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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 review the interface of BookSmart so that you're comfortable using the program. I'll start down here at the bottom of the screen where there's a filmstrip that contains some thumbnails. The thumbnails represent the covers and the pages of this book. You can use the filmstrip to navigate through the pages to the book. So if I drag this scrollbar all the way over to the right, you can see all the thumbnails that represent the 20 pages in this book. And by the way, 20 is the minimum number of pages that you can have in a Blurb book. Let's go back over here where there's already some content in this book.
You remember from the beginning of this chapter that I asked the Setup wizard to auto flow some photos into a starter layout and that's where these four photos came from. The Setup wizard put these photos on the first content pages of this book. One of the things that I can do in the filmstrip is take a page with its content and move it somewhere else in the book. For example, I could click on this page and drag it over this way and drop it there. I can also move an entire double page spread, so if I click on one side of the spread and then I hold the Command key, that's the Ctrl key on the PC, I've selected the entire spread and I could move that over here.
When I click on a page here in the filmstrip, I can see a larger version of that page up here in the work area. This is where I'll add images and text to the page. Right now, I'm looking at the work area in Single Page view. There are two other useful views and those are accessed from the buttons right here. If I click this middle button, I can see both sides of the double page spread. I'm going to click on this spread where there's content on both sides because I want you to see how important it is to see both pages of the spread at the same time, since this is what your reader is going to see.
So I spend a lot of time going back and forth between this Double Page view and the Single Page view when I'm designing a book. There is one more view here and that's the Thumbnail view. Thumbnail view shows you all the pages and spreads in the book. This is useful for getting a sense of the flow of your book. If you see a page that you think should be somewhere else in that flow, you can select it and drag it elsewhere, and you can drag entire spreads as well just as I did in the filmstrip. Let's go back to the Double Page view for a moment and let's take a look at this page over here.
There is no content on this page yet. What you're looking at are the elements of one of the many page layouts that's available over here in the Page Layout panel. I'll be talking about that a lot more in later movies in this chapter, but for now, I just want you to understand that the gray box here is called an Image Container, and it's the place where you'll drop your photos to add them to the page layout. Down here these white boxes are text boxes and I'll be showing you how you can use those to add text to the pages of your book.
There are a few other pieces of the interface. Up here is a toolbar that contains a lot of useful tools for adding and removing pages, for stylizing the pages of your book with themes, backgrounds and ornaments, and for customizing page layouts. And I'll be going into all of those things in more detail in the rest of this chapter. I mentioned the Page Layout panel which contains the many different page layouts available for you to use and down here is a panel you're already familiar with, the My Photos panel, which holds all the photos that are available for you to use in this book.
That's the interface of BookSmart. After you work in this interface a bit, you'll become quite familiar with it and I think you'll find it an intuitive environment in which to build your books.
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