Cover design with limited pixels

We are trying to upload a pdf file for the front cover. It's a faded photo with print over-lay. Auto Lulu will not accept it because it lacks sufficient pixels. We don't care about that. How do I force the automatic system to accept the cover we want?

Thanks.

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  • Ron MillerRon Miller Professor

    Was that the full-size image you posted?

     

    There could be a couple of problems and I am sure someone more knowledgeable is going to weigh in shortly.

     

    The first is that if that is the full-size image, it is going to look absolutely horrible in print.

     

    The second is the actual format. It it is meant to be a 6x9 paperback, it is the wrong size. It is only the equivalent of 6x8 inches. It is closer to the proportions of 8.5 x 11 inches...and if that is the intended size of the finished book the cover art is going to look even worse. 

     

    You can judge for yourself in this segment scaled to 8.5 x 11...

     

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  • Em_PressEm_Press Professor

    Make it 300 dpi in photoediting software. If the image is blurry, it will still be blurry even if you artificially increase the dpi. And, lulu will accept the image.

     

    Incidentally, if you want to upload a front cover separately from the back and spine, you should upload a jpeg. png or tiff.

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  • potetjppotetjp Teacher

    henryintili a écrit :

    We are trying to upload a pdf file for the front cover. It's a faded photo with print over-lay. Auto Lulu will not accept it because it lacks sufficient pixels. We don't care about that. How do I force the automatic system to accept the cover we want?

    Thanks.

     

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    On your computer, with Photoshop or any similiar image-processor, create your front cover picture and embed in it your low-resolution photograph in such dimensions that it won't look too blurry. Something like that:
    blurry embedded picture-A-e-5x10.jpg

     

  • Just KevinJust Kevin Lulu Genius

    It is hard to upgrade small digital images simply by making them larger, because you will start to see the pixels.

    One trick (even if you need to print it out) is to scan it on a very very high resolution (don't worry about the physical size it says it may be) and the scanner's software will do what it calls extrapolation.

     

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extrapolation

     

    It will not fix any original blurriness, etc, but it will enlarge minus the lego brick effect. Other things can be adjusted also though, such as contrast.

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