Additional Steps When Designing an Artbook in Pixellu® SmartAlbums®

If you're using Pixellu® SmartAlbums® and designing an Amber Concept Artbook, we have one additional step you will need to do for your first and last half spreads before placing an order through Amber Concept's website.

Once you have completed your design in Pixellu® SmartAlbums®  and exported your spreads in sRGB/RGB and JPG files, your first and last half spreads' sizes need to be adjusted so the width is slightly larger. 

Here's how to adjust the First and Last spreads:

1.  Bring your first and last spread into  or a third party software and adjust your first and last spreads with our custom sizing.

2.  Depending on the size you designed, please find the exact size Artbook for First & Last Spreads (on the right hand side of the Design Template Size)

Design Template Size is located HERE from the directions on The Design Process.

3.  For this example, we designed a 10"x10" Artbook.  The first and last spread's Canvas size is 9.77" x 10.25".  We brought this first spread into Photoshop, went to Image > Canvas Size, and are readjusting the canvas size to be 9.89" x 10.25".  

Our first and last spreads are slightly larger by design so the pages can be bound properly.  If you're using another third party software, please adjust the canvas size.  When adjusting both the first and last spreads, please double check the sizing by looking at the Canvas Size again before saving.  

4.  Save your files!  In Photoshop, go to File > Save As.  Select your file directory, and then press Save.  The JPEG Options window should prompt.

5. Export these files as a JPG with at a minimum 300dpi (RGB), by ensuring you select Image Option: 12 Maximum.

Your files should be ready to go!  Log into, select your Artbook and upload your spreads.  If you have any questions, contact us at  

Note:  This article is only for Pixellu® SmartAlbums® users that are making an Amber Concept Artbook.  All Amber Concept Albums (starting with a full spread) do not need to follow this process.

Amber Concept

Amber has been mastering the art of paper, ink, printing, and packaging for more than 30 years. Our knowledge and experience have led us to create world-class products—visually stunning, unmatched quality, and eco-friendly.

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