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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.
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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