Recent great experience making photobook

docfox

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Apr 2, 2011
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Hatfield, PA
I recently made a photobook with MyPublisher (my fourth with them), the first with a photo cover (I had previously chosen linen-with-photo window and paper-wrap options). For this book (Carl's Corvettes) I chose their matte (rather than glossy) photo cover finish (no cost) option and I really like the result.


I ordered two books on their recent 2-for-price of 1 special. When my book(s) arrived, I was delighted to find each was accompanied by a $20 gift card and a gift certificate for 10 Holiday cards!


My books were really first rate in all regards save the placement of a text box on one page. (This was my shake-down cruise with their version 7.0 software.) I followed the directions on the "Our return policy" card that also accompanied each book. Within 72 hours, I received an E-mail instructing me to resubmit the book (after making their recommended manuel corrections) and giving me a code number for a free re-print with expidited shipping! I wasn't even asked to return the flawed books. Now that is CLASS TREATMENT OF A CUSTOMER and the reason I will return to MyPublisher for all of my book needs!

These are nice people who treat their customers like valued friends. They deserve our support!
 
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Streetshooter

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Jul 12, 2010
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Philly, Pa
Doc, how many pages in the book? Is it printed 2 sides or 1 side per page?
What size is the book and what's the cost per...?
Thanks Doc
 
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docfox

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Apr 2, 2011
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Streetshooter Don,

This book has 24 pages (12 paper sheets printed on both sides plus translucent endpapers) between its hardcovers with front/back photo surfaces. It is of MyPublisher's 8.75" by 11.25" Classic size. I paid $38.71 per book plus $14.98 to ship two of them.

George
 

Streetshooter

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Jul 12, 2010
123
Philly, Pa
Doc, thanks. Can you format on a Mac? I've tried a few different bookmakers but it became very tiresome. Any tips very much appreciated.
Thanks Doc, who's that George guy....?
 

docfox

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Apr 2, 2011
104
Hatfield, PA
Dear BB,

I'm sure you already have the inspiration! What is difficult is deciding on a topic (the title?) and amassing a sufficient number of related high-quality images to fill 20 or more pages! This 24 page effort used 43 pictures.

Dear Streetshooter,

I haven't owned a Mac in twenty years (wish I did!). Yup, formating a book can be time consuming. But any artistic effort requires some calories and some brain time. Relax and enjoy it!

George
 
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summerkl

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Oct 11, 2010
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Kevin
Hello there,

I'm close to giving this a try but I'm worried about the difference between settings for screen versus print. I process most of my shots for screen viewing and wonder if that will be too dark for print.

May I ask how much processing you do to your photos for printing?

Thanks
 
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docfox

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Apr 2, 2011
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Dear summerkl,

I confess to be a wholly amaturish photo-duffer. I operate without a properly calibrated monitor (mine is an LCD) or printer. I use Photoshop Elements 6 to edit my photos. (Yeah, I know this is seriously out of date - so am I!) I have found the AUTOFIX does a pretty good job of presenting images to most book publishers. I occasionally tweak highlights and shadow if they look blatantly bad. I am a JPG shooter, I don't bother recording RAW - I rarely want to spend 20 minutes trying to improve a 10 mS capture! Most of my "repairs" are cropping and spotting.


George
 

summerkl

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Oct 11, 2010
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Kevin
Thanks George, your information is very helpful. Every now and then I need a reminder to take a step back and quit obsessing about the details.

With your "push", I am going to dive off the deep end and get some photobooks done for Xmas presents this year.
 

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