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We're ready for the fun part, and that's the theme or the style. Once you've locked in the style of binding and the size of the book, you can choose the theme that you want to use. Now, these themes convey totally different moods. Some of them are fun and playful; some of them are very serious, meant for professionals to share their photos. So, it's up to you which one you pick. When I choose my size and my binding, I'm now presented with an option of themes. I could choose from a pop-up list if I want to jump right to a particular theme, or I could use the carousel option here to step through.
Some themes only have one option. For example, this Watercolor theme has a collection of pages but uses a bunch of different colors. On the other hand, the Contemporary theme offers a white, and a gray. You have the ability of choosing using a neutral gray for the photographic background, which is quite popular because it minimizes the distraction or the visual influence on the photos or a white background, which is very clean. I tend to favor the neutral gray background when given the choice.
Other themes offer lots of choices, and you'll see as you step through that you could select. For example, this textured border comes in five different colors. So, you can choose one that you really feel matches the feeling that you're going for. Other themes will offer multiple colors as well and it's ultimately up to you. As you pick the different options, you'll notice that the Preview pages down below are updated. This makes it very easy for you to tell what's happening.
This particular Folio theme is very minimal. This is designed to offer up information about how the photos were taken, and for serious amateur photographers or professional photographers who want to share the more geekier side of how the pictures were created; this is the theme for you. You can choose a black and white combo theme or just see all the photos over pure black or pure white. This high contrast look is often evocative of professional books that many photographers assemble.
So, as you travel through, you can pick. The Tropical Travel theme might work great for an island vacation, but seems a little too much for my trip to Croatia. On the other hand, I have an Asian Travel theme, which has different colors or Old World Travel, which might be more applicable for this trip. You will notice that this particular one adds some flourishes to the pages including the use of descriptive captions and the ability to have artistic elements on the page itself.
Some of these themes are going to be heavily stylized, and you can choose from them, and that's why we have these travel themes. On the other hand, the Picture Book one is all about photos, and I find that if I have a lot of pictures that I want to convey with a minimalist style, this is the one I choose. The theme that you choose is all about you. Think about what you're trying to say about your photos. You might want those stylized ones. That's great! Maybe you want the more technical nature to share that side of your photography.
I'm going to personally use this Picture Book style just because it's incredibly versatile, and I have a lot of photos to fit in the book. But, don't worry, once you lay out a book, you could change its theme or style and redesign it with a new option. The whole goal here is to experiment and have fun. Don't feel like you have to lock in to one particular look. You can do what's best for you or the project at hand.
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