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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.
A crossover image is one that extends from the left page to the right page, or vice versa. I've mentioned before the importance of designing spreads, rather than individual pages, and crossovers are a great way of tying together the facing pages of your book. A well-placed crossover image can make your facing pages look like an integrated whole, rather than two separate parts of the same design. When you employ crossovers, you effectively double the width of your canvas.
Here are some points to consider. Unless your book has a lay-flat binding, you will some information in the inner margins. Sometimes referred to as the gutter. Make sure that any photograph you use as a crossover doesn't include essential information like a person's face for example, in the area that crosses the spine. While a crossover doesn't have to also be a full bleed. Any image that straddles both pages should look like it's doing so intentionally.
That is, don't just extend a small part of the image to the opposite page. That will look like a mistake. Instead, make your intent clear and cross over a substantial portion of the image. And, I don't mean to be a kill-joy, but once again, there's the issue of resolution. Any image that crosses over a facing page spread will have to have a high pixel count in order to allow for scaling and still print at good quality.
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