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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.
To change the overall appearance of your book, you can change the style of the entire book or you can switch out the color of page backgrounds on individual pages. You can even add Photo borders, and that's what I'm going to show you how to do in this movie. You'll remember when I started this book earlier in this chapter, I chose an initial style and that style set the page background colors, it set the default font for any text in the book, and it set the starter page layouts. So now I'd like to change that. Here in the Arrange Pages view or back in the editing workspace, I can go to the bar at the top of the screen and choose Style Book.
These are the same four styles that I chose from when I started this book. Instead of Bold Black, I could select something like Clean & Simple. Notice that the illustration of this style shows page layouts that are full bleed that fill the entire pages. If I apply this style, it will change the page background colors and the default font, but it won't change the page layouts. Once I've started to build a book, changing the style doesn't affect the page layouts. So, if I click here, you can see that all the pages now have a white background, but the layouts on the individual pages are just as they were a moment ago.
I'm going to go back to Style Book to show you what the Fun & Funky style looks like. This is more of a serious photo book so this is a little bit too much fun for my taste. I'm going to go back to Style Book and I'm going to choose the Elegant style. Now, if I scroll up, you can see that all of the pages in the book have a white background. And if I were to type in a text box, the default font would be the one for this particular style. As I said, I can do that either here in the Arrange Pages view or back in the Edit Workspace.
I'm going to return to the edit workspace by hovering underneath any one of the page spreads and clicking Edit Pages, and that will take me back to that spread in the editing workspace. Let's say that I'm happy with this style overall, but I do want to change the page background on this page. To do that, I'll click the palette icon underneath this page. And that opens this box, where I can choose one of the colors that comes with this style. I could try this brown for example. I don't think that's exactly the right color for the background of this page. It doesn't really go with the photo.
So I'll go back to the palette icon again, and this time instead of choosing from these chips, I'm going to click the eyedropper here. And then I'll move the eyedropper over a color in the image. Notice that next to the eyedropper down here, as I move, I can see the color that's under the eyedropper. And I'm just going to go until I see one that I think would look good with this image, maybe this reddish brown. I'll click there, and then I'll come down here and click Done. And that's changed the background color of this page to the color that I sampled out of the image and that often works best.
I'm going to go over to this page and click the palette under it, because I want to show you that if you don't like solid color page backgrounds, clicking this arrow offers up some pattern backgrounds. So, let's see what this one looks like, for example. Here, I get a yellow background with this graphic that's pretty much obscured by the photo in this page layout. If I were to change this page layout-- I'll use the Shuffle Layout to get to a new page layout, I can see more of that graphic on the page background. One more thing I can do to change the appearance of my pages is to add borders to the photos.
I'm going to click the palette icon again for the page on the left, and then I'll click the Photo borders tab. By default, there are no borders on photos in this style. Here I have a number of border choices. I'm going to select this one, and that applies the border around the photo on this page. If I want to add the same border to all of the pages, I'll go back here. Again I'll choose Photo borders, I'll click Change all pages to this style and then I'll select a photo border style. And now you can see that border around the photo on this page, as well as on this page and all the other pages in the book.
So that's how to use the book style, background colors and graphics, and photo borders to change the appearance of your book.
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