What is image enhancement?

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The enhance image feature built into BookWright will improve the printed results of most images by slightly lightening and sharpening your images. 

What does Enhance Image do?

What will Enhance Image NOT do?

What types of images work best with image enhancement?

What types of images don't work well with image enhancement?

How can I turn image enhancement on or off? 

How do I see the change?

Sample 1: an image that would work well with image enhancement

Sample 2: an image that wouldn't work well with image enhancement

What will Enhance Image do? 

Selecting the Enhance Image option in BookWright analyzes your image and optimizes it for our printing process by enhancing the darker areas, slightly increasing contrast, and lightly sharpening your image. It improves most types of images, with a few exceptions as mentioned further below.

What will Enhance Image NOT do?

Image enhancement won't fix red-eye, or make a blurry image sharp, or fix a strongly back-lit image. Once you turn image enhancement on for your image you can see the results immediately.

What types of images work best with image enhancement?

  • Images which have a full spectrum of lights and shadows. 
  • Typical images taken with a dSLR, compact digital cameras (aka "point and shoot" cameras) and camera phones.
  • Images which have not already been post-processed (lightened, sharpened, etc.) using Photoshop or a similar program.

What types of images don't work well with image enhancement?

  • Images lacking both light and dark areas such as a flat grey sky.
  • Drawings, illustrations or line art.
  • Black and white images.
  • Images that have existing grain, pixellation, or jaggedness.
  • Images that have already been edited for contrast, sharpening, etc.

How can I turn image enhancement on or off?

Place your image on the page or cover of your book. Click the placed image to open the photo tools (example below). Then click the Enhance Image switch at the bottom of the photo tools. 

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How can I apply image enhancement to all images?

Open BookWright's Preferences window and select Auto-enhance images added to project. This will automatically enhance all images you add to your book project after you've changed this setting.

However, this won't affect images already in your book. You'll need to turn on enhance image for those individually as above.

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How do I preview the change?

When you turn on Enhance Image you'll see an immediate preview of the changes. If you change your mind, simply turn it off again. 

Note that your printed photo may not match exactly what you see on screen due to variations in monitor calibration, paper characteristics, and printing processes. But this will give you a rough idea of the changes to expect.

As always, if ordering multiple copies of a new book we recommend you order and review a single proof copy before placing your larger order.

 

Enhance Image turned off

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Enhance Image turned on

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Sample 1: an image that would work well 

In this sample you see a color photo with light areas and dark areas in the photo and it will look great with image enhancement. 

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Sample 2: an image that wouldn't work well

This image wouldn't benefit from image enhancement. It's fairly flat (mostly the same grey color with limited darker areas) and doesn't have a full range of light and dark sections.

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