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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.
If you use Adobe Lightroom 3 to organize your photos, you can make use of Blurb's plug-in for Lightroom to automatically create a Bookify book and flow your photos from Lightroom into that book. You do have to use Lightroom 3 in order to do this. Y,ou can be on a PC or Mac. The first step is to download and install Blurb's plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. That's done from this page where you will click the Download Plug-in button here. After the plug-in downloads, install it by following the instructions that you'll see when you click this link, in our FAQs.
These instructions tell you to drag the plug-in to the appropriate place on your computer and then restart Lightroom. I've already done all that here in my copy of Lightroom. Before I use the plug-in to export photos from Lightroom directly onto the pages of a book that will be made for me, I am going to do some editing down and sequencing of the photos that I want in the book. In Lightroom's Library module, I will go to the Folders panel and I will select a folder that contains some photos that I want in my book. Then I will move to the thumbnails. I will click on one of the photos and I will hold down the Command or Ctrl key, that's Command on the Mac and Ctrl on the PC, as I select the photos that I want to include in my book.
I'm going to put all of these into a collection, which is a grouping of photos that's virtual. It won't move the photos on my drive, it'll just put them all in one place. So, I will go to the Collections panel, I'll click the plus symbol (+) and I will click Create Collection. I will name this collection "venice book" and I will make sure that Include selected photos is checked, and I will click Create. I can add more photos to this collection from another folder. I will select another folder here in the Folders panel. And I've chosen these particular photos because none of them meet the basic requirements for photos that can be included in a Bookify book.
With the first thumbnail selected, if you look in the Metadata panel, you will see that this is a RAW file. In order to be in a Bookify book, a file has to be in a JPEG or PNG format. And this file is a JPEG, but it's in the wrong color mode. Photos that you upload to Bookify to include in a book have to be in the RGB color mode. This photo is a JPEG and it is RGB, but it's too big. The maximum size of a photo that you can upload for use in a Bookify book is 10 MB. And this file is a TIFF; it's not a JPEG or a PNG.
But that's okay-- all of that is going to be taken care of for me automatically, when I export photos from Lightroom using the plug-in, and all of these photos will be able to be in my Bookify book. So, I'm going to put those all in the venice book collection, here in Lightroom. I have selected one, I will Shift+click on another to select them all and then I will drag into the venice book collection. So there's my collection. One of the reasons that I put all these photos into one collection is that here I can sequence them, getting them in the order that I want them to appear in the book.
I would like all the sepia-toned photos to be first, so I will select those by clicking one and Command or Ctrl+ clicking the others. And then I will click and drag from any one of those photos over to the beginning of the sequence, here in the collection. And this sequence will be honored when I export these photos from Lightroom 3 into the book that's going to be automatically made for me in Bookify. Another thing I can do here in Lightroom is add captions and titles to photos and those captions, and titles will be honored by Bookify.
For example, I will click on this thumbnail, and over in the Metadata panel, I will go to the Caption field and I will type a caption for this photo. I'll select the next thumbnail and for this one I am going to add a title. Now I am going to make use of the plug-in to export all of these photos to a Bookify book. So I'll select all these photos by pressing Command+A on the Mac or Ctrl+A on the PC, and then I will go to the File menu and I'm going to choose Export.
In the Export dialog box that opens, I will go to be Export To menu and from there, I'll choose Blurb Bookify. You won't have this menu choice unless you have installed the plug-in. Now I will just go through all the fields and options in the Export dialog box. I will sign-in or register for a Blurb account if I haven't already. I will enter the title of the book that's going to be made for me here, and this will appear on the cover and title page of the book. And I will type my name as the Author. And I want to be sure not to press Enter or Return on my keyboard at this time, because that can set the program off uploading all my photos to Bookify before I'm ready to do that.
If that happens to you, you will see a progress bar up here with a red X. Click the red X to stop the upload. So, I won't press Return or Enter. I will just go to the next setting which is the Book size menu. I'd like to have a Standard Portrait sized book. I also can choose a style for that book. I'm going to use the Elegant style. And over here, I have a small preview of that style. If I want to know the price of the book, I can click here to go to the pricing page on the Blurb website, but I am going to skip that for now.
Here, in the Page Layout settings area, I can specify to have the Lightroom photos automatically flowed onto the pages of the book that's going to be created for me. If I don't want that to happen, I would select No here. But this is really a quick way to get a book started, so I'm going to leave Yes selected. Over here I can specify the order of the images as they'll be flowed onto the pages of the book. Since I took the time to sequence the photos back in Lightroom, I want to retain that sequence when the photos come into my Bookify book.
So I'll choose my sorting. I do want any captions or titles that I added to photos to appear under the photos in the book so I'll leave this checked. I am going to leave Add image filenames unchecked. If I check that, then any photos that didn't have captions or titles would have their filenames under the image in the book. I will come down here and I'll choose the initial layout for the book. If I want the captions or titles to appear under the photos, I need to select one of the layouts that says Support captions or titles, like this one.
And in the last section of this dialog box, I will choose some Cover Options. If I want to have one of my photos on the front cover, I will make sure Front Cover is selected here, and then I'll scroll through my photos until I find the one that I want to include on the cover of the book. I will select this one. I could do the same for the Back Cover, but I'm just going to leave the Back Cover blank. And I want that cover image to appear on the page of the book as well, so I will leave this check mark checked and I will click Export.
Here, I see a progress bar as my photos are uploaded from Lightroom to Blurb for inclusion in a Bookify book that's going to be made for me. This can take some time, depending on how many photos there are and how big they are. Tune into the next movie to see the book that's being automatically created with these photos in Bookify, thanks to Blurb's plug-in for Lightroom 3.
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