Creative: Blurb Tips 0011 Change Format Tool

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Blurb Bookwright is a damn good software. I know it’s not sexy to think that about a free, downloadable anything but it’s true. I have InDesign, I’m learning InDesign and I both use and love InDesign, but there is something REALLY nice about a streamlined, simplified tool like Bookwright. Within BW are several key options including the “Change Book Size” tool I speak about here. What I love about using BW is that it allows me to concentrate of the images, the edit and the sequence without having to think about the software as well. In some strange way it keeps me honest. (AN UPDATE SINCE I RECORDED THIS. THINK ABOUT MAKING YOUR SMALL BOOK FIRST, UTILIZING FILE SIZES THAT ARE LARGE ENOUGH FOR THE LARGER BOOK. THIS WAY IF YOU HAVE TEXT IT WILL HAVE SPACE TO ROAM WHEN YOU RESIZE UP INSTEAD OF RESIZING DOWN AND THE TEXT HAVING TO BE ADDED WITH EXTRA PAGES. JUST ANOTHER OPTION.)

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  1. Dan, a few weeks ago I connected with you concerning B&W on Proline uncoated paper. I had been disappointed by the color cast. Well, it turned out user error on my part — the rooms i looked at the book in were with warm light and the pages picked up the color cast of the room. Once I did what I should have done in the beginning — go into a room with neutral lighting or outside — all was fine. Yes, the paper is quite nice and the printing was just fine.

    David

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      Hey David,
      Viewing light is always an issue. Not many of us live in a daylight balance, so all these other kinds of light make a huge difference. Having said that, I’ve found that most people, civilians that is, when looking at a book rarely if ever say anything about print quality. Nor do they hold books up to the light at an angle and inspect the pages inch by inch. These things are reserved for us….the crazy photographers. Always nice to get neutral, however, if neutral is what need. Glad it worked out.

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  2. Do folks still use color meters? I remember using one back in the day but now we have auto white balance I’m wondering if they’ve gone out of current practice.

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      Jim,
      Most people don’t. I use this thing called a CBL lens for color balance when shooting digital, at least when I can, but most people just use what’s in camera. But, these options are pretty good these days.

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