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Uploading your PDF to Blurb

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Video: Uploading your PDF to Blurb

The last step in the PDF to Blurb workflow is to upload PDFs of your book pages and your book cover to Blurb for on-demand printing. These aren't just any PDFs-- they are PDF/X-3 files like those that I exported from InDesign in the last movie using Blurb's PDF export preset. Before uploading those PDFs to Blurb, it's a good idea to review them in an application like Adobe Reader, which you can download for free from adobe.com. In Adobe Reader I'll check that there's no important content near the edges of all the pages in the Blurb Book page PDF, which I have opened here in Adobe reader.

Uploading your PDF to Blurb

The last step in the PDF to Blurb workflow is to upload PDFs of your book pages and your book cover to Blurb for on-demand printing. These aren't just any PDFs-- they are PDF/X-3 files like those that I exported from InDesign in the last movie using Blurb's PDF export preset. Before uploading those PDFs to Blurb, it's a good idea to review them in an application like Adobe Reader, which you can download for free from adobe.com. In Adobe Reader I'll check that there's no important content near the edges of all the pages in the Blurb Book page PDF, which I have opened here in Adobe reader.

As I move through the pages of the PDF, I'll also check that all the text is in the right place and in the right font and that there are no extraneous registration marks showing and that everything just looks the way that I designed it. I'll also take note of the Page Size by going to the File menu in Adobe Reader and choosing Properties. And down here I can see the Page Size. Sometimes this is reported in inches, sometimes in other units of measurement like points. I am going to write that down so that I can check it against Blurb specs when I upload this file.

I'll do the same things to the PDF for the book cover, checking that there is no important content near the edges, checking the text and the images and going to Properties and taking note of the size of the cover. If I find anything that needs fixing during this review, I'll open the original InDesign files in InDesign, make the changes there, and re-export using the Blurb PDF preset. When I am satisfied with both my page and my cover PDF, I'll upload them both to Blurb using the Uploader on the Blurb website.

To get there from the Blurb homepage, I'll choose Apps and PDF To Book. On the next page, I'll click Get Started and then I'll click Upload your PDF. Here I'll log in to my Blurb account, and then I'll follow the instructions on this page. I'll specify the size of the book. This book was designed as a Standard Landscape book, 10x8 inches. I'll enter the number of pages in the book, 22 in this case. I'll specify the paper type that the book was designed for, in this case, Standard Paper. And the type of cover the book was designed for, in this case Softcover, and then I'll click Continue.

On the next page, I'll enter information about the book that will appear on the Book Detail page on the Blurb website and in the Blurb bookstore if I decide to sell the book there. I am just going to fill out the required fields, those with the orange star, for now, including the Book Title, the Author, and a subject matter Category from the book that will be used if I decide to sell the book in the Blurb bookstore. I'll choose Travel. Over here, the Private button is selected.

That's because by default, when I upload a book to Blurb, that book is private, meaning that no one will know it's on the Blurb site except for me and anyone to whom I choose to send an announcement by e-mail. Later I can decide to make the book public if I want to. Down here, I can choose what kind of logo is going to appear on one of the last pages of the book. By default, there will be a Blurb logo, either a white one like this or a black one like this, or I can choose to remove the Blurb logo altogether.

But there is a fee for that, so you'll want to click on this additional fee link to see how much extra that will cost. I'm going to go with the white Blurb logo and I'll click Next. Now it's time to upload the PDF of the book cover. Before I do I'll check the size specifications here and make sure that they're close to the specs that I wrote down for the cover back in Adobe Reader, and then I'll click Start Uploader. I'll click Upload Cover PDF and I'll navigate to the PDF of the cover of my book and click Open.

Next I'll upload the PDF of the book pages. Again, I'll check the size specs against those I wrote down from Adobe Reader, I'll click Upload Pages PDF, I'll navigate to the PDF of the book pages, and I'll click Open. Now, this can take a while, depending on the number of pages in the book and the size of the images on those pages. When both PDFs are finished uploading, I'll see this page telling me that Blurb is performing a Preflight check on my files. It checks things like whether my book pages file has a minimum of 20 pages, whether there is an even number of pages, whether the page sizes are correct for the book size, and whether the PDF was exported with the correct settings.

