Good alternative to Apple-produced books?

Started Nov 10, 2012 | Questions thread
kb2zuz Veteran Member • Posts: 3,202
Re: Good alternative to Apple-produced books?

There are other options like Blurb and Lulu, but be aware, printing for a book is different then printing to photo paper, and many of these services will have different options for thinner, basic paper and higher end photo paper. If using cheaper/thinner paper, the combination of paper and ink limit how vivid the colors and how dark the blacks can be. This will lead to less saturated and lower contrast images. The resolution is also lower. You can compensate to some extent by soft proofing to a SWOP or similar color profile and adjusting your images to look best in that soft proofing setting.

The other option is to do a different type of book printing. Aperture, Lulu, Blurb are made with keeping cost low as a primary concern. A book printed on basic paper might cost $20 but using higher end paper and a better printing method might cost $80, and some methods will cost upwards of $1,000.

Some of these companies may offer higher end paper and printing options, but there are also ways to do so at home. Some companies offer self-binding kits or allow you to send off inkjet printed images for binding (you do have to make sure you print correctly, making sure to leave the appropriate gutter space as well as ensuring the grain of the paper is running the correct way). Of course for a book you may end up spending $80 for the inkjet paper alone, before you even pay for the ink and binding. These are very popular for making high end portfolios. There are also several companies that specialized in photo book printing for wedding albums and such.

I'm certain wedding photographers would be able to recommend services that they prefer.

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