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Anyway around the rigid layouts?
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I think if you intend doing books regularly, it might be an idea to use Photoshop or similar. I have just finished another photo book, and nearly all the pages were done in Photoshop.  Obviously you end up with exactly what you want. But I agree about being able to flick a page, it shouldn’t be that difficult.

 

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Nov 10, 2008 8:44am PDT
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Print file huge. Takes a long time to print.
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Agree with Brian, above, whilst it would be nice to print out at home and see exactly how it will look, it’s not really going to happen. What you could end up with from your home printer could be very different from what Blurb will print. Different papers, inks, profiles etc can all make a huge difference.

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Nov 10, 2008 8:19am PDT
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Please help a newbie >>> two page photo spread?
Book Design and Imaging

Could anyone explain to me how it’s done? I would appreciate it so much.

 

I honestly don’t think I can explain it better than the guy has done in your original link, I thought it was very straight forward.  What are you having problems with?  Download his template, and it’s a simple matter of just lining the photos up with the lines on his template.

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Nov 10, 2008 8:10am PDT
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image is 300 dpi but looks grainy & blurry on screen!
Book Design and Imaging

Do you know if it will print ok or if it’ll be too pixelated?

I have had the same problem, doing a two page spread of one photograph. I use Photoshop every day, have much published work, so am comfortable preparing photos for print, but like you, when I zoom in 100% the photo looks very pixelated and blury.  So much so that I abandoned the idea of using the photo. I have printed the photo, so I know there is nothing wrong with it, but not knowing whether it would print OK in Blurb, I decided not to use it.  It’s too late when you get the book back with a blurry, pixelated two page spread!

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Nov 10, 2008 2:40am PDT
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Printing Books using an Uncalibrated Laptop LCD
Book Design and Imaging

-"make the cheapest available Blurb book and compare the results in it to what you see on your screen. Tweak from there…"

Then try printing another book to see whether you have gone far enough, or gone too far. Then tweek again., have another cheap book printed, then….........

 

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Oct 16, 2008 10:12am PDT
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Printing Books using an Uncalibrated Laptop LCD
Book Design and Imaging

I know people do, but personally I would not do any photo post processing on a laptop, much less an uncalibrated one! ;-(  You might well get away with it, but chances are, you end up with something slightly different to what you see on screen.

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Oct 16, 2008 4:13am PDT
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my book not in bookstore?
Book Design and Imaging

What makes you think people will be in a rush to buy your book? ;-)

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Aug 26, 2008 11:38am PDT
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POLL : Panorama / 2 Page Spreads : Overlap : How much ? : Results
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I  have just finished my first book, but it is only 40 pages. I decided to do a 2 page spread, and opted for no overlap at all. There was a small gap between the two people in the middle of the photo, so I positioned that over the gulley, and I haven’t really lost anything. Or anybody! ;-)  This is only a quick snap of the book, it’s not a very good shot of the book, but it’ll give you an idea. Iff I was doing just 40 pages again, I think I would do the same.

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Aug 25, 2008 9:12am PDT
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Problem with Opera Browser
Web Features

Certainly in FF, if you have your favourite 12 pages open (that’s a lot to have open at once!) you can save them as your startup page (use current pages as home page, under options) and all 12 will open at startup, or obviously with a click on Home Page.

At the moment I use "fast dial", a FF add on, you can have as many links on your opening page as you want. 

Fast Dial. 

Fast access to your favorite sites through thumbnails, like Opera Speed Dial.
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Aug 24, 2008 9:25am PDT
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Problem with Opera Browser
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I’m now useful slow Internet Explorer :-( 

 

Time to change to Mozilla then! ;-)  I used Opera for a few years, but have been with Firfox for quite some time now, works fine.


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Aug 23, 2008 7:21am PDT
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Colour differs in Booksmart & Photoshop
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if you haven’t already, I would download the HP profile that is linked to here somewhere, and try that.  Load it into PS, and soft proof your photos, it worked fine for me.

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Aug 23, 2008 12:28am PDT
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Feedback on my first book.
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Oh! And certainly the paper used this side of the pond is fine, not too thin at all.

