(Closed) Blurb Question

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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.


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