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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 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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