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Just got my first book back
Book Printing

I have had more trouble with poor printing quality, dark, reddish cast and damaged cover issues the last 3 months than the entire 3 years I’ve been using Blurb. I did think that maybe I had screwed up somehow but realized that I hadn’t changed any settings that would have interferred with the color.   I am now convinced however that it is the printing company in the Northeast that my large landscape books were routed to that was where the problem originated.. I contacted Customer Support every time and sent a photo to get help.  One book in particular took 2 additional printings before it was acceptable to me (damaged covers).  I think the final solution was that Customer Service routed to a different printing company within its network.  I have used several different POD companies for photo books and I keep coming back to Blurb because I like the flexibility of the design and editing process, the cost is reasonable and I’ve learned alot about color management, monitor calibration, Nik software and truly the Customer Service for me has been great.    I would like to know if it wouldn’t help to have someone at these printing companies whose job was Quality control and actually looked at the product before sending to the customer.  I can’t imagine that it wouldn’t save Blurb return postage costs, the customers time, and Customer Service time if someone could spot the bad books before they left the printer.  It would certainly lessen the negativity on the  forum if customers were happier on the FIRST book.So anyway, if you get a book that is poorly bound or color is off and if it is not your pictures or your photo process (photos need to be compatible with Booksmart), then contact Customer Support and send one picture. (I can never get 2 pics to go thru even though they are less than 10MB total).  The biggest solution for my books was sending to a different printing company by Customer Support.  Hopefully the rogue printer in the Northeast will be out of the picture soon if not already!!!  Thanks ladies at Customer Support – you know who you are! 

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Oct 12, 2011 8:50am PDT
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Some questions relating to Image Processing
Book Design and Imaging

Thanks for the clarification on the last paragraph,Mike

Last question, in photoshop, go to Edit >Convert to Profile ADVANCED.

  Source Space :  sRGB IEC 61966-2.1  ( is this the correct choice)

 Destination Space:

   o      RGB      (do you use Working RGB - sRGB …   or sRGB IEC…)

There are several choices but of these two with the sRGB profile which one do you select?  I don’t know if they are the same or if one is more accurate or a better choice over the other one.  Thoughts? 

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Oct 12, 2011 8:38am PDT
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Some questions relating to Image Processing
Book Design and Imaging

Here’s the page that I am talking about Mike.  I think I’m just getting myself more and more confused.  I thought I understood all of this but maybe not!

http://www.blurb.com/guides/color_management/intro

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Oct 9, 2011 7:00pm PDT
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Some questions relating to Image Processing
Book Design and Imaging

Charybdis,

What is the reason for NOT converting images to the booksmart profile" in his case?  Somewhere on the website it says you can do this to avoid pre-press conversion and have more control.  I don’t understand this. Help?

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Oct 7, 2011 4:15pm PDT
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Which is correct --Photoshop image or BookSmart image?
Book Printing

I’m curious, jrose dds, what size is the book that you’ve printed and had great color and exposure?  Did you notice when you received the book where it originated from? What city? Blurb, I gathered from the forums uses different printing companies in the USA maybe depending upon size or quality of paper?  Anyone know? 

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Sep 28, 2011 2:46pm PDT
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Fabrics in photos are distorted in Blurb book
Book Design and Imaging

I have dropped 2 photos into  a small 4 picture layout and the fabrics on 2 of the people are distorted terribly in the Blurb layout.  The 2 gentlemen are wearing light blue and white very thin striped seersucker jackets. (Horitzontal stripes).  What shows up in the Blurb book is blue and white HUGE jagged distorted lines in the fabric, rather than the very subtle blue. and white stripes  This seersucker is very suble normally and doesn’t look anything like what is showing up in the book.  This is a book that is going to be 150 pages of wedding and engagement photos for my daughter and I don’t want to chance this.  I’ve had good luck with your books in the past, but I am definitely concerned.  The only feedback that I am getting from your "customer" support desk is that you all don’t guarantee what it will look like after it is printed. She keeps  talking about the color and it’s not the color that I’m concerned with – it’s the distortion.  .I’m not even sure that your customer help desk looked at the attached print screen of the original picture and the print screen of the Blurb page that is in question.

Thanks

 

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Sep 18, 2010 7:11pm PDT
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