a book in 12h | record?

I have a friend that has a daughter that is now 18 and will graduate today saturday. The father wanted to make a great little book about her life in china (they’re not from here but lived here for about 10 years). I had much to do so I couldn’t help him. (pearl book and other book project) so time went by and he almost gave up the chance of being able to pul this of. I taught him how to use Apertures book tool, which gave him a small light but the PDF export functionality is sooo poor that even if you made your book the book couldn’t be printed as he/we wanted (Hard cover, glue binded).So yesterday morning I had finished all my ongoing projects and I started to make his book. From 13:20 in the afternoon to printable PDF at printhouse at 02:00 at night, a 24h service.Today we have it in our hands, printed and binded with hard cover and everything. A 70 pages 220x180mm big book. That’s a personal record. As soon as I get permission I will publish some of the pages. As it looks fantastic! ;)Over and out from a rainy and cold Kunming. brrrPS. For you techno geeks out there. Book was made using InDesign CS2, exported as “high quality print PDF” with cutmarks turned on and a 3mm bleed. It was printed on semi-glossed 120g paper double sided on a Xerox-monster color laser printer. Huge thing. Cover was printed on matt paper by a HP 5500 plotter and later laminated and put onto a hardcover thingi. They use big cutters and they do the thing bookmakers do, but in slowmotion. And results is not bad at all. It looks and feels like the real thing. I’d prefere a ink-print inside but laser is ok.

About Carl Rytterfalk

Welcome to my blog! I'm Carl Rytterfalk, a swedish photographer who loves everything that is interesting in the world of photography. In 2002 I fell in love with the three layered Foveon sensor and has since then been an addicted user of Sigma cameras. Though I use Canon and Nikon as well. :)
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6 Responses to a book in 12h | record?

  1. WindInYews says:

    Carl, a good story. And a good part of it is also that you got the Pearls book finished. … Very glad to hear that.

    It’s interesting how much it appears the use of good tools has supported your developments into book-making.

    I guess you are ready for the next journeys….see you on the magic-chat if we cross paths there before these happen.


  2. BobNL says:

    Come work with me! We have these little “problems” way too often :)

  3. Bob, I would like that very much, but last time I checked, dutch wasn’t on my CV.. ;) Btw, MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN I wanna go home now! Just knowing a date makes me soooo ..

    Clive, yes. I feel more and more at home using tools like InDesign. Still much to learn but hey, I have a whole (rest) life in front of me. :) I’ll bump into the chat right now. Hope you’re there.

  4. Way to go! It’s so easy getting things done fast in Asia, people are so service-minded, but you need some good skills and worked-out routines to be able

    I’m workin on a exhibition that will be in Sweden this summer and fall. Six lifestories of six women with HIV with additional B/W photos.

    Got some photos developed two days ago 12×18 Inch. 6,4 US dollar each on matt photo paper.
    Two photos developed in ten min. In sweden that would have been two days!

    It’s so cheep and easy i will develop the whole exhibition including the textpages. Then i get the same feeling of everything. The text will be just a little bit blurrier than if i printed it but it’s no big deal.

    Now i’m struggeling with how to the best greyscale-conversion. Watched a photoshop-TV-episode where this guy converted to LAB then copied the lightness-channel then converted to profile (Adobe RGB) then pasted the lightness-layer on the Red,Green and Blue layer.
    But! i can’t see any big difference from using the greyscale-conversion-preset in Lightroom (yes Carl i’ve started using Lightroom for real now :-) )

    Thanks for the time and all the good advices up in Kunming!

  5. vodka-apricot says:

    Oh sorry if I’m not in the right place, but it’s not easy to find the right one.

    I just wanted to share my experience of a recently discovered (for me) and passed french photographer, Jean Phillipe Charbonnier.
    Like HCB and others, he got a frange of 20th century in his camera. If you don’t know him yet, its work really worth to stop by…Please retain his name.

    An used book of his exposition in Paris in 1983 at MAM is available on the web.

    Best regards,


  6. P. Jean Philippe Charbonnier has taken some really stunning shots.. :) Thanks for reminding me, had a nice time these last ten minutes enjoying his work!

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