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Reviewing samples of both printed and digital books

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After having decided why you want to build your book, after having clarified your vision. Well, the next thing to consider is materials, and size, and also how you want to layout your project. Well here, I want to look at a few options that we have when creating a book, that we're going to order via Blurb. The first thing that I want to highlight is a swatch kit. This is really helpful, you can order this swatch kit. And they'll send you a few materials. Here you can see, I have some samples of different cover materials. Also, different paper types that can be used.

Reviewing samples of both printed and digital books

After having decided why you want to build your book, after having clarified your vision. Well, the next thing to consider is materials, and size, and also how you want to layout your project. Well here, I want to look at a few options that we have when creating a book, that we're going to order via Blurb. The first thing that I want to highlight is a swatch kit. This is really helpful, you can order this swatch kit. And they'll send you a few materials. Here you can see, I have some samples of different cover materials. Also, different paper types that can be used.

And what I've found, is that by going through the swatch kit, it's really helpful. Because you can feel the paper, and look at the images on these different types of paper, can help you make a bit more of an educated decision about what you want to use in your project. Well then, of course, you have to decide about dimensions. What is the size for your project? Well, here, we have a few different sizes. One of the things to keep in mind, is you want to think about the cover relative to the size. Is it a square or a rectangle? How is the image going to sit inside of that space? Like this one is a square, with a white border around it. That looks really nice.

Or perhaps you want to do something fun like this, a shape which is a bit more like a rectangle, there's a cover photograph, which is then reversed on the back side. Again, there are so many different options. You can also create a cover say with a dust jacket, like this one here. That jacket is then wrapped around the cover of your book. And so as you think about these different options, really go back to your vision. What is my vision? What do I want to communicate, and convey, and then make these decisions. Another decision, of course, is the interior of the book. And here's an interesting layout.

I really like this photograph and this layout. It's a picture. You can see the photographer's name on one side and sub-copy the photograph on the other. And he writes a little bit about this photograph. I want to read a few words here. I'm transfixed when I encounter an intimate setting like this. It's a portrait of those who are long gone, and yet still very present. And for this project, which is a fascinating book, it's called The View Project. This layout really makes sense. In other words, they came up with the vision for the project, and then decided the layout.

They chose a layout which worked for what they wanted to accomplish. Other times, you just need to experiment. Here I have a couple of my own experiments. Two different layouts of these photographs here. These are some family pictures. And I wanted to create a book for my wife that was just a keepsake, a little gift of some simple family pictures. In one layout, I have white space around the pictures. More than one picture on a page many times. This one is a little bit bigger. The one which is smaller, well, the photographs they bleed all the way to the edge.

And what I found with this project, with these family photographs, I thought I was going to like the bigger book better. But when I got it, it was just too big. These pictures are intimate, familial. The smaller size with this layout, where the photographs were all the way to the edge. Well, it just worked much more effectively. So again, sometimes you have to go back to your vision. And make those decisions and hopefully you get them right. Other times, you have to experiment. You have to try your photographs out in these different sizes and also with different paper types.

But what I've found is that perhaps most importantly, is having that clear, focus or vision and then making these decisions and experimenting a little bit. Is that it can help you to create an even more effective and compelling photographic book.

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Lightroom 5 Essentials: 05 Creating Prints and Books

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Chris Orwig
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  1. 2m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 43s
    2. Using the exercise files
      42s
  2. 41m 46s
    1. Making basic adjustments in the Develop module
      3m 43s
    2. Creating better prints by soft proofing
      6m 32s
    3. Choosing a rendering intent
      8m 49s
    4. Correcting a soft-proof copy
      4m 57s
    5. Painting away soft-proof gamut problems
      6m 52s
    6. Soft proofing to add visual snap
      5m 48s
    7. Fine-tuning soft-proof color
      5m 5s
  3. 17m 32s
    1. Making print collections
      3m 33s
    2. Using print templates
      5m 35s
    3. Creating a contact sheet
      4m 21s
    4. Creating your own custom templates
      4m 3s
  4. 24m 31s
    1. Customizing the layout of a single image
      4m 24s
    2. Exploring page options for a single image
      6m 59s
    3. Using the Picture Package layout style
      7m 42s
    4. Using custom layout styles
      5m 26s
  5. 25m 48s
    1. Exploring different types of printers and papers
      3m 44s
    2. Configuring page setup and print settings
      3m 10s
    3. Exploring desktop print job settings
      5m 17s
    4. Setting up to print JPEG images
      2m 47s
    5. Looking at brightness and contrast in print samples
      5m 25s
    6. Reviewing prints
      5m 25s
  6. 5m 19s
    1. Why build a book and why use Lightroom?
      1m 36s
    2. Reviewing samples of both printed and digital books
      3m 43s
  7. 29m 26s
    1. Creating collections for your book project
      7m 11s
    2. Choosing book settings and preferences
      4m 23s
    3. Using Auto Layout and viewing tips
      3m 3s
    4. Editing Auto Layout presets
      4m 38s
    5. Customizing the page layout
      5m 8s
    6. Saving favorite page layouts
      1m 46s
    7. Adding page numbers
      3m 17s
  8. 30m 33s
    1. Viewing the guides
      4m 25s
    2. Changing the image size with the cell controls
      2m 51s
    3. Saving custom page layouts
      1m 50s
    4. Changing individual images and the page sequence
      3m 34s
    5. Swapping image position
      1m 35s
    6. Changing the page spread sequence
      54s
    7. Changing image zoom on multiple images
      2m 41s
    8. Changing the background
      6m 15s
    9. Reviewing the layout
      3m 38s
    10. Saving your book layout
      2m 50s
  9. 8m 58s
    1. Using the Print module to design a layout
      4m 20s
    2. Including the custom layout in your project
      4m 38s
  10. 7m 57s
    1. Making specific adjustments
      3m 50s
    2. Applying global adjustments to all your photographs
      4m 7s
  11. 19m 33s
    1. Adding captions
      5m 50s
    2. Customizing type: Part one
      8m 6s
    3. Customizing type: Part two
      3m 21s
    4. Using and creating type presets
      2m 16s
  12. 19m 42s
    1. Changing the layout
      4m 11s
    2. A creative approach to selecting a title for your book
      5m 59s
    3. Adding another text field to your cover
      5m 46s
    4. Selecting an alternate cover layout template
      3m 46s
  13. 13m 48s
    1. Selecting the keepers
      3m 37s
    2. Reviewing the layout
      5m 44s
    3. Duplicating the book design
      4m 27s
  14. 3m 57s
    1. Exporting to PDF
      52s
    2. Exporting and ordering books from Blurb
      3m 5s
  15. 26s
    1. Next steps
      26s

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