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H Fowler
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RE:RE:Read this review if you don't want your pages cropped Reply

    Some of the pages are my own designs, and many are based on templates I found as freebies online. There are tons of freebies available. Once you find some, remember that they can be flipped horizontally and vertically for a page that looks different, but is based on the same design. Good luck!

    >Hi, I love your book! How did you do this? Is it from an online template. I had a look to start my own and couldn't find it. thanks.
    >
13/9/2008 13:44:11

H Fowler
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RE:RE:RE:Read this review if you don't want your pages cropped Reply

    The bleed area is the area that gets cut off during printing. (This is not an official definition--just my interpretation.) In order to make the color cover the entire page, the book is printed on a larger piece of paper and then cut to the right size. The picture that is printed bleeds over the actual cut lines so that the color covers the page completely. I hope that makes sense!

    >Dumb question, what is the bleed area?
    >
    >Thanks ;)
    >
    >>that is fantastic!! very close on the spine! About the spine, I wonder if you could just upload the whole page with back cover/spine and front intact and then just drop the page into postion on each of the template guides to line up? Has anyone tried that ?
    >>I'm definetly watching my bleed areas more on my own scrapping pages, thank's for showing us the redo, oh before I forget did you do the redo at your own expense or was it something Berry offered for free?
    >
13/9/2008 13:47:07

H Fowler
TotalPost:52
RE:How to easily divide a large photo into 3 sections for covers and spine Reply

    There isn't a new guide option in Photoshop Elements. Thanks for the idea. If it works in Photoshop, there must be a way to do it in Elements, too. I'll have to research to find the answer. If anyone figures it out, please let me know! Thanks for the idea. You have inspired me to keep looking for the answer.

    >Since you had a hard time splitting the image into 3 I thought I share how I'd approach the problem. This is based on my experience with Photoshop and not Photoshop elements but it should be basically the same.
    >
    >In the view menu select new guide. Set guides at the edges of the spine.
    >Use the select tool to select each of the three regions (which will snap to the guides and make this much easier), copy to clipboard. Then create a new file and use the clipboard size as the basis for the new file, paste, and save.
    >Repeat.
    >
    >If you had the full version of Photoshop you could also use ImageReady to create slices and export them for you.
    >Paint.NET is a great free alternative to Photoshop that may be adequate for tasks like this.
    >
    >Great job on your photobook and hope this helps you in the future.
    >
    >>To create the cover, I did as Berry suggested and created one large file (in Photoshop Elements) and then cut it into three pieces. It was very difficult to cut it into pieces!!! The final result was almost perfect on the front and a little off on the back. I would not suggest trying this. If you want the back and front to wrap around the book, I suggest creating a colored spine instead of trying to wrap over the spine. It's too hard to get it right. If someone has figured out a full-proof way to make it work, please share!!
    >>
    >
13/9/2008 13:50:34

ScrapMojo
Title:Addicted
TotalPost:935
RE:RE:RE:Read this review if you don't want your pages cropped Reply

    wow thanks for all the help H you are too good
13/9/2008 13:56:31

Lara Pearce Scorpio
TotalPost:8
RE:Read this review if you don't want your pages cropped Reply

    I just wanted to add my opinion. I think your book is fantastic. Congrats on a job well done. I just finished my first, but kept it simple using only artscow templates, but seeing yours I feel unworthy! :D Good job and it is a wonderful production!
14/11/2008 11:23:45

Birkie
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RE:Read this review if you don't want your pages cropped Reply

    >Hi Berry,

    I don't think the red spot was in the design or in the preview. I am thinking it was a problem with your prinetr and you should redo the book for free. What does everyone else think?
14/11/2008 23:17:47

Cricket Raschke
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RE:Read this review if you don't want your pages cropped Reply

    Hi! I'm new here and am just trying to do my first book. I didn't have any idea about a bleed area when I started scrapping and most of my pages have things clear to the edges. I had the thought to open a new 12 X 12 file and drop my flattened image on to it and shrinking my actual page to say 11 X 11 in the center with a- say, black border of an inch around to leave room for the bleed area and then save the whole thing as a jpeg. Is this something that anyone has tried or even thinks might work? Also, I'm trying to get a handle on the length of my book. I have about 130 pages for the year that I would love to get bound into one book, but am pretty sure that can't happen. Any suggestions? I've spent most of the day on the site and am still missing this rather key piece of info. The longest I've seen is 39 pages. Is this right, or am I missing something very obvious? Thanks for the help. By the way, I absolutely LOVE the ABC book! Makes me wish I had kids! Thanks again!

29/1/2009 14:19:11

carolina
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RE:Read this review if you don't want your pages cropped Reply

    Hi!

    Just wondering if you could share where you got the artwork for the cover of your ABC book, it's really beautiful! Is it something you downloaded, or did you create it yourself?

    Thanks!

    Carolina
16/3/2009 22:43:50

H Fowler
TotalPost:52
RE:RE:Read this review if you don't want your pages cropped Reply

    This idea should work, but you don't need to leave a full inch for the bleed area. The artscow templates leave 1/4 inch (I think). I found that still cropped a little of my page. I made my border slightly larger than 1/4 inch. If you leave a 1" black border, there will be a black border on your finished pages of a little less than 3/4 ". I would definitely make the border smaller. I dropped my finished 8x8 pages into a new 8x8, shrunk the page by a little more than 1/4 inch around the edges, and then filled the border space in with the color of my page background. (I think I actually dropped the page in the new 8x8 without flattening it, so that I could shrink the page elements, and then stretch the background paper. Does that make sense?
17/3/2009 6:18:33

H Fowler
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RE:RE:Read this review if you don't want your pages cropped Reply

    All the elements were either free downloads or things I created myself.

