Monthly Archives: May 2011

Tips To Format Book For Self Publishing Author

There are many authors over the world who find it hard to decide on the right format for manuscripts to send to their respective publishers. When you are looking to be the boss of your own work by becoming a self publisher it is important to have an idea about the proper format for the publishers. Some of the printing service providers have guidelines which should be followed meticulously if you want the best output for your book. The printing agencies work in different ways and use different software, thus the format for the manuscripts should meet their needs. If the manuscripts are not sent to the publishers then your work gets delayed and the costs pile up. While some of the reputed printing service providers such as PrintPapa have clear instructions for short run books, some of the other new printing agencies might have incomplete or no guidelines at all. In such situations it is important to follow the tips mentioned below:

  • Format the document to Font Size 12 and font type Times New Roman or Courier. There should be one inch margins on either side of the document.
  • Mention your contact details in the top left corner of the front page. The details should include either your real name or pen name, address, phone number, website or e-mail address. In the top right corner of the document mention the title of the book and approximate word count for the book (should be rounded to the nearest thousand).
  • Now move the cursor to the middle of the first page and write the first chapter heading in the center. Pres “Enter” a couple of times and type in “by [Your Name Here]”. Mention either your original name or any pen name whichever you want to appear in the book. Select the text to double spaced lines and press Enter. Now you can begin typing the manuscript.
  • Each of the paragraphs should have an indent of one-half inch which is the default setting for word processors. While typing the text, the paragraphs should not be separated by space. You don’t have to worry about the lines which are a part of the paragraphs before or after them (these lines dangle at the top or bottom part of the page automatically).
  • Use the tools to insert automatic page numbering at the top left of every page. In Microsoft Word this can be done by going to the menu bar and selecting the option “Header” or in the latest Word versions “Page Number”.
  • When you are done, watch out for the command which will make the page number for the front page different. The page number for this page should be at the bottom and centered.
  • Start each chapter of your book in separate pages. The chapter name should be quarter of the way down in the page. Insert an extra space between the title of the chapter and its text.

Now you have formatted the perfect manuscript which will help the printing service provider offer quick turnaround. If you visit a printing service provider like PrintPapa who has experience in not only publishing books but also other promotional materials, then you are assured to get high quality prints in quick time. The company deals with various types of printing such as Brochures, Booklets, Rack cards, Presentation Folders, Greeting Cards, etc. So you can be sure to get the best quality and nothing else from PrintPapa!

Tips To Design A Book Cover In MS Works

There is a burning debate doing rounds in the publishing industry that readership for books is decreasing significantly with the advent of Internet, but recent surveys have showed that book readership is stable and there is no decrease in the printed books followers. Thus many new authors are getting their deserved recognition everyday. In the past authors were just limited to writing the book and sending it to the printers. It was the job of the printers to organize all the text and pictures and decide on the desired layout of the book. But with the huge number of printing software and suites available in the market, nowadays there are many things else that a self publishing author can do. MS works is one such utility suite of Microsoft. It is a “word processor, spreadsheet and database suite”. Though you can not have the endless options available with the other larger office suites, but it has many basic tools which are helpful for the self publishers. This is a handy suite for home or office and  can be bought within a limited budget. If you know how to use MS Works then you will be able to create professional looking covers for any book, scrapbook, journal, etc. Below are some of the tips to design the book cover using MS Works:

  • Click on the icon to open MS Works. It will open the “Task Launcher” and offer you a number of options. Select “Templates” and open the template manager and then go ahead and click on the “Home and Money” category.
  • Choose “Journals” section from “Home and Money” and MS Work will provide you with five templates to choose from. Choose the personal journal option and use the template as the base template for the book cover design.
  • Next, select the option for personal journal template and click on “Use this Style” link which is displayed above the preview of personal journal. “Task Launcher” will now open the selected template in Microsoft Works.
  • After the template opens you should delete the second page present in the document. Select the text in the document saying “Personal Journal of Name” and insert the title of the book there. Choose the basic font styles such as Times New Roman or Courier from the drop down menu and select the font size 36 if you intend to send it to the printer straightaway. You can choose the font color for the book too from the menu.
  • Press “Enter” twice to drop down a couple of lines. Change the font size to 12 and press “Enter” again, then type your name. This is the best format for any professional book cover. Now go to the “File” menu and save the file with the option “Save As”. With MS Works you can also save the project as a Template and the option will appear in the Template Manager whenever you need it.

