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540. Nov 9, 2011 9:22 AM in response to: walton
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

I'm trying to format for all e-pub options so that I can publish with iPad etc. So I'm testing the same .pdf files I've formatted for CS in digital to see if they read OK. Not a chance, the font changes styles and sizes no matter how many times I purge all the formatting. Driving me nuts!

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541. Nov 9, 2011 9:27 AM in response to: Lobo66
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

OpenOffice has an extension that converts directly to ePub without a table of contents. Smashwords will take your DOC file and convert it into a bunch of formats including ePub and Kindle, but you need to do some preliminary work such as creating interior file links for the TOC.

 

I offer these as options to attempting to convert your PDF.

 

Seal

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542. Nov 9, 2011 12:40 PM in response to: Lobo66
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

I've found that any conversion to ePub from another file, whether that be PDF, OO, Pages, InDesign etc, needs some cleaning up of the HTML before it's ready to publish. Especially conversions from PDF.

 

Download Sigil (free), edit the ePub code, and then check it out in Adobe Digital Editions.

 

 

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543. Nov 9, 2011 6:37 PM in response to: walton
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

Okay, I got the jpgs to conver to a pdf, but the quality of the artwork suffered badly. How can I convert to pdf without losing sharpness and color.

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544. Nov 10, 2011 11:59 AM in response to: Starsister7
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

Sharpness:

If your images were sharp prior to converting, and you convert to JPG maximum quality, you should be fine. There are two places where you might convert to JPG, in Photoshop and when you convert to a PDF. In some programs maximum is 10-12 (as in Photoshop), or 85% (some other programs). Did you print out your work (original and pdf)? Or did only look at it on your monitor?

 

Converting to PDF also can let you downsize (300dpi to say 96 dpi) and that would cause your images to go soft.  Some programs offer downsizing as an option, and most of them default to no downsizing. However, some versions of Word downsize unless you tell it not to; and Word 20010's Save as PDF feature downsizes.

 

Color:

If you used PDF/X your work was converted from RGB to CMYK. For most consumer goods, sRGB (a version of RGB) is now the universal color mode. It is much bigger than than CMYK.  Therefore there are lots of colors in RGB that cannot be shown in CMYK, they are called out-of-gamut. Comparing the same image in RGB and just converted to CMYK, can be disheartening. But almost all color printing we've grown up seeing is CMYK.  We accept the compression/conversion.  You can do two things (this is the short version):

  1. You can color correct the CMYK version and it will print beautifully by CS.
  2. You can leave the image in RGB and CS will print it beautifully. 

 

The difference for me when I've tested this, is 45-90 minutes spent correcting the CMYK conversion, which was a complete waste of time because the RGB version printed just as well. Note: I am not saying you don't spend time working on your images in the first place; I am not saying that this will work for any other printer.  (Things can go wrong in the printing either way.  The forum is mostly about problems, so you can easily locate posts about the problems. My experience printing hundred of color images through CS is that very good and positive.)


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545. Nov 16, 2011 2:50 PM in response to: SD26
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

I am using Word 2003 and converting to pdf using Adobe Reader 6.1.  All the conversions go well.  When I submitted my first book, the

cover was exactly as submitted.  For my next book (which had a very similar cover design as the first) the pdf file looked good on this end

but when it got converted by CS, the images on the cover of the book got  moved around.  Even some wording that was cut out of the converted pdf document found its way onto the cover.  Any clue as to why the file submitted in Adobe 6.0 gets rearranged in unpredictable ways on the CS end?  Any solutions?  I am going to try and save the whole file in WORD as one object, then convert to pdf, then submit the new cover and hope it remains in one piece.

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546. Nov 16, 2011 2:51 PM in response to: Starman10
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

First, I would complain to Customer Support. We have a strong satisfaction guarantee: https://www.createspace.com/Special/Help/Rights/Guarantee.jsp that we must exercise.


. . . the pdf file looked good on this end but when it got converted by CS, the images on the cover of the book got  moved around. . . .

 

I, of course, can't see the before and after (you could post them in the Preview Galler, https://www.createspace.com/pub/community/browse.gallery.do) but if your description is accurate, there is no excuse for anything to be moved anywhere.  Not even 0.0001". Period.  I can understand if your cover were off center on a large 13 x 19 canvas, and CS graciously centered it; but I don't think they should.  Because just like the issue of color variance and judicial advocacy, it's great when it enhances your work or supports your beliefs, but it sucks when it turns your work into crap or runs counter to your beliefs.  The answer: if something does not pass review, stop it, send a review letter, and let the author, designer, publisher fix it.