    The clouds are from a free kit called "Back 2 School," found at twopeasinabucket.com (I always have a hard time remembering where the freebies are on this site. Go to digital, digital shopping, digital kits, and then select free under price in the column on the left.)

    The grass is from a kit called "Painted Season." It can be found at PeppermintCreative.com. Unfortunately, the kit is no longer free.

    The tree, the bird and the butterfly all came from a collaboration kit called "So Sunny." Elements from the kit were made by several different people. Several people have asked for the tree, but I can't find it anywhere on the web! I'm assuming that means that it is no longer free.

    The sidewalk was created by me. It's a piece of my front walk repeated several times.

    The font is called CK Nitelite. I'm pretty sure I got that for free too. Try googling it.

    The ABC blocks are a free font that I also have not been able to find again. (It was one of the first free things I downloaded--before I understood how important it was to keep track of where I got things!)

    I hope you can find some of the elements!

17/3/2009 11:57:22

carolina
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RE:Read this review if you don't want your pages cropped Reply

    Thanks so much for the info! your book is amazing!
18/3/2009 8:48:25

silvio
TotalPost:15
RE:How to easily divide a large photo into 3 sections for covers and spine Reply

    Photoshop, even easier:
    . Create the full image.
    . Go to edit/canvas size, click on the left-centered box and put the size of the back cover. Proceed. Save a copy as your back cover name. Undo to go back to the uncropped image.
    . Go again to edit/canvas size, click on the center box and put the size of the spine. Proceed. Save a copy as your spine name. Undo.
    . Again to edit/canvas size, click on the right-centered box and put the size of the front cover. Proceed. Save a copy as your front cover name.
    Voila'!

    >Since you had a hard time splitting the image into 3 I thought I share how I'd approach the problem. This is based on my experience with Photoshop and not Photoshop elements but it should be basically the same.
    >
    >In the view menu select new guide. Set guides at the edges of the spine.
    >Use the select tool to select each of the three regions (which will snap to the guides and make this much easier), copy to clipboard. Then create a new file and use the clipboard size as the basis for the new file, paste, and save.
    >Repeat.
    >
    >If you had the full version of Photoshop you could also use ImageReady to create slices and export them for you.
    >Paint.NET is a great free alternative to Photoshop that may be adequate for tasks like this.
    >
    >Great job on your photobook and hope this helps you in the future.
    >
15/9/2009 1:39:22

H Fowler
TotalPost:52
RE:RE:How to easily divide a large photo into 3 sections for covers and spine Reply

    Thanks for sharing your idea. I think that will work great. I'll try that next time. It sounds like a pretty easy fix.
15/9/2009 5:22:04

Rachel Lewter
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RE:Read this review if you don't want your pages cropped Reply

    I am so inspired after seeing your book!!
    Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us.
    I'm a newbie, and would like to "scraplift" your design for my neice.
    Rachel
10/2/2010 7:24:30

Bobbie
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22/2/2010 1:38:52

sarina
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RE:Read this review if you don't want your pages cropped Reply

    THis is a wonderful book. Thank you for taking the time to explain the cropping!!!
    Great job. I need to get to work ;)
26/2/2010 0:13:09

Kris
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RE:Read this review if you don't want your pages cropped Reply

    So, lets say i want to make an 8x8 book. If i make a 8x8 canvas in photoshop, then put a 1/2" stroke on the inside in lets say black. Then everything else inside that black border i could put my pics? Would this not be easier?

    Its almost like taking an 8x8 and adding a 1/2" border and then putting everything else inside that right?

    And as for the front/spine/back cover, I agree with the above poster about changing canvas size. It seems like that would work wonders.
17/6/2010 0:42:08

H Fowler
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RE:RE:Read this review if you don't want your pages cropped Reply

    The stroke should work, but you only need 1/4 inch border. If you do a 1/2 inch stroke, you'll have a 1/4 inch black border around every page. If that's what you want, then that works.
17/6/2010 0:58:45

Matt Eck Taurus
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RE:Read this review if you don't want your pages cropped Reply

    Just thought I'd throw my 2 cents in the mix. I made a wraparound cover by taking the same panoramic photo and dropping it onto the back, spine, and front. I zoomed all three equally by hitting reset and then counting how many times I clicked the zoom button. I then moved the front one all the way left so the right edge lined up with the outside of the right gray area. Finally I moved the spine and back to the left until they visually lined up. It actually came out a little more on target then the one that started this thread. Good luck to you.
25/6/2010 7:38:32

Ellan
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RE:Read this review if you don't want your pages cropped Reply

    I don't know if anyone else has noticed this but when you preview you book by flipping the pages, you get a pretty good representation of what the final print will be. I had several inside designs that I was trying to bleed in this book http://www.artscow.com/share/Denice-Auction-2-m7jih8hr27j9 and most came out pretty good. I did it by trial and error not by formula however. So it took quite a bit of tweeking with minor adjustment until I thought it was right. I just compared the actual book to the gallery preview and they are very accurate. Hope that helps someone.
2/7/2010 1:39:14
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