Before placing an order with Picaboo, it's always important to check your work for errors. Picaboo doesn't offer any proofing services, so reviewing your project prior to completing your order is the best way to ensure your project is perfect. Below are some tips to consider before ordering.
One common question is if a particular image is large enough for the page of a book. The simple answer is that unless you reduce the size of the image, or are using an economy setting on your camera, the images taken with most modern cameras should fill a page in a large book easily. For guides on image sizes appropriate for full pages in our various books, check our recommended resolution page.
In general, your images should be safe as long as you don't see the low resolution warning displayed on your image, which looks like a little orange triangle.
Images can take on a red or orange hue, and appear grainy when taken in a low-light setting. This happens specifically when the flash on the camera is not active, or the subject is beyond the range of the flash. Most built-in flash units on a camera are only good for about 6 feet. The internal light sensor in all digital cameras assign values based on what light sources are in the frame. From lowlight sources to strong backlighting, the camera will set the digital receptors to what is appropriate for the scene, sometimes neutralizing color or contrast.
These issues may not be immediately obvious when you view them on your computer monitor, as the brightness of the monitor is often set to a high level out of the box. If you want to adjust your monitor to better view print material, be sure your computer’s display properties are set to sRGB. After that, check out this link to an easy, free website that helps guide you in calibrating your screen brightness: http://displaycalibration.com/brightness_contrast.html
Often times the best thing to do when a red or orange image is found, is to adjust it in an outside program such as Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, or Photoshop Elements. This allows you to neutralize the unwanted color, and brighten the image.
If the red and orange image hue isn’t too bad, you can make the necessary changes with Picaboo's built-in Photo Adjustment Tools.
When paging through the book, you will want to look for images too close to the edge, where the subject matter is in danger of being cropped, or parts of the page that don’t look complete. The best advice when reviewing a book is to look for issues after you’ve turned on the Crop Zone Warning.
To turn on the Crop Zone Warning, click on the More Button, then the View menu, and click on Show Safety Zone. As long as your text or the subject matter in your photos are not in the yellow warning area, they should be untouched when the book is cropped.
There may be cases where you want to line up text and images on your page. To assist with that, we have a built in Grid Lines tool. To activate this option, click the More Button once again, and from the View menu, select Show Grid Lines. You'll be able to resize the grid that shows up on the page with the slider bar that sits above your project in the Edit mode. You'll want to use both these tools (grid lines and the crop zone warning) together to check the cover of any books you create as well.
Our program does have a built in Spell Check feature, but it may be best to have a third party check over your book for errors as well.
You also might want to make sure that your text stands out from the backgrounds. If you find you have some text that is hard to read, you can either change the color of the font, or you can make your text stand out by using a Caption Background.
When you click the Background checkbox in the caption toolbar, a color will fill the caption box behind the text. You can also adjust the color and opacity of your text background. To change the color, click the color chooser next to the Opacity slider. A color palette will open up, allowing you to select from a rainbow of colors. There is also an Eyedropper Tool there as well, which can be used to pick a color right from one of your pages. The opacity of the text background can be adjusted using the slider.
These steps will help you in creating a better, more beautiful project. Please Contact Us if you have any questions during the book creation process. Our representatives will be happy to help.