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I've spent some time putting together my california color photo book and in theory I'm ready to send it to Blurb. Obviosuly this is just a book I put together as a sample as a part of this lesson. But if I were happy with the layout, in theory, I'd be ready to send it. The only problem is, I've only gotten up to six pages for this project so far. And the minimum number of pages for Blurb is 20. Of course, I have many other images captured in California. So I think, as I continue going through those images. I'll be able to find enough to fill out this book, so that I'm ready to print it.
But to illustrate the process of having a book printed by Blurb. I'm going to create a quick project here just putting a group of images together into a new book project. I'll go ahead and switch to the Library module first and then I'll scroll down to a folder of images that contains enough to create a full 20 page or more Blurb book. After selecting those images I'll switch to the Book module, and then I'll click the Clear Book button up at the top so I can start over with a new book project. This does not remove my California color book project that I'd been working on previously.
I can still go back to that and fine tune it, adding pages for example. And then once I've specified the settings that I want to use for this new book I'll click the Auto Layout button that will use the one photo per page layout. And it will create pages for all of the images in the photo book. So you can see thsi creates a very basic layout for me I could obviously go back and fine tune things if id like to. Removing images, or adding images, re sizing images, adding captions, etcetera. In this case I think overall things look fine I do however have a blank page at the back.
I could, in theory, add another image, but since I've already used all of these images from this particular folder in the book. I think I'll just remove a page, and this image, frankly, I'm not all that thrilled with. So I'll right-click on that image and then choose the Remove Page option. So at the bottom of the right panel in the Book module, I'll click the Send Book to Blurb button. I've already signed in I'll click the Sign Out button so that we can see that normally we'll see a sign in page. We do get an indication of the total price based on the current configuration of the book. I'll go ahead and click the Sign In button to sign into my account with Blurb.
I can then specify a title We'll call this one, Ice in Alaska. I won't put a subtitle, in this particular case. And I'll enter my name, of course, as the book's author. I can then click the Upload Book button. And that will cause Lightroom to process all of the images that are included in the book. And upload those images, along with the page layout information, to my Blurb account. Once Lightroom has finished processing my book project it will upload it into my Blurb account. And bring up my Web browser, so that I can review that particular project. I can click to Preview the book for example.
This provides an interactive way for me to take a look at what that final book will look like. So I can see the all of the spreads for example in this case and then once I've decided I'm happy with the book project I can click the Buy button. In order to purchase a copy or multiple copies of this particular book in my Blurb account. So as you can see, once you've taken the time to fine tune a layout within the Book module in Lightroom. It's very easy to submit that book project to Blurb directly from Lightroom so that you can order copies of your new photo book.
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