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Can I use non-digital images in my photobook?

16th October 2012

When using the Bob Designer software to create your Bob Book, you certainly are able to use non-digital photographs, you may use photographs from both a digital camera or photos that have been scanned.

For the images to be useable they should be scanned at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and saved in the RGB format, ideally as JPEGs. Scans of 150 dpi and 72 dpi will be too low in quality to be used, however will still be printed. Due to the nature of the original image, you may find the Bob Books photobook software will warn you if you use a low resolution image. If so, you should either replace it with a higher resolution photograph or resize the image box.

Your Bob Book order will be printed at 300 dpi, any image that does not meet this requirement will be "graded" by the traffic light system in the toolbar, this is called the Image Quality Indicator. Once an image has been placed into the designer window, the indicator will show whether the resolution is adequate for the desired size. If an image is deemed too low in resolution, you will receive a triangle with an exclamation mark in the centre of this image. You can still use images that are of a less resolution, and will be able to proceed with ordering by ignoring these warnings and proceeding. Where necessary, please correct these images until the warning frame disappears. However, should you still decide to use the images at the selected resolution, Bob Books does not accept any liability.

You can scan paper prints, slides (if your scanner has the ability) or even sketches and drawings. Scan the picture in at 300 dpi and roughly to the scale you would like it to appear in your Bob Book.