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Aug 22, 2008 12:42pm PDT
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Feedback on my first book.
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I opted for slow option for posting, and slow it certainly is, very slow! : (

I took great trouble to resize and sharpen every individual photo, downloaded the printer profile into Photoshop and set all photos up to that profile.  A lot of work, but was it worth it? Well, I don’t how it would have turned out without all that preparation, but have to say I’m very happy with the result.  All photos are crisp, colour is good etc, not dark as some claim, and I am my own greatest critic.  The wife thinks it is excellent.  Any complaints? Well, the dust cover is not perfectly flat, it seems a bit "buckled".  Hopefully it will flatten with use. I used black backgrounds on all photos, and on one of them there is a slight red line beneath one of the photos, but it’s not that noticeable. Overall, quite happy with the product, just wish they would change their postman, he’s far too slow! ;-)

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Aug 22, 2008 9:23am PDT
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Extremely satisfied!
Ordering and Shipping

Tony, I’m always delighted to congratulate companies, I fequently e-mail them and thank them for good service, I’m delighted to sing their praises in forums and recommend them, but alas, unfortunately, I haven’t found a lot to sing about here yet, quite the opposite. :-(

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Aug 21, 2008 1:26pm PDT
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Urgent - Gamut warning and color correction question
Book Design and Imaging

I was thinking, that I’m sure a lot of people who have been very pleased with their books, probably haven’t a clue about gamut warnings! 

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Aug 18, 2008 1:37am PDT
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Urgent - Gamut warning and color correction question
Book Design and Imaging

I don’t think there is a "one click fix" to your problem, I think it would involve a lot of hard work to correct each individual photo.  There is some info here, not sure if it will help.

I am awaiting delivery of my fist book, and must confess that whilst I spent a great deal of time resizing, sharpening every individual photo, I tended to ignore the gamut warning. I’ll let you know whether it was a risk worth taking, or not! :-(  My thinking is that unless they are badly out of gamut, they should be ok.  How did we ever manage before the advent of programmes like Photoshop and gamut warnings! ;-)

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Aug 18, 2008 1:36am PDT
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10x8 book layout equals what in photoshop?
Tips and Tricks

As said above, simply get the sizes from mousing over the container, set those dimensions into the width and height boxes of the crop tool in PS, and draw it out the include what you want in the crop. Save as, job done! ;-)

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Aug 17, 2008 3:51am PDT
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How come the book preview shows 15 pages only?
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I’m new here, just ordered my first book, but as far as I know, it’s just a preview, you only get 15 pages! :-(

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Aug 12, 2008 2:15pm PDT
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my Blurb experience so far
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Good to hear that overall you are happy with the product! ; )

I’m new here as well, so read the forums like you, asked a few questions, and ordered the book a couple of days ago.  So like you, I opted for econimy delivery, so it’s sit back and wait time now. The delivery time is a definite negative, especially as mine is a wedding album, so they are patiently awaiting delivery. I found the software quite easy to use, and any queries were answered here, so I’m just hoping now that the printing is good and I that have supplied everything correctly.

Just looked at your photos, the printing errors certainly do distract from some otherwise good looking books. Will they not reprint?

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Aug 10, 2008 11:12am PDT
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PDF File
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Cheers.  Mine was 40 pages, and it just took about 50 mins, but for some reason only saved 10 pages! : (   I think the original files was something over 2GB, so biiiig files.

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Aug 9, 2008 4:56am PDT
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PDF File
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Ok, thanks.  I did try it, and the printing bar came up, and was there for ever, without seemingly doing anything!  Could be the size of the file?  Also had the printing icon showing inthe systems tray.

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Aug 9, 2008 4:13am PDT
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PDF File
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Thanks Tony.  I don’t really want to print it, just save it as a pdf file, so that I can forward to someone.  is that doable? ;-)

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Aug 9, 2008 3:07am PDT
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PDF File
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What is the easiest way to make a PDF file of the book? I realise it will contain watermarks, but would just like to be able to show someone the finished work.

Thanks

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Aug 9, 2008 1:26am PDT
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Updated Book Preview
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Ok, thanks.  It’s probably because I use adblock then, there are a lot of sites I could not view without it! I’ll switch browsers when I want to view the books!

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Aug 7, 2008 6:41am PDT
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Updated Book Preview
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As a user of Mozilla Firefox, the books cannot be viewd in this browser.  I realise we are a minority, but we are around 20% and growing! ;-)

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Aug 7, 2008 1:15am PDT
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