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Photo books are a great way to display and preserve your memories, and services like iBooks and Blurb make it easy and affordable to create professional quality bound books. But your design choices are what make them special. Join designer Nigel French as he covers the basics of planning and building a photo book, reviews the qualities of good photo books, and examines the design principles at work in their creation—regardless of the software used. This course provides both inspiration and practical techniques for creating your photo book.
There are a number of frame and border treatments we can consider for our photographs. The most straightforward is a simple keyline or stroke. As well as providing an elegant frame, a keyline might also help define the borders of an image where its edges are indistinguishable from the paper color. Drop shadows can give a sense of dimension and help lift images from the background. Then there are distressed frames and reflections. Keep in mind that if you adopt one of these treatments, you'll need to be consistent and carry it through to all the images in your book.
And you definitely would not want to mix and match these different frame styles. Like just about everything else frame and border styles come in and go out of fashion. The reflection might be considered the modern day equivalent of the drop shadow popular in the 1990's. Perhaps the best advice I can give regarding frame treatments is not to overwhelm your photographs with graphic tricks. You'll want your photo book to last, and what looks cool and cutting edge today might look dated and corny in the near future.
If you want your reader to see what you, the photographer, saw then perhaps the best treatment is no treatment at all. Save for the simple, unadorned presentation of your photographs.
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