04-13-2012 06:19 PM
I really would like to confirm the following specs with someone who's done this before. I've been throughout the forum and knowledgebase and there are some things that are not adding up for me. My background is corporate print publications for offset so that's where I'm coming from on this.
Book is full bleed interior and cover, children's picture book.
--Turn on the checkbox for "Use document bleed settings" per the instructions on this page: http://connect.lulu.com/t5/Interior-Formatting/Cre
But according to the screen shots on the above page, I DO NOT turn on crop or bleed markings as I would a regular offset press. (really?, how does the lulu system know where to crop/trim?)
Things that concern me about the lulu.joboptions settings:
Unusual circumstance specific to the design of this book:
----Each page is full bleed, left pages are illustration (.ai files), right pages are photo of wood texture (.tif). They butt in the center along the fold/bind edge. Therefore, when the InDesign/lulu.joboptions exports a PDF, each page has .125 of the image on the opposite page along the binding edge. Not a terrible concern as I'm suspecting it will likely be cropped off but if we were using a regular professional imposition software instead of allowing InDesign to export pages, this would not be an issue. Anything I can do about this duct tapewise? Or am I stuck with it due to the design of the spreads?
I wonder if I should set up the InDesign file as non-facing pages? Would that be an acceptable work around without causing any issues with lulu's system?
I know this is a weldy post and please accept my apologies and appreciation for any guidance y'all have.
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04-13-2012 09:09 PM
04-14-2012 03:11 AM
3. No, don't use Lulu joboptions.
Select High Quality Print Acrobat 5 (PDF1.4)
Bleed & Slug = same as page bleed settings
Uncheck any and all printers marks
After creating the PDF check it's size is 8.75*8.75
You may like to use non-facing pages or alternatively set the interior bleed to zero.
The POD system expects the PDF to be the final print page side (plus bleed if used.
There is no paper wastage thus the final trim is automatic and not to marks as in offset.
Once you've done want or two books it will become clear.
04-14-2012 03:16 PM
Thanks Ken. I've ordered a sample and I'm very excited to see the Lulu magic at work.
May I ask you one more question?
I'd like to figure out why the thumbnail front cover photo on the book's Lulu page is so much darker than the PDF previewer showed when I uploaded the cover. And if there's anything I can do about it. I didn't get the same color shift on Amazon when uploading the kindle version (same art, different trim).
Here are the two for comparison:
Hoping this color shift did not affect the file itself but I ordered a sample so I'll just have to wait and see. Thanks again. You're a gem.
04-15-2012 03:24 AM