Now you are done designing the cover of the book. It is time to get in touch with a professional printing service provider with years of experience in printing different types of projects such as PrintPapa. This printing agency not only publishes books but can help you in the printing of different types of promotional materials such as Postcards, Rack Cards, Letterhead, Business cards, Envelopes, etc.

How to Determine the Right Size for Your Book?

When you are looking to self publish your book there are various things that you should consider. One of these is the size of the book. The size of the book plays an important part in the overall designing. When you visit any bookstore you will come across books of various shapes and sizes. If you notice closely the designs of the books vary according to the sizes significantly. So, which is the right size of book for your short run book? Well, there are some variables that will determine your choice. So look through these variables before making the final choice:

  • Genre: The size of the book varies according to the genre. There are some books which are associated with having a specific size, such as the mass market paperbacks are of small size (less than 5 inches in width and 8 inches in length). While the books on computer and technical information are larger in size of 7.25X9.25 or approximately that dimension. If you are looking to have good sales with your book then it is not wise to deviate from the general norms of size. Remember you will be selling the books through the retail stores where there are display racks of particular size to accommodate each genre of books.
  • Printer: Most of the book printers offer standard sized prints. Before getting the quotes you have to get an idea about the standard sizes of the printers and make your book layout likewise. It is difficult to visually make out the difference between 7”X10” and 6”X9”, so visit the nearest retail store and measure the books displayed there. If you are looking to print self published book using both offset technology and print on demand you should format the book so that they can be printed either way. Usually printers have fewer size variations when it comes to hardback or color books, so this factor should also be kept in mind.
  • Content: If the physical size of the book is small, then there will be more pages in the book. If you are looking to self publish a book with 50,000 words it will have 200 pages in the 6”X9” format, while in the 7”X10” format it will have 170 pages. When you are using the print on demand technology the pricing depends on the per page charge and base unit cost. The unit costs will vary according to the page sizes. Renowned printing service providers offer two categories such as large and small paperbacks. The unit of large paperbacks is definitely more then the smaller ones. If you can not decide on which option to go for then it is wise to get the calculators out and opt for the one costing you less on the printing charges.
  • Layout: If you intend to include pictures and diagrams in your book, then you will have to select a larger size to fit these ideally. Book’s readability is one of the most important considerations, so when you are preparing the layout for the book make sure it can be easily read. There should white spaces and margins left in the book to ease the reading experience.
  • Audience: If you are writing a book for the older audiences then the font for the book should be large. This will automatically make the book larger.

Renowned printing agencies such as PrintPapa have all the options available for the self publishers. PrintPapa not only offers extensive list of options for self publishing of short run books but they also offer printing services for various promotional materials such as NCR Forms, Labels & Stickers, Rack Cards, Flyers, Banners, Booklets, Presentation Folders, etc.

The Importance of Resolution in Print

There are many books, posters, banners and other promotional materials published each day, but the people are still largely ignorant about the intricacies of printing. In the past years there was not much that you could do to help the professional printers. You had to select or sent pictures to the publisher and they work upon it to provide high quality pictures in your publications. But in today’s computer era there are different digital formats for pictures and it is important for you to know the terms and usage of resolution in printing.

Any original picture is referred to by the printers as continuous tone image. There are various types of tones from black to Grey through the various color spectrum. Every photo has a grain structure which is not seen by the naked eye (it is microscopic), but there is much more in a digital picture. The grain structure in a digital picture is called pixels. Each pixel in a digital image can have different values (as there are millions of color images) but the entire pixel value in the image has to be the same. When a picture is taken with the digital camera, you set a particular resolution for the camera. The resolution of the camera determines the pixel value for the image. The pixels are usually decided by the pixel height and pixel width. Such images are also known as raster images by the way they are screened – from top to bottom or left to right. Thus the pixel values in an image file are also determined in the similar order.

To create an illusion of continuous tone printing service providers use ink dots while printing. These ink dots are not same as pixels. These ink dots are usually printed on a rectangular grid which is called the Screen and is measured in ink dots per inch calculations. These ink dots vary in sizes. When an image gets darker the ink dots are larger but the dots per inch remain the same. Most people would now think that more the number of ink dots per inch better picture they will get, but the results depend on the quality of paper, printing service provider and the make of ink. 300 pixels per inch is required to produce a high quality picture at 130 line screen (with 130 ink dots per inch).

The advancement in picture printing has meant there is a lot of things to learn about printing. But whatever be the resolution of picture you will require them to be printed with high quality ink and paper. Thus it is important to take up the services of a renowned printing agency such as PrintPapa who have years of experience in dealing with photo products and other promotional material printing.

