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Reordering an Existing Photo Book with Layflat Paper
06 Oct 2017

Reordering an Existing Photo Book with Layflat Paper

Photo books just got an upgrade! Photo books with Layflat paper make great gifts for holidays, anniversaries, weddings, or any other special occasion. Layflat paper allows images to spread across a two-page spread, allowing your images to take center stage and make a bigger impact.  Now, I know what you might be thinking, “I already made this book, I don’t have time to recreate it,” which is where the best part comes in: You can easily reorder any of your existing photo books with the Layflat paper option.

Simply follow the directions below based on your book-making tool. You can reprint your past books with beautiful Layflat pages. Keep in mind that the Layflat paper page limits are between 20-110 pages.

For existing books made with BookSmart or Bookify:

  1. Visit your Blurb.com dashboard
  2. Select Order More under your desired book.
  3. Within the cart, select Standard Layflat from paper type menu.
    Layflat Menu
  4. Add to cart + checkout.

For existing books made with BookWright:

  1. Locate and open your existing file (*You MUST have your original file*)
  2. Navigate to the Covers (top left corner)
  3. Select Standard Layflat Paper from the paper type menu.
    Layflat Bookwright
  4. Upload your finished book to Blurb.*Double check your cover and spine, as you may need to adjust with this new setting.*
  5. Select Order
  6. Add to cart + checkout

For existing books made with InDesign:

  1. Open the Blurb InDesign Plugin and CREATE A NEW BOOK. (You MUST have your original InDesign files)
  2. Enter the exact details of your previous book, including Book Trim, Page Count. Select Layflat Standard Paper and ImageWrap Cover type.
  3. Instead of creating a new Pages Template, use the link button and link to your previous Pages InDesign document. Open your previous InDesign Cover document. Go back to the InDesign plug-in and create a NEW Cover Template. Select ALL from your previous Cover Template and paste to the new Cover Template. The new cover will have a different spine width so carefully adjust all elements on the page to fit as desired.
    Indesign Layflat
  4. Upload your layflat book.

For existing books made with PDF Uploader:

  1. Locate your existing PDF files (*You MUST have your original file*)
  2. Upload the PDF files to the Blurb PDF Uploader.
  3. Select ImageWrap and Standard Layflat Paper from the paper type menu.
  4. Carefully inspect the preview, as the Cover may need to be re-sized and elements may move slightly. If you decide to create a new Cover PDF for your book with layflat paper, see our Specifications Page to get exact dimensions.

Pretty easy, right? As you can see, it’s simple to breathe new life into an older photo book by upgrading it with Layflat paper. Enjoy! Need more help? Our support team is always here to help!


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  • Thierry Marius

    And for existing book made with Lightroom ?…

  • Fern Helfand

    What is the paper quality/surface like? I am worried about the richness of the blacks and full saturation of the colours that have been working very well with the premium lustre paper.

    • T Hoover

      I am interested in this too- I would like to see more info about this product. Page thickness, binding construction etc.

      • Hi there! We’ve responded to Fern’s post with more details. Contact our support team if you have any further questions: http://bit.ly/1YHg4nq.

    • Hi Fern! Layflat books use a 100# uncoated text with a smooth finish. Pages are glued back to back, so each page of the book is double thick and feels like 200# stock. If you have a current swatch kit, the weight would be similar to folding a piece of our 100# Proline Uncoated paper in half so that it is twice as thick.

      Standard Layflat pages will also have a small layer of glue between the two sheets. This will make the pages a little stiffer than simply folding the Proline Uncoated paper. While this will give you a good idea of the weight of the pages, this is a different uncoated paper and will have a smooth texture rather than the eggshell texture of the Proline Uncoated paper in the swatch kit.

      • Fern Helfand

        Thanks for the reply!

  • Daz Coates

    I’m also wondering about lightroom?

    • Hey Daz – layflat is not available in Lightroom yet, but we will keep you updated with any changes!

      • Rima Berzin

        That’s a disappointment. I hope you update this option soon. It’s one of the main reasons I started using Blurb: the easy integration of editing and making a book.

  • Buddy Eleazer

    Also, what is the maximum number of pages you can have with the lay flat option?

    • T Hoover

      Above it says- Layflat paper page limits are between 20-110 pages.

  • T Hoover

    Please add more specs and images for this product. Paper thickness, binding construction etc.

  • Rachel Williams

    I love the layflat option. However, why does it have to be “standard paper”? I like the pearl coating and was able to get any paper with layflat with MyPublisher before they sold the company. Just curious. I, too, use Lightroom and then PhotoShop Elements and would like more specs. Like the whole idea, however. Hurrah for you guys!

  • Robert Schmidt

    Waiting for this upgrade to be offered for Lightroom…..when???

  • Rachel Williams

    Hum, thanks for the response. I’m not sure I’m going to like the double thick feel. Perhaps I’ll wait until you have the normal thickness layflat option. But thanks for letting me know.

  • Javon

    The layflat paper option isn’t showing up in the paper list in bookwright. My page amount is 106. What am I doing wrong?

  • Robert Cullen

    Lay-Flat is being offered for “Existing Books”. When ordering Books via Lightroom I am always offered the options for Paper and Endsheets.

    Could Blurb simply add the Lay-Flat option in the Ordering interface, along with Paper and Endsheets, when ordering a ‘Lightroom’ book (in the first instance)?

  • shoregrl

    PLEASE add the lay flat option to LR. I am SO upset, I spent a good portion of my weekend excitedly building my first, ever wedding album in Lightroom via Blurb, only to find out after ALL THAT, I could not have the lay flat option. Seriously? So crushed right now. Never ordered from Blurb nor built a book in Lightroom, ugh.