02-22-2011 08:10 PM
I am totally new to Lulu and am trying to start publishing my first book - it is a children's book so I have illustrations for each page. Can anyone tell me how this works? Do I have to print text on already illustrated pages?
02-22-2011 08:28 PM
I highly recommend you make each page individually in Photoshop, where you can add the text exactly where you want it, using the fonts you want. Then save as JPEGs (keep your Photoshop files always, too) at 300 dpi, add .25 bleed (extra space) if you want your images to the end of the page. Prepare a Word or Open Office document and insert each JPEG after the title pages and Copyright page. At end you can insert an About the Author page.
Ask if you have any more questions. I love children's books.
02-23-2011 02:46 AM
You can layout your book as you choose.
You have pages of text, pages of illustrations or pages containing text and illustrations.
As it is a childrens book you need to pay some attention to the age range you are targeting as the size of font may have some bearing.
You also need to aware of the difference in costs of making a black & white book or a colour one. Lulu enable you to produce both but if you have just one colour illustration or page then the whole book is deemed to be a colour book.
We may be able to help you a littñe more before you start if you can tell us what authoring tools you have and have experience of.
Word, InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, etc etc.
02-23-2011 10:30 AM
02-25-2011 10:12 AM
I am an artist and have published several books here on Lulu with my text and my illustrations. I am currently working on a childrens' novel with illustrations. I use Microsoft Publisher and then print there to PDF (turning the book into a PDF file). I make the cover also in Publisher and then cut and paste it to Photoshop where I can size it correctly and make it a JPG. Its worked well for me hope this was helpful.
02-25-2011 10:20 AM
02-25-2011 10:48 AM
Yes Elizabeth there certainly is.
Hopefully in the next year or so we may see some new machinery come into production that will allow the production of mixed b&w and colour pages on a single machine that will then dramatically reduce POD costs.
Of course those new machines will not come cheap and require a major investment by the POD printers - but they are on the way.