Tips To Create a Poster Using Adobe InDesign

As far as desktop publishing software program goes, Adobe InDesign is one of the most popular. Though there are many similar programs such as Quark Express, but InDesign is used widely as it can be integrated with the other software programs of Adobe such as Illustrator, Photoshop and Dreamweaver with ease. Designers using the InDesign can complete small projects (such as brochure and flyer’s designs) and large projects (like poster and book designing) in quick time and with relative ease.

Poster designing is one of the specialized area of work and in the present times designers are using the Adobe InDesign to make a short work of designing high quality posters for printing. If you want to learn the best uses of Adobe InDesign for poster printing then take a look at the below mentioned tips:

  • Click on the Adobe InDesign icon placed on your desktop.
  • When the software opens create a new document in InDesign by pressing “Ctrl” + “N”. Or open a new file by taking your cursor to “File” option on the top menu and then selecting “New” from a drop-down list that will appear.
  • Enter the key information related to the desired dimensions of the promotional poster when the “New Document” opens. After the page opens enter the height and width of the poster as per your needs. Enter the information in the “Height” and “Width” boxes. Also mention the proximity of the posters by deciding how close the borders will be to the edge of the poster. If you want no borders around the poster then enter the value “0” in the fields appearing at the bottom of the screen and the others will be reset automatically. In such cases you will get a full bleed poster off the page.
  • Select the color you want to add as a background for the poster. If you want to keep it white then skip this step. To opt for desired color, click on a rectangular selection tool that will appear on the left of your screen. Click and place the tool over the part of the poster where you want to insert the background color. Click on the Colors palette and select the exact color you need. You may also adjust the opacity by sliding across the bars in the left panel. This will make the background lighter as well as semi transparent.
  • To insert an image into the poster select “Ctrl” + “D”. When the image appears select the white arrow in the toolbox. Drag the image to reduce its size by clicking on one of its corners.
  • Use the “Text” tool in the tool box to insert any text (the tool looks like the alphabet “T”). Place the cursor to the area of the page where you want to insert some text. Then type in the words you want.
  • Next, click on the black arrow at the top of the tool box and move the positions of the different elements on the page. By using this process you can make each and every aspect of the poster meet your exact designing needs. After you have made sure all the elements are in accordance select “Ctrl” + “S”  and save the document. Now your promotional poster is ready to be sent to the printer!

Poster being one of the best promotional products has high demand among the business owners. Posters are popular among the youngsters as well as the aged. They are used widely, thus marketing through the posters is sure to make your marketing campaign a success. It is essential in this respect that the best choice of printing service provider is made. You might have all the skills with the Adobe InDesign software but it is only with the help of a professional printing agency such as PrintPapa can you achieve the desired printing results.

Tips To Choose The Best Photos for Photobook

The digital age has made sure that most of us click hundreds of pictures all year round. But when it comes to choosing the best shots for the photobook we are in a fix as to which ones would make the best photobook. It is always good to have problem of plenty as it will allow you to choose the best out of your pictures.

First and foremost you don’t need to be a professional photographer to choose the best photos for your photobook. All you need is some aesthetic sense and you will create the best of photobooks. Here are a few tips which will help you choose the best photos for photobooks:

  • Subject: “Picture speaks a thousand words” and the photograph you select for your photobook should do the same. Make sure that the picture you select has a proper subject which has been emphasized in the picture. Your subject could be a person, object or simply a wide angle scenic lake.
  • Composition And Size: Well composed photos have everything in detail. The background, foreground and the subject will speak volumes for itself. The size of the picture will also determine its quality as some pictures look good in long shot while others fare better as close-ups.
  • Focus: It is one of the key considerations when it comes to choosing a picture. You can easily make out what a poorly focused shot is as it will have no center of attraction. Don’t get confused between a poorly focused shot and a defocused shot as the latter is done on purpose.
  • Lighting and Exposure: Photography is all about playing with lighting. Make sure that the subject in your picture is lighted aptly. Overexposed or underexposed picture will make your photobook look dull. These days image editing applications allow you to increase and decrease the exposure of your images. You need to strike a balance between contrast and brightness in your pictures.
  • Color: It is always ideal to choose bright colored pictures for your photobook as they arouse emotions however it is no sacred rule. If you are scanning old pictures for your photobook make sure the digitized images do not lose color as it is a common occurrence. Use color correction application to deal with problem of this nature.

