Exporting a photo book
You can upload your book to Blurb.com, or export it to PDF and print it at home.
- To publish your photo book to Blurb.com, click the Send Book To Blurb button below the right panel group.
- In the Purchase Book dialog box, either sign in to Blurb.com with your email address and password, or click “Not A Member?” in the lower left corner and register to get started.
- Enter a book title, subtitle, and author name. You’ll see an alert at this stage warning that your book must contain at least twenty pages; the Upload button is disabled. Click Cancel, or sign out of Blurb.com first, and then cancel.
- To export your photo book as a PDF file, first choose PDF from the Book menu at the top of the Book Settings panel. Examine the controls that appear in the lower half of the Book Settings panel. You can leave the JPEG Quality, Color Profile, File Resolution, Sharpening, and Media Type settings unchanged for now. Click the Export Book To PDF button below the right panel group
- In the Save dialog box, type InTheDetail as the name for the exported book. Navigate to your LR4CIB > Lessons > Lesson 7 folder, and then click Save.
- To export your Blurb photo book as a PDF file for proofing purposes, without changing the book settings, click the Export Book To PDF button below the left panel group.
Books published to Blurb must have between 20 and 240 pages, not including the front and back covers. Blurb.com prints at 300 dpi; if a photo’s resolution is less than 300 dpi, an exclamation point badge (!) appears in the upper-right corner of the image cell in the work area. Click the exclamation point to find out what print resolution can be achieved for that photo. Blurb.com recommends a minimum of 200 dpi for optimum quality.
For help with printing, pricing, ordering, and other Blurb.com issues, visit the-Blurb.com Customer Support page.
Well done! You’ve successfully completed another Lightroom lesson. In this lesson you learned how to put together an attractive photo book to showcase your images.
In the process, you’ve explored the Book module and used the control panels to customize page templates, refine the layout, set a backdrop, and add text.
In the next chapter you’ll find out how to present your work in a dynamic slideshow, but before you move on, take a few moments to reinforce what you’ve learned by reading through the review questions and answers on the next page.