4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 28, 2018 3:48 PM by cmgap

    Blurb Color Issue

    MIKEGI Level 1

      I recently made a LR/Blurb book of artwork my wife created on an iPad with Procreate; the Blurb Book color rendering was very poor.  I've made about 10 photo books with LR/Blurb and never had a issue like this.  My wife exported the art from Procreate as PSD files.  I input these files into LR and built the book.  There was no discernible difference in the art between my desktop monitor and my wife's iPad.  I created a PDF version of the book to proof; again the color rendition was not discernibly different.  I sent the book to Blurb and received it today; the color printed version was very different from the LR and iPad versions.  In some cases "royal blue" was rendered as "purple".  In general the images were appreciably darker in the printed version.  Again I have not experienced this problem previously.  The book was printed on premium lustre paper.


      Has anyone encountered this problem and if so is there a work around?

        • 1. Re: Blurb Color Issue
          WobertC Adobe Community Professional

          If your monitor is correctly calibrated, then it sounds like a Blurb problem.

          Contact them, you may find them helpful.

          • 2. Re: Blurb Color Issue
            Todd Shaner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            It's possible some of the colors in the artwork are outside the printable gamut. Try downloading the Blurb.icc profile and soft proof the image files inside PS for the pages that have incorrect color. The book printed images may be darker due to your display brightness being set too high. Do you use a monitor calibrator and if so what luminance setting are you using? Also did you upload the book from inside LR using 'Send Book to Blurb' or did you upload the PDF export file manually to your Blurb account?


            Color Management & Calibration Center. Match on-screen colors | Blurb Books

            • 3. Re: Blurb Color Issue
              MIKEGI Level 1

              I printed the worst pages on my Epson 3880 and compared to the Blurb book and my monitor.  There was definitely a color problem with Blurb.  I contacted Blurb and they offered a credit to resubmit the book.  Note that Blurb puts subcontracts their printing to a number print vendors; results may vary vendor to vendor.  I did notice that the worst color shifts were for files that had layers; I flattened all the files that had layers and resubmitted the book.  The result was significantly better and much closer to what I was expecting

              • 4. Re: Blurb Color Issue
                cmgap Adobe Community Professional

                I recently published a book of illustrations generated in Procreate and exported them as psd’s. Because the book was to be printed on a commercial printing press I converted the files to cmyK and used InDesign to layout the book. The color was spot on.


                If I were sending the files to Blurb and wanted to use the Lightroom book module I most likely would have imported them first into photoshop, checked the color profile and confirmed that it was sRGB or Adobe RGB and changed it if need be. Then I would save the changes to the psds and import them into Lr. I likely would send a test spread to Blurb before printing the book. 


                If they are willing to reprint the book, perhaps they will do a test for you?