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I agree that most of the issues are in an individual’s processing for print.  I just wish I knew which one was right and how I can tell.  I did just produce a book with the three different ways I can sharpen a photo.  Unsharp Mask in CS5, PhotoKit Sharpen with Inkjet Glossy, and PhotoKit Sharpen with Halftone Coated 175/350.  I have printed these photos myself and they are really nice, unfortunately, printing for a book is a different animal.  Having said all this, I wish there was a way that once you load a photo into its container, there is a way to be sure.  I have used the three methods above and when I zoom to 250% (at the advise of Blurb), I can get three different results.  It appears that not all methods of sharpening work on all photos. 

What is your method of processing?   You seem to be so happy with the results.  Maybe you could share that.

Leslie

p.s.  I did resize the photograph to fit the container BEFORE applying sharpening. 

 

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Nov 17, 2010 7:34am PDT
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It is heartbreaking ... help!
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Tony … I hope you can guide me here.  I did what you suggested and resized some of the photos to fit the containers.  There was a remarkable difference in the preview.  In most cases, all the pixelation was gone.  Some of my photos are downsized significantly.  Do you think I can resize AFTER I have sharpened?  I was always taught that sharpening is the last thing you do.  It would certainly save me some time to take my jpegs that are sharpened and just size them.  I will probably make a test book again, but was wondering, for future reference if you know the answer to the above.

Leslie

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Nov 7, 2010 10:25am PDT
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It is heartbreaking ... help!
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Will do.  The graininess is most prevalent in the skies … When I look at my book on Guatemala, there is none.   At that time, I was not using PKSharening.  I was using Unsharp Mask with PhotoShop.  So, could it be "oversharpening"?  I don’t know.  The book will tell (I hope!)  What does baffle me, is how can it look so darn good on my monitor, so very darn good in real print, and so very poor quality with blurb.

These folks who are so very happy, I wonder what they are doing?  As well, Darwin Wiggett, who I took a class from on PPSOP and who was Travel Photographer of the Year, uses blurb.  That’s not shabby and he is happy!  He gave me his workflow and I use that.  The one thing, is that he uses Unsharp Mask in PhotoShop to sharpen.  Hmmmmm … That may be the ticket.

I will post once I get the book.

Leslie

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Nov 6, 2010 12:19pm PDT
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It is heartbreaking ... help!
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Thanks, Tony.  I will look into that.  So, let me get this straight, I should take my photo and go to CS5’s bicupic sharpener and scale the photo down to the pixels that the container says?  I will try that.  However, even in larger photos, there was a grainy appearance.  I looked into digital noise that you talked about.  I went into noise reduction and reduced the noise in 12 photos that I was unhappy about.  Of course, when you do that you loose sharpness.  So, I then proceeded to sharpen these photos first, with Unsharp Mask, second with PKSharpener Inkjet glossy output and third with PKSharpener Halftone 175/350 coated output.   There seems to be so much discussion on sharpening, I would find out myself.  I then uploaded these and am producing a 40 page book for myself to see what is best for me.  I finally came to the conclusion that there are so many types of sharpening, so many different cameras, so many ways people shoot, I would just find out what works with my camera, my processing and I hope I will get some results. 

If this does not work, I will try some test with scaling.  I am still a bit confused if that is the whole problem because, again, I have taken the same photo and put it in a much larger container (10.4 × 7.4) and it is still grainy.

Hopefully, my new book will enlighten me.  I do wonder why I get digital noise on some and not other photos, though.  I don’t do a lot of post processing – especially with exposure.  Although, with these books, they are on travel, and when you travel you often don’t get the most perfect lighting – but, on that contrary, some of my worst lighting turned out the best photos and vice versa.

 Again, thanks for your info.

Leslie

 

 

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Nov 6, 2010 9:25am PDT
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Poor print quality
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I just went through this with blurb (note the previous subject "heartbreaking".  I feel the problem may not be the printer, but the workflow of processing an image.  There seems to be no clear cut tutorial on HOW to process an image.  If you don’t get a yellow warning, then it should be correct?  Right?  No, it isn’t according your your experiences and mine.  I heard someone say that you resize the image for the container it is being put in.  Is that so?  I am stumped and I sure wish blurb would come out with processing information.  They are redoing mine as well, but not for the grainy skies, but for having HUGE white spots on the black paper and on another book, for no reason, there are two bright yellow pieces of paper.  Why?  Don’t know.

 Please, blurb … give us a tutorial.  This is frustrating.

