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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.
Let's consider the use of backgrounds. For a background color, I recommend one of three simple choices. White, black or neutral grey. White is simple. Black provides contrast and drama and can draw the eye into the page. Pages printed with black ink tend however to show finger prints. Neutral gray is just that, neutral. It is about the photographs and you don't want anything to distract from them.
Textures when used with discretion can add visual interest tie together a disparate group of images or give more context. A background image when done well can fufill the same role. Done badly you end up with the worst of both worlds. You cannot read the background image because it is obscured by the images on top of it. And its presence is detracting from rather than enhancing those images. With any of these devices, ask yourself if they really strengthen the theme of your book.
And if in doubt, leave them out. Keep it simple.
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