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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.
In most cases, if you take a photo with a modern digital camera-- anything from a point-and-shoot to a higher end DSLR-- it will be big enough to fit most of the page layouts that you will encounter in Bookify. But once in a while, you may have a photo that perhaps you took with a cell phone or that you downsized for another purpose and it's just too small for the layout in which you want to put it in Bookify. Let's take a look at some solutions for that problem. Here, I have a blank page in the book that I'm building and I would like to have a photo that is full bleed that fills the entire page.
I'm working in a standard landscape size book so that will be about 10 inches wide by 8 inches tall. I'll go to the Choose Layout menu and I'll click the arrows to find a full bleed layout, one in which the image container, the gray area, fills the whole page. Then I'll go to my photo stream and I'm going to drag in this photo. I really like the strong patterns in this photo and I think it looks good filling the entire page. But when I look up here, I see a yellow triangle.
What does this mean? If I roll my mouse over the triangle, I find out. I get a message that the resolution of this photo is too low to use at this size, and then Bookify suggests a couple of possible solutions to this problem. That tool tip will go away pretty quickly so if I want to see it again, I'll move over the triangle again. So, the three solutions are: replace the image with a larger one from your photo stream or go up to Get Photos and import a larger version of this photo, if you have it, or of another photo.
So that's solution number one: replace this photo with a larger one. Possible solution number two is to change the page layout. So, instead of insisting that this be a full bleed image, I could go back down to Choose Layout and choose a layout that has a smaller image container like this one, for example, and then I don't get that yellow symbol. Let me go back and put that full bleed layout up again. And the third suggested solution-- and this is the one I normally do-- is just to zoom out on the image.
To do that, I'll click in the image to bring up this Toolbar. I'll go to the Zoom slider and I'll just click and drag until that yellow triangle goes away. And that way, I can get the image as large as it possibly can be on this page, while having enough resolution to print well. I'll click on the image and I'll drag it a bit to position it on the page where I want it and I'll preview to see how it looks. So, those are some solutions to the problem of the yellow triangle which means that the photo that you've put into an image container in a Bookify Book is just too small for that container.
It's best not to ignore that because you do want your photos to look as crisp and sharp as they possibly can in your printed book.
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