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Completing a Lightroom book

From: Creating Photo Books with Blurb

Video: Completing a Lightroom book

The last movie showed how to export photos from Photoshop Lightroom 3 with the help of the Blurb plug-in that integrates Adobe's Lightroom and Blurb's Bookify. While my Lightroom photos were uploading to Blurb, a book was being automatically created for me in Bookify for my Lightroom photos. In this movie, we'll take a look at the resulting book and talk about putting finishing touches on the book in Bookify. If you didn't watch the preceding movie yet, I suggest you go back and do that first. When the photo upload that I started in the last movie is complete, I get this message in Lightroom. Woohoo! We've finished cooking up your book now and it's ready for some final touches in Blurb Bookify.

Completing a Lightroom book

The last movie showed how to export photos from Photoshop Lightroom 3 with the help of the Blurb plug-in that integrates Adobe's Lightroom and Blurb's Bookify. While my Lightroom photos were uploading to Blurb, a book was being automatically created for me in Bookify for my Lightroom photos. In this movie, we'll take a look at the resulting book and talk about putting finishing touches on the book in Bookify. If you didn't watch the preceding movie yet, I suggest you go back and do that first. When the photo upload that I started in the last movie is complete, I get this message in Lightroom. Woohoo! We've finished cooking up your book now and it's ready for some final touches in Blurb Bookify.

I can't wait till later to see the book. I want to see it now, so I'll click the blue button. If I hadn't already signed into my Blurb account, I would have seen a prompt asking me to sign in now. So I do that and wait a second for Bookify's editing interface to open in my web browser. When it does, Bookify displays the book that was automatically created from Lightroom. To see a cleaner view of this book without being surrounded by all these editing controls in Bookify's editing workspace, I'll click the Preview button.

And here in Preview mode, I'll scroll through the pages of the book using the arrows on the right and left side of the book to see whether I like the results of the automatic Lightroom-to-Bookify process and to see whether there is anything I want to change about the book as I finish it up in Bookify. I am noticing that the photos were flowed onto the pages in the order in which I'd sorted them back in Lightroom. I selected the photos for export from a collection in Lightroom. So the order of the photos in that collection is what's reflected here.

So, that's not a bad start, although there may be some things I want to change about the order of the photos or the page layouts. I'm going to take a look at the cover of the book by clicking Cover here and I see that the photo I specified for cover in Lightroom's Export dialog box is here on the Cover in Bookify. Of course, I can edit this cover too, changing its background color or the layout or the text. Here's the title page of the book. I see that the title and the author made it from Lightroom to this page as well.

I can also see that any captions and titles that I added to my photos in Lightroom have also been automatically included under the photos here in the Bookify Book. It's also good to see that a few photos that I had chosen back in Lightroom that didn't meet Bookify's image specifications did make it into this book, which means that they must have been converted to become Bookify compliant during the export process. For example, this photo of the chandelier was a RAW file back in Lightroom, a format that Bookify doesn't normally except because it only takes JPEGs or PNGs. And this photo was in CMYK mode back in Lightroom, not RGB color mode as Blurb requires. And on the next page, this photo was over 13 megabytes in Lightroom, exceeding Bookify's 10 megabytes size limit, but here are all these photos in my Bookify Book.

As I click through the book in preview, I'm deciding whether there are things about the book that I want to touch up or change. If so, I'll click Edit Book down here and that takes me back to Bookify's editing interface. Here, I can do anything to this automatically created book that I could do to any book that I started from scratch in Bookify. So I might swap out photos on pages, change page layouts, add additional pages, and more-- all things that I'll be covering in more detail in the upcoming movies in this chapter-- but the Blurb plug- in for Lightroom really streamlined my bookmaking workflow.

So I just have a few things to touch up here. It created a Bookify Book for me, streamed into that book photos that I had selected in Lightroom in the order in which I selected the photos there. It brought in captions and other metadata with the photos, and it allowed me to make choices about page layouts, cover design and more back in Lightroom. Keep in mind that at the time I'm recording this course, Blurb's Lightroom plug-in is available only for Lightroom 3 and only for Bookify. I'm sure hoping that Blurb will develop something just as useful to integrate its desktop software BookSmart with Lightroom.

So I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for that.

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Creating Photo Books with Blurb

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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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