Images: Frequently Asked Questions

How do I add images to my project?

Click the Add Images button in the Project Images panel to select and upload images for your photo book. On the resulting pop-up window, there are several options for adding images to your project.

  1. Upload - Upload files from your computer.
  2. My Lulu Files - Use images that you have already uploaded to Lulu.
  3. Online Photo Sites - Transfer images from websites like Facebook, Flickr, Photobucket or SmugMug.
  4. Fotolia - Browse the thousands of professional images available.

When you add images, they are displayed in the Project Images window on the right hand side of the screen. You can then simply drag and drop the images into your photo book layout.


Can I adjust the size of an image frame?

Image frames cannot be resized. You may choose a different page layout that has a frame that is closer to the size you want from the Layouts panel to the left of the photo book creation window.


What does the check (tick) mark on my image thumbnail image mean?

When you use an image in a project, we put a little check on the thumbnail in the Project Images window to help you remember that you have already used it.

There is also a Hide used images option at the bottom of the Project Images window.


What is the orange triangle with an exclamation point?

Image dimensions are adjusted to fit the frame they are placed in. Since Lulu does not modify the image itself, this stretching or shrinking forces the image resolution to change. The resolution becomes higher if an image is shrunk and lower if the image is stretched. If you place an image in a frame and its resolution drops below the recommended 150 dpi, an orange triangle with an exclamation point (!) displays on the picture. This indicates that the printed image will be coarse and pixilated and you probably won't be happy with the result. Try placing the image in a smaller frame or zooming out of the image.


What is the maximum file size for images in photo books and calendars?

10 MB per image.


What does the green circle with a $ on my thumbnail image mean?

Lulu places a green circle on the thumbnail to indicate that it is a licensed image. You will have to pay a fee if you use this image and have your book printed. The fee applies every time you put a licensed image in the book, even if you reuse the same image.

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