Preflight can take a few minutes, depending on the complexity of the file. I don't have to sit here and wait for Preflight to be completed because Blurb will send me an e-mail when it does finish. But if I want to, I can click this blue button to check the status of Preflight. In this case the Preflight check is complete and I'm pleased to see that my book has passed with fine colors. If I scroll down here, I can see all of the parameters that Blurb checked. Next, I am going to check out the Detail page for this uploaded book.

One way to get there is to check this button, Order Your Book, but I don't actually have to order the book right away. As it says here on the Detail page, I have 15 days to decide whether to order one or more copies of my book. At the end of the 15 days, if I haven't ordered any copies of the book, Blurb will remove the book from the site. In the meantime, I'm incurring no charges, and no one knows that I've uploaded this book because it's Private by default, as you can see down here in the Edit Book Settings section.

And, as it tells me here, I can upload another version of the book if I find things that I want to change. And I can always delete this book by going to the Your Blurb menu and choosing Your Books. This takes me to a list of all the books that I've put on Blurb and one of the options here is to click Delete if I want to remove this book from Blurb completely. In a later chapter in this course I'll go over ordering your book, inviting friends to preview your book and selling your book in the Blurb bookstore, all of which is pretty much the same no matter which book making process you've used, PDF to Book, BookSmart or Bookify.

For now, what's important to know is that uploading a PDF of a book you've made in InDesign or another page layout program costs you nothing unless or until you buy the book, and your book won't be public unless you specifically make it so.

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Creating Photo Books with Blurb

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Jan Kabili
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  1. 2m 47s
    1. Welcome
      1m 42s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 5s
  2. 12m 58s
    1. Choosing a theme
      2m 24s
    2. Planning a book
      4m 13s
    3. Organizing your assets
      6m 21s
  3. 1h 23m
    1. Preparing your photos for BookSmart
      5m 59s
    2. Color-managing your photos for BookSmart
      7m 7s
    3. Starting a new book in BookSmart
      6m 17s
    4. Importing photos from your computer
      4m 35s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      7m 13s
    6. Importing photos from Lightroom
      6m 29s
    7. Importing photos from photo-sharing services
      2m 6s
    8. Touring the BookSmart interface
      3m 40s
    9. Laying out pages
      4m 23s
    10. Placing photos on pages
      6m 27s
    11. Troubleshooting image size issues
      4m 33s
    12. Adding text
      5m 2s
    13. Creating a cover
      7m 10s
    14. Customizing your book
      7m 52s
    15. Uploading your book to Blurb
      4m 28s
  4. 1h 12m
    1. Starting a new book in Bookify
      5m 30s
    2. Troubleshooting photo importing issues
      7m 16s
    3. Importing photos from photo-sharing services
      3m 6s
    4. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      2m 9s
    5. Importing photos with the Lightroom plug-in
      7m 21s
    6. Completing a Lightroom book
      4m 30s
    7. Touring the editing interface
      6m 41s
    8. Placing photos on pages
      5m 10s
    9. Troubleshooting image size issues
      2m 56s
    10. Changing page layouts
      4m 17s
    11. Adding, deleting, and moving pages
      3m 3s
    12. Styling your book
      4m 18s
    13. Adding text
      5m 44s
    14. Creating a cover
      7m 43s
    15. Publishing your book to Blurb
      2m 25s
  5. 26m 46s
    1. Why use PDF to Book with Adobe InDesign?
      2m 1s
    2. Preparing your photos for InDesign
      8m 32s
    3. Downloading and installing the InDesign plug-in
      1m 45s
    4. Using the InDesign plug-in
      7m 39s
    5. Uploading your PDF to Blurb
      6m 49s
  6. 11m 46s
    1. Ordering your book
      4m 14s
    2. Selling in the Blurb bookstore
      3m 36s
    3. Marketing your book
      3m 56s
  7. 41s
    1. Goodbye
      41s

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