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So, who sharpens their images?
Book Design and Imaging

I’m not talking about remedial sharpening here, like trying to make an out of focus shot look sharp, I’m talking about unsharpened RAW images converted to JPGs for Blurb. We all know some intrinsic softness exsists within the image shot as RAW, so I’m wondering waht works best.

I know a lot of my clients (graphic designers) leave the sharpening to the printers, as they know how their litho/offset machines like their images, and they spend a fortune on sharpening software. So all my pro work is shipped out unsharpened, so I’ve no experience of sharpening for print. Scary.

 Does Blurb recommend any sharpening for their (B3 Custom Workflow) printers, or is it just hit and miss?

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Feb 10, 2009 7:07am PDT
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How do I amke my sketches look professional?
Book Design and Imaging

Carl.

Simple answer: Practice.

 

Failing that, find an illustrator to collaborate with (this is how most childrens/illustrated books work.

Good luck!

 

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Feb 10, 2009 7:00am PDT
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Monitor & color management
Book Design and Imaging

There’s nothing much you can do, I think you have to get to grips with it; saying "...and place them in Booksmart without having all the problems…" is like saying "I just want to drive the car, I can’t be bothered with the learning bit." You’re going to crash. Well, you’re just not going to get a good book.

If you have not calibrated your monitor (risky) select sRGB as this is closest to what Blurb uses. You should also search the web for a B&W tone gradient image. Here’s one to try. This will tell you if your monitor brightness will reflect reality. Most people have them turned up way too bright, so an image that looks great on your monitor will end up all sludgy and milky and digusting in your book. A greyscale will show that you can identify every step in a contrast range. If the whites disappear into eachother the monitor is too bright, if the blacks merge it’s too dark. Adjust to see all the steps.

Your monitor is a beautiful illuminated bit of expensive kit. With a book you look at the pictures with reflected light. There’s a world of difference and a huge potential for disappointment. It’s a great thing to get to grips with colour management, for you will get the very best out of your books.

I’d also suggest doing a minimum page count soft back simple book as a test. This will help calibrate your mind to the process, see how the printed image compares with your monitor and help you adjust. It takes time and money, but this is the way with the pursuit of perfection. it’s agony. Suck it up!!!

Good luck, don’t be disheartened, and try not to crash!

John

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Feb 10, 2009 6:58am PDT
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VAT reciept
Ordering and Shipping

Hi Kathy

I understand the issues, international VAT is complex, especially when people like me, registered in one member state, are able to have VAT deducted when opurchasing from other member states. Nightmare. I coudl deal with all this happily if I just got a receipt of some description to state that I had spent the money, just to keep my accountant happy. As it is I’ve had to print out the order forms, which are not so convincing as you can cancel an order. So it’s not the best solution. 

While you are working on the VAT thing, it might be nice jst ot have some form of receipt customers can print off, for their records.

 Kind regards

John

PS For Jorge to go to another supplier just because of this issue is ludicrous in the extreme. It’s such a good product, most of us will hang on in the hoep you sort the issue out. J
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Jan 29, 2009 5:45am PDT
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RECEIPT OR INVOICE TO PRINT
Ordering and Shipping

There appears ot be no provision for printing Invoices for the supply of books.

I am a small business and need to account for my books (portfolio’s so far to the tune of £540.00). The email confirmation states the price and shipping costs, but does not have the supplier name and address so it’s no good. When the books arrive, there’s just a despatch note. So how does Blurb account for their sales if there’s no record?

 I’ve tried my best to search the website and forums for an answer but it seems no one has hit this particular wall before, except for JO, who wanted to know about VAT receipts and was lead down a blind alley.

Blurb, this is a fundamental. If you’ve gone so far as to set up B3 surely you realise you have business customers. Is it such a leap of understanding to think people might need some record of what they have spent, when and to whom they paid money?  Please!

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Jan 27, 2009 8:04am PDT
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VAT reciept
Ordering and Shipping

JO asked for a reciept, VAT or no VAT charged, does no one know how to do this?  I need one too. I just have the email confirmation but that has no supplier address and it’s no good.

This seems crazy. I too have a business and need to account for the £540.00 I’ve spent on company books!

 John

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Jan 27, 2009 7:57am PDT
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pasted type reformats (SOOoooo annoying)
BookSmart

I have chapter pages in my book of photographs. I have a text layout page that suits me best for the chapter pages, this is a blank page with the book name above the section title above the subsection title.

I want all this type inexactly the same place on the page in every instance. I have to carriage return to get the copy in the right place. There are two type face sizes used.

I have ten pages to do. I did the first, copied the text (right for the start of the carriage return) but everything I paste into the next page it reformats the font size and apears in different places on the freaking page. So I have to basically do it all over again.

 Why can I not copy a full page, with everything on it (images and type)? or is there a workround?

cheers all
happy bookmaking!

John
www.netgoose.co.uk

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Jan 26, 2009 5:33am PDT
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