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Received my 232-page L-Square Proline book - here are my comments
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Hi – that’s an interesting review. I use the Pro Line Pearl paper mostly for my books because that’s the only paper with Blurb where you don’t see the individual dots of the print raster. So it’s my favorite paper. As others have stated the Pearl Paper books tend to be printed darker than other papers, so  I try to prepare the pictures a little bit brighter. I still have some problems with color cast. My last order contains two times the same book, once a large square with Pro Line Pearl and a small landscape with Premium Matte paper. The Premium Matte print was correct in colour but the Pro Line Pearl has a green on the whole book.

From my opinion books with Pro Line Pearl paper get rather heavy and delicate to handle, once you have more than about 160 pages. They are more "comfortable" below that page count.

Still the Pro Line Pearl paper is my favorite!

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Dec 2, 2013 5:04am PDT
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Maximum page count with premium paper?
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Hi,
Are you sure to use the latest and newest Booksmart software. If you have still an older version the warning appears arriving 160 pages.
Regards, Nik

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Dec 25, 2011 12:56am PDT
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Lightroom Plugin: Exactly what export settings does it use??
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The fact that the LR pug in doesn’t allow to set the size of the picture it makes it useless for me. I’ve learnt from test books I made that it is essentially important to set the pixel size exactly to the size of the picture box in the book. Every picture which was bigger looked worse downsized, no matter whether it was downsized 200 % or just 30 %. Funnywise upsizing is not needed, a picture upsized 50 percent in the book doesn’t look different from the one with the perfect pixel count.

Luckiliy chosing the pixel count by exporting from LR is very easy.

Nik

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Dec 14, 2011 8:38am PDT
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Are my photos still too large?
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Hi Pete
Some time ago I made a testbook for myself where I tried printing in different sizes of the pictures. I turned out that the quality of the print decreases when the size of your picture is bigger than the picture box (at 300 dpi). If the picture was smaller than requested for the box at 300 dpi I couldn’t see any difference. So make sure that your picture are not bigger than the boxes at 300 dpi.
Nik

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Dec 7, 2011 1:40pm PDT
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What Size and DPI (or PPI) should i set for making book???
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Hi,
I made recently a test book to see whether there’s a difference between pictures printed a the exact amount of pixels of the picture box, or much bigger ones, or much smaller ones – which both were adjusted by BookSmart.
It shows very clearly that if your picture has more pixels than needed to print, the print quality decreases. So your pictures with around 15 MP will be printed worse, if you don’t adjust them to the size of your picture box.
Interestingly the pictures which were much too small (only half size of the size demanded) show no difference to those which resized to the bigger size.
So for me the conclusion is clear that I will downsize all the pictures exactly to the size of the picture box in BookSmart. Luckily I use almost always the same size of picture box :)
Hope this will help you.
Have fun with your books, Nik

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Aug 12, 2011 8:06am PDT
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10 x 10 inch square???
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10×10 would be my greatest wish, too. I like the square format a lot and 12×12 gives really impressive looks. I like to take my books in hand a lot of times and just watch some pictures – for this 12×12 is too big and it gets quiet heavy to handle. 7×7 is no alternative to me, as it’s really tiny. Hope to see a 10×10 from Blurb really soon!

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Dec 12, 2010 12:57am PDT
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