Once you have designed your photobook you will need the services of a professional printing agency such as Print Papa to give you a quality end result. Print Papa is a renowned printing service provider and specializes in various types of photo products such as photo calendars, photo posters, greetings cards, etc.

Tips to Create a Photobook with our P3 Publisher (Free Software)

Are you thinking of gifting something unique this holiday season, then photobooks are a great gift idea. Usually you must have thousands of nice photographs stacked in your computer but these go unused. If you want to create a photobook then you can use these photos and make a memorable gift item. Some people scare away from getting the photos printed as the costs incurred to buy a photo printer or to get the photos printed from a printing service provider are high. So why not use one among the hundreds of free software available with the printing agencies? PrintPapa has recently come up with one such software, the PrintPapa Photo Publisher, using which the clients can create a well-designed photobook including some of their unused snaps. There are various designing and personalizing options available in the software so that you can make the gift item meet your exact specifications.

The PrintPapa Photo Publisher is user friendly and you can create the photo book using some very simple steps. First of all download the software onto your desktop or laptop and then follow the below given steps:

Step 1

Start by clicking on the downloaded PrintPapa Photo Publisher software. When the software opens there is a page displaying a few options. You can read about various key facets such as the FAQs and Pricing models. If you have already gone through these then get started with the project.

On the left panel of the page there are various photo products mentioned. As we are looking to create a photobook so we will click on “Photo Books”.

Step 2

When the next page opens up click on the option “Create New”. You will immediately be taken to a page “Select Book”. Here you have to choose the size for photobook. There are two options available such as Hardcover Photobook 11X8.5 and 8X8. You can also select the categories for the product such as all categories (which will let the software choose) or Landscape and Square, whichever option you feel comfortable with. Here I have selected the option “Landscape” and will settle for the size “Hardcover Photobook – 11X8.5”.

Step 3

Once you have made your selections click on “Easy Photo Book Wizard”. Select a Theme for your Photo Book next. The themes will depend on the occasion. There are various themes such as Birthday, Holidays, Sports, Travel, etc. Here I will go for the “Holidays” theme. Once completed I will click on “Next” to go through to the next stage.

Step 4

Now go on and select the photos that you want to include in your photobook. It is a good idea to pre-select the photos and keep them in a separate folder. You can select any number of pictures from 21 to 398. Click on “Select Pictures” option. On the left hand panel of the page there are browsing options. Search for the folder where you have kept the photos. Once the pictures in the folder get recognized by the software they will be displayed to you. Click on the photos you want to include by ticking beside them. I will be using 24 pictures for my project. Once the selection is done click on “OK”.

In the next stage you can choose the Cover Picture for your Photobook. The software takes the first picture in the selected list to be the cover photo, so you can alter that by clicking on “Preview Pictures” and dragging the suitable cover photo to the top of the list. You can rearrange other photos in your preferable order too simply by dragging them. Once done click “OK”.

Step 5

In the next stage you have to give a caption for the photobook that should not exceed 30 characters as also select the caption location (i.e. whether on Front Cover or First page). Once you are through click on “Next”.

Step 6

The PrintPapa Photo Publisher will give you a summary of the preferences you have selected for your photobook creation. Go through it and then click on “Finish” to proceed further.

Now you can design the background of for photos, add frame, add Sepia and black & white touch to them, etc. You may choose the Page Backgrounds, Page Layouts, Page Borders, Picture Shapes, Clipart, etc. The top half of the page shows the arrangement of the photos page wise. So take a minute look.

Step 7

After taking a minute look if you are satisfied with the design and the page arrangement then click on “Send to PrintPapa Press” on top of the page. You will be shown the resolutions of each and every photo, click “Proceed” to get to the next stage. The software will take some time to process your project.

Accept the terms and conditions of the company and then click “Continue”. Wait for some time as all the details will be transferred to PrintPapa for order processing.

Now you have to mention the number of copies you want for the photobook and fill in the expected turnaround time. The calculator will calculate the total cost so that you can instantly know how much you have incurred.

Now just sit back and wait for the photobook to arrive to your doorsteps. It is very easy to create that perfect gift item using the PrintPapa Photo Publisher. There are other photo products also offered by this renowned printing agency such as photo greetings cards, photo posters and banners and photo calendars.

How to Turn Your Personal Photos into Photo Posters?

There are some people who just love to take snaps wherever they go of which some snaps turn out to be incredible. For the photography lovers converting their personal photos into photo posters is a great way of showcasing their talent. Just think how you would feel if your walls are filled with posters of various snaps that you have taken on vacations? It’s a great idea isn’t it?

