The following directions are no longer recommended or supported by Blurb, as we have seen inconsistent printed results with JPGs that have been exported directly from InDesign using this method. Because text-intensive designs are particularly likely to be impacted, to ensure your custom designs print optimally and that custom text is cleanly reproduced, please follow these directions instead.
The following directions are no longer recommended or supported by Blurb, as we have seen inconsistent printed results with JPGs that have been exported directly from InDesign using this method.
Because text-intensive designs are particularly likely to be impacted, to ensure your custom designs print optimally and that custom text is cleanly reproduced, please follow these directions instead.
Blurb BookSmart™ offers an amazing array of layout templates for you to successfully design your book. We try to give you as much flexibility in this area as possible. We also offer full-bleed image pages in each book template that let you drop in your own designed page. Note: It’s easiest when your doc is sized to these specs: Full-bleed page specs.
We are aware of your interest in the ability to import high-res PDF files directly into BookSmart. Because PDF support/import is currently not available, here’s a nifty workaround that uses Adobe InDesign CS3 (not available in CS2) to export your layout document as a high-res (300 DPI) page file with great ease. I believe this is the best way to import your own custom-designed pages into BookSmart, so let’s get started:
1. Design your page size to the specs I mentioned above and save your document. Be mindful of bleed area, image resolution, etc.
2. With your document open, it’s time to export your file. Go to the InDesign pulldown menu and select File, then Export.
3. Up pops a dialogue box:
Save your file to a folder of your choice (as single pages, not spreads), and add a three-digit suffix such as ( _00) to your file name as Adobe will add a number to each page it saves after that into your folder. You will see this saves your pages in the correct numerical order. (This is a huge help when you bring these page images into BookSmart.) Choose your file format as either png or jpeg. Click Save.
4. You now get a second pop-up dialogue box:
This window asks for Page Range, Quality, and Resolution. Choose your range, select high quality, and 300 DPI resolution. I leave Format Method at Baseline. Hit Export.
5. Check your folder now. All your pages are saved in the correct order with a numerical suffix after your file name_ , _001, _002, etc. Now go into BookSmart.
6. In BookSmart, in the New Book Setup, choose your book size in the size you built your Adobe CS3 files; next select Photo book because it offers you a quick full-bleed starting point:
Now, delete any layout pages before the full-bleed page you don’t want or need. You can always add them back later. You really just need full-bleed image pages for this process. Go to Get Pictures and point BookSmart at your folder of pages, select all of your pages, and import into BookSmart or drag and drop them into BookSmart’s Image Library.
7. Cool … now here comes the fun part: Pick/highlight the page you want your page import to start on in your layout. Using BookSmart’s Autoflow tool, select all your image pages and then click the Autoflow tool … Boom! All your pages autoflow numerically into your BookSmart layout. BookSmart will add pages automatically until all your pages are loaded into your book layout. You can make adjustments if need be, add a single page before, or remove one to get your left pages on the left, etc.
Give this a try. Play around with it. Feel free to share any additional info you discover through your tests. This has been successful for me.