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Creating a basic photo book

From: Getting Started with Lightroom 4

Video: Creating a basic photo book

Once you've spent some time in the Library module, organizing your images and identifying your favorites, from a particular photo shoot. And then, spend some time in the Develop module, trying to make your images look their best. You'll want to share those images, with others, perhaps in a wide variety of different ways. One of the new ways in Lightroom 4, that you can share your images is as a book and literally as a printed photo book. Let's take a look at how it's done. I'm looking at some of my images from a trip to Austria and I'm going to switch now to the book module. And in the book module on the film strip, you can see I have my Austria photos, but I want to filter those to just my favorites.

Creating a basic photo book

Once you've spent some time in the Library module, organizing your images and identifying your favorites, from a particular photo shoot. And then, spend some time in the Develop module, trying to make your images look their best. You'll want to share those images, with others, perhaps in a wide variety of different ways. One of the new ways in Lightroom 4, that you can share your images is as a book and literally as a printed photo book. Let's take a look at how it's done. I'm looking at some of my images from a trip to Austria and I'm going to switch now to the book module. And in the book module on the film strip, you can see I have my Austria photos, but I want to filter those to just my favorites.

I'll go ahead and turn on the filter. And in this case, I'm looking at images with a three star or greater star rating, so in theory, my best photos from that particular trip. I can then set about the task of creating my page layout for the book. You can see that I already have a default layout here, got a front and back cover, and then some inside pages. And I'll want to think about the overall layout. How do I want to present the images? What size do I want to print the book, et cetera. But ultimately, I'll be able to actually get this book printed as a photo book.

That photo printing is offered via Blurb, but we can also choose to create a simple PDF document if we prefer. But I'd like to create a printed book here so I'll keep the option here set to Blurb. I'll take a look at the sizes. In this case, most of the images I'm considering for this book are landscape, so I think I'll opt for the standard landscape size. That's a 10 inch by 8 inch book with a landscape orientation. We can also use a portrait orientation, or a square orientation, and there are also large options for both landscape and square.

So I'll stick with the standard landscape. I can also determine the hardcover image wrap versus a hardcover dust jacket or a softcover. I think I'll go with the hardcover image wrap here, so I can have an image wrapped around the cover. Or the paper, I like using a semi gloss surface, in most class. So, I'm going to opt for the Premium Luster paper rather than the Matte. And the logo page, at the back of the book, you'll see that we have a Blurb logo, I can turn that off if I'd like, but then the price goes up, a little bit. So, I don't mind having the logo there, And I certainly don't mind having a price discount for the book so, we'll leave the logo page option turned on. Next we'll take a look at the auto layout option.

We can choose one photo per page, I can have a left blank page and a photo on the right page with a caption. Or, a left blank page, and one photo on the right page. I can also edit these layouts, but I think in this case I'll simply use one photo per page, and I'm not concerned about captions for these images. I just want to share the photos as they are. I could also click the Auto Layout button, I'm not going to in this case. I'm going to use a manual approach because I want to choose specific images, and I'm not actually going to include all of the images here in the book.

But just really quickly, I'll click the Auto Layout button, and you can see that the images have been placed into the book automatically. Of course, that also means that the front and back colors had been identified somewhat arbitrarily. So that I might want to change, which is very easier to do. I could simply drag a new image into position for example. But in this case I'm going to start from scratch. I'll simply click the Clear Layout button and I'm back to my original starting point. I'll scroll down just a little bit we can take a look at some of the other options, I can display guides. I can show the page bleed, the text-safe area, the photo cells themselves. I like to have all of those options displayed when I'm working on my layout. I can also adjust the padding for the cells for each individual image. I can adjust caption details, I can choose which fonts and the font style that I want to use, and I can even add a background for the pages. But I'm going to leave all those options just set as they are for the time being. I'm going to focus instead on the photographs.

