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- Making a flat plan and determining a schedule
- Choosing and sequencing your images
- Cropping images for maximum impacts
- Adjusting tone and color
- Printing duotones
- Adding text
- Designing the cover
- Comparing types of books
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Let's consider the use of backgrounds. For a background color, I recommend one of three simple choices. White, black or neutral grey. White is simple. Black provides contrast and drama and can draw the eye into the page. Pages printed with black ink tend however to show finger prints. Neutral gray is just that, neutral. It is about the photographs and you don't want anything to distract from them.
Textures when used with discretion can add visual interest tie together a disparate group of images or give more context. A background image when done well can fufill the same role. Done badly you end up with the worst of both worlds. You cannot read the background image because it is obscured by the images on top of it. And its presence is detracting from rather than enhancing those images. With any of these devices, ask yourself if they really strengthen the theme of your book.
And if in doubt, leave them out. Keep it simple.