Post # 1
So I caught the blurb bug from all of you and now want to make a book of our pro pics from our engagement party.
Problem is I’m actually finding the Blurb software to not be all that user friendly. So I was hoping some of you could share your experiences and possibly answer my questions?
1) All of the photos are high res professional photos. However, Blurb says my res is too low for the wrap cover and many other page lay outs. This makes no sense to me since the res is higher than the required res they are listing. Has this happened to any of you? And if you choose to print anyway was the picture pixelated?
2) What’s the best way to upload your photos? I used picassa (something else I didnt really find user friendly).
3) The side panel that holds the pictures is very small and its hard for me to see which photo I want to use next (out of 200!). Is there another way to view your photos as your working?
I’ve made books on kodak gallery before and loved them but I thought the Blurb books looked a little more high quality. I’m at the point now where I just want to use kodak gallery since Blurb has been so frustrating for me.
I’m pretty computer literate so I’ll admit that I’m kind of shocked that I’m having trouble with something everyone has raved about.
Thoughts? Am I missing something?
Post # 3
Maybe I can help. I just made 2 blurb books this past month and loved the results.
1) We received a DVD from our photographer with high-resolution professional pics from our wedding. Can you try uploading your photos directly, instead of from the Picasso website?
2) Again I found uploading the file from my computer directly (vs going through a 3rd party website) the easiest way.
3) We also had a couple thousand pictures, so what I did first was filter through the photos using my computer’s "My Photo" program. I created new folders for each section (i.e. getting ready, tea ceremony, western ceremony, reception, etc). Then I would sift through the thousands and copy the ones I liked into each folder. This not only allowed me to condense the selection to the 200-300 photos I liked best, it also allowed me to have a better idea of the layout of the photobook and create a logical progression.
At this step, I also did some minor, amateur photoshopping to smooth my complexion, change color photos to B/W, etc. I really don’t know much photoshopping so any retouches were minimal.
When you upload the photos, the side panel can be enlarged. Just click on the right border of the side panel and drag towards the right. Enlarging the side panel does decrease the space for your page layouts.
I think Blurb does require you to be more computer literate than Kodak. Kodak was very click and drop, so much so, that my mother had a very easy time using it. Blurb allows for more layout options, design features, etc. The more creative freedom comes at the cost of learning how to use them.
There are semi-professionals that create the entire layout in Photoshop and then upload their completed spreads using the Full Bleed layout option. This of course, gives ultimate creative control.
Post # 4
Thank you so much lilneko! This is So So Helpful!!
I did organize the pics before uploading them but I will try to narrow it down even further.
Picasso must have messed with the res so I will also try uploading them directly from my computer.
Thanks again! If anyone else has any other tips, keep them coming. I’m hoping this will be helpful to any other blurb newbies.