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As you start to Layout the pages, you don't just have to stop with color. You can mix in photos from your trip or your adventures and start to use those as backdrops. Maybe it's the sand of the beach that you took that vacation to or a nice blue sky, you can use any photo you want from your collection as a backdrop or turn to Stock Photo Sites to get more ideas. Let's click over to the next page and I'll start by looking at the layout. In this case I want to put a handful of photos on the page.
I'm going to go with two and I want to use an option that has enough room for the backdrop to show through. So, in this case, I think this is a good option here. Let's select the photos and we'll start to place those. What I'd like to do is get a sense of the architecture. Let's drop in a couple of pictures. Notice how the layout adjusted to accommodate the photo there. I like that composition.
While I'm at it, I'm going to very quickly fix that picture just using Edit Photo. And I'll Enhance it and use the Boost Effect to push the color. Don't worry, we'll explore all those options later, but notice how easy it was to make a quick adjustment. Size that up just a little. That looks good. Back to the Photos Tab, and I want to put another photo in that really gives you a sense of the architecture.
I like this one with the stairs that feels pretty good. Perhaps we'll go with the roof, and again, the layout starts to adjust to accommodate as I put in different images. So I could really experiment here and find something that works well. I think I like this here. It has got a nice feeling, but what I would like to do is put a bit of texture in that background. To set the mood I am going to use this old brick door. Now, let's switch over to the Layout option first and select the photographic background.
You'll see a ghosted image there and what that's telling you is go ahead and drag a photo into the background. When you do, by default, it's going to be Full Chroma and that's probably too intense, but if you click to select it, you'll notice that not only can you scale it and position it, but you can lower its opacity as well. This way the texture gently comes through, but it doesn't have to be as intense. You will also find several effects that become available, like making the image Black & White, a Sepia tone, old Antique or the Original color.
I'll generate go to a Black & White photo and adjust the opacity so that there's a hint of the texture, but it's not too strong.
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