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Ideal lightness of image for printing..
Book Design and Imaging

 Thank you, Brian.

I am going to try these things. I realize how little I know .. calibrating is adjusting colors, but then monitor brightness is entirely a separate issue. Right?

I have done some repair work on the photos I had thrown into the last book, and see that a lot of my distress was caused by my own haste … !!!

Blurb sent me a $10 off coupon so I guess we’re all good. MAYBE I’ll reprint??

But first .. Calibrate!

Appreciatively, Kathy

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Sep 11, 2008 10:15am PDT
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Ideal lightness of image for printing..
Book Design and Imaging

Sorry—after writing the above, I found prior info from you and others regarding softproofing. Now I understand more!

Kathy 

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Sep 7, 2008 8:56pm PDT
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Ideal lightness of image for printing..
Book Design and Imaging

Thanks for your encouragement, Tony.

So far all I’ve done is dig out photos printed since I started using this camera. Snapshots from Walgreens drug store and Shutterfly were satisfactory in color and clarity. Possibly they do auto-adjusting on color.

I understand the concept of calibration – the bright screens on laptops do spoil us, but I wouldn’t want to lose it for other utilities. Do you calibrate just for Blurb usage, then switch back?

This will sound dumb, but what is softproofing? I’ve never bothered any more than checking before uploading inside Blurb.

The pub bit made me smile! We’re from California but love visiting the UK and watch the EPL avidly.  Also looked at your very impressive Galapagos book preview. Photos like that deserve a book that is high quality!

Thanks again,

Kathy 

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Sep 7, 2008 7:02pm PDT
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Ideal lightness of image for printing..
Book Design and Imaging

Brian & Tony -

Thank you for your many good posts. I have read your advice and am going to try to download these things to brighten up my books. Even after taking a Photoshop class, however, I still find it awkward to work with… but …!!!

Questions I have so far:

1. Will adjusting my images to be lighter for Blurb sacrifice detail from the photos?

2. Usually when I’ve played with images (esp. to lighten) they become grainier. I thought my last book was exceedinly grainy! (More so than a Blurb book from Spring 2007) Will I be out of the frying pan and into the fire?

I use a Casio 10.1 Exlim. Granted, not a Rocket Science camera. The Spring 2007 book was taken with a Kodak camera that had about 4mp. 

3. Wow, we’ve really lost that drag-in-the-box-and-enjoy-that book convenience, haven’t we? Why can’t Blurb just make—  ephiany!—everything lighter on their printers!!!?? 

Thanks for listening, friends! My recent book made me sad. 

- Kathy 

 

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Sep 6, 2008 10:09am PDT
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After four books...my verdict on Blurb...
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Regi wrote: (unless I made the mistake of not correcting the exposure first!). 

Hello,

Could someone kindly explain what that means?

I have done 4 or 5 Blurb books. The first one, printed Spring 2007 was much stronger in clarity and brightness than the one I received yesterday (new book but taken with a better camera). Even pictures taken atop a boat in Mexico in daylight are very dark, grainy, redish, and don’t "pop" from the page like the earlier effort. My book looks so much better inside BookSmart and on the preview than the finished product! I am sadly going to abandon all my ongoing Blurb projects for the time being—one is quite time-sensitive as it’s for elderly relatives, but I don’t want to happily mail them something they can’t see

I’m so distressed!

Kathy 

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Sep 6, 2008 9:33am PDT
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