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Creating Photo Books with Blurb

Changing page layouts


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Creating Photo Books with Blurb

with Jan Kabili

Video: Changing page layouts

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.
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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

Changing page layouts

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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