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Creating Photo Books with Blurb

Importing photos from your computer


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Creating Photo Books with Blurb

with Jan Kabili

Video: Importing photos from your computer

Let's see how to bring photos into BookSmart from your computer for use in a book. In this movie, we'll work on the Valley of Longing book that we started building in the last movie. BookSmart automatically saves a book as you work on it--one of my favorite features. Throughout this chapter, to open the book in progress with changes you made to it in the preceding movies, you can go up to the File menu in BookSmart and choose Open and navigate to the book Valley of Longing in this list and then click Open. Or, if you're on the initial screen of BookSmart you'll see an icon for that book there and you can click the icon.
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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

Importing photos from your computer

Let's see how to bring photos into BookSmart from your computer for use in a book. In this movie, we'll work on the Valley of Longing book that we started building in the last movie. BookSmart automatically saves a book as you work on it--one of my favorite features. Throughout this chapter, to open the book in progress with changes you made to it in the preceding movies, you can go up to the File menu in BookSmart and choose Open and navigate to the book Valley of Longing in this list and then click Open. Or, if you're on the initial screen of BookSmart you'll see an icon for that book there and you can click the icon.

Here in BookSmart on the left side of the interface is the My Photos library. It displays thumbnails of all the photos that I brought into the book already. These were brought in from the BookSmart wizard in the last movie and autoflowed onto some of the pages in the book, as you can see down here in the filmstrip of book pages. But I'll often start a book without the wizard's help and bring in all the photos to the library from this main interface. The most common way to get photos into this library is to import them from folders on your computer.

This is most efficient if you first put all the photos that you think you might use in the book into one folder before opening BookSmart. In the last chapter, I showed you how I do that and I sequenced the photos in that folder and even named them sequentially in advance of using BookSmart. So now I'm going to bring in some more photos from my computer, by clicking in the Get Photos button here at the top of the My Photos library. Then I'll choose My Computer and I'll navigate to the folder from which I want to bring in photos.

I could go into the folder and select individual photos. I can select more than one by holding the Command key on my Mac, the Ctrl key on my PC like this. But it's more efficient to bring in this whole folder, so I have more than enough images for this book. I can always delete unused images from the library later. So I'll select the folder and I'll click Choose and Blurb imports all the photos in that folder. It takes a moment for them to render here in the my photos library and when they do you can see a thumbnail of each photo.

I can sort the photos here in the library by the criteria in the Sort menu. So I'll change that from Date Taken to File Name and now I've both sorted the photos and changed the captions under each to the filenames. So now you can start see the wisdom of having named the photos sequentially, because they all appear in my photo library in the sequence that I plan to use them. But this is optional; you don't have to do that in advance. The photos I just imported are in the library, but they're not yet in my book; they are not yet on the pages that you see down here in the filmstrip.

The photos that are in the book are marked with a green check mark and this helps me to avoid duplicating them in the book by mistake. Up here is a Filter menu where I can choose to show all the photos that I've imported in this library, or I could see just the photos I've used, or just the photos I haven't used, or photos from particular sources. If I want to see a photo bigger than this little thumbnail, I'll double-click the thumbnail to open that photo in this viewer and then I can use these arrows to see the next photos in the library. I'll click Close.

Another view that I like is to open the entire library in a larger view. So I'll click this Arrow at the top right of My Photos and that opens my library. I can click on a particular photo to see it larger over here, or I can use the arrows to scroll through the various photos in the library. And what I like about this view is that down here I can see information about the photo, including the dimensions of the photo which can come in handy if I need to troubleshoot the size of photos on the pages of my book, as I'll show you how to do later.

I'm going to close this view. If I want to see more thumbnails in the My Photos panel, I can make the panel larger by clicking on the top border of the panel and dragging up, or dragging down if I want to see some of the picture layouts at the same time. And there is also a scrollbar here that lets me scroll down to see more photos in the library. If my library is getting really big and there are some photos that I know I'm not going to use in this book, I can delete them from the library. I'll scroll down and I'll select the images here, hold the Shift key to select all of those,and then I'll Ctrl+Click or right-click on any one of those thumbnails and click Delete.

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