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- Creating better prints by soft proofing
- Choosing a soft proof rendering input
- Creating a custom template
- Customizing the print layout style
- Adjusting print to JPG settings
- Reviewing prints
- Creating collections for a book project
- Using Auto Layout
- Using guides and cell controls
- Swapping image position in a book
- Changing the book background
- Working with typography
- Adding captions
- Designing a book cover
- Exporting to PDF
- Ordering from Blurb
Skill Level Beginner
As you know, the next step in our book design process is to navigate to the Book module and then to open up the Book Settings panel and to choose our Book Size. Because this book project is some family photographs and because this is going to be gift for my wife, I'm going to choose a smaller size. I find that with family pictures, having a book that's too big, well, it just feels a little bit kind of ostentatious or strange or overwhelming, but sometimes with pictures like this, this style, a nice small book will work. Now you may not be working with family photographs; your subject matter is going to be something else.
But your subject matter, it really defines what type of book size will work well with it. Certain pictures, they look good, big, bold, grand; other pictures look good small. And so you may want to create a few test prints and I do this with my own photographs all the time. Sometimes I print a picture that I absolutely love and I love it so much I print it big and then when I see it big, it's just like, oh, gosh! That is just too much of that picture! But then I make perhaps a smaller print and I'm like, ooh! Okay, that works.
That fits. That draws me in. Sometimes it has to do with the complexity of the picture, the subject matter, the details, the color, who knows. You get this gut reaction from photographs of different sizes. So while this decision right here is really simple, it actually isn't and it's an actually pretty important decision. It's one that you'll want to experiment with in regards to creating test prints or even test books to see what might work well for you. Well here I want a smaller book, and next thing I need to do of course is to figure out my cover.
In this case, I'll go with this Hardcover Image Wrap to see the image on the outside would be nice and then I can choose my Paper Type, I'll crank it up because I want to have a nice quality paper and remove that logo as well, no need to have that on there to save few bucks. All right, well I'll close the Book Settings panel. Next thing I want to do is start designing this. Before I do, say, an Auto Layout, what I'm going to do is define my presets for Auto Layout. So I'll go to the Auto Layout panel, go to the Preset pulldown menu and then select Edit Auto Layout Preset.
What I'm going to do is go to 2 Photos, and here I'm going to do something where I have photos side by side, and I have the ability to work on different pages. So I could create some pages, say, right and left-hand. And just so that I have a little bit of flexibility here, what I'm going to do is perhaps something a little bit interesting or different and just try it out. I'm going to do a Fixed Layout. With the Fixed Layout I want to have some open space around it. I'm going to go for creating a book with white space around the edges here.
So I have two which have similar type of white space, although we have different photographs, one where I could have two images side by side, another one where I just have a single image. Next, I need to choose my Zoom Photos. I want them to actually fill up this space. I don't want this to have any gaps or anything, so I'm going to go ahead and choose Fill there, then I'll click Save. I'm going to create this or save this, I'll just call this co-1, as one of my first presets there and then I'll click Auto Layout.
This will then bring these images into this book. What I'm looking for here is starting to see a little bit of a sense of a flow or a rhythm or evaluating the book in the project. One of the ways that we can do that is we can click on a page, say this one here, then press Command++ or Ctrl++ in order to zoom in. Well for starters, I all of a sudden notice I have a problem. I have these two images which are horizontals, you can see them down here, trying to fit into this vertical space. That's really not working for me.
So I'll go ahead and zoom out, Command+- or Ctrl+- and just look at some of the other pages. Other pages, say, like this one right here, I think this might work, I kind of like this. Here we have a horizontal and then two verticals side by side, I think that's kind of fun. I'll zoom this picture up a little bit, kind of a neat layout the way that that worked. Let's click through a few more. Again, these work kind of well. Zooming them in, these are pictures of myself with my oldest daughter, Annie. And I just want to find a nice zoom where we can have some close-up shots of us.
This one of Sophie, which was a vertical in the horizontal space, I like that, I think that could work with a page like this. And so here really I'm just trying to get familiar with some of the layout concepts. This one is a problem. These two side by side, that won't work. And then these ending photographs, they're okay, but again, just not quite there in regards to what I want to do. So I see that for the most part though, this custom layout, well, it gave me some potential pages that are going to work, but I need to make some decisions on a few others.
This is really going to mess things up quite a bit as I start to make changes. But I want to do that. I want to change what's happening. Like with this page, this layout doesn't work for me at all. Click on this and then click on the Triangle Icon. Here what I'm going to need to do is to go to the alternate page option which was this one. Now that really works. Having this image in here, and let me just move that and zoom that in perhaps, where we have this nice, just wonderful family shot, really warm expression, as a way to open up the project. Sure! That could work really well.
