I want to send my Disney LOs to be turned into a photo book. But I'm terrified! I know lots of you do this. Are there any tips and wrinkles you could pass on to me please?
Posted 02 August 2014 - 06:03 AM
I find it easy just to upload layouts as pages! But, some companies print close to the edge or sometimes enlarge very slightly so you need to be sure you don't put anything important there so it doesn't get lost in the printing.
Someone else might have a more specific idea about this, but I've always loved my books when they are finished.
Good luck, Hilary.
Posted 02 August 2014 - 07:08 AM
No fear, Hilary! Companies have pretty clear directions about making the books. Like Marilyn, I just upload each layout as a single jpeg. Since edges seem to get cut off, I make sure there isn't anything important near any of the four sides of the layout. If there is, I'd advise adjusting the layout slightly before uploading. Good luck! And let us know how it turns out.
Posted 02 August 2014 - 08:10 AM
Some companies include templates, or instructions, to help figure out where the cutting edge will be and how much "empty" space to leave. Check for those features when choosing a printer to use. I had good results with Blurb and MyPictales - but then, I've only had two books printed.
Posted 02 August 2014 - 03:14 PM
Thank you so much for the encouragement! I know more what to look for when deciding on a printer. My Scrap Girls friends always come up trumps!
Posted 03 August 2014 - 01:56 AM
Posted 07 August 2014 - 01:06 PM
We used Snapfish for a very basic photo book when Jamie was first born but I wasn't very impressed with the quality/durability of the final product. I then used Pixum for a calendar, but again wasn't impressed with the quality and they chopped the edges off. Last year I used Jessops (online) for our annual calendar and uploaded full layouts as single jpegs. The quality was very good, but beware you have to adjust the brightness of your final jpegs because they print fairly dark. I adjusted my images in their software once I'd uploaded them, but I think if I did it again I'd do the adjusting in photoshop before hand. Good luck - let us know how it goes as I'll have to get a photo book done at some point in the future!
Posted 24 August 2014 - 12:51 PM
I can only speak for Shutterfly, since that's the only company I've used. The quality is ok, but I'm planning on upgrading this year. I used their software to build the book (not wanting to spend money on software at the time), but they do allow for a full page picture, and those printed perfectly. So I imagine if you uploaded your pages as jpegs, it would work. However, their quality isn't what I'm looking for anymore. I found a couple of blogs on the quality of printers. I'm not sure if this will help, but for what it's worth:
Both were really helpful, but neither really made me feel certain of who to go with. I was going to post this question, too!
Posted 24 August 2014 - 04:00 PM
I can only speak for Shutterfly... they do allow for a full page picture, and those printed perfectly. So I imagine if you uploaded your pages as jpegs, it would work.
With pages that show text and photos, you ALWAYS have to adjust for the trimming and binding necessary for book-making. Words right at the edge of the page will be cut off - it's just how the service ensures no white margin... they chop it off about 2mm into the picture.
When the pages are bound, anything on the bound edge is impossible to see unless you break the binding and no one wants that!
So it's safer to just move everything in towards the center to avoid being lost in the binding or the trimming. A 4mm safety zone should suffice.
Posted 24 August 2014 - 06:21 PM
I make an annual book of layouts featuring our family, friends, pets and travels. I have used Blurb for 4 annual books and have been very happy with the end product. I like that Blurb allows 440 pages in a book, which is really nice when I have lots of layouts of our trips during the course of a year. To make sure I don't lose anything important to the trimming process, I put a ruler line 3/8 inches from the edges.
Posted 05 September 2014 - 09:31 AM
I've used Shutterfly before (my Homecoming book that is in my gallery), and it came back really DARK. When I called customer service, the girl kept trying to tell me my photographs were too dark, and I couldn't seem to make her understand that no, the whole page for each layout was dark (my scrapbook papers, etc.) I wound up having to go back through all my jpegs for the layouts and lighten the whole page for each one, and then I reuploaded them and printed the book again, and it was okay. But that's a lot of trouble and expense that I won't be doing again. We work too hard on our layouts!
Having said that, I did make a previous book with Shutterfly and used one of their templates and uploaded photos to it, and it printed pretty true to color, no problem. I also made one with Snapfish with their template, plus a little bound 4x6 photo book. I used to have Snapfish print my photos years ago and was very pleased with them, but my little book projects not so much. The photos in the little 4x6 book were too dark, and the bigger book were just not clear and sharp.
Posted 05 September 2014 - 05:30 PM
Blurb has printed my layouts pretty true to color. I do calibrate my monitor on a regular basis using a DataColor Spyder. It's shocking to me how often my monitor needs to be recalibrated.
Posted 05 September 2014 - 09:06 PM
That's a good point, Barb. BrendaT, if you have your monitor set to a high brightness, you might not necessarily notice that you have some dark pictures.
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