February 9th, 2015
I was wondering if the PFRE community has any advice about getting photo books printed. We are occasionally asked to supply stills as a printed book and in the past I have used iPhoto and Blurb via Lightroom.
iPhoto was easy and had great colour reproduction but the print quality itself was poorer than hoped – a little too ‘digital’. The Blurb book looked amazing in terms of the print but the colour was a long way off what I saw in Lightroom. There was a distinct purple cast to the images. I know there are RGB / CYMK issues at play and I’ve Googled around the Blurb / LR issues but found not easy / common solution so I was wondering if the PFRE community had the answer.
I’ve printed books with Aperture which uses the same print service as iPhoto and was generally pleased with the results, but I’ve not used Blurb to create books. My guess is that your disappointment with the color is probably due to the conversion to CMYK. Blurb uses HP Indigo printers and they say that you are supposed to submit files in sRGB color space and the Indigo printer automatically converts to CMYK. I’m always disappointed by conversion to CMYK! On the Blurb page on Color Management they give instructions on how to setup a Blurb color managed workflow which will give you the most control over the color.
Has anyone out there getting great results in their Blurb books or books made with another on demand print vendors?