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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.
When you begin a new book in Bookify, it always starts out with an initial page layout. That's called the starter layout, but you're not stuck with that starter layout. You can change the layout of any page in a Bookify Book at any time, whether or not you've already added a photo to that page. In this case, every page in my book started out with a horizontal image container in the center of the page, like this. By the way, these image containers don't print. So if I were to print the book right now, I'll show you what this spread would look like. It would be completely blank.
Those gray boxes wouldn't show. I'll click Edit Book to go back to the editing workspace. So, let's say that I want to put a vertical image on the right hand page. I know it's not going to look very good in this big horizontal image container. So to change that out, I'll go to the Choose Layout icon beneath that page and click. Here I see two rows of potential page layouts. This row is primarily text-based layouts. Since this is a photo book, I'm more interested in the photo-based layouts up here.
Now, not all of these layouts are photo only. Those that just have a gray box like this one only have room for a photo, but other layouts, like this one, have a spot for a photo and a spot for text. The horizontal lines represent a text box. I can see more layouts if I click the arrow to the left or the arrow to the right. I'm going to choose this layout because it has a vertical text box on the right side of the page, and that's what I want. So I'll click, and here's my new layout.
Here I can put an image, here I can put text or nothing if I want. If I put nothing, this area will print with nothing in it. So now I'll add an image to this layout. I'll click on a thumbnail in my photo stream. I'll move up and I'll release on top of the Drop here to add pop-up. I think this image looks great in this sort of layout. I'm going to add a different image to the page on the left in the spread. I'll drop here to add, and there's my photo in the starter page layout.
Another way to change the layout of a page is to use this icon underneath the page, the Shuffle Layout icon. I really like this because it lets me quickly try out different page layouts. And notice as I do how very different the look and feel of the page is. So, here's a layout that has a thin horizontal image container for the photo as well as several text boxes. And this one looks very different. Certainly this does, and so does this one, but this might be interesting even for this horizontal photo.
I can click inside the image container and then click and drag, to get a real closeup on that mask, and then I'll click outside the image container. So those are the most common ways to change the layout on pages in a book. There is one other way, and that is to create a collage. I'm going to scroll over here in my photo stream, and here I've a couple of images of a bird eating something off the ground. I'm going to replace this image on the right by selecting one of the bird thumbnails and dragging it on top of the image on the right page.
Then I'm going to add a second photo. I'll select its thumbnail, move up and click on Drop here to add, because I don't want to replace the first photo; I want to add to it. Now I have two photos on that page and I have an entirely new page layout. The images are on the left and on the right I now have some text boxes. When I do this, I can't really control exactly what the layout is going to be. For example, here I didn't particularly need text boxes. And if I were to drag another photo here, perhaps this one, and drop this on the Drop here to add pop-up, I can't control exactly where it's going to land in this multi-image collage.
So, in this case I would have liked the vertical image to fill the right-hand side of this collage, but it didn't and so I just have to live with that. If I want to delete one of the images from this collage, I'll click on it, and I'll click the Remove button in the toolbar that appears. So, that's how to change the page layout in a Bookify Book. As you can see, changing out the layouts of your pages can really change the look and feel of your book.
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