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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.
This is a movie for Mac users only, and in particular for Mac people who use iPhoto to organize and edit photos. You'll use a different method of accessing your photos in BookSmart than the method I covered in the last movie for people who are accessing photos from other places on their computers. I'll start my iPhoto to BookSmart workflow here in my main iPhoto Library. I'll click on Photos in the column on the left. I've gone up to the View menu and I've toggled off Event Titles so that I can see thumbnails of all of the photos in my iPhoto Library.
I can move pretty quickly through these thumbnails, marking those that I think I am going to use in my book. I could use flags or stars for that purpose. I am going to mark the photos that I want to use in my book with one star. For example, I'll come down here and select this photo. I can see the stars underneath it. I'll click on one star and then I'll just move over this photo and click on one star. Now let's say that I've identified all of the photos that I want to use in my book with one star. I'll get all the one star photos together in iPhoto by going up to the View menu and choosing Sort Photos>By Rating.
Next, I am going to gather all the one star photos into a virtual group called an Album. This will help me later in BookSmart to see just the photos that I plan to use in this book. So, I'll select these one star photos by clicking on the first one and holding the Shift key as I click on the last one to select all in between. Then I'll go to the Create button at the bottom of iPhoto. I'll click there and I'll choose to create an Album. The Album appears over here in the column on the left, ready to be named. I am going to name this album Valley book and then I'll press Return or Enter on the keyboard.
Now, no matter where I am in iPhoto, I can quickly get back to see just the photos that I've identified for my Valley book by going down to the Valley book album and clicking there. I am going to open iPhoto's Info panel by going up to the View menu and choosing Info. The reason I'm doing this is because I want to check that these photos are all JPEGs or PNGs, which are the only file formats that BookSmart can take. So as I click on each photo, I can see its format here. These are all JPEGs, so they're fine for BookSmart, but this one happens to be a TIFF.
So when I access my iPhoto photos in BookSmart, I won't see this particular photo. If I go down to the bottom here, I have another photo that's not a JPEG. This one is a RAW file, but this one I will see in BookSmart because it will be automatically converted into a JPEG for me during this process. While I'm here in the Info panel, I can add keyword tags to photos. These keyword tags will show up in BookSmart, giving me another way to find and organize photos there. I'll select a photo like this one and then I can click here in the Keywords panel and add a keyword to it.
I'll type the keyword tag winter and press Enter or Return on my keyboard. Now I am ready to switch over to BookSmart to access this iPhoto album there. Here in BookSmart I am going to start a new blank book to show you how iPhoto works with BookSmart. I'll go to the File menu and choose New and Book Project. Here in the Setup wizard, I am going to click Continue a number of times to start a new blank book that has no photos in its library yet.
I can get access to all the photos in my main iPhoto Library, including those I just gathered into the Valley book album in iPhoto by going to the Get Photos button in the My Photos panel here in BookSmart, clicking there and choosing iPhoto. This prompt is asking if I want to bring in my entire Local iPhoto Library. I don't get to choose just the photos that I want, but I'll click OK and in just a moment, I'll see in the My Photos panel thumbnails of all of the photos in my iPhoto library.
So that you can see that better, I am going to expand my My Photos panel by clicking this blue button on the right side of the panel. And in the expanded My Photos view, I can click and drag to the right, so we can see more thumbnails. So again, this is all of the photos in my iPhoto library. If you have a lot of photos in your iPhoto library, you probably don't want them all cluttering up this panel in BookSmart. Rather, you just want to see those photos that you've selected in iPhoto for use in this book. So now you'll see the importance of me having gathered those photos into an album back in iPhoto.
I am going to use the Filter menu here, clicking on the Filter menu and going down to iPhoto. Notice that All Photos is checked which means that I'm currently looking at all of the photos in my iPhoto album. I'll click All Photos to toggle that off and then I'll go down to the list of my iPhoto albums that appears in this menu here in BookSmart and I am going to choose to see just the photos in my Valley book iPhoto album. I am going to click in a blank area to close that menu and now you see just the thumbnails in my Valley book iPhoto album.
Focusing on these thumbnails will help me to find a particular photo, so I can drag it onto a page of my book. It will also help me to sequence the photos for the book here in BookSmart. This is optional, I don't have to do it, but I like having the photos in sequence in the My Photos panel as I create my book. So I'll go to the Sort menu and I'll choose Manual Sort. And then I can click on any thumbnail here and drag it to another position in the order of photos in the My Photos panel. iPhoto and BookSmart are so closely tied together that if I make changes to my iPhoto library in iPhoto or if I make changes to an album in iPhoto, those changes will automatically appear here in the My Photos panel in BookSmart.
So, if I add a new image to my iPhoto library, I don't have to specifically import it to BookSmart; it will just appear here in this panel. And if I add photos to an album or delete photos from an album in iPhoto, the same thing will happen here in the My Photos panel in BookSmart. Let's go back to iPhoto to see how that works. Here in iPhoto, I'm looking at the thumbnails in my Valley book album. I'm going to delete this vertical photo from this album by selecting it in iPhoto and pressing the Delete key on my keyboard and then I'll click Remove Photo.
Now I'll go back to BookSmart. In just a moment, the My Photos panel has changed from this view of all of the photos in my iPhoto Valley book album. Another thing to notice in the My Photos panel: in the Filter menu when I go down to iPhoto, I can also see all of the keyword tags that I've used in iPhoto. If I select one of those keyword tags like winter and then I deselect Valley book, I can see in the My Photos panel in BookSmart all the photos, in this case just one, to which I gave the keyword tag winter, back in iPhoto.
As you've seen, iPhoto ties in nicely with BookSmart making it easy for Mac iPhoto users to access their entire iPhoto library or just a portion of that library for use in a BookSmart book.
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