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I'm glad you are excited about making a book. I want to take just a quick moment to go through a few technical requirements to make sure that you are ready to have all the source materials that you need. Now you're going to have a bunch of photos and this is great. These photos are going to tell your story. They are going to share memories. Chances are you've got tons of pictures. However, not all of the pictures you have may be ready to use in a book. You see, a book has a printed requirement of what we call pixels per inch and in the case of Apple that's 150 pixels per inch, per printed inch.
So if you think about this, it's some simple math. If you have a five-inch photo, it needs to have 5 times 150. Now that's a bigger number, 750 and you're saying, well, how in the world do I know that? Don't worry. Apple makes it easy. We've popped up a support article here that will walk you through what happens for the resolution requirements and you see that Apple spells it out by country or region as to what you need to think about. Now a lot of these are being designed off the size of a printed individual photo, but the same thing holds true for a book.
You might see a Quality warning dialog box or a notice in exclamation point on a photo when you drop it into a book layout. In this case, you will want to put the picture into a smaller size window so it's not as large on the page. What causes this? Well, you see, your iPhone or another smartphone that's taking pictures; chances are those pictures are big enough for many of the layout sizes, but you won't want to necessarily spread those across a two-page layout in the book. Even more likely though, you've been e-mailed photos by family or friends from a trip and they sent you low quality JPEGs that were optimized for e-mail or maybe you downloaded them off a Web site.
Pictures you were allowed to use, but were still at Web resolution. Most people throw most of the picture quality away when they post their pictures to the Internet and this is because they want to optimize the images for faster download. But when it comes time to layout a book, you want those full-quality files that were originally shot by the camera. So if you're collecting pictures from friends or family to put in a book always ask them to take the time to send you the original pictures. The good news is there's lot of friendly Web based services.
Things like yousendit.com or Dropbox that make exchanging high-resolution photos much easier.
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