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01/22/2009 10:18:05 AM · #1
Hi guys, I am looking to provide my clients with some sort of album, for the time being, mroe likely a small, "coffee table" type of album, since I shoot portraits, maternity, children, etc. I'm looking for quality products at an affordable price, that I can easily design myself.

I looked at resources on rangefindermag.com but there are so many i don't know where to start!

Thanks,
Michele
01/22/2009 11:53:06 AM · #2
I like Mpix. I did a coffee table book for my sisters wedding. She loved it.
01/22/2009 12:41:23 PM · #3
hh color lab has great coffee table books - many sizes starting at about $20. I've done 35 page 11x14 w/ photo cover for under $60.
I use them for babies and seniors all the time.

for 09 you can now choose from four different types of paper for teh pages!
01/22/2009 02:01:23 PM · #4
I have been using Mpix also with good results. I am now researching digital books that I can design and easily upload somewhere for my clients to proof. I checked out Blurb and they only have the first 15 pages available to preview. Anyone know where I can find a company that does this?
01/22/2009 02:12:28 PM · #5
Originally posted by shutterfly:

I have been using Mpix also with good results. I am now researching digital books that I can design and easily upload somewhere for my clients to proof. I checked out Blurb and they only have the first 15 pages available to preview. Anyone know where I can find a company that does this?


If you are still happy with Mpix....and can post a pdf file to your webpage (? don't know as I'm not that savy with webpages)....but anyways you can save the mpix book as a pdf

Message edited by author 2009-01-22 14:13:11.
01/22/2009 02:22:42 PM · #6
Originally posted by dassilem:

Originally posted by shutterfly:

I have been using Mpix also with good results. I am now researching digital books that I can design and easily upload somewhere for my clients to proof. I checked out Blurb and they only have the first 15 pages available to preview. Anyone know where I can find a company that does this?


If you are still happy with Mpix....and can post a pdf file to your webpage (? don't know as I'm not that savy with webpages)....but anyways you can save the mpix book as a pdf


I use an Imac and what I do now is use Grab to select the page right from the mpix software and save it as a jpg and put each individual page on smugmug. When there are 40 or so pages, it gets time consuming. I'm looking for an easier way.
01/22/2009 03:18:41 PM · #7
OK...i didn't know if .pdf's can be posted on webpages....because if you are viewing the 'proof' copy, you can save it as a pdf. You have to go all the way through as if you are ready to place the order, and when you are at the proof part, simply save it as a pdf. Its watermarked proof, etc....

At least that is what I did last spring, but I emailed her the pdf file, for her to proof.
01/22/2009 03:24:51 PM · #8
Asuka Books are cheap and cheerful. OK quality.
01/22/2009 04:07:30 PM · #9
Originally posted by Simms:

Asuka Books are cheap and cheerful. OK quality.


Yes, Asuka books look really nice, but are a bit pricey I thought. Quality is just OK?
01/22/2009 04:09:50 PM · #10
Originally posted by dassilem:

OK...i didn't know if .pdf's can be posted on webpages....because if you are viewing the 'proof' copy, you can save it as a pdf. You have to go all the way through as if you are ready to place the order, and when you are at the proof part, simply save it as a pdf. Its watermarked proof, etc....

At least that is what I did last spring, but I emailed her the pdf file, for her to proof.


I could send the client the pdf, but I've found that some people have no idea what they are doing on a computer, so just sending a link would be ideal.
01/22/2009 05:44:37 PM · #11
I've heard asuka is pricey (relativley speaking) and when they first appeared they were upscale and different - but now not so much as others have entered the field. I hear they are slow on turnaround as well.

HH's turnaround is usually 2 to 3 days. Yes, Days. Order monday and you may very well have it friday.
01/30/2009 08:28:35 PM · #12
Originally posted by shutterfly:

I have been using Mpix also with good results. I am now researching digital books that I can design and easily upload somewhere for my clients to proof. I checked out Blurb and they only have the first 15 pages available to preview. Anyone know where I can find a company that does this?


For the digital books, take a look at the PageFlip skin for JAlbum. It lets the user grab and flip the pages, and looks just like the book/finished album.

Here's the link

PageFlip Skin for JAlbum
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