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Creating Photo Books with Blurb
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Creating Photo Books with Blurb

with Jan Kabili

Video: Adding text

To add text to a page in Bookify, that page has to be styled with a page layout that includes a text box. You cannot add your own text box from scratch in Bookify. So let's say I want to add a caption under this photo. I'll click the Choose Layout icon under the page, and from the available layouts I'll choose one that includes an area for a caption. I am going to choose this one. This line under the image container indicates a text box.
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  1. 2m 47s
    1. Welcome
      1m 42s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 5s
  2. 12m 58s
    1. Choosing a theme
      2m 24s
    2. Planning a book
      4m 13s
    3. Organizing your assets
      6m 21s
  3. 1h 23m
    1. Preparing your photos for BookSmart
      5m 59s
    2. Color-managing your photos for BookSmart
      7m 7s
    3. Starting a new book in BookSmart
      6m 17s
    4. Importing photos from your computer
      4m 35s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      7m 13s
    6. Importing photos from Lightroom
      6m 29s
    7. Importing photos from photo-sharing services
      2m 6s
    8. Touring the BookSmart interface
      3m 40s
    9. Laying out pages
      4m 23s
    10. Placing photos on pages
      6m 27s
    11. Troubleshooting image size issues
      4m 33s
    12. Adding text
      5m 2s
    13. Creating a cover
      7m 10s
    14. Customizing your book
      7m 52s
    15. Uploading your book to Blurb
      4m 28s
  4. 1h 12m
    1. Starting a new book in Bookify
      5m 30s
    2. Troubleshooting photo importing issues
      7m 16s
    3. Importing photos from photo-sharing services
      3m 6s
    4. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      2m 9s
    5. Importing photos with the Lightroom plug-in
      7m 21s
    6. Completing a Lightroom book
      4m 30s
    7. Touring the editing interface
      6m 41s
    8. Placing photos on pages
      5m 10s
    9. Troubleshooting image size issues
      2m 56s
    10. Changing page layouts
      4m 17s
    11. Adding, deleting, and moving pages
      3m 3s
    12. Styling your book
      4m 18s
    13. Adding text
      5m 44s
    14. Creating a cover
      7m 43s
    15. Publishing your book to Blurb
      2m 25s
  5. 26m 46s
    1. Why use PDF to Book with Adobe InDesign?
      2m 1s
    2. Preparing your photos for InDesign
      8m 32s
    3. Downloading and installing the InDesign plug-in
      1m 45s
    4. Using the InDesign plug-in
      7m 39s
    5. Uploading your PDF to Blurb
      6m 49s
  6. 11m 46s
    1. Ordering your book
      4m 14s
    2. Selling in the Blurb bookstore
      3m 36s
    3. Marketing your book
      3m 56s
  7. 41s
    1. Goodbye
      41s

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Creating Photo Books with Blurb
3h 30m Beginner Oct 12, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Planning a photo book
  • Color managing photos for BookSmart
  • Laying out pages in BookSmart
  • Troubleshooting image size in BookSmart
  • Importing photos to Bookify
  • Adding, deleting, and moving pages in Bookify
  • Downloading and installing Blurb's InDesign plug-in
  • Uploading a PDF to Blurb
  • Ordering and selling photo books
Subjects:
Photography Printing Photos Sharing Photos
Software:
Blurb
Author:
Jan Kabili

Adding text

To add text to a page in Bookify, that page has to be styled with a page layout that includes a text box. You cannot add your own text box from scratch in Bookify. So let's say I want to add a caption under this photo. I'll click the Choose Layout icon under the page, and from the available layouts I'll choose one that includes an area for a caption. I am going to choose this one. This line under the image container indicates a text box.

So, I'll select that and that applies the page layout to this page, including the area where it says Click to Add Text. When I move my mouse over that area, I can see the outline of a text box. To add text, I click inside the text box. That brings up this toolbar with some type options. I am going to start with the default, just typing what I want as the caption, and then I'll style it. So I'll type "St. Marks Square." If I click outside the text box I can just leave it at that.

But I think I'd like to change the font and maybe make the type a little bit bigger so it's easier to read. So again, I'll click inside the text box and I'll click and drag over my text. I'll come down to the Font menu, and from here I am going to choose a Sans Serif font. I'll choose Verdana. I'll go to the Font Size menu and I am going to increase the size a bit. From here I could choose a different color for the text. I am going to leave it black, so I'll just close this. Or I could sample a color straight out of the image for the text.

So if I move my mouse over, perhaps, a dark brown here and then click Done, that gives me dark brown text. I am going to click in that box once more and select the text to show you some of the other features in this toolbar. Here I can style the text Bold, Italic and Underline, and then there are some alignment buttons that set the alignment of the text inside the text box. So here it is left-aligned, here it is center-aligned and here it is right-aligned.

I am going to put it back to left-aligned. Finally, there is an Eraser Tool that will reset all of these options to their defaults. But I am going to just leave them as they are for now and click outside the text box to dismiss that toolbar. Because this is a photo book, I am not going to be adding lots of descriptive text. But I do want to show you that you can add text on top of an image if you use the right page layout. When you do this, it's important to use a photo that has a substantial amount of plain space and, preferably, that area should be light or dark.

I don't have the perfect photo here, but I think you'll get the idea. So, I'm going to go to the Choose Layout icon under the left-hand page and here I'll scroll until I find a layout that appears to have both an image container in the background and a text container on top of it. I am going to select this. Here you can see how the image looks in this new page layout. This layout is full bleed so that the image goes all the way to the edges. And there is an area for text in the center. If I move my mouse over that area you can see outlines of the text box.

When I'm going to add a few paragraphs of text, rather than type them here in Bookify, I often find it easier to compose in a word processor or a text editor and then copy the text from one of those applications into Bookify. I just happened to have some text like that in a document in Microsoft Word, so I am going to select all the text-- a lot of this is just Lorem Ipsum text-- and I'm going to copy it by pressing Command+C on a Mac keyboard or Ctrl+C on a PC keyboard. Then I'll go back into Bookify. I'll click inside the text box on this page and I'll paste by pressing Command+V on the Mac or Ctrl+V on the PC.

Notice that there is a yellow triangle at the top left of the text box now. If I move my mouse over that triangle, I get a warning that I basically have too much text in this text box to fit. The suggestions here are that I can try to reduce the font size, I can remove the text altogether, or I can choose a different layout. Well, let's say that I want all of this description. I don't want to reduce the amount of text. I don't want the font to be any smaller than this or it won't be readable. So my only other choice is to change the page layout.

I'll click outside the text box and then I'll click on the Choose Layout icon again. And this time, I am going to select this layout, which has a wider text box. Sure enough, my text does fit in this text box, but some of it isn't readable because of the pattern on the photo behind the text. Well, you can't change the size of a text box in Bookify, but what you can do is move the image around in the image container. So I am going to click outside the text box on the photo and then I'm going to click and drag to move the photo in the image container.

Now if I move the photo so that this dark area is not obscuring my text, I'd lose some of the photo up here. That might be okay. Something else I could try is to come down to the image positioning toolbar here and drag the Zoom slider to the left to make the photo bigger, so that it fills the entire image container. And then, again I'll click outside the text box and just drag down a little bit. And now there is no photo obscuring the text. Now, to try to make that more readable, I might change the Font Size or the Font itself, just as I did over on the caption under the St. Marks Square photo.

But I am going to leave it that way for now. So those are the basics of adding text to pages in Bookify.

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