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I've taken some time to select the images and create a page layout for my California Color Book Project. Ultimately, I'd like to submit this image to Blurb so that I can print it, but the minimum number of pages for a Blurb book is 20, and so far, I've only gotten up to six pages. So, I'll need to find some additional images to include in this project before I can actually print it. But in the meantime, I can create a PDF of the book. I could certainly use a PDF for purposes of having the book printed by a printing service.
But I can also use that PDF to share that document with others. For example, to get feedback on the book before I actually decide to put ink to paper. Let's take a look at how we can produce an electronic version of our book in PDF format. We could certainly work with the PDF format in the Book Settings option at the top of the right panel, simply choosing PDF rather than Blurb. That will change some of the options that are available, including JPEG quality so we can specify the JPEG quality that we want to use for the images in the PDF.
Naturally, if we were going to print from that PDF, we would want to set the JPEG quality at a high value. And if we're sending it via email, for example, we might use a Moderate to Low value. I'll go ahead and set the JPEG Quality Setting to 80%. That will give me a pretty good balance between File Size and Image Quality. One thing to keep in mind when producing PDFs of our Book Layouts, is that if we've included a cover spread, in other words, a front cover and a back cover, then those will be produced as a separate PDF.
So, I'll have a PDF that represents the Cover Layout and I'll also have a separate PDF that represents the individual pages within the document. So, just be aware of that as you produce your PDF version. Because my primary purpose for this particular book project is to print via Blurb, I'm going to leave the options set to Blurb for the Book Settings. Bear in mind that when I have the option set to PDF, the button at the bottom of the right panel in the Book Module is the Export Book to PDF button.
If I switch that back to my Blurb setting for my printed book, you'll see that that is the Send Book to Blurb option. But when I'm in my layout for a Blurb book I also have a button for exporting to a PDF at the bottom of the left panel. So, regardless of whether I am actually intending to produce a PDF or a printed Blurb book, I always have access to the ability to produce a PDF document. So, since I'm using the Blurb option, in this case, I'll click the button at the bottom of the left panel. That will bring up a dialog where I can choose where and with what file name I want to save my PDF.
I'll save it on the Desktop and I'll give it a name that matches the project, California Color, I'll go ahead and click the Save button and Lightroom will process all of the images and the page layouts and produce a PDF. Or in this case two PDFs, one for the cover spread and one for the interior pages. I'll go ahead and minimize Lightroom, and we can see on my desktop, I have a PDF for the California Color cover. I'll open that up, and we can see that we have the cover spread there. I'll close that PDF document and open the California Color PDF. And this one includes the individual pages that will be the interior of my book.
So, this give me a good way to preview the overall layout and perhaps more importantly, to be able to send a PDF version, an electronic version of my Book Layout to others. So that I can get some feedback before I commit to printing the final book. So, as you can see, through Lightroom, we're able to very easily produce a PDF preview and electronic version of the book that we ultimately plan to print.
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