Hi Mosca Bianca!
Whilst I can't comment on the error you get cause I have no knowledge on that, I would strongly suggest to use the "Export as PDF" located in the left corner of the book module, and to upload the book from Blurb with this PDF. Doing this way (from what I have read in other posts here) you are uploading the same file LR would send to Blurb via the software itself. Frustrating, I know, but hopefully you won't miss the deadline and you can find a solution to your error message later on!
Thank you very much for your advice. I appreciate it very much - and it was great not to feel isolated.
I have done what you suggested and it has worked. A couple of points which might be of help to others: while I was setting things up, I tried "Choose logo page >none" from Book Settings ( I added the logo page later in the process ) and then put the JPEG quality at 100. The file uploaded in a little over an hour to blurb.com. At one point during the process the upload was interrupted and I received an indication that there was a problem with the PDF file. I was offered the option either to upload a new file (no way!!!) or to let Blurb try to repair it. I chose the latter course of action and the upload went on O.K. (to be precise, I received a message from Blurb that the book needed an even number of pages (for some reason Lightroom makes it an odd number!) so the fix would be that additional blank pages would be added by Blurb. I was also warned that my cover had only one "page" (again attributed to the Lightroom formatting, I think) which was more worrying.
I pressed on regardless and ordered. When I looked at the Preview all was perfect including both the front and back covers ... so I shall meet my deadline after all !!! :O)))!!!.
Nevertheless, I think that there is a real problem somewhere in the Lightroom/Blurb interface (probably not Blurb's fault). How come "they" are taking so long to sort it out?
Lightroom is such a wonderfully useful tool that things like this really are frustrating. and if Adobe rests too much on its laurels, someone else will take the market place.
Have a super evening!
Mosca Bianca wrote:
A couple of points which might be of help to others: while I was setting things up, I tried "Choose logo page >none" from Book Settings ( I added the logo page later in the process ) and then put the JPEG quality at 100. The file uploaded in a little over an hour to blurb.com.
Using JPEG 100 Quality setting increases the file size (and upload time) considerably without any real benefit over using a lower setting. A JPEG Quality setting of 75 should be very safe concerning visible compression artifacts in the printed book page. Create a test book with a few images that have lots of detail and Export to PDF with 100 Quality and then again with 75 Quality. Examine the two PDFs side-by side using two instances of Adobe Reader with View Size of 200%. I doubt you will see any difference onscreen and certainly not in the smaller printed page.
This article by Jeffrey Friedl on JPEG Quality settings is a real eye-opener:
If the JPEG file were to be edited multiple times with a 'File Save' after each edit then a 100 Quality setting might be beneficial. Since LR is a non-destructive editor and we can Export to loss-less TIFF file format for editing in PS there's no need to ever "re-save" JPEG files. I hope this was helpful.
Many thanks! I shall certainly follow this up. Your post IS MOST interesting
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I am glad it did work. I had to do the same just yesterday (for a different reason from yours, though), hence why I have been able to help you.
Enjoy your evening!
Hi Mosca and Nanitta
I am having the same problem. What I don't understand about Nanitta's proposed solution is how you get the cover uploaded. When I run Export to pdf it does not include the cover.
When you export the book as PDF (using the "Export as PDF" on the left hand corner in the book module), LR creates two pdfs, one for the cover and one for the book.
When uploading to Blurb, you are prompted whether the file includes the cover of if you will upload a separate file for it. Hope this makes sense, if not, I'll try to be clearer!!!
Perfect sense. Molte grazie.
I was having this issue when uploading a book to Blurb from the Lightroom book module (LR6.4/OS X Sierra). After repeated failures and retries I turned 'Computer sleep' and 'Display sleep' to 'Never' in the Energy Saver System Preferences and the upload worked. This might be something other Apple users could try.