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FAQ

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General

What is Digital Scrapbooking?
What is full bleed?
What adjustments do I need to make for trimming/binding?
How do I get started to print my digital layouts?
What resolution should my files be in?
What file format should I use for my digital layouts?
What is jpeg?
What is VividPics®? How do I turn it off?
What is Easy Crop? How do I turn it off?
What color mode should I use?
What does “live area” mean?
What quality is the paper that you print on and will it last?
My hard drive crashed and I need to get copies of the photos and layouts that I have uploaded to Shutterfly. How do I do that?

Photo books

What photo book sizes are available?
What is the maximum number of pages that I can have in a photo book?
How do I add pages to my photo book?
Can I customize the covers on all the books?
Are the pages in a photo book printed front and back, or just on the front page?
How do you bind your books?
Can I use the CHANGE Book Size feature when I print my digital files?
Do you offer portrait 8x11 books?

Cards

The image in the preview window looks blurry. Will my card turn out that way, too?

Calendars

Although I selected the layout where the image filled the whole page, the preview shows a white border around each image on my calendar. How do I get rid of it?
The preview is really blurry. Will my printed calendar be blurry as well?
I want to put my layouts on mugs and puzzles. Where do I find specs for those?

Single Prints

I’d like to print some of my 8x8 and 12x12 pages, but I don’t see that size offered under “Prints”.
I want to print my full bleed digital scrapbook page. How do I just upload my layout and print?

What is Digital Scrapbooking?

Digital Scrapbooking is a fun and easy way to create digital layouts on your computer. Using an image-editing program such as Adobe® Photoshop® Elements or CS, ArcSoft Scrapbook, Collage Creator or Microsoft Digital Image Pro, you can create scrapbook pages similar to the way you would with physical paper and glue. You can use these graphic programs to create layouts (in many forms) that look just as good as (or better) than paper layouts. Shutterfly offers a high quality, easy and affordable way to print out your digital layouts in various formats, such as digital scrapbooks, cards, scrapbook pages and calendars. You can also use Shutterfly photo prints to insert into your traditional paper scrapbook albums.

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What is full bleed?

This is a term used when an image extends completely to all four edges of the finished sheet. With full bleed, one extends the image beyond the trim edge of a sheet to ensure that there is no white space at the edge after the printed page is trimmed to the final size.

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What adjustments do I need to make for trimming/binding?

When designing your scrapbook pages, we highly recommend that you:

follow our how tos and specifications closely – we provide detailed step by steps and measurements for
   all our layouts to give you complete creative control of your project.
download our templates – the templates will provide you guidelines that represent the bleed, trim, and safety areas.

make sure that your background extends all the way to the edges of your document and that your critical design elements stay inside the template guidelines (safety area)

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How do I get started to print my digital layouts?

Please see the how to section under each product type for step by step instructions.

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What resolution should my files be in?

For best results, design and save your layouts at 300 DPI (DPI—dots per inch—a measure of resolution for printed text and images).

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What file format should I use for my digital layouts?

Please save your files as RGB jpegs.

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What is jpeg?

Jpeg is a common image format. This is a compression technique used for saving images and photographs and is widely used on the World Wide Web. Most digital camera pictures are jpeg files.

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What is VividPics? How do I turn it off?

VividPics® is a piece of unique Shutterfly software that makes the colors and contrast in a digital picture vibrant, bright and sharp. Since this software may adjust the colors and contrasts in a completed design layout, for best results, we recommend that you turn it off when creating a Digital Scrapbook. Instructions on how to turn off this feature are illustrated below (these instructions are also included in the how to sections):

Vivid Pics

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What is Easy Crop? How do I turn it off?

Easy Crop is a piece of unique Shutterfly software that auto-crops a digital picture to ensure that the selected crop area can be printed on any print size chosen. Since this software may adjust the pictures within a completed design layout, for best results, we recommend that you turn it off to use our digital layout print solution. Instructions on how to turn off this feature are illustrated below (these instructions are also included in the how to sections):

Easy Crop

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What color mode should I use?

Design and save your jpeg files in RGB.

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What does “live area” mean?

“Live area” is defined as an area which it is recommended not to place any critical design elements. See a glossary of other terms in the downloadable guides found in each product’s specific how to section.

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What quality is the paper that you print on and will it last?

The following chart outlines the weight, finish and attributes of our digital layout products:

papers chart

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My hard drive crashed and I need to get copies of the photos and layouts that I have uploaded to Shutterfly. How do I do that?

Shutterfly never deletes a photo and with our Archival DVD product, you can safeguard up to 1,000 high-resolution images (per CD) in case of loss, or just to stay organized.

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What photo book sizes are available?

We offer digital scrapbook printing in the following Photo Book sizes: 12×12, 8×11, 8×8, 7×9, and 5×7.

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What is the maximum number of pages that I can have in a photo book?

The maximum number of pages in a photo book is 101.

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How do I add pages to my photo book?

Click “Add Pages” in the upper right of your screen to add additional pages to your photo book.

How do I add pages to my photo book?

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Can I customize the covers on all the books?

All photo books sizes feature personalized photo covers. You can also choose from a range of cover types depending on the book size. Please use the correct specs based on cover size and cover type (e.g., 8x8 hard cover vs. 8x8 soft cover).

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Are the pages in a photo book printed front and back, or just on the front page?

The pages in a photo book are printed on both sides of the sheet.

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How do you bind your books?

Our photo books are bound with glue

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Can I use the CHANGE Book Size feature when I print my digital files?

The CHANGE book size feature does not work with digital scrapbook layouts.

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Do you offer portrait 8x11 books?

We currently do not offer 8x11 photo books in portrait format.

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The image in the preview window looks blurry. Will my card turn out that way, too?

Our cards preview is a low resolution image in order to save download time for the user - the final image will print as a high resolution and will be much sharper. However, please also note that further exploration is necessary when you receive a warning symbol next to any of your images or layouts.

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Although I selected the layout where the image filled the whole page, the preview shows a white border around each image on my calendar. How do I get rid of it?

To create a calendar where the images go right to the edges of the pages, choose “Wall Calendars” when you first start. Ignore the Style selections on the next page and continue to the Edit screen. Then, choose the third “1 picture” layout where the picture fills the entire page.

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The preview is really blurry. Will my printed calendar be blurry as well?

Our calendar preview is a low resolution image in order to save download time for the user - the final image will print as a high resolution and will be much sharper. However, please also note that further exploration is necessary when you receive a warning symbol next to any of your images or layouts.

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I want to put my layouts on mugs and puzzles. Where do I find specs for those?

At this time, we do not have specific specs published for these items.

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I’d like to print some of my 8x8 and 12x12 pages, but I don’t see that size offered under “Prints.“

To print out these pages, you will need to go to the scrapbook pages section at www.shutterfly.com/shop/product_c21160/Digital_Scrapbookers. For how tos and design templates for upload, visit www.shutterfly.com/digitalscrapbook/scrapbook-overview.jsp and follow our step by step instructions.

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I want to print my full bleed digital scrapbook page, How do I just upload my layout and print?

We provide a complete instructions and specifications at www.shutterfly.com/digitalscrapbook.

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