FAQ - 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-colour press with electronic inks, halftone dot and 175 lpi. A colour 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 colour and texture like an offset press. Our quality is similar to a high-quality coffee table photography book you would find at any large bookstore.
Do you have a printer profile available?
Yes. You can now download the printer profile HERE. It is highly recommended that you review your edited images with our printer profile and calibrated monitor to verify approximate desired colour accuracy and consistency.
Should I apply Unsharp Masking to my images before they are placed into an Asukabook?

If you haven't done any prior sharpening, the recommended settings in Photoshop’s Unsharp Mask tool are:
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Amount: 150
Radius: 1.5
Threshold: 0
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You can change around the Amount anywhere from 120 to 170 to find the sharpness that seems right for you.
But other values (Radius and Threshold) should be left at recommended settings.

If your images are already sharpened in camera (which we don’t recommended) then you may reduce the Amount to around 100.

For the most part it's a subjective thing that you should do visually.
Ensure you view the images at 50% or 100% on screen before making judgment on the sharpening.
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 - colour Management Rendering Intent. Selecting Perceptual will give you a "natural" view of how colours should look. This setting must be selected to obtain correct/desired colour in your layouts.
How can I be sure that the colour AsukaBook prints matches what I see on my monitor?
To ensure that the colours 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. Click HERE to purchase a monitor calibrator. Please click HERE to download the AsukaBook 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 colour accuracy and consistency.

Please click HERE to watch our colour video for additional information on the steps we recommend to ensure your colour is accurate. To watch a previously recorded webinar dedicated to colour management, please click HERE.
Does the colour shift during production?
colour consistency and accuracy is our first priority. Our 6-colour printing press is calibrated every 100 printed pages. This type of control is very rare in the printing industry. Slight shifts in colour can occur from batch to batch, but it is very minimal. Keep in mind that we are printing with a CMYK colour 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 colour shifting before sending your files to us.

Please click HERE to watch our colour video for additional information on the steps we recommend to ensure your colour is accurate. To watch a previously recorded webinar dedicated to colour management, please click HERE
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 gloss or matte finish, or a varnish coating is applied for added protection. Our Art Layflat Book and Art Layflat Folios use an uncoated ivory posterboard-type paper instead of the 100 lb weight paper.
What about discolouration and colour 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 colour 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 (colour and/or layout), please contact Customer Care