8 Replies Latest reply on Aug 4, 2017 4:46 PM by DocSark

    Book Module - Uploading to Blurb :An error occurred while adding texts & fonts to the book

    Mike 0821

      I am using the Lightroom Book Module to upload a book to Blurb.  This is not my first book by any means, and I have had the same problem with other books.  I contacted Blurb on this issue.  They replied "...you will want to contact Adobe technical support, as they support the software."  They went on to say, "Blurb only handles the actual printing of your file or the conversion into a Blurb ebook." 

       

      A search of the Lightroom forum shows that this is a common recurring problem among many users.  Their solutions are the result of trial and error and don't appear to have a common solution.  More times than not, they seem to have stumbled onto what they believe is a solution, but it may not be what they think it is.  The Lightroom folks appear to be quiet on this issue, but I expect that they are well aware of the problem.

       

      We are caught in that classic technology conundrum, where each party points to the other - "It's not my problem."

       

      Blurb doesn't want to help, Lightroom doesn't want to help.  Should I look for another way to produce my books?

        • 1. Re: Book Module - Uploading to Blurb :An error occurred while adding texts & fonts to the book
          wobertc Adobe Community Professional

          I have come to believe that-

          Not all system fonts are available to LR.  Not all fonts in LR are in the system.!!!

          A  full understanding of fonts that Lightroom uses is a mystery!

          In general- LR uses the fonts installed in your system,

          But-  With exceptions- I think it is limited to true-type fonts?

          And- I can see fonts in Lightroom that are not in the Windows "Fonts" folder!?

          eg. {Bickham Script Pro}  is available as type in my LR Book module, but it is not in my Windows font folder.  C:\Windows\Fonts

          (and Photoshop, earlier versions?,  may have installed a PS font folder, not available to LR! )

           

          And general suggestions from another forum thread-

          Try a couple of things-

          First- Duplicate the Saved Book Collection in the collections panel- and experiment with the copy (to PDF)

          In the Book Module -

          1. Top Menu: Edit > Select all Text Cells (or Ctrl+Alt+A), then reset the font in the Text Panel using a commonly used font that Lr lists and reasonable text size.

          2. For problem images, Open the problem page image, go back to Library, create a virtual copy, use the VC to replace the problem image.

          3. Check that any text boxes do not have text that exceeds the available size of the text box. ie. some of the text has disappeared from the text cell.

          4. Problems with using 'Background' images appear in forum threads- try unchecking any use of background images both on the cover and Globally within the book pages.

          5. Confirm that any photo you use in the book does actually exist and is available on the hard-drive. (In Library- Right-click and "Show in Explorer/Finder" to confirm,)

          6. Top Menu: Edit > Book Preferences > place a check mark in-  "Constrain Captions to text safe areas"

          7. Error messages that indicate images have "transparency" can be ignored.

          8. Always test your book design by an Export to PDF before an upload to Blurb.

          • 2. Re: Book Module - Uploading to Blurb :An error occurred while adding texts & fonts to the book
            DocSark

            I have been a CC member since its onset and spend a great deal of time using several of its applications. I have published 4 or 5 books in Blurb and have always been disappointed in it's limitations in book size and its handling of text, but have stuck with the application because of its ease of use. With this book alone I have spent HOURS reformatting text and making certain only to use system fonts to no avail. I think it's time to look elsewhere. EVERY THING IS NOW IN ARIAL AND I STILL GET THE SAME ERROR WHETHER UPLOADING TO BLURB OR TRYING TO CREATE A PDF FOR BLURB.

            • 3. Re: Book Module - Uploading to Blurb :An error occurred while adding texts & fonts to the book
              wobertc Adobe Community Professional

              Hi DocSark,

              Like you I have also had 5 or 6 books printed by Blurb using Lightroom totally, and my notes above were an assembly of hints I have read in forums and help files.

              The only error message I have ever seen is the "Transparency warning".

              Can you post the exact words of the error message you see, or give more particulars about your book design. (Number and type of photos, where are the original photo files?, are any 'missing'?, etc)

              With more information we (other users like you) may eventually find answers to the 'upload' problems.

               

              IMHO I believe- that Adobe is ignoring requests to make the Book module any better. (or working on fixing the 'slowness' problems in Lr. Hope for v7 ?) It was added as a 'bonus' feature to augment the prime purpose of Lightroom (DAM and raw Development). It is possible Adobe believes (from a business POV) that if you want something better, then {Adobe in Design} is the go-to program for the purpose.

              The {Blurb BookSmart} program may be useful for you, but will involve exporting photos for the book and doing extensive copy&paste if you have large amounts of text.

              • 4. Re: Book Module - Uploading to Blurb :An error occurred while adding texts & fonts to the book
                DocSark Level 1

                Thanks,

                I have included another screen shot of the error. I have been working in In Design for a year or two, teaching myself and have made several books, but never gotten them to print professionally. I feel that it's worse having a site with bugs with no intention to fix than no site at all. It makes Adobe look bad when it is an otherwise great program. 

                Sark Derderian

                • 5. Re: Book Module - Uploading to Blurb :An error occurred while adding texts & fonts to the book
                  wobertc Adobe Community Professional

                  Sark, I am not seeing any screen shots. You can only insert an image in a post when using a web browser- and the "Insert Image" icon above the Reply window.

                  • 7. Re: Book Module - Uploading to Blurb :An error occurred while adding texts & fonts to the book
                    wobertc Adobe Community Professional

                    How annoying are error messages that do not give an answer to the problem, or even suggest one!!

                    Thanks for screen-clip. I applaud your creative efforts.

                    I am curious to know the template you used for the page in the Preview panel?

                    Have you checked that all text cells contain all the typed words? Lightroom will not 'carry-over' text to the next cell like some publishing programs but simply does not show the words that exceed the cell size. (This will error).

                    I have read elsewhere a 'text' fix was to change all the text to one font, then change it back to another. ie. two changes to the font (globally)

                    And are you always testing the book by 'sending' it to a local PDF file?  (I note the screen-clip is sending to Blurb)

                    My limited 'user' experience means I do not have any more answers, sorry.

                    • 8. Re: Book Module - Uploading to Blurb :An error occurred while adding texts & fonts to the book
                      DocSark Level 1

                      Thanks for your help. I have gone from Myriad pro to Arial Black to plain Arial and bolded the text. The entire book is in the same font. Now some of the text was done in photoshop to get special effects, but I don't think that should create a problem. With regards to the text cells, they are essentially only location names except for the cover and back and they don't seem to trip anything up. And yes I have exported as a PDF and have it on my desktop with the old font. The only time I had a problem was in exporting it to Blurb through the book module. It's been several months, but exporting to the desktop was no problem.

                      Sark Derderian