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Creating Photo Books with Blurb presents three separate workflows for creating and publishing books that showcase photographs using the Blurb self-publishing service. The course starts with an exploration of photo bookmaking in BookSmart, Blurb's free desktop software, then shows how to make a simple photo book in Bookify, Blurb's online bookmaking service. The course also covers Blurb's PDF to Book plug-in for use with custom books created in Adobe InDesign, as well as information on ordering copies of photo books and selling them in the Blurb online bookstore.
The minimum number of pages in a Bookify book, like any Blurb book, is 20-- that's 10 pages printed front and back. If I start a book by flowing photos into the book and I have more photos selected than will fit in 20 pages, Blurb will start out the book with more than 20 pages. But regardless of the number of pages the book starts with, I can always add more pages as I'm working on the book. I also can delete pages and I can move pages, as I'm going to show you in this movie. Here in the editing workspace, I can add pages but I can't delete or move them.
To add a page here, I'll go to the little plus symbol (+) at the top left or the top right of the work area. I'll click the plus symbol on the left, and that will add a new double page spread to the left of the spread we were just looking at. So if I click the right arrow, there's that spread. If I click the left arrow, there is the new spread. As I said, if I want to delete or move pages, then I need to go into Arrange Pages view. And I actually prefer to add pages from Arrange Pages view also, because then I can get a real sense of how the whole book is laid out.
So I'll click Arrange Pages. Here is the double spread we were just working with. Here is the new double spread I just added, and if I scroll up you can see that the double spread before that has a photo on the right, but none on the left. So let's say I change my mind about that double spread that I just added. I can delete both of those pages or just one. If I click on just one of the pages, I can then click the red X, and what's happened is that I've deleted one of the pages of the spread and so the photos moved over one.
Now the mask that was on the left hand page of this spread is now on the right-hand page of this spread. I also can delete an entire spread. So if I click on the page with the mask, I hold the Shift key, and I click on the left-hand page, that selects the entire spread. Now if I click the red Delete button, it's going to delete that whole spread along with its contents, that photo of a mask. I'm going to scroll up a little to show you that I can also move pages and spreads in the Arrange Pages interface.
So, if I wanted to move this page. for example, I would select it and then click on the move page tab that appears. And I'll drag over this way and wherever the blue line appears, that's where the new page is going to land. So, I would like it to be between these two photos. So I'll move here until I see the blue line between those two photos, and then I'll release. And that pushes this photo over one and puts the sepia tone photo between. I also can move an entire spread. With one side of this spread selected, I'll hold the Shift key and select the other side too.
Now the entire spread is selected. I can click the move spread tab and I'll drag it up here and release. And now I've repositioned that entire spread in the arrangement of the book. You can use these techniques to control exactly how many pages are in your Bookify Book with a minimum of 20, as I said, and a maximum of 160 pages.
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