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After you finished your custom layout for your book project, it's ready to print the book. And one of the things that I like to do before I send my book off to a professional printer is to print it locally. The way that you can do that is click on this Export Book to PDF file. This allows you to save this out. I'll name this Family-Book, and then click Save. I could then open up that PDF file, and then print it with my local desktop printer, and this gives me a sense for the overall flow for how the images actually look side-by-side and together.
I print that out, trim it to size, and again, it's just a proof. Of course, another thing that you could do is you could send this PDF to any number of the different professional printing services and have them print the book for you. Well either way, what I do is I just use that as a proof, and then I send this book layout to Blurb. In order to do that, you simply click on the Send Book to Blurb icon, and I already have an account there, so I am going to go ahead and just enter in my information and click Sign In. Now it's telling me that the book will approximately cost $61.15, and I am going to say Family Photos, Photographs, December 2012. There we go.
I'll upload that book and that uploading is good to take place in the background. Again, another one of the great advantages of working with Lightroom is that there's really nowhere else you have to go and I can keep doing what I need to do in Lightroom while this uploading is taking place in the background. I am going to let this go through the process, and then what will happen is once it's finished, it'll actually open up my browser and it'll take me to the page were that book lives on the Blurb site with my account logged into it, because by logging into it, or using your login credentials here in Lightroom, it logs you into the Blurb site as well. All right! Well, here is the book.
It's ready to be ordered. It's actually a little bit less than anticipated, then the estimated price, which is nice. I can click to preview that and see what it looks like. It's kind of fun to see it in this little bit of a mockup book form. Sometimes it will help you make some decisions, and again, you can just click through and see the different layouts and how the pages fit together or don't fit together. You can also view this thumbnail view, and what's fun about this is it really looks a lot like the view we had before, so that we can click on those pages and again just get a feel for these and see if this is the work for our particular book project. All right! Well, after previewing the book, all that you'll need to do would be to go through the final ordering process in order to order that book.
I encourage you to think about what type of a book you would want to create, because there's something incredibly powerful about the printed artifact, about putting images together in a set, in a book, bound, and there's something that happens there. You grow a lot as a photographer by creating these, and also, it can help you clarify your vision. What is it that you really like to shoot and capture? And it can help you communicate that with others and ultimately get more work doing what you love.
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