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    Re: Got any Blurb Promo Codes?

    I've been wanting to put some of my photos collected into a few books, just for myself mainly. I think I'll give blurb a try. Frank, you said that the blacks get a little crushed? Do they offer any test prints? Would you suggest lifting the blacks just a tad before sending?

    If they don't offer any test prints, I may just do one book with the minimum number of pages, and put in photos that cover a large slice of contrasts, some lower-key images, some higher-key images, some with heavy contrast and some with very light contrast, just to get a feel for it. And maybe even a few "test strip" type photos, with different contrast levels in strips, to see what looks best.
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    Re: Got any Blurb Promo Codes?

    No I'd keep blacks black, I'd open up the midtones 10% but have a solid black and a solid white.

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    Re: Got any Blurb Promo Codes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Petronio View Post
    No I'd keep blacks black, I'd open up the midtones 10% but have a solid black and a solid white.
    Thanks! :-) Were you letting your blacks hit 0 and your whites hit 255? or were you backing off one or two values, 1 and 254 or something?
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    Re: Got any Blurb Promo Codes?

    How much you wanna bet one point won't matter? ;-)

    I think you can let it be 0-255, it's a digital press and it's hard paper so I don't think things swell up and spread out as much as conventional printing. And if you put the blacks too light you'll just get a dirty grey.

    You can do a test book of course ;-)

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    Re: Got any Blurb Promo Codes?

    just curious, I know sometimes in some types of printing if white hits 255 it'll get a different type of shine on it, so hot highlights look odd. :-)
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    Re: Got any Blurb Promo Codes?

    Might be why I put black borders around my pictures ;-)

    Yes you have to watch the blank whites, it depends how they fall. I have some pictures with almost white skies that I did some work to in order to keep a tone. Transitions are the trickiest part... But sometimes you can let it ride, depends on the image.

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    Re: Got any Blurb Promo Codes?

    I'll have to put some different versions of highlights in my test book then as well :-)
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    Re: Got any Blurb Promo Codes?

    Anyone have any working promo codes for this month?

    Everything prior seems to be kaputt!

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