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Exporting to Blurb and evaluating the book online

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The final and perhaps the most exciting step in this book building process is sending your book to the printer. You have two options here. You can either choose to export the book to a PDF file. And then send that PDF file to a printer, they can then print and buy the book, or you can use the integrated Blurb services here. To do that, to send these book to Blurb, you simply click on this button, Send the Book to Blurb. And if you have a Blurb account you can simply log into it. If you don't have an account, go ahead and navigate to blurb.com and sign up for one.

Exporting to Blurb and evaluating the book online

The final and perhaps the most exciting step in this book building process is sending your book to the printer. You have two options here. You can either choose to export the book to a PDF file. And then send that PDF file to a printer, they can then print and buy the book, or you can use the integrated Blurb services here. To do that, to send these book to Blurb, you simply click on this button, Send the Book to Blurb. And if you have a Blurb account you can simply log into it. If you don't have an account, go ahead and navigate to blurb.com and sign up for one.

All right, well here I'll click Sign In as I have an account there. Next step is going to be the Add My Book Title, and I'll type that title out Reflections and subtitle Why I Take Pictures. And the author's name there. And here, I'll simply click on upload this book. What these will do then is it will take all of these files, these high resolution DNG files in this case, and it will render these pages out and then upload them to Blurb's site. Once this is complete Blurb will give me a message that this process is complete.

And I'll be able to evaluate the book online. So rather than sitting here and watch how these will render out the pages, let's fast forward this process and we'll fast forward to when these rendering is complete and also the upload. And let's take a look at how we can view these online at Blurb's site. Once that process is complete, Blurb will open up your browser and will take you to this page. And here what you can do is see the price of your book. You can also set a store price, if you're going to sell this to others, and that's one of the benefits of using Blurb.

You can use it not just to buy your own books but to get it out there, to share it with others so they can buy it as well. And of course you can click to preview this. And this preview is kind of exciting because this is the first view where you're starting to kinda see it inside of this book. And if you click through it, you see it with this graphic in the background and it gives you a sense for how these pictures are going to feel inside of pages. And as you review your book, here's what you have to do. You have to slow down.

The way that we view images online is click, click, click, click. Yet the way that we view images in a book is pretty slow, because you have to flip the pages. So let go of your trigger finger, slow down and just enjoy, enjoy the layouts and the pictures and evaluate them within this space. Because eventually they'll be viewed that way, they'll be viewed slowly, maybe even a spread will just remain open like this for 10, 20 seconds, who knows. And so click through it and look at the pictures.

And if you determine that yes, you know this project it's a keeper, I like it. Or you can just go through the purchase process, it's really easy to buy this book, it's really intuitive. And that will then really finish this off. And if you do end up creating a book, send me a link to it. You know, one of the reasons, why I love being a photographer is because there's such a vibrant photographic community and I'm inspired by what other people create, it's so fun to see different types of photography. And you know all good art, well, it inspires other forms of art.

It gets us, so that we want to be creative and get out there and to make our own photographs. So by all means send me a link, and really in closing, my hope is, is that by talking about all of this process of designing and building custom books, my hope is that it's giving you some information and some inspiration that ultimately will help you create your own effective and compelling and intriguing photographic books.

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Lightroom 4 Essentials: 03 Creating Prints and Books

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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 20s
  2. 41m 46s
    1. Making basic adjustments in the Develop module
      3m 43s
    2. Creating better prints by soft proofing
      6m 32s
    3. Choosing a rendering intent
      8m 49s
    4. Correcting a soft proof copy
      4m 57s
    5. Painting away soft proof gamut problems
      6m 52s
    6. Soft proofing to add visual snap
      5m 48s
    7. Fine-tuning soft proof color
      5m 5s
  3. 17m 32s
    1. Making print collections
      3m 33s
    2. Using print templates
      5m 35s
    3. Creating a contact sheet
      4m 21s
    4. Creating your own custom templates
      4m 3s
  4. 24m 31s
    1. Customizing the layout of a single image
      4m 24s
    2. Exploring page options for a single image
      6m 59s
    3. Using the Picture Package layout style
      7m 42s
    4. Using custom layout styles
      5m 26s
  5. 25m 48s
    1. Exploring different types of printers and papers
      3m 44s
    2. Configuring page setup and print settings
      3m 10s
    3. Exploring desktop print job settings
      5m 17s
    4. Setting up to print JPEG images
      2m 47s
    5. Looking at brightness and contrast in print samples
      5m 25s
    6. Reviewing prints
      5m 25s
  6. 5m 19s
    1. Why build a book and why use Lightroom?
      1m 36s
    2. Reviewing samples of both printed and digital books
      3m 43s
  7. 21m 0s
    1. Creating collections for a book project
      6m 39s
    2. Choosing book settings and preferences
      4m 3s
    3. Exploring the Auto Layout option and tips for viewing pages and spreads
      5m 9s
    4. Editing Auto Layout presets
      5m 9s
  8. 35m 40s
    1. Customizing the page layout
      5m 50s
    2. Using guides and cell controls
      6m 0s
    3. Modifying individual images and page sequence
      5m 25s
    4. Swapping image position
      1m 46s
    5. Changing page spread sequence
      2m 6s
    6. Changing the zoom rate for multiple images
      2m 9s
    7. Changing the background
      6m 11s
    8. Reviewing the layout
      3m 38s
    9. Saving a book layout
      2m 35s
  9. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Print module to design a layout
      4m 33s
    2. Including a custom layout in a project
      4m 9s
  10. 5m 56s
    1. Making specific adjustments
      3m 42s
    2. Applying global adjustments to multiple photographs
      2m 14s
  11. 14m 59s
    1. Adding captions
      4m 4s
    2. Customizing type, part 1
      5m 40s
    3. Customizing type, part 2
      3m 5s
    4. Creating and using type presets
      2m 10s
  12. 22m 0s
    1. Changing the layout
      3m 56s
    2. A creative approach to selecting a book title
      5m 46s
    3. Adding a text field to a cover
      6m 55s
    4. Selecting an alternate cover layout
      5m 23s
  13. 30m 36s
    1. Selecting the keepers
      7m 27s
    2. A conceptual approach to setting image sequence
      11m 57s
    3. Reviewing the layout
      4m 55s
    4. Duplicating the book design
      6m 17s
  14. 6m 42s
    1. Exporting to PDF
      3m 7s
    2. Exporting to Blurb and evaluating the book online
      3m 35s
  15. 35s
    1. Goodbye
      35s

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