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#81 Simistar

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    Posted 14 April 2011 - 04:46 PM


    Awwww... thanks ladies! Means a lot coming from such super gals:-)

    Your photobook looks fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing!

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    Originally Posted by Aumuller 

    That looks amazing! Must have been so much work but you saved a ton of money I'm sure.

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    Originally Posted by 82turtles 

    Just read through your photographer review.. wow, sounds like such a mess (and thanks again for posting the review for other brides to know to stay away). Your album turned out so beautifully though!! Great job putting that all together!

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    Originally Posted by royalbride610 

    Thanks for the info!  I'm definitely looking into this.  And your pictures look beautiful!



     



    #82 harkatea

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      Posted 14 April 2011 - 04:55 PM

      goodness.  Those pictures are phenomenal, thanks for sharing!



      #83 kelly79

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        Posted 30 June 2011 - 11:52 PM

        How did you get the picture into the album? Did you glue them in?What type of photo printing paper did you use?Did you use anything to seal the photos for protection?What type of printer did you use? A wide format printer?



        #84 Evgal

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          Posted 02 July 2011 - 09:03 AM

          You look gorgeous and the book turned out amazing!



          #85 Simistar

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            Posted 02 July 2011 - 12:25 PM



            Originally Posted by kelly79 

            How did you get the picture into the album? Did you glue them in?What type of photo printing paper did you use?Did you use anything to seal the photos for protection?What type of printer did you use? A wide format printer?



            Hi there!

             

            Actually, the album is done digitally...i.e. I assembled the layouts for each of the pages on my computer and then I emailed those files to a online company who does these books.

            That company then takes my emailed JPEG files and prints them into this book.

            The pictures are actually a part of the page, if that makes sense...like a magazine page.

            I doubt a home printer, even of very good quality, would be able to print these types of pages out...especially b/c they are thicker than regular paper... even thicker than cardstock paper, but not quite as thick as cardboard:-)

            The company I used was:

             

            http://www.blackrive...g.com/index.asp

             

            And the layout software I used to makes the pages was:

             

            http://www.lumapix.com/index.shtml

             

            Originally Posted by Evgal 

            You look gorgeous and the book turned out amazing!


            Thank you!!:-)

             



            #86 Essential0929

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              Posted 02 July 2011 - 04:56 PM

              This is amazing!!! I still have 10 months until my wedding, and you already have me thinking of doing this.



              #87 JayKay

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              Posted 02 July 2011 - 07:11 PM

               

              The company I used was:

               

              http://www.blackrive...g.com/index.asp

               

              And the layout software I used to makes the pages was:

               

              http://www.lumapix.com/index.shtml

               

               


              I love your book!!! I want to make my own after my wedding and I fell in love with your book!  Thanks for sharing the sites you used!
               

               



              #88 Gin Bootles

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                Posted 14 August 2011 - 03:23 PM

                hey can i ask you how much that costed you?


                All because, two people fell in love!


                #89 Simistar

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                  Posted 16 August 2011 - 10:08 AM



                  Originally Posted by Gin Bootles 

                  hey can i ask you how much that costed you?


                  Hey, no problem - I'm just trying to remember myself:-)

                   

                  Okay, so, keep in mind, cost will vary greatly depending on size of album you choose, how many pages, and what kind of cover (leather, etc)...and of course, which company you use.

                  I used Balck River Imaging, which is one fo the only companies I could find that sell albums like these to consumers instead of JUST pro photographers.

                   

                  I ordered a 12X12 black leather with 30 double-page spreads or 60 pages (or "sides" as they're sometimes called...) - which is actually pretty large and thick:-)

                  So my total order, with taxes and shipping was $560 USD.
                  So, definitely not cheap, lol, BUT cheap-ER than ordering the same through a photographer... at least most photographers I checked with charged a design fee (which I think has a huge range, from $200 - $1000 ?) and then they charge for the actual book anywhere from $700 to a couple thousand...

                  The kind of album I ordered is called "Tuscany"..
                  And the base price for the leather covers, including 20 pages, is $249 USD.
                  Every page after that is an additional $7.50 USD.

                   

                  I then also bought Lumapix Fotofusion software to design the page layouts. If you are proficient in Photoshop and have it on your computer, you can obviously design the pages with that as well...

                  I bought the "extreme" version of Fotofusion...but ONLY because I wanted a 12x12 book with 12x24 panaromic layouts and you can only do them that large with Extreme.
                  And b/c as far as I could tell, that's the only version where you can save multiple layouts to one project and be able to see them all at once while you're working on a project.
                   

                  That said, I think you can buy just the "Essentials" version and have everything you need...for a LOT cheaper:-) - like $100 I think.
                  If the largest you want to go is 10x10, you can do panoramic layouts with Essentials for 10x19 layouts.
                  And you'll just have to save each page as a separate project...which is kind of inconvenient, but again, cheaper:-)

                   

                  Hope this helps:-)


                   

                   



                  #90 amanda2286

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                    Posted 22 August 2011 - 05:50 AM

                    looks great!






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