Posts tagged with Book

Uploading to Blurb – if it stalls….

Yesterday and again today I tried uploading a book to Blurb. Each time the progress bar never moved, and I was forced to cancel. So what was wrong? And – if you’re brave – what can you do?

Book notes

Over the last week Adobe has said a couple of interesting things about the books module.

Book to iPad via Blurb

On Blurb’s site, go to Your Blurb > Your Books

For a while Blurb’s site has let you convert books created with their BookSmart software into eBooks for the iPad. That wasn’t possible with books uploaded from Lightroom’s Book module, which used the PDF to Blurb method.

Well, this afternoon I had left Lightroom uploading a book of my re-enactment photos and  returned to it earlier this evening as I wanted to share it with some of the people depicted. It was then that I noticed that  books uploaded from Lightroom now have an interesting “Enhance for iPad” button. Hm, I wonder when they sneaked that one out!

To use it, upload the book from Lightroom as normal, log into Blurb’s site, and go to the Your Books section. You’ll see there’s a button for converting to eBook format –  Enhance for iPad.

It seems to take a short while – it says more…

Integrating with InDesign

Published Folders can group related images and make it easier to find pictures when you’re in InDesign.

If you want to create a book in InDesign using raw files adjusted in Lightroom, the way I recommend it to use a Publish service to create and maintain a folder of TIFs which you then use for the InDesign project:

In Publish Services, click the + to add a new service.
Select the Hard Drive option.
Choose a folder such as “my ID book 30x30cm images” (you won’t be able to change this folder so choose its location carefully).
Choose 16 bit TIF as the file type.
Set the size to match the dimensions required for the book. Yes, this means that if you want to use multiple sizes, you’ll need multiple hard drive services.
Sharpening is up to you. I’d go for standard.
Save the Publish Service – here I called mine “inDesign Project”
Add the pictures you want. more…

The bleeding war book

So often it takes a fresh pair of eyes to notice something. As I wrote here, I'm designing my Blurb book in InDesign rather than following BookSmart's canned layouts, meaning the recommended workflow is InDesign > PDF > Photoshop > PNGs > BookSmart. While I could set up a Configurator app to automate saving multiple PNG files, these Photoshop batch processing things always break or involve an inordinate - if for some enjoyable - amount of tinkering (hence Lightroom).

But there's an easier way… InDesign > PDF > Acrobat > PNGs > BookSmart. So you create the book layout in InDesign, then export the PDF and choose the option to open in Acrobat. Once in Acrobat, it's File > Save As, and PNG is one option. You get one PNG per page, and they're numbered sequentially so you just import them into BookSmart, check they're sorted by filename, and then use more…