 

I hope you will call Customer Support, post your before and after cover pictures, and let us know what happens.

 

Walton

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547. Nov 19, 2011 9:53 PM in response to: walton
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

Thanks for your answer, Walton.

The cover file I submitted can be found at www.gameonlife.weebly.com (it is the red cover).

 

The messed-up cover that appeared on Amazon had the two parallel white lines lifted up by about one inch and touching the circular yellow lines. and there were even extra words on the cover as well. I do not have a file of the messed up cover because I resubmitted the cover to Amazon. (I have the physical book with the bad cover; I may scan the cover and post it, if I have time).  The second time I submitted the cover the words in the lower right-hand corner were all missing.  Now, after checking again, the cover looks good, with everything in the right place!

 

Now for a second anomaly with the same book (but a different version):

When I received copies of Game "On" (with the green cover) for the first time it looked really good. It was just like the pdf file I submitted to CS with no surprises.  Without changing the files at all, however, I ordered a few more copies, and this time the shadow on the words "Game On" was reddish-grey instead of pure grey. Also the words on the spine of the book  which were originally yellow were now red-yellow, which made the words  much harder to read. Again, it's like playing Russian Roulette with CS. I never had this problem with any other POD published, such as Lightning Source.  I am going to resubmit my cover again and hope for the best.

 

 

Cover of Book (Red Cover) is at:

http://www.amazon.com/Game-Athletes-Mastery-Victory-Version/dp/0975479237/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321766653&sr=1-2

 

Cover of Book (Green Cover) is at:

http://www.amazon.com/Game-Athletes-Guide-Mastery-Victory/dp/0975479210/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321768344&sr=1-1

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548. Dec 15, 2011 9:58 AM in response to: Starman10
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

Still not getting the right cover from Amazon.  The colors are all off!  I wanted to check on things so I went to Staples and had them print the cover from the pdf file I submitted---and their printing was perfect.  All the colors were correct. With Amazon, the pure green was more like a red-green (close but no cigar).  On another cover, the bright yellow (on the words but not the graphics) turned a little golden.  The new color produced by Amazon is nice but on the red background it cannot be seen so well.  Not sure what is going on but I hope they can improve their machines.

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549. Dec 20, 2011 12:22 AM in response to: SD26
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

I'm using Word to convert my already written, typed, formatted document to PDF, for upload. And if my fonts actually embed correctly, it adds an additional blank page where none is wanted. HELP!

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550. Dec 20, 2011 4:30 AM in response to: beautiful_randomness
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

@beautiful_randomness:

MSWord tends to cause the addition of extra pages when there are more than 2 sections. If this is the case with your book, try removing one. One section for half-title, title, copyright, dedication pages, and one for the prose with pagination tends to work well.

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551. Dec 20, 2011 4:59 AM in response to: beautiful_randomness
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

Take a look at your other post, What fonts can I use, https://www.createspace.com/en/community/message/146862#146862

 

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552. Dec 21, 2011 10:28 AM in response to: Tammi
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

I don't know what particular software you're interested in. I use acrobat by adobe. All it needs is click of a button at the top bar  after opening the document in msWord. Unfortunately, it is not free  software. If someone needs help badly, I may be able to help you convert  your msWord document to pdf. And, of course, free of any obligation or  charge. Happy holiday season everyone.

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553. Jan 4, 2012 2:57 AM in response to: SD26
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

Hi and thanks for the offer of help.

 

I am having problems with the bleed. I am formatting the interior of a children's book with will have an image as the background on each page.

 

Excuse my ignorance but I just don't get how to get the measurement right. The page looks great in Word and in PDF but then when I upload it CS kepps telling me that image is too big - spilling. Is ther an option somewhere like saying, "YES I want the image to bleed!" If you answerd this question before apologies for bothering you with it again

 

Many thanks.

 

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554. Jan 4, 2012 6:06 AM in response to: WaterlooBelgium
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

First, if you are relying on the InteriorReviewer, don't. It is unreliable regarding images, even if they are there, let alone bleeds.

 

Review your PDF yourself. Make sure the trim size is correct (either mouse over the lower left of the Reader screen, or File > Properties > Description).  Then submit the file. Let a person review the files. Ignore the InteriorReviewer.

 

If you have questions regarding bleeds, take a look at Bleeds , free, 19 page, illustrated guide to bleeds and margins, do's and don't's for CreateSpace.

 

 

Walton

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