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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.
Laying out the pages of a book in BookSmart is the heart of the bookmaking process. It's simpler than you might think because BookSmart offers a wide variety of pre-built page templates for you to use. The starter layout that I'm using in this book was created by the Setup wizard at the beginning of this chapter. You can see that all the pages in the starter layout are the same. They all have a large image and then a couple of text boxes. I usually change out at least some of the pages that I get in the starter layout, but I don't just change layouts for the sake of change.
Each layout that I choose is selected for particular purpose in order to fit the content that I want to put on a page. For example, I may have a vertical image rather than horizontal image and so I'll choose a layout that fits that sort of image. Or I'll change out a page in order to signal a break in subject matter, like a new photo project or a new chapter. Or I'll use the page layouts for visual interest and to enhance the flow of the book from one page to another.
Swapping out a page layout is just a matter of two clicks. First, I'll select the page whose layout I want to change, like this page here. And that can be a page with content or a page that has no content yet. And then I'll go up to the Page Layout panel, I'll click this menu, and from here, I'll choose a category of page layouts. When I'm working on a photo book, those are usually one of the categories in this top section, particularly picture layouts. So I'll select that and that gives me the templates that you see here, but there are actually more templates than this.
If I click on the border beneath the Page Layout panel and drag down, you can see that there are lots of templates in this category to choose from. The diagrams of the layouts in the Page Layout panel are pretty minimal. About all you can see here is some templates have gray areas, which represent images, and some templates have lines like these. Those represent text boxes. Some templates have both. So, you really have to experiment with these templates, applying them to your page and seeing which work visually and which don't. There is quite a variety of page layouts here.
In this picture category alone, there are layouts that make full use of the page, like this, layouts with a little bit of white space, layouts with more white space. And then there are layouts with square image containers that crop a horizontal photo like this and layouts with vertical image containers. And then there are layouts with multiple image containers, so you can have two images on a page. Those can be square or vertical or horizontal.
You can have three images on a page and if you scroll down you'll find templates with as many as 9 or 16 small images. There are also some interesting collage-type page layouts that you can explore when you doing something like scrapbooking. I'm going to go back up here to the top, and these are actually the templates that I use the most because I really like the look of a large image almost filling a page. So I rely a lot on this template, and this one, and this one, and this one.
This one is called a full bleed page and it's important when you're doing a full bleed that you click on the checkbox for Display trim guidelines. I'll click OK here and here you can see that all around the spread, there is a red dotted line and then there's a larger translucent magenta line. The red dotted line indicates the edges of the book that will be cut away and so anything you place outside that line will definitely not be in the book. The magenta margin is called the bleed line.
Text or image that's placed between the trim line and the bleed line also will not actually print in the book, but you do need to extend an image out into that bleed line if you're going to get a full bleed book where the image goes all the way to the edges. So you do want to check the trim guidelines. There really are a lot of page layouts to choose from here, but that's not all. You can start with one of these pre- built page layouts and customize it so that it's a unique combination of text and image that you put together. I'll be showing you how to do that in a later movie, but for now, I'm sure you're eager to put photos on pages and that's what we're going to do in the very next movie.
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