4 Replies Latest reply on Sep 9, 2015 1:45 AM by WobertC

    Book Printing via Blurb

    BillBill Level 1

      I am not at all happy with the quality of the book ordered via blurb using the Book Module.  I ordered the premium paper and a hard cover version. The images that look spectacular on my iMac came out very dark in the printed version.  It's almost as it the pictures had no life to them.  I won't use this again. Has anyone else experienced this?  Is there a work around so the printed images don't all look like they were under exposed.  Bad taste in my mouth as the Book is a retirement gift for a dear friend.

        • 1. Re: Book Printing via Blurb
          sarsaxen Adobe Employee (Admin)

          Hi BillBill,


          Do you have underexposed images in Lightroom as well?




          • 2. Re: Book Printing via Blurb
            99jon Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            It’s almost certainly due to the monitor being too bright and not calibrated to match print output. I’ve made that expensive mistake myself in the past and it’s really disappointing. I always recommend with any printer (if not using your own) doing some test prints at various brightness and contrast settings so that you can be confident going forward.


            Monitor calibration also needs doing on a regular basis after the panel has warmed up as changes will take place over time during usage.

            • 3. Re: Book Printing via Blurb
              BillBill Level 1

              No, images are not underexposed in LR.  I adjusted each photo of course.  Perhaps as the following reply indicated the issue is color calibration of my iMac monitor to the printer used by blurb.  LR outsources the Book to them for printing.  I have no way to know their printer calibrations.  Oh well, lesson learned.

              • 4. Re: Book Printing via Blurb
                WobertC Adobe Community Professional

                I have had several books printed by Blurb (Australia)- all have been magnificent. Totally happy with quality, colour and contrast.

                My monitor is calibrated with a Spyder. I send my book to Blurb using the Book module in LR.

                (Never a thought as to profiles or printer calibrations!)