Experiment: Photo book v.1: MyPublisher.com

I got my Saturday FedEx from MyPublisher which delivered a 2 for 1 book special. It strangely got me a little fired up… maybe because I really dig seeing my shots in a printed form, bound and all. Anyway, I kind of rushed it together but I learned what I needed to learn should I want to produce another book with them.

red rider

In the woods, no one can hear your screaming tree falling

With MyPublisher, you use their custom application to arrange your book’s layout. It basically is looking at your file as something that came out of a 3 to 5 megapixel camera so the program interpolates your big honking modern file size down to about a 300 dpi file internally so all you have to do is make certain your files are 4×3 (or 3×4 depending on book orientation) and let the application do its thing. The application is a little too simple but I can see why it’s designed the way it is. My largest irritation with it was that I erased some text that wound up printed anyway. No big deal as this was only in the name of science (echo echo echo…).

I printed everything full bleed so it’s hard to comment about the registration but it seemed ok. The overall print was a tad dark and the reds seemed to crush easily so a small gamma bump (≤5% and slight red desaturation ≤5%) would get it to print a little truer is my guess. The images should also be SRGB profile.

It was a good experiment. The end result are for promo giveaways, I’ll believe. I think they look look damn nice quality-wise. They printed quickly and close enough to spec but if you’re looking for greater control and ultra crazy premium quality you’d have to look elsewhere. Basically a printer that takes your layouts from their templates will give you that control and possibly other books sizes. These cats, memoryescape and winkflash seem to have regular sales so I’ll try and have my lab coat clean for them.

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