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Posted 12/29/2012 by ashionista in Digital Scrapbooking


PeaNut 502,158
March 2011
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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:45:07 AM
I am currently working on my son's first year book and will be having my 12x12 layouts printed then I will put them into an album. Can anyone suggest an album or a place to get a good one?

Secondly, if I shoot in RAW and export my photos from Lightroom, do they have to be exported at 300 DPI? Or is it enough to start my project in PSE9 in 300 DPI? And how do I go about seeing project/photo resolution in PSE9? I look for it sometimes and I don't see any info when I save it as a jpg in PSE.

As always, thank you! I am learning so much here!


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PeaNut 307,816
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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:56:27 AM
I can't help you in regards to shooting in RAW and exporting from Lightroom, but I can help you figure out the photo/ layout resolution when you save as a jpeg. First of all, regardless of the origin of your photo, the resolution of your pages is determined by how you set up your page in PSE or PS. When you create a new document/ page, set up the resolution (Image> Image Size) set it up at 12x12, 300 dpi. I have created my own custom preset for my layouts, so when I create a new document, I always pick that size rather than starting from scratch. (File> New> )
And yes, you'll want the photos you import into your layout to be 300 dpi.

As long as you don't change that document size when you flatten your layout and save it as a jpeg, it will remain 12x12, 300 dpi. However, since I post my LOs more than I print, I generally save my layouts at a much smaller jpeg size so I can post it on my blog & online galleries. These jpegs are not high enough quality to print. So, if you do this, make sure you add something in your title or where you save it, to separate the full-size jpegs from the reduced sized ones. I often keep the full-size ones in a folder 'to print', then discard once I've uploaded to the print site. I keep my layered files on an external hard drive, and my smaller jpegs on my computer. (If I ever want to print again, I'll go back to the originals and create a flattened jpeg to print).
I don't know if I helped at all, but wish you well in your creating and printing!


PeaNut 502,158
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Posted: 12/29/2012 10:25:50 AM
Thank you, Stef. Ugh. I just realized the layouts I have been doing somehow are at 144 px/inch resolution! I have been saving them all as PSD files (was going to flatten and save as jpgs) later. Does this mean I won't be able to print them? I have no idea how that happened!


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PeaNut 41,935
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Posted: 12/29/2012 11:57:07 AM
So, I use Lightroom too, and I typically add my images to PS as I make my pages. What I mean is that I 'Edit' the photo in PS and then close back to LR. This might not make sense, but its what I do to prevent a whole bunch of duplicate photos on my computer.

BUT I've also exported a group of photos from LR to add to my layouts. I set up an export preset in LR to export at 300 dpi to ensure I'm using a consistent dpi in PS.

Doing your layouts at 144dpi doesn't mean you can't print them. However, I suggest that you resize your existing PSDs to 300 dpi. It might make your file sizes huge. Then resize the canvas to 12x12in.

I hope this helps. If not, post back here or pm me. I'll be around this weekend.


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Posted: 12/29/2012 12:30:51 PM
I don't know the details about these yearbooks that Shutterfly offers as far as size and how many pages but having them start at $6 seems like a good price. Whether you can use your own LOs or have to use their templates. It looks like they are 8x8 though and that you need to get a quote from them--I suppose the pricing depends on how many pages, how many plan to order, etc. Shutterfly Yearbooks

I buy 8x8 photobooks from them all the time and love them. In order to use Shutterfly, you do need to save your layouts as JPEGS. As long as you do square LOs, it doesn't matter what size you save them as. I save my LOs as 12 x 12 but get 8x8 photobooks. You do need to be careful not to have anything that you don't want cut off near the edges. I always leave at least 1/2" border around my LOs so that I don't lose anything important in the cropping that they do in the printing process.

Hope that helps.


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