Leslie

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Nov 3, 2010 2:16pm PDT
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It is heartbreaking ... help!
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I have used CS5 to do some exposure, but not a lot and not on all the images.  All the images that have a sky are grainy.  I shoot in RAW>post process in RAW (w/b, exp, black).  These are very small amounts.  Then I save it as a TIFF>post process in CS5 (clone, spot clean, adjustment level)>duplicate>save as 8bit>convert to profile RGB>sharpen with PKSharpener (medium for hi-res and output is injet as per the ppi).

The one photo that really stand out is of a sailboat on the water.  It is  4004 × 2472 pixels and 13.3 × 8.24inches at 300 ppi.  The container is 7.3 × 4 inches and 2192 × 1450 pixels.  Not many of the photos had been reduced to that small of a container.  Most are 8 × 10" or 7 × 5".  I do not size before putting them in the container as blurb told me that was not necessary.  What mattered was the pixels.

In this particular book on Peru, all the skies are grainy.  I am also not happy with the tones.  They are yellowish.

 

Thanks, Tony.

 

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Nov 3, 2010 7:17am PDT
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It is heartbreaking ... help!
Book Printing

You spend hours upon hours photographing scenery, people, places … and then hours upon hours (120 <ins>+</ins> easily) making a book only to have the skies grainy.  Forget the publishing errors like white spots on pages, added colored pages you did NOT upload … it is the processing.  What am I doing wrong?  I have a quality camera, "L" lenses, CS5, Eye One monitor calibrating … what else can I do?  I ask blurb about sharpening and they don’t have an answer.  What do you do about sharpening?  I have PKSharpener.  It is just really heartbreaking to work so very, very hard and anticipate the final product, only to have it be such a disappointment. 

I have searched forums for info and cannot find "sharpening" forums that meet my needs.  I see blurb publishing so many, many books – HELP!

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Nov 2, 2010 5:44pm PDT
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Up-res Photos
Book Design and Imaging

Thank you for your reply.  I actually asked blurb directly and they said they were sorry but could not help me.  Hmmmmm …. I guess I do not completely understand, but if you say to leave it alone, I will.  Thanks!

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Oct 30, 2010 7:37pm PDT
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Up-res Photos
Book Design and Imaging

I have some old photos that were taken at 72 res.  The pixels are 1712 × 2288.  Can I go into PhotoShop, check the resample box in order to save pixels, and up-res to 300 and have a quality photo for the book?

Leslie

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Oct 25, 2010 2:04pm PDT
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Sharpening Question
Book Design and Imaging

Tony … I am a bit confused.  Sohpie seems to say that if I look grainy in "preview" I will be grainy in print.  Yet, you seem to say that I should not worry because of the low res that blurb uses while I edit.  But, when I go to print, the high res will be printed and then should not be a problem.  My photos are large pixel sizes at 180 dpi.  They print up nicely at home.  What I do find, is when I have the same photo in a large container, it looks good.  But when I put it in a small container, it looks grainy.   I have tried resizing the photo for the container, and it does not make a difference.  But, at the end of the day, it sounds like my worries are not valid.  That is what you said, right?  I really appreciate this … thanks!

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Nov 12, 2009 2:10pm PDT
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Please help, I think I've lost my book
Book Design and Imaging

I am sorry, but I have no idea.  I would contact technical support.  I have written to them directly and find they answer within hours with information.  Good luck. 

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Nov 10, 2009 2:54pm PDT
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Saving page layouts for use in future books
Book Design and Imaging

I just started my second book and my personal layouts were there.  I was thankful for that, as I, too, had many I would use again.  Have you tried to start your second book?  Try that and see if the personal layouts are there.  If not, write the technical contact here.  Maybe they can help.

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Nov 10, 2009 12:07pm PDT
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Sharpening Question
Book Design and Imaging

I have uploaded large file jpegs from a high resolution camera.  I then sharpened them with PKSharpener and did the output sharpening as halftone 175 coated as someone in this forum advised me to do.  When I load the picture – it is grainy in appearance.  These photos were really sharp on my monitor.  And even when I printed them, they were sharp.  Are they going to appear grainy when printed with blurb?  When I zoom to 80%, they are not grainy, but when I am at print size for the book (usually in the middle of the zoom in preview), they are grainy.  I fear going forward without some technical advise.

 

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Nov 10, 2009 10:06am PDT
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Please HELP ME with my pictures
Book Printing

I found the best way to get help is to go to customer support and write your question.  They answer back within a day – oftentimes, sooner.  Since I don’t understand your dilemma, I cannot help you … but try that.  I think you will be most happy.

 

 

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Sep 18, 2009 6:48am PDT
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PhotoKit Sharpening
Tips and Tricks

I use PhotoKit Sharpener.  Do I process the Output for print before I submit it to Blurb?  Or does the publishing department to the sharpening for print?

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Jul 13, 2009 12:42pm PDT
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