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Well let's continue to look at how we can customize the cover of our photography books. As you can probably tell, I get really excited about all of the stuff. I hope you can pardon my over-enthusiasm here. I just think there's something which is so much fun and it's so rewarding when it comes to creating your own photography book. It's such a great way to share your images and to put your images together in a set. And it's especially true when you work on your cover, because all of a sudden you're kind of making those final adjustments.
All right, well what else could we do here? Well while I like these cover, something is still kind of bothering me. What's bothering me is the back cover. There's no real connection to the front. So far, we've been using the Default layout. You notice that we have an option down here. We've seen this icon before. We can click on this and we can change the layout. We have a number of different layout options. Some are better than others. Some I think are just really overdone and you probably won't want to use. But there's some which are really clean and interesting.
One of the covers that I like is this one here. When we click on this, what you can see is that it allows me to use one image and I like that. Here what I'll do is I'll go ahead and click on the image there. And as I do that I'm just going to reposition this. Actually it looks like I need to zoom in a little bit. Now all of a sudden I can have this continuity that I was looking for, where I have this image which connects from the front to the back. I've always thought that was kind of fun when it comes to book design to have those elements.
I like too how these lines really lead up to the typography there. And so in this case I'm just moving those areas around. Well I have these text fields here. I'm not going to use those. So if I click in them you can see that all of the text information, well it disappears. I notice that my spine actually isn't quite centered there. So I'm going to go ahead and click on that just to make sure that that's in the center. And I've positioned the image so that it fits really nicely in this space, paying close attention to that.
Now right now it's hard to evaluate the cover because I have all of these guides on. Throughout our book building process we've been kind of turning these guides on or off. But I want to get rid of them. I want to hide them. I want to appreciate this cover, I want to review and evaluate it. In order to hide the guides there's a shortcut. This is incredibly helpful, write this one down. It's Shift+Command+G on a Mac, Shift+Ctrl+G on Windows. The next thing I want to do is I want to get rid of the Lightroom Interface, so I can actually see these cover in all of it's glory.
Or at least see it a little bit bigger. You can press Tab to hide your panels on the left and the right, or you can press Shift+Tab in order to hide almost all of the Lightroom Interface. Next I'll move the cursor off of the image and then press the L key in order to dim and then darken the lights all the way. Now in this view, I'm not necessarily thinking about title-safe, or I'm not thinking about really anything except kind of just appreciating what we've created. And here I think these looks pretty good.
I might decide to make a few little minor adjustments with moving my image around. But I really just want to enjoy this. To bring back the view, well we can press the L Key to turn the lights back on. And then Shift+Tab to bring back the rest of our panels. Now while I've created this book with a really minimalist cover, which I think fits these photographs, you may want to have more information here. Perhaps you want to have some typography on the back, a whole paragraph about the project. Well again, that's just a matter of clicking into that field, and then adding that typography and you could add that here.
You can see how we could customize that and have that type, and then customize it as we've done before, highlighting it. We could change it's opacity, it's size, the way that it fits into the space. We could do different things like centering it, or justifying it to the left or to the right. So again, you can get as elaborate or as simple as you want. Most importantly, design a cover in a way that it means something to you, that gets you excited, that makes you want to open up the book. Because you're going to have to stare at these as are other people, you want to meet your own needs first, because the more that you can create something, which communicates something to you, which meets your needs, the better the chance that it will communicate with someone else. All right, well, I'm going to remove this back cover copy.
I'm going really minimalistic here, so I will highlight that field, press the Delete Key. And before we wrap up our conversation about designing covers for a book project, I should also point out that if you're good at Photoshop, well you could create a new document in Photoshop that was the same dimension, say as a page of your book cover, you could then design the cover there. Save that file out and import it into Lightroom and simply drag and drop that on your cover. So if you know other software applications and if those applications help you design things in a more creative way, by all means use those programs.
Yet here what I wanted to highlight was how we could get really creative while staying within Lightroom. All right, well on that note, that wraps up our conversation about designing a book cover for a book project.
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