it is my project and they contributed?? Again, I am still confused about it, but that was the answer I got!!

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Jun 27, 2008 11:10pm PDT
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font size recommended
Tips and Tricks

Actually – the readability depends on the typeface: its x-height, aperature of the letterforms, contrast, etc.

For example: Verdana has a much higher x-height than Times New Roman. Verdana at 10 pt looks as optically “big” as Times at 12 pt.

Serif typefaces (like Times) are considered easier to read for large bodies of text because serifs aid in letter recognition.

The only way to know if it is “big enough” is to print it and see, your eyes will know best!

Leah (graphic designer)

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Jun 25, 2008 7:04pm PDT
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what are opinions on book size and thickness?
Book Design and Imaging

I ordered an 80 pg 11×13 hardcover – and it doesn’t feel thick enough! My book is just over 1/2” thick!! It would feel best with 200+ pages in my opinion!

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Jun 24, 2008 7:51pm PDT
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Photography Book NOW - competition question!
Book Design and Imaging

thank you!!!

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Jun 17, 2008 8:37am PDT
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Photography Book NOW - competition question!
Book Design and Imaging

Well I read all that and was still confused. I was hoping a staff member would see this. Maybe I need to contact support?

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Jun 16, 2008 9:11pm PDT
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Photography Book NOW - competition question!
Book Design and Imaging

Anyone?

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Jun 16, 2008 6:12pm PDT
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Photography Book NOW - competition question!
Book Design and Imaging

Ok, more questions. All of the photographs are taken by me, except my cover photo which I already have permission to use. Some of the text was written by me, but the majority of it is written by the people who the pictures are of.

To be more specific, the book is a compilation of stories/pictures of rescued horses and their owners. I wrote the introduction and compiled a few stories, but the rest of the stories were written by the horse owners, and edited by me. I can get permission from everybody if needed.

I’m a bit confused about whether or not I can enter this book! Please help!

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Jun 14, 2008 6:53pm PDT
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Photography Book NOW - competition question!
Book Design and Imaging

Hi all,
I’m wondering – do the books have to be all photography? Or can they be a combination of photography/writing?

I designed a book that includes stories and photography. There is a story with each set of photos. Each story is about 1,000 words or so – pretty short – and there are 10 so far. I’m hoping to add a few more stories and photo sets before the competition.

Has anyone entered their book in the competition yet? I’m excited about entering. The book was my senior project for Design school and I’m really proud of how it turned out. :)

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Jun 14, 2008 6:41pm PDT
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Pics Problems
Tips and Tricks

You can always search on Flickr and send a message to the photographer. I would be more than happy to have my photos used if someone just asked me. I found an awesome photo for the cover of my book this way, and the photographer was excited that I asked him! He even offered different, similar pictures that weren’t uploaded onto his Flickr account.

It really is worth asking, most photographers love to get their work printed and their names out there. As long as you aren’t making a profit off their work, that is!

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Jun 11, 2008 9:50pm PDT
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PNG or JPEG?
Book Design and Imaging

Well it was 7, 8, and 10 pt that were the worst. I think I will try .png next time.

Thanks!

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Jun 11, 2008 9:44pm PDT
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Text is pixelated...
BookSmart

I’m not sure though if I can return the book, it was displayed at my gallery opening last night and the pages got all bent up!

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Jun 11, 2008 1:51pm PDT
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Text is pixelated...
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Thank you so much for you help!

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Jun 11, 2008 1:50pm PDT
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PNG or JPEG?
Book Design and Imaging

So maybe I should have done PNG instead of jpg….....all my text turned out pixelated.

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Jun 11, 2008 10:18am PDT
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art on spine?
Book Design and Imaging

Yes, please let us wrap an image around the spine!!!!!! I had to settle for putting just type there on a white background, yick.

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Jun 11, 2008 10:17am PDT
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Text is pixelated...
BookSmart

I just ordered my first Blurb book. The book was designed in InDesign, so I exported each page as a jpeg in order to put in BookSmart. I followed the directions posted here. I exported each jpeg at 300 dpi as recommended. I got my book in the mail yesterday, and it is beautiful, the images look great, but the text looks like crap. That is because text is normally printed at 600 dpi, correct? I overlooked this….....should I have exported every page at 600 dpi?

Will Blurb ever support .pdf or InDesign files?

This is a photography book with stories that go along with each set of photos.

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Jun 11, 2008 10:07am PDT
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