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How to create and self publish a print book with a lot of images and pictures
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Paper type, color choices

If you are working with a print company other than CreateSpace you may be able to select what kind of paper your book is printed on. Consult with that company to get pricing and possibly paper samples so you can make an informed decision.

If you are using CreateSpace then your book will be printed on a nice quality 60# white paper.
The 60# (pound) number refers to how thick and heavy the paper is. Honestly, I am very satisfied with CreateSpace's paper quality. It seems like the same quality you find in any book at the book store. Through CreateSpace, you will be able to order a very low cost printed "proof" of your book and can decide if you like the paper prior to approving the final version.

Image files on your computer have color settings (sometimes called color profiles) encoded in them. You should be aware that there are two main types of color settings:

Painter Person Illustration by Brett EngleCMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) is a color setting for images that are going to be printed. Most printers require the coloring of all images, graphics, and text to be set up as CMYK. This is because in the real world they use those 4 colors, blended together, to create many of the colors of the rainbow. This is the four-color printing process CreateSpace uses. You cannot create all colors with CMYK, like metallics and flourescents, because those require special inks. Bottom line: CMYK is best for printed books.

RGB (Red, Green, Blue) is a color setting for images that are typically going to be viewed on screens (like on websites, TVs, phones, social media, etc). The biggest reason to use this color setting is for images that will "live" in the digital world. RGB images look bright and colorful on screen, but can appear dull if you print them out. It is true that a few professional printers print in RGB format, but most do not.

Support the author and download this entire guide ad free. Only 99 cents for the PDF. Click here! Regardless if it is black & white or full color, your book's settings should all be CMYK.
Color management on computers is a literal art and science, so it is difficult to cover more than these basics. You should ensure that all of the images being prepared for your book are set up in CMYK. Choose CMYK for all color settings and consult your program's help settings if necessary. Use color to your advantage. Not every color page needs full color imagery, but consider that overly white pages may be a missed opportunity for your creativity. Your book does not cost less if you use less color.

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