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Re: [BKARTS] How to have a book of photographs printed?

Hi Scott,

I'm a photography student at the School of the International Center of
Photography, and am also studying bookbinding at the Center for Book Arts in
New York City for just this purpose. After viewing examples from more than a
dozen printing services, I've concluded that the only way to do it well on
high quality paper is to print it myself. I'm just finishing the 10 week
course, Bookbinding 1, and have plans for printing and binding a number of
my photography projects, so although I haven't yet done one, I have been
investigating materials and methods, and perhaps some of what I've
discovered will be useful to you.

There are not many high quality double-sided papers, but Hahnemuhler sells
some in sheet form (many have very high regard for their Photo Rag), and
Inkpress makes a good quality double sided paper available in sheet as well
as rolls. A good quality inkjet printer, such as the Epson pro series,
will give excellent results. I have an Epson 3800, which renders beautiful

Although these are matte papers, which minimize the problem, it might still
be prudent to take steps to deal with the problem of outgassing. Epson
recommends that the prints be layered with newsprint for 24 hours, then
again for another 24 hours with fresh newsprint. Also, these are pigment on
paper, and I am concerned about facing pages rubbing one another. Two
solutions to that occur to me: first is interleaving, and second is using a
good fixative spray on the sheets before folding. Both Epson and Hahnemuhler
make such sprays.

Finally the printing involves the standard problems of imposition. My
initial searches have shown a number of software programs available for
this, although none are inexpensive. Adobe Insight, a page-layout program,
does have a feature apparently, which I haven't explored yet, designed to
handle impostion for pamphlets, and that may work on a signature by
signature basis, treating each signature as a separate pamphlet.

For myself, I think I'll probably do the impostion manually, so to speak, in
Adobe Lightroom, creating a print of four images, each rotated as needed,
then creating a second "print" for the reverse side, working from a dummy.

I hope this is helpful.

On 8/8/08, Scott J. Coutts <scott.coutts@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I need to print a book of photographs, so they need to be double sided
> pages printed so that I can fold and bind them... but it's for a single
> copy. I don't normally have to have this kind of thing printed, so I'm not
> really sure where I can have it done.
> I should specify here that I only want pages that I can fold and sew. I'm
> not interested in having it spiral bound, wire bound, with binding posts,
> perfect or other adhesive binding etc, or any other method that uses single
> pages rather than folded pages. I also don't want to paste photographs into
> a book in an album style. I know there's plenty of place around that will do
> any of those things for me.
> I'd considered hiring a high quality inkjet and testing some of that double
> sided paper, but I have no idea whether it's any good or not, or whether you
> can get it in a size that will allow me to print large enough sheets to fold
> (rolls and a guillotine maybe?). Maybe I'm totally off the track here. Can
> anyone recommend a good place or method, that isn't outrageously expensive,
> to have this printing done?
> Cheers,
> Scott.
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