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FAQs - Quality

Why is AsukaBook so great?
AsukaBook is "THE ORIGINAL AND STILL PAGES ABOVE THE REST." Here at AsukaBook we pride ourselves on providing superior customer service in addition to the highest quality products in the industry. All AsukaBook products endure extensive research, development, and testing to ensure they are the best. Our products are assembled by hand with complete quality control and care. As for our staff, we are excited about our AsukaBook products and enjoy sharing your excitement too!

What type of printing press is used at AsukaBook?
We use a Digital on Demand printing process. AsukaBook products are printed on a HP Indigo Digital 6-color press with electronic inks, halftone dot, and 175 lpi. A color profile has been specially developed for the AsukaBook press and can be downloaded HERE.

What is the print quality of a digital on demand press?
Digital On Demand printing produces color and texture like an offset press. Our quality is similar to a high-quality coffee table photography book you would find at a large bookstore such as Barnes & Noble.

Do you have a printer profile available?
Yes. You can now download our printer profile. It is highly recommended that you review your edited images with our printer profile and calibrated monitor to verify approximate desired color accuracy and consistency.

How and why should I use 'Perceptual' as the rendering intent when soft proofing my design?
To access 'Perceptual' in Photoshop go to File - Print with Preview - More Options - Color Management – Rendering Intent. Selecting 'Perceptual' will give you a "natural" view of how colors should look. This setting must be selected to obtain correct/desired color in your layouts.

How can I be sure that the color AsukaBook prints matches what I see on my monitor?
To ensure that the colors you see on your monitor will closely match your printed book it is essential to have the AsukaBook printer profile and a properly calibrated monitor. To accurately adjust your monitor, a hardware monitor calibration device is strongly suggested. These devices are available for purchase from most professional photography and computer software retailers. Please click HERE to download AsukaBook's printer profile and to learn how to check your monitor calibration. It is highly recommended that you review your edited images with our printer profile and a properly calibrated monitor to verify approximate desired color accuracy and consistency.

Please watch our color video for additional information on the steps we recommend to ensure your color is accurate. You may also watch a previously recorded webinar dedicated to color management.

Does the color shift during production?
Color consistency and accuracy is our first priority. Our 6-color printing press is calibrated every 100 printed pages. This type of control is very rare in the printing industry. Slight shifts in color can occur from batch to batch, but it is very minimal. Keep in mind that we are printing with a CMYK color space, which requires a conversion process from your RGB files. Slight shifts may occur consequently, which is normal for any CMYK print process. Again, it is highly recommended to view your images and design with the AsukaBook printer profile and proper monitor calibration so you may adjust any possible color shifting before sending your files to us.

Please watch our color video for additional information on the steps we recommend to ensure your color is accurate. You may also watch a previously recorded webinar dedicated to color management.

What type of paper is used in the AsukaBook?
Most of our albums use a glossy paper that is approximately 100 lb weight paper. After printing, the pages are laminated with a glossy or matte finish, or a varnish coating is applied for added protection. Alternatively, our Art products use an uncoated ivory or white paper.

What if my AsukaBook looks slightly warped upon arrival?
This can happen with many products when the humidity fluctuates drastically due to climate change. Please lay your book flat for 24 hours and let us know if it doesn't correct itself.

What about discoloration and color fading?
We use special inks that outlast the life of widely used press inks. A surface varnish coating or laminate is also applied, increasing durability and quality. Expect your book to last at least as long as any standard high-quality printed book.

What if I am not satisfied with my AsukaBook?
We want to ensure you receive the highest quality product we can offer. With allowing our customers to design their own layouts, they have the freedom to express their creativity however they would like. We do review every order before it is sent to production for any noticeable layout concerns, but we do not check for spelling errors, design, image quality, or color choices. Before placing your AsukaBook order, you must agree that you have reviewed your file(s) and they are ready for print. By doing so you take full responsibility for the layout and content. If your AsukaBook for any reason does not withstand "normal wear and tear" or if your product in any way differs from your designed PDF (color and/or layout), please contact Customer Care.