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Ebooks are a photographer's dream. Easy to create and publish, they provide a simple and inexpensive way for you to share your images with the public and generate some revenue at the same time. Follow along with veteran photographer Mikkel Aaland in this course as he turns his book County Fair Portraits, published in 1981, into an ebook. Along the way learn how to select, organize, and process your images with the EPUB format in mind, how to lay out and design your book, and how to prepare it for the appropriate ebook format. Plus, see how to set up publishing relationships with Amazon and other online retailers to distribute and sell your finished product.
In this video, I'll summarize the process that we're going to follow in order to create a PhotoCentric ePub book. We're going to start here in Bridge. We're going to learn how to apply important metadata to our images. Then we're going to come over to Photoshop where we'll clean up the images. We're going to optimize the tonal values. We're going to crop, resize and save the images for ePub. We're also going to learn how to add watermarks to our images to maintain image integrity.
We're going to learn how to prepare an ePub cover in Photoshop. We're going to learn how to create a transparent PNG graphic for use on our title page. And then once we're done in Photoshop, we're going to move over to InDesign. This is InDesign 5.5, where we'll start by learning how to create a new document specifically for ePub. And after we've done that, we're going to learn how to place the cover image, and then we're going to learn how to add other content, text, graphics, and create the various character styles and paragraph styles that you need to have in InDesign.
And we'll also learn how to add hyperlinks. We'll learn how to create a table of content, and how to add IPTC metadata to our InDesign document. After that, we will learn how to export our InDesign document using the Epub expert options, very, very important part of the process here, getting these options just right so that our document exports properly for the ePub format. And then finally, we're going to learn about various preview options that we have, how can we see our document when we're done with it. We're going to use Adobe Digital Editions, which is a free download from Adobe.
And we're also going to use the Amazon Kindle previewer, which once again, is a free download but from Amazon. So, at the end of this process, you will have an ePub document, ready to be placed on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or Apple iBooks. And not only will you have the satisfaction of sharing your work, but hopefully, you'll actually even make some money at it.
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