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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Fine Art Of Bookmaking

By Mark Edward Harris Published in Photo Sharing
The Fine Art Of Bookmaking

7. GOING TO PRINT

“Preflight” checks are important. The exact process will vary depending on the service or software you choose—review your book carefully. When an order is placed for an A&I Book, the software will check and prompt you for errors such as low-res images, blank pages and empty text boxes. You also can click Preview in the Toolbar to view a larger on-screen version of your finished product before uploading.

The red lines around the pages are there to gauge cut marks. The book pages will be cut somewhere between those red lines and the edge of the page. It’s very important that text and essential content of your images stay well within the red lines, so they don’t end up too close to the edge of the page. It’s equally important that bleed images go all the way to the edge of the page (not just to the red lines), as any white area around the image may show on the final product.

For your first photo book, consider it a learning process, and order just one copy to check that you have the process down—you don’t want multiple copies if you made an error. Following these tips will help you avoid the pitfalls and discover the visual excitement of seeing your photos professionally printed and bound.

“JUST DO IT”

As photographers, we’re fortunate to live in a time where technology has evolved to the point that we can create high-quality books, one at a time.

Here are links to some of the many companies doing online book publishing. The next step is yours, so go ahead and take the click!

Resources
A&I Books
www.aandibooks.com
Apple Aperture and iPhoto
www.apple.com
Bay Photo
www.bayphoto.com
Blurb
www.blurb.com
MyPublisher
www.mypublisher.com
PhotoBook Press
www.photobookpress.com
Shutterfly
www.shutterfly.com

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