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« on: October 22, 2008, 05:51 »
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I just bought Aperture 2, primarily for the photo book function. I love the ease at which you can create books, the styles are good and easily customisable. The current update says it fixes some print quality issues with Aperture 2 so I was wondering if anyone else had used it and what the results were like. I have ordered a couple of sample books and can't wait to see them. Makes it very easy to make stock portfolios to show prospective models/clients.


« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2008, 10:05 »
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I saw an aperture book and wasn't impressed with the quality at all.

However, I saw one that a friend of mine put together in Aperture then ordered from Asuka (a wedding album) and it was beautiful.  Aperture is great for the page layout, but not so great for the printing.  But you get what you pay for - apple aperture is cheap!

« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2008, 22:00 »
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Thanks for the info Seren. Yes, if the quality is not great then all is not lost. It just converts the design to a pdf file which I can take to a better quality printer here. I will check out Asuka but since I am in Singapore, it might be an expensive option.

Hopefully the update to Aperture will have a big effect on the quality of the books. Just ten more days to wait and see!

jsnover

« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2008, 23:44 »
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I have recently put together a photo book and had one printed by WHCC (White House Custom Color) and the other by AsukaBook.

Both were really gorgeous, although Asuka's wins first place, both for price (i.e. most expensive) and appearance. WHCC is much faster turnaround and great customer service. Both have JPEG templates for you to use and both have some software to make files ready for upload but I'm betting you can get from Aperture if you can get the image sizes exactly right.

« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2008, 01:40 »
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Thanks for the info Seren. Yes, if the quality is not great then all is not lost. It just converts the design to a pdf file which I can take to a better quality printer here. I will check out Asuka but since I am in Singapore, it might be an expensive option.

Hopefully the update to Aperture will have a big effect on the quality of the books. Just ten more days to wait and see!

The update to aperture won't affect the books, because the quality problems are with the printers.  They're similar to blurb in that respect.  They're nice books (and I use them as very cheap options for my wedding albums) but they probably won't last being handled too much.

But to someone who doesn't know much about image quality (i.e. average Jimmy) then they probably wouldn't see what the fuss is about.  Really depends who your client is and who you're showing them too.

Plus the aperture and iPhoto ones have the apple logo on them - which sucks.  I don't want my clients to know what printer I use because then they'll ask whey I charged them X amount for the book when they could have got it for less.

« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2008, 05:18 »
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I saw an aperture book and wasn't impressed with the quality at all.

However, I saw one that a friend of mine put together in Aperture then ordered from Asuka (a wedding album) and it was beautiful.  Aperture is great for the page layout, but not so great for the printing.  But you get what you pay for - apple aperture is cheap!

Just for info - Graphistudio makes supurb books.  They are top of the line for wedding photos.  They DO cost a fair bit more than asuka but you do get your moneys worth for the more you are spending.  Most wedding couples are willing to pay extra as well for something that is higher quality.

« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2008, 11:54 »
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For Luxury books from North America there's Zookbinders.  Very expensive and you have to qualify to get an account with them.  You can send them your own prints or they will print and mount for you.  Truck or panorama layouts and trimmed corners.  Very nice.  The prices kindof restrict it to weddings and special occasion though.  It makes an awesome portfolio though, you have 100% control over the print quality.

Shameless self promotion:
I also have a consumer level photobook franchise, I'm partnered with a software developer and one of the big specialty houses print up our books.  You can try out the layouts without uploading photos or giving any personal information:  This is my  Store]http://shop.rocketlifeproduction.com/6436eed7981bbe54fe96d308fd12275f/]Store .


 

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