Though it is fun to use your personal pictures into photo posters you need to keep a few things in mind while taking the snaps. While taking the pictures always set the camera to the highest possible resolution. The location that you choose should also have enough amount of light to draw eyeballs to the poster. Now that the photos are taken you have to start converting them into the posters. PrintPapa has come up with photo editing and designing software PrintPapa Photo Publisher. With this you can design a photo poster and make it look exactly like you want it to be. The steps are very simple. Let’s try and design a poster using the photo of the majestic Taj Mahal:

Step 1

Click to open the downloaded PrintPapa Photo Publisher software present on your desktop or laptop. You will be led to a page carrying a lot of options. You may learn about the Price List or the FAQ. There is also information about the Ordering Process. It is important for you learn the policies of the company before starting the project.

Once you have gone through the content start off with the photo poster designing. Click on “Posters” tab located on the extreme left panel of the software.

Step 2

In the next page you have to select the option “Create New”. When you click on “Create New” another page opens “Cards Wizard”, click on the option on the bottom right “Next” and get to the next step.

Now you have to select a size for the poster. Choose a size depending on the needs. There are various standard sizes to choose from. Here I am using the minimum limit size (8X10 poster). Once you have selected the right option go ahead and click on “Next”.

Next, you have to select an image for the photo poster so browse through your computer and insert the image you want to display. Here I am using the Taj Mahal snap. After selecting the image click “Next”.

Step 3

Once you have entered the next phase the software will start working with your inserted image and turn it into a printable photo poster. Click on “Finish” to enter the next stage where you can personalize the poster.

Start designing the photo poster using the options available. You can insert object, add a picture frame, write captions, use the zoom options, etc. You can also use the Clipart designs available on the top right panel. Here I will be using the “Holidays” theme for the poster.

Step 4

Now your poster is ready to be printed. Just give a second look whether you are satisfied with the designs. Once done its time to send it to PrintPapa for printing. On the top right there is the option “Send to PrintPapa Press”, click here. You will be asked for confirmation whether you want to print the project. Click “OK” and your request is sent to PrintPapa. Accept the terms and conditions and click “Continue”.

Select the number of copies, Turnaround time, Paper, Shipping details, etc. and the calculator will immediately tell you the cost you have to pay. Once you have filled in the requisite details your job is done. Just wait to receive the photo poster that you will be proud of.

Just 4 simple steps and you have designed a great looking photo poster. That’s how easy it is with PrintPapa. PrintPapa does not only deal with photo products, they offer other photo products too. At this renowned printing agency you can have photo greetings cards, photo banners, photo books and photo calendars too.

Tips to Create Photo Posters at Home

Planning to create a photo poster at home? Gone are those days when you needed to have good knowledge of Photoshop or Corel Draw to create a photo poster at home. Print Papa which has created a name for itself as a printing service provider has launched the Print Papa Photo Publisher which will let you create your own posters in a few easy steps. Let us take a look at this amazing application which lets you design awesome posters at home for easy steps:

Step 1

Open Print Papa Photo Publisher application in your desktop/laptop and select the Posters on the left panel of the application (as shown below). Here you will be presented with options such as Price List, FAQs where you can check out the details you need before your proceed with the creation of your poster.

Step 2

Select the ‘Create New’ option in the application and new window will open where you will be able to choose the size of your poster where you will be able to select among all the standard size of posters and banners. Next you will be directed to a window where you will need to choose the image for your poster.

Be a bit choosy with the image of your poster as you need to make sure that the poster serves your purpose be it impressing your loved one or making a strong sales pitch for your business.

Step 3

Next you will be directed to a page where you will be able to personalize your poster to suit your exact needs. Here you will be able to insert clipart to your poster or add frames which will be according to occasions such as Engagements, Birthdays, Christmas, New Year etc.

You will be able to do a lot of customization in your poster wherein you will be able to rotate the image, resize and add captions in this application. You can also sharpen the image here or customize the skin tone and color.

Be careful in executing all the steps in this window of the application as what you design here will be finally printed by Print Papa. Once you are done with the editing take a close look at the entire poster by zooming in and out.

Step 4

Voila you are done! All you need to do now is send the poster to the Print Papa press and confirm your order by selecting the number of copies and provide the payment and shipment details.

Apart from Posters, PrintPapa Photo Publisher also lets you design various types of photo products such as photo calendars, photobook, greetings cards, etc.