Let us design your photobook for you!

If you have run out of time or don’t feel confident that you know enough about book design, one of our experienced and professional designers can create your book for you.

The designer will sit with you, show the various book options and advise on what size and format best suits your pictures. Once you have chosen a style and size, you will submit all the necessary content (images, wording, scans etc) to the designer. Once the book is designed, you will have a chance to proof your book and make any changes before it goes to print.

Here are a few important tips and facts to remember when preparing for your photobook

1. Scanning

ORMS offers competitive bulk scanning prices if you wish to turn all your old photographs into a photobook. We also offer retouching services.

2. Cost

Aside from the cost to print the book, designers charge an additional R300 per hour. The amount of design time depends on the size and complexity of your photobook.

3. Time

Please note, photobooks take 7 – 10 working days to print and bind. Remember to factor this into your schedule.

4. Organising your photos

It is always best to be as organised as possible with your photos. Order the photographs chronologically, using either a folder or naming system. For example, if you wish our designers to create a wedding album, you could order your folders according to chronollogy of events ie. ‘Getting Ready’, ‘Ceremony’, ‘Reception’, ‘Going Home’.

5. Organising your text

If you want to include an copy or text, type it out in a Word document and save it in the correct folder.

To get in touch with our designer, contact us on design@orms.co.za or phone 021 469 1979 to set up an appointment.

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Free Photo Book Classes

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Soft Cover Photobook Special

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ORMS Birthday Calendar Special

Get your own personalised birthday calendar made by an Orms designer!

The offer consists of one A3 top bound calendar for only R149 only, regular price: R299.

What to do:

Please email 13 landscape pictures to marilie@orms.co.za and she will get in touch with you.

Terms and Conditions:

• Offer valid A3 top bound calendar only

• Offer valid from 1st August – 31st August 2013

• Only 13 landscape pictures need to be supplied

• 1 sign off only

• Design done by professional designer

• 5 working days to print

• Delivery excluded

• Calendars can be collected from Orms Cape Town, Orms Print Room and Orms Bellville

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Pics2Book Software Workshop JUNE – SEPT 2013

If you are unfamiliar with the Pics2book software and need help getting started then these classes are for you. We will go through the software and guide you through the book designing process. Apart from handy tips and tricks, attendees will also receive a R100 discount voucher off the first book that you print with us. Space is limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Central Cape Town and Southern Suburbs Classes presented at Cape Town School of Photography

Booking please contact: jessica@orms.co.za or 0861666767

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STUDENT PORTFOLIOS 2012

Student Portfolios info and layout tips

Pics2book is offering a special rate for student portfolios during the month of October and November 2012.To qualify for these special rates, a valid student card needs to be presented on submission of your printing file. Please note that this special does NOT include free delivery. Turnaround time is 7 – 10 working days.

Terms and conditions

Pics2book does not take responsibility for any spelling errors, low resolution images or layout errors that are provided on the original files that we receive for print. Once submitted, no changes will be made. If the client does not meet their deadline for submission a rush fee will be charged. Turnaround time is 7 – 10 working days depending on the amount of work going through production at the time of submission. Please refer to layout tips  to avoid any unnecessary mistakes.

Print files

* The print ready file needs to be provided as a .dgl file if the Pics2book software is used for layout. No .dlp files will be accepted since this is a layered file and text and layout can shift when opened by the printer.

* If using your own design program make sure that you submit your file as a single sided, combined .pdf file with bleed

Orders can be dropped off and collected at:

Pics2book                                Orms Central

2nd Floor Pentagon Place      Shop No 5 Roeland Square

No 62 Roeland Street             Canterbury Street

Cape Town                                Cape Town

Orms Bellville

294 Durban Road

Bellville

Cape Town

Online Orders

To submit an order online, please contact zara@pics2book.co.za or gerald@pics2book.co.za

Layout Tips using Pics2book Software:

  • Do not place text or images in the spine area or too close to the edges of your pages. Remember that your book will not open completely flat. Make sure that there is at least a 17 mm safe design area from the spine and 10 mm on all other sides. Double check this when you check your proof pdf when saving your file for print!
  • Make sure that you use the spellcheck option. The software does have a spellcheck but if you have lots of copy, type it out in Microsoft Word and copy/paste it into the software so that you can be sure there are no mistakes.
  • Images should optimally be in Jpeg format sized to the size of the page you are creating @ 300dpi. So if you are creating an A3 book images can be 297 x 420 mm @ 300dpi. Anything larger than this will slow down your computer and make the program run slower. We have tested file types numerous times and when printing to this size Tiffs are not necessary.
  • Make sure that Files are all in the RGB colour space.
  • If you have worked on images in Post-production make sure that you request for your job to be printed without enhancement when you hand it in.
  • Check your pdf proof!!! We do not check for spelling errors!
  • Check your proof again – get someone else to check it as well.
  • The print ready file needs to be provided as a .dgl file if the Pics2book software is used for layout. No .dlp files will be accepted since this is a layered file and text and layout can shift when opened by the printer.

Layout tips using other programs:

  • Make sure that pages are sized correctly. We always need 3mm bleed all around the page. So make sure you add that to the size of your page. Eg: A4 – 297 x 210 – Print size 303 x 216 mm.
  • Make sure that there is at least a 17 mm safe design area from the spine and 10 mm on all other sides, when you begin laying out your content on pages. This means that all text that you do not wish to be cut off should be within that area.
  • Make sure that Files are all in the RGB colour space.
  • Use the Spell check!!
  • Check your proof!!! We do not check for spelling errors!
  • Check your proof again – get someone else to check it as well.
  • If using your own design program make sure that you submit your file as a single sided, combined .pdf file with bleed included

  • COVERS: Please email lee-zaan@pics2book.co.za with the size of your book and amount of pages to receive a PSD template for the layout of your cover.

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Batsheva

I received my photo book!! I am obsessed with it! The quality is amazing and I am most impressed with your service.
I will definitely use it again.

Thank you!!!!
A very happy and satisfied customer :)
Shevi

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VIDEO GUIDE FOR LOADING IMAGES FROM FACEBOOK

Hi All!

Here is a step by step guide on how to load images from facebook into your Pics2Book software.

Simply follow this link http://youtu.be/_PaBwRpaOYY

Enjoy!!

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Free Pics2book Software Tutorials

Become a Pics2Book Software Pro by joining us for our FREE software tutorials this year.

If you are a new user and need help getting started, then these classes are for you. We will go through the software and guide you through the book designing process. There will also be handy tips and tricks to pick up along the way.

The classes will be running at the Cape Town School of Photography for all our central clients.

Please email Pam, pam@pics2book.co.za or call pics2book on 021 465 0077.

For those of you in the Northern Suburbs we will be running classes from Orms North.

Please email Tammy, tammy@orms.co.za or call 021 910 1380 to join her for a class.

APRIL

Class dates are as follows: CTSP  12/04 – 10:30am – 12:00am 24/04 – 6:30pm-8:00pm

Orms North  05/04 – 10:30am-12:00am 20/04 – 6:00pm-7:30pm

Stay tuned for our class dates in May!

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ACCESS YOUR FACEBOOK, FLICKR, PICASA WITH PICS2BOOK!!

Hey Guys!

With the new Pics2book software you are able to access your Facebook, Flicker,Picasso account, by following the simple screen shots i have attached. Remember you will need to be online. Another way we are making your photobook experience that much more awesome!

click on the + icon to load your images

At the top of the menu bar you will see a file for Facebook , Flickr and Picasa

Login to facebook!

This means all has gone smoothly

Choose photos from an album from your facebook account

You may now select photo's directly from facebook!

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