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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.
The heart of designing a photo book is putting photos on the pages of the book, and that's what I'm going to cover in this movie. In this book, I have a couple of places where I need to add photos, but if I look down in my photo stream, I see that I don't have any photos left that I haven't already used elsewhere in this book. So, this is how you can get more photos into your photo stream at any time when you're working on a book. I'll go up to the bar at the top of the screen and I'll click Get Photos. I can get photos from any of these sources.
I'm going to get some from my computer. Here I'm going to select these photos, clicking on one and Shift+clicking on another to select all in between, and then I'll click Open. The progress bar indicates how long it's going to take for the photos to upload. This is approximate. So, if your photos are taking longer than you'd like, you can pause this movie and wait for them to finish uploading. When my files are finished uploading, the progress bar disappears. I'm going to choose to drag and drop these additional photos where I want them in my book rather than auto- flowing them into the book too.
So I'll click "I'll drag and drop my photos" and that brings me into Bookify's editing workspace. If I go down to my photo stream and drag the scrollbar to the right, I can see the new photos that I brought in that haven't been used on pages in this book, and so they don't have green checkmarks. To add a photo to a page of a book, I'll select it in the photo stream and then I'll drag toward the page and this pop- up appears telling me that I can drop on top of the pop-up in order to add a photo to that page. So I'll do just that. Notice when I move over that pop up, I even get a tooltip that tells me what's going to happen when I release my mouse.
I'll be adding this photo to this page, and there it is. If I want to swap this photo with a photo on another page, I'll just click and drag the photo. I get a tooltip telling me I'm going to swap photos when I release my mouse, like that. Now what if I decide that I want to replace the photo on a page with a different photo from my photo stream? To do that, I'll go down to the photo stream, I'll find another photo, and I'll click and drag, and this time I'm not going to drop here to add the photo. I'm going to go right on top of the image container. And notice the tooltip that says that I am about to replace the black and white photo, and that's exactly what happens. I've replaced that with this sepia toned photo.
Now let's talk about positioning a photo in an image container. When I first drop a photo into an image container like this one, Bookify is trying to fill the entire container, both in terms of width and height. So here, it's filled the width of this container properly, but I've lost a lot of the height of this photo because the photo is actually vertical, so it's taller than this horizontal image container. So, if I click in this container, this toolbar comes up and I can click and drag the photo in the container to bring back some of the top portion of the photo that was cut off a moment ago. Or I can go the other way and make this not a photo about a seagull, but rather a photo about boats on the canal. Or if I want to see the entire photo in this image container, I'll use this control bar.
I can either drag the Zoom slider over to the left and then drag around trying to get the entire photo just where I want it, or an easier way is just to click Fit Photo, and that lets me see the photo full frame inside this image container. If I wanted to have the photo fill this image container again, I could just click Fill Photo, and again I can fit the photo by clicking Fit Photo. And I don't have to leave the photo here in the middle of the image container, I can drag it wherever I want. So, sometimes it looks nice a little bit off -centered; I'll drag it over to the left.
If I take it too far, I'll be cropping away everything that falls outside of the image container. So, I'm just going to put it about there. And finally, if I want to remove a photo from the page altogether, I'll click on it to bring up this toolbar and then click Remove. The photo is still down here in the photo stream, ready to be placed on another page. Normally, I leave all the photos that I brought into Bookify in my Photo Stream for that book so that I have lots of options as I'm designing the book. But in the event that the photo stream gets too full of photos so it's just unmanageable, I could delete a photo from the photo stream altogether by selecting it in the photo stream and pressing Delete or Backspace on my keyboard.
But as I said, I don't typically do that, so I'm going to leave this photo in the photo stream. One more thing about photos at Bookify-- If I want to see a photo bigger, maybe I want to check some detail on the photo or make sure it's really sharp, I'll double-click the thumbnail of the photo down here in the photo stream, and that gives me this closeup view of the photo in its own window. I also can access information about the photo from here by clicking this i icon and here I can see the name of the file, the size of the photo in pixels, the date I uploaded it to Bookify, and the date that I shot the photo.
I'll click X to dismiss that. So that's how to get photos on the pages of your book and how to position them just where you want them.
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