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Title: Coffee Table Book - How to start?
Post by: deadlycrawl on February 28, 2011, 04:39:59 PM
Good day. Ive been longing to make my own Coffee Table Book for a very long time but i dont know how to start it and what software should i use, whats the minimum resolution per pictures, how much would it cost me and where can i have it print? Can anyone here help me out on this project... please. Can you give me step by step procedure on this matter. Thanks and Godspeed!
Title: Re: Coffee Table Book - How to start?
Post by: Maverick on February 28, 2011, 04:45:47 PM
for starters, are you a mac or pc user?
Title: Re: Coffee Table Book - How to start?
Post by: deadlycrawl on February 28, 2011, 04:54:44 PM
for starters, are you a mac or pc user?

pc user here sir. been browsing online and all ive searched are free coffee table book maker but at the long end you need to order it on their site. im looking for a much reliable procedure on how to make one. thanks!
Title: Re: Coffee Table Book - How to start?
Post by: jovijovijovi on February 28, 2011, 05:04:51 PM
hello,

step 1: pick the printer of your choice (price, paper quality, print quality, binding)

step 2: choose from the list of sizes that the printer YOU PICKED can offer. (it's useless to decide on a size first, without first checking which sizes the printer can print for you).
*ofcourse you can make your own layout and demand a printer to produce a special size for you, somebody will do it but most likely for an exhorbitant fee!

step 3: use photoshop. various printers have various programs that they are offering but I am always wary that their program may be resziing or compressing my files causing damage to the image quality.

step 4: layout! set the canvass always to the size that you chose, and then multiply by 300 dpi to get the pixels of the width and the height.
example, 12 inch x 12 inch size = 3600 pixels by 3600 pixels
-consult the printer on border requirements. normally most can do borderless, but sometimes a couple of mm may be cut as it is not perfect. take note of the border near the bind, the thicker the book ,the thicker the border you should use to avoid parts of the layout being covered!

enjoy! I personally love to make my photoboks as they sort of finalize a particular year for me. after printing a photo book (of a particular year for example) I feel closure and less stress worrying about losing all my digital files :P

So far I have tried picturebooks. they are not the cheapest in the market but they are also not the most expensive. I would grade them 8.5/10. acceptable I think as my photoboks are more for personal use :)

samples:
EUROPE 2009: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jovijovijovi/sets/72157624827745581/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jovijovijovi/sets/72157624827745581/)
PHOTOBOOK 2009: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jovijovijovi/sets/72157624322013398/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jovijovijovi/sets/72157624322013398/)
Title: Re: Coffee Table Book - How to start?
Post by: deadlycrawl on February 28, 2011, 05:41:27 PM
hello,

step 1: pick the printer of your choice (price, paper quality, print quality, binding)

step 2: choose from the list of sizes that the printer YOU PICKED can offer. (it's useless to decide on a size first, without first checking which sizes the printer can print for you).
*ofcourse you can make your own layout and demand a printer to produce a special size for you, somebody will do it but most likely for an exhorbitant fee!

step 3: use photoshop. various printers have various programs that they are offering but I am always wary that their program may be resziing or compressing my files causing damage to the image quality.

step 4: layout! set the canvass always to the size that you chose, and then multiply by 300 dpi to get the pixels of the width and the height.
example, 12 inch x 12 inch size = 3600 pixels by 3600 pixels
-consult the printer on border requirements. normally most can do borderless, but sometimes a couple of mm may be cut as it is not perfect. take note of the border near the bind, the thicker the book ,the thicker the border you should use to avoid parts of the layout being covered!

enjoy! I personally love to make my photoboks as they sort of finalize a particular year for me. after printing a photo book (of a particular year for example) I feel closure and less stress worrying about losing all my digital files :P

So far I have tried picturebooks. they are not the cheapest in the market but they are also not the most expensive. I would grade them 8.5/10. acceptable I think as my photoboks are more for personal use :)

samples:
EUROPE 2009: [url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/jovijovijovi/sets/72157624827745581/[/url] ([url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/jovijovijovi/sets/72157624827745581/[/url])
PHOTOBOOK 2009: [url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/jovijovijovi/sets/72157624322013398/[/url] ([url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/jovijovijovi/sets/72157624322013398/[/url])



Thanks so much. and by the way youve got a nice coffee table book and you travel a lot. Astig wish i had the dough.......



Anyways another question set on my mind still related to this do i need to ask permits or permission if for example i will make a coffee table book about a certain place? like do i need to secure a mayors permit or brgy permit?! i hope not na.

TIA!
Title: Re: Coffee Table Book - How to start?
Post by: jovijovijovi on February 28, 2011, 08:05:46 PM
hehe i don't know about permits but are you planning to sell the cofeebook table? i know locations are alright as they are public, it's the people that is more of an issue. in theory lahat dapat ng tao with a face has to have a model release form :) but chances are they won't know norc omplain if they find out.

not sure about this info though :)
Title: Re: Coffee Table Book - How to start?
Post by: vproject on February 28, 2011, 10:16:33 PM
Get a model release if you are planning on making money off someone's face and likeness. If it's just for personal use then there is usually no need.
Title: Re: Coffee Table Book - How to start?
Post by: deadlycrawl on March 02, 2011, 12:16:05 AM
Thanks to all who give their time to reply on my post. Godspeed!
Title: Re: Coffee Table Book - How to start?
Post by: Lifescape on March 02, 2011, 11:12:51 PM
im also interested in doing a coffee table book. does anyone know here where to have them printed? in like an binded album?

thanks!
Title: Re: Coffee Table Book - How to start?
Post by: nix.tolentino on March 03, 2011, 10:50:18 AM
I have a question as regards to the model release thingie.

What if it's a street scene, like from a photojournalistic approach, pero with a person/people in it? Would a model release still be required?
Title: Re: Coffee Table Book - How to start?
Post by: tackypinili on March 03, 2011, 11:55:55 AM
isnap creatives!

they make coffee table book.
http://www.isnapcreatives.com/index.php (http://www.isnapcreatives.com/index.php)
Title: Re: Coffee Table Book - How to start?
Post by: winstonb on March 03, 2011, 01:49:45 PM
Thanks for the tips, guys! Would like to do a coffee table book, too when I have the time.
Title: Re: Coffee Table Book - How to start?
Post by: jovijovijovi on March 03, 2011, 02:15:50 PM
I have a question as regards to the model release thingie.

What if it's a street scene, like from a photojournalistic approach, pero with a person/people in it? Would a model release still be required?

I think in theory yes, but 99.99% of the time they will not sue you :) takes time and money also to sue someone and normally if you really didn't contribute to the photo (unlike a real model or something), you wouldn't bother.

I think how it works is if you earned any sort of profit from using a photo with someone's face, they have a right to the profit. for example, if you took a photo of me and used the photo in a magazine where you got paid I will sue you :P just kidding.

These thoughts of mine are just from the few info I have heard from other people. to really find out, you probably need to do much more research.