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Old 10-12-2016, 08:54 AM   #21
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Apparently the directions I was given was incorrect. I received my book and it was dark. So I contacted Shutterfly and told them my book was dark and maybe I wasn't given the right steps. Which was true. They just updated the system to turn off the Vivipics (they didn't have it the time I ordered mine).
So here are the new steps:

To do this…
- In My Photos, click on Settings (at the top on the left hand side)
- Under the Account tab, click on Image Preferences
- Then change the VividPics setting there
o VividPics is currently ON by default. Turn it off.

I will have another book to order soon. Hopefully I don't run into the same problem otherwise I will be looking for another place to print my books.

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Old 12-07-2016, 03:00 PM   #22
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book creation questions

hi, i have never made my own pages and uploaded to shutterfly before-i've always just used their layouts and modified myself as needed. i'm going to try to make a photobook for my parents with trip photos that i would like to use my own files for elements/papers etc. i have read through this thread and shutterfly's info but wanted to double check

i am hoping to make it for a christmas gift so i want to make sure i do it right from the beginning- outside of the cover templates do i need to do anything special when creating my page in pse?

am i correct in assuming i just create a 12x12 page and save it down as a jpg at the 10 quality and 300 dpi and then upload them as a photo into the custom path? then i drag and drop them from the filmstrip into the pages in the order i want?

then i create the pieces for the covers as per the specs provided on shutterfly using the templates i downloaded? i just drag and drop those from the filmstrip once i have uploaded them?

is this the correct or am i missing something?

thanks
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Old 12-07-2016, 04:10 PM   #23
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Apparently the directions I was given was incorrect. I received my book and it was dark. So I contacted Shutterfly and told them my book was dark and maybe I wasn't given the right steps. Which was true. They just updated the system to turn off the Vivipics (they didn't have it the time I ordered mine).
So here are the new steps:

To do this…
- In My Photos, click on Settings (at the top on the left hand side)
- Under the Account tab, click on Image Preferences
- Then change the VividPics setting there
o VividPics is currently ON by default. Turn it off.

I will have another book to order soon. Hopefully I don't run into the same problem otherwise I will be looking for another place to print my books.
oh no! Did the reprints look better?

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hi, i have never made my own pages and uploaded to shutterfly before-i've always just used their layouts and modified myself as needed. i'm going to try to make a photobook for my parents with trip photos that i would like to use my own files for elements/papers etc. i have read through this thread and shutterfly's info but wanted to double check

i am hoping to make it for a christmas gift so i want to make sure i do it right from the beginning- outside of the cover templates do i need to do anything special when creating my page in pse?

am i correct in assuming i just create a 12x12 page and save it down as a jpg at the 10 quality and 300 dpi and then upload them as a photo into the custom path? then i drag and drop them from the filmstrip into the pages in the order i want?

then i create the pieces for the covers as per the specs provided on shutterfly using the templates i downloaded? i just drag and drop those from the filmstrip once i have uploaded them?

is this the correct or am i missing something?

thanks
traci
I think that sounds right. You will lose a little to bleed. Cynthia has a template (I don't recall where I saw it last) to help design your page with the bleed in mind, but it would be a hassle to go back and redo all your pages
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I think that sounds right. You will lose a little to bleed. Cynthia has a template (I don't recall where I saw it last) to help design your page with the bleed in mind, but it would be a hassle to go back and redo all your pages [/QUOTE]

i actually haven't started so i will double check the links at the beginning of the thread to make sure i don't waste effort

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I think that sounds right. You will lose a little to bleed. Cynthia has a template (I don't recall where I saw it last) to help design your page with the bleed in mind, but it would be a hassle to go back and redo all your pages
i actually haven't started so i will double check the links at the beginning of the thread to make sure i don't waste effort

thank you[/QUOTE]

Are you in the Facebook 'project' group? I noticed some templates in the files section that might be the right ones https://www.facebook.com/groups/458026904345024/
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Old 12-07-2016, 08:19 PM   #26
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I just went through and updated a few of the links on my first post. Some where outdated and the inspirational galleries are no longer available which I miss the most!!

It sounds like you have a good handle on it. If you use the layflat book style (Which I absolutely LOVE) the inside bleed and photo's that would normally be in or near the center binding no longer matter. I've started using double page layouts now with the layflat feature. I would definitely leave a slight bleed around your page.

The cover templates are an absolutely must to use! If you don't it will take you hours trying to line it up correctly and making corrects and re uploading over and over again.

When I start a new book I use the "Custom Path" and then I select "Portfolio" then "Digiscrap" to drag and drop my uploaded layouts into. If it's a double page layout then make sure you save it as a double page and select the double page layout page style if you want the layflat for that particular 2 page layout. You can of course still do the lay flat and have 2 totally different layouts on each side of the page and it will still look terrific.

https://www.shutterfly.com/custom-pa...%20Top%20Picks

I hope that helps.
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thank you so much for the help i'm assuming i can take care of the bleed by just framing the page with a background paper and then put the major part of the page inside a smaller "page" right?

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I just went through and updated a few of the links on my first post. Some where outdated and the inspirational galleries are no longer available which I miss the most!!

It sounds like you have a good handle on it. If you use the layflat book style (Which I absolutely LOVE) the inside bleed and photo's that would normally be in or near the center binding no longer matter. I've started using double page layouts now with the layflat feature. I would definitely leave a slight bleed around your page.

The cover templates are an absolutely must to use! If you don't it will take you hours trying to line it up correctly and making corrects and re uploading over and over again.

When I start a new book I use the "Custom Path" and then I select "Portfolio" then "Digiscrap" to drag and drop my uploaded layouts into. If it's a double page layout then make sure you save it as a double page and select the double page layout page style if you want the layflat for that particular 2 page layout. You can of course still do the lay flat and have 2 totally different layouts on each side of the page and it will still look terrific.

https://www.shutterfly.com/custom-pa...%20Top%20Picks

I hope that helps.
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Old 12-08-2016, 02:01 PM   #28
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Actually when I create I just create the whole page but know that if I place anything near the edges that it could be cut off. No need to put a background paper as a frame around. Just know that a small slice of the background and any elements near the edges might be cut off slightly in final printing.
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I do the same as the other posters above. I print my albums to Shutterfly all the time. I don't use any specific templates for the main pages, but I do try and avoid putting things too close to the edge of the page as I know some things might get cut off. I've had it happen a few times, but not often.

I do have a nice template for the cover and what I usually do is make my 12 x 12 page and then pull it onto the template and just add an extra piece of matching background paper. This helps the cover to fit better and not have a ton of stuff cut off.

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Old 07-19-2017, 09:20 AM   #30
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Shutterfly book

Thank you so much for all the info/links you posted regarding printing a Shutterfly book. It was so helpful. I have a few questions for you:

1. When you go to print, do you sharpen your pictures using "Unsharp Mask" in Photoshop and also brighten them just a little bit. A photographer had once said to do that with normal prints, so I was wondering if you should do that when printing pages in a book, too.

2. Do you choose standard layflat pages or deluxe? Not sure what the difference is between the two.

3. Finally, what type of cover do you usually choose?

So sorry for all the questions. This is my first time to print the pages in a book. I usually just order the prints as 12 x 12 and put them in a traditional scrapbook.

Thanks so much for all of your help!
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