Blurb Quality


779HOB 7 1.2k United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 11:25AM
I was wondering if anyone has had a Blurb book printed recently and if you could tell me what your thoughts are on the quality. I had one done a few years ago and wasn’t that impressed but that might well have been down to my image files rather than the printing. I am thinking of doing another using the premium matt finished paper. So was just looking for someone who had recently done one who might be able to give some advise.

Thanks.

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Phillbri 18 116 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 11:55AM
Hi, I have had 4 Blurb books printed over the last 2years (now working on my 5th) and have always been pleased with the results and the service from Blurb. I have always paid a little extra to upgrade to a better grade of paper.
779HOB 7 1.2k United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 12:09PM

Quote:upgrade to a better grade of paper.


Thanks, which paper did you upgrade too?
derekhansen 11 210 24 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 12:30PM
I had a book printed last year and was very happy with the quality. I think I used a lustre finish paper.
779HOB 7 1.2k United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 12:41PM
Is the lustre very glossy?
LesF 13 182 9
14 Jun 2012 12:46PM
Had one done myself recently with the matt premium, very pleased with the quality
779HOB 7 1.2k United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 1:04PM

Quote:Had one done myself recently with the matt premium, very pleased with the quality


That's good to hear - thanks.
rossd 16 1.1k England
14 Jun 2012 2:45PM

Quote:That's good to hear - thanks.


Ditto - I ordered 2 books from Blurb a couple of days ago so the above comments are very encouragingSmile

(Bit pricey though IMO)
779HOB 7 1.2k United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 3:06PM

Quote:(Bit pricey though IMO)


Yep, not really good for resale I don't think unless you are happy to only add a few pounds for profit.
puertouk 8 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 4:30PM
Go for the best quality, as I have had work through them and I was not impressed with the finished article. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.
Stephen
779HOB 7 1.2k United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 5:05PM

Quote:Go for the best quality


By that do you mean the Pearl (ProLine) paper? I have read that many photogrpahers don't like this paper becasue of the way the ink drys it doens't reproduce well.
wicksy 13 79 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 8:37PM
i used the proline pearl for a book of black and white portraits i had printed for my A level exam piece. I was pleased with it but did feel there could have been a greater range in the dark tones with some of my subjects.
digicammad 16 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2012 8:38AM

Quote:Bit pricey though IMO


I'm surprised to see that comment, I thought they were extremely good value. I got a wedding album printed, with image wrap, upgraded paper and 120 pages, all for around the £100 mark. When I was researching it other companies seemed to be coming in at way more than that.

By the way the quality was excellent and the B&G were absolutely thrilled with it.

Ian
779HOB 7 1.2k United Kingdom
15 Jun 2012 11:00AM

Quote:I'm surprised to see that comment, I thought they were extremely good value. I got a wedding album printed, with image wrap, upgraded paper and 120 pages, all for around the £100 mark. When I was researching it other companies seemed to be coming in at way more than that.


I think they are good value as long as you are not planning on resale or are happy to only make a couple pounds on each book.


Quote:i used the proline pearl for a book of black and white portraits i had printed for my A level exam piece. I was pleased with it but did feel there could have been a greater range in the dark tones with some of my subjects.


I think this was part of the problem reported with using the Proline paper. I guess it wil be differnet for everyone to some extent.
Just Jas 17 26.3k 1 England
15 Jun 2012 11:21AM

Quote:By the way the quality was excellent and the B&G were absolutely thrilled with it.


Which is what counts.

Despite what some might say here regarding clients understanding or appreciation of quality.

If you sell the clients a 'better' album you can make more money - well, maybe nicer for the photographer - maybe not quite so for the client?


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