So I get to choose which images I want to place in which positions. I really like my photo of (INAUDIBLE) in the alps and so I'm going to make that the front cover. I'll simply drag that image from the film strip into position on the front cover. I can then click on that image and adjust the zoom as needed for example I could zoom in if I only wanted to see a small portion of that photo or zoom out. I just seem to make sure that I zoom in enough if I want to fill the page and for the cover almost I certainly do. So, I want to zoom in enough that the entire page is covered with image.

I can then drag that image around and then in this case I think moving the image over to the left a little bit will work better in terms of that cropping effectively. So that looks pretty good, I think that'll work nicely for the front cover. And on the back cover, perhaps just some flowers. I think maybe this will work, the tulips are nice, but maybe that's a little bit too colorful, so I'll replace that with the white tulips. And again all I need to do is drag and drop a photo into position. And in this case, maybe I'll zoom out, I'm not sure if I want to fill the entire back cover. Actually now that I take a closer look at the image, I think I do want to effectively crop it a little bit.

So I'll zoom in so that we got just an abstract photo, effectively of tulips on the back cover. And I certainly want to have a title, I'm just going to add a title on the spine here. So I'll click in that spine in between the front and back covers and we'll just call this Austria by Tim Gray. I'll then scroll down, and I have my first empty page that I can add some images to. Perhaps I'll add this sort of historic picture of the old cobblestone mixed with the new cobblestone. I'll adjust the position, maybe kind of center that transition a little bit. And at this point I'm out of actual pages.

I'm down to the back page that has the Blurb logo. So I'm going to want to add additional pages. On the right panel, I'll scroll down to the page section and simply click add page. And I can change the layout of this page if I'd like, I can come on down add the Oprah building into the page here. Perhaps I'll zoom a little bit. I think in this case, I might actually want to be able to see the entire photo. So I'm going to change the layout by clicking on the pop up at the bottom right of the page. And in this case again just a single photo, I'll scroll down and take a look at my various options.

And I think maybe this layout where I can see the entire image on the page might work out well in this particular case. And even though I've included tulips on the back cover, I think I would like to repeat that photo on the inside of the book along with the other tulip photo. I'll go ahead and drag the white tulip shot into the page. But then I'm going to change the option for this page. To two photos, and then I can scroll down and take a look at my various options in terms of page layout. You'll see that in some cases, the images are of different sizes on the page.

So you can choose the option that you think will work best for the photos you're working with. Here of course I want to display two horizontal images. Some of these options include text, you can provide captions for the images. I don't want to include any text with these images, though, so I'll just choose the Two Up option. Now you can see I have two cells on the page. So I'll go ahead and drag the other tulip image into that page. And in this way, I could continue working on my book, adding pages, adjusting the layout, changing photos around. Just fine tuning the overall layout for my book. While I'm doing that, I can view all of the pages in the manner you're seeing here.

Or I could switch to see individual spreads, where I navigate in the spreads by using these Arrow keys, or I can look at one page at a time if I'd like. When you're finished with your layout, in this case I probably I'm not really finished, but we'll call this good enough for purposes of this lesson. We can save the book. I'll go ahead and click the Create Saved Book button. I'll call this Austria by Tim Grey, since that is the title that I am using on the spine. I'll create this as a top level book. I could also create this inside a group of books. And then I have options to include only the used photos and also to make virtual copies of the photos.

I do want to only include the used photos but I don't need to make virtual copies. So, I'll go ahead and click Create and now I have, as a collection My Austria book, with the layout presumably finished. Obviously, I could continue working on this, adding more photos, etc, but we'll assume that this is finished. I can then print the book by sending it to Blurb. I'll, I'll click the Send Book to Blur button at the bottom of the right panel and that will bring up a dialog that gives me an indication of the estimated price, and a opportunity to sign in.

I can simply enter my email and password from my Blurb account, an then click the Upload Book button, and all of the images and my page layout will be uploaded to Blurb. And then, I can finalize my purchase and before you know it, you'll have a nice beautiful Photo Book in the mail.

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