Here are six technical tips to give your images greater potential in Blurb BookSmart™. While this is not a comprehensive list – it’s based on what I’ve learned in all my hours making books and creating templates – it’ll definitely give you an expert advantage going into your next book.
- Shoot at the highest DPI. This will allow more opportunity to successfully crop an image and use it full bleed or even split across two pages.
- Does your camera allow you to shoot in Adobe 1998 color space? If so, remember to convert your images to sRGB at the last minute (or during the process soft proof in that space) to see how the conversion will look once your book is printed. If you don’t convert, your Adobe 1998 numbers will be misinterpreted as sRGB colors and print inaccurately.
- For a seamless shot that merges your image’s black background with BookSmart’s black page color option, consider setting the black point of your camera or photo file to 0,0,0.
- If you’re creating a large format landscape 13×11 size Blurb book, note that the BookSmart image containers are specifically set to a 2:3 ratio. Your camera is likely to have its ratio set to 3:4. If possible, you may want to set your camera’s ratio to 2:3 for a more proportional image fit. *This ratio only applies to the 13×11 size book.
- Sepia and grey image editing should be done before you add your image to BookSmart. Set and save custom sepia or black and white filters/actions in your preferred image editing application. You can batch these in Photoshop, Bridge, or other image-editing tools.
- Order your first book to use as a color proof. Select the 13×11 book with a template that allows the most photos at a reasonably large size. It’s a good idea to add more photos than you are likely to use and even bracketed versions to ensure a wide range of test images to draw from.
As I mentioned earlier, this is not a comprehensive list. I’d love to hear what other photographers think. Post your tips and questions as comments below.