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CindyW
08-30-2005, 10:33 PM
Hi all,
Just thought of this....
Those of you who do shows, or perhaps anyone, really...and those who don't have a gallery/publisher to print a retrospective of your work... :D

I have created 4 books online with tons of photos of family for special occasions, birthdays, Christmas for family, and they were professionally printed and hard bound and mailed to me within a couple weeks. They've come out beautifully!

This would be great for those of you who have lots of work that's been sold that you can't exhibit at your shows but would love to have a collection to show...there's quite a few companies that now offer this service of printing a hard bound covered book of nice quality. I'm not sure about competitive prices but I know some start at $29.99 for 20 pages, not a bad price overall. Some companies let you have 1 photo per page, some let you have numerous, as well as text to accompany the pix, or even whole pages of text.

A downside is if you paint like crazy every day...I suppose you'd have to wait til you were happy with the number of paintings you had in the book. Or you have one a year done.

Cindy

DLJohnson
09-03-2005, 03:20 AM
Hi Cindy,

This is interesting and timely. My hubby and I were just talking about getting a book made for our family in time for Christmas. Do you have a link? I hope, I hope!

Thanks,

Donna

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Sep-2005/7846-painterportrait.gif

CindyW
09-03-2005, 11:46 AM
Hi Donna,
I used imagestation last Christmas to make 2 books and the year before to make my mom a book for her 70th bday as well as personalized playing cards and picture puzzles for gifts. They came out beautifully.
I have one less than perfect observation: the support can be slow and not very helpful, if at all. So, if you can figure things out by yourself, it can be done, as I did. Also, the photo software didn't work using Netscape, only IE. This is the only company I've tried so far but I want to check out other companies as well for this holiday so I'll post on how those work or don't work as I experience them.

You might find a site that compares these companies to each other to make a decision on which is best. I haven't looked yet but there probably is just such a site.
Cindy

http://www.photoworks.com/books/;jsessionid=BF04B82CC76CA8F9E5BA25B07F5ED3E9?cb=PW&svr=web15&guest=true

http://www.mypublisher.com/deluxeBooks.html

http://www.imagestation.com/photo-gifts/

http://www.shutterfly.com/photobooks/index.jsp

CindyW
09-03-2005, 11:47 AM
cute anim in your sig line!!

DLJohnson
09-03-2005, 12:25 PM
Hi Cindy,

This is great. We (hubby) were just talking about this while we have our coffee. I am going to get at least one made. Thanks for the links! I will be gone most of today but will check them out later.

I think getting a book made every year is a really good idea.

Donna

Here is my other current fave smiley (don't even get me started, lol)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Sep-2005/7846-gallery.gif

Dark_Shades
09-06-2005, 01:35 PM
Hey Bing this is a great idea, and very timely - strangely enough I was thinking of doing something like this for myself with all the paintings Ive done, and lost track of.
I have PSP 8 and that has a number of templates that I posted different images in, and was then thinking of printing those out and putting into clear pre punched pockets and ring binders.
My sister has just taken over ownership of a Fancy Dress Hire Shop :) that she has worked in for the last 10 years - and one thing we had been working on is updating the photographs... Dressing up in the costumes and taking photos and doing the procedure as I mentioned above - but I love how professional the binding and pages look, and being able to add text...... will definately check this out - hope they deal with the UK
Thanks for sharing

CindyW
10-12-2005, 02:31 AM
Hi, just updating...I did create a new book with Imagestation for my aunt's 70th birthday.
I got the book back and it was in production and at my door within a week, very fast!
BUT..and this is a BIG but.....the support was non-existant, and at one point, the software had lost 6 pages of my book of 44 pages. I could NOT get an answer as to why it happened. So, I had to recreate the pages. I have a guess that they had older photos that I used in another book from 2+years ago and they were deleted off their server. Other than that guess, no clue. Anyways, beware of time lost and questions sent to the abyss of the electronic netherworld.
The book came out lovely despite the anxiety of lost pages and my aunt will love it.
Cindy