Let's zoom out though to see if that's going to be a good place to start. Well the downside on choosing that, or doing that, is that we have that image by default selected here on the cover. And on the cover, I think this could be a great cover shot, perhaps even the cover shot, having this one on the cover and then this one on the back cover. What a great kind of front and back cover for a book which is about family photographs. Because of that, I don't want to include this picture in the interior. If I'm going to have it on the cover, they're going to see it there, they don't need to see it again on the inside.
I'm going to remove it from the inside. So let's go back to that view where we can see multiple spreads. Here we have that first page, and with this picture, what we can see down below in the Filmstrip is this image is used twice, so I'm going to get rid of it. Here I'll right-click or Ctrl+Click, I just want to select Remove Photo so that that picture is now gone. That image is only used once. So I may or may not need to work with this. I'm going to leave that blank for now and just scroll through my pictures and see if there's anything else I might want to do.
Let's zoom in on the spread. This is a little bit slow going I realize as I'm talking through this, but I'm hoping that there will be some value here because it's a bit more conceptual at this point than it is here's how you push the buttons. This is a bit more like if we were taking a workshop together. We would sit down and really think about these layouts. This layout, wonderful! Love the girls close together. I love them on this wagon here. I love how the wagon really connects all of these pages. And they just have these varieties of expressions and closeness and just that sisterhood.
This is a spread about sisterhood. Perfect! Leave it as is. Go to the next spread and I like this picture here a lot and I think that one works. I don't like these really next to it. What I'm going to do with this one is I'm going to go to a Two-Page Spread here, and adding a Two-Page Spread, say like this, where it just cuts across the middle and goes across the gutter there, it can be really kind of dynamic because you start from having this kind of a space, it draws you and then all of a sudden you get this big, broad, across-the-whole thing.
Another thing that we could try here with the layout, add some space around the picture so that it feels a little bit like we still have some negative space working, which I think in a book like this would be nice because after that, we're going to then go back to having much more open space there. All right, well, let's look at these pictures. I think these now work well. I'll zoom in on that one, you need to get really close to see that. Then this one needs to be zoomed in so we can re-center it. A lot of the zooming or cropping here is incredibly important.
What you're doing is trying to think about how can I look at my edges and see if there's anything distracting around the edges and how can I also create or build stories. So I'm drawing the viewer into the core aspect of the photograph, really reshaping or changing the image in its entirety. Next, let's go to the next spread, and as I get here, I like this image on the right-hand side, I think that's fun. These two on the left, I feel like it's a little bit of a repeat. We just saw all these wagon shots here.
So if anything, it might be moving one of these over to that other page like this picture here. Click on it, go back to that previous spread, and now I know that it's this one, I'll just drag and drop that. So perhaps I have one where it's just the girls and then I have one of the whole family, then I have another one with the whole family and the dog, and that could be a nice kind of treatment there. In this spread though I'm not really liking this page, so I'll click on these, Remove the Photo, and Remove the Photo.
Next, I'm going to zoom out, and again, I'm trying to show you a little bit of the way I'm thinking about this. One of the things that I'm thinking is, because we have this nice up-close family shot, it might be nice to have another family shot next to it. So here I'm going to get rid of this whole page, so I'll go ahead and I'm going to click on this, right- click and choose Remove Page. So that page is gone, and then I'll click back on this, right-click and choose Add Page, add a page next to it. And what I want to do is I actually want to have this page here and then another one over here.
I see a family photograph down here, I'm going to bring that up and then show you the spread. So now I have these two family pictures next to each other and I think that's a fun way to kind of see family. The spread is about family. Let's go back to that multiple page layout. At this point, my hope is that you're starting to really get insight into how some of these decisions are made. The next few pages, what I want to do is just kind of finish it off a little bit and not spend as much time because I don't think we need to belabor this.
We've done enough with all of this. So let's take a look at these. So here we'll click in on this spread. Awesome! Love that! I think that's a great combo. Again, a whole sepia page. Wonderful! Here let's change this page to just have one photo, so I'm going to move a little bit more quickly here, have these two side by side, this one, zoom in on that so we have some nice up-close work there, and I think these two images work well. Some more family pictures there and then also a couple of more details. I'm just going to click through and see what we have in regards to these other pages.
All right, well, I see what I need to do, I need to make a few more adjustments. The last few adjustments that I'm going to do are going to be about the chopping block in regards to removing some pictures and pages from this altogether. So this page right here, I'm going to lose, I'll right-click or Ctrl+Click, remove that page, I don't need it. Next thing I want to work on is this one over here and I will change the layout. I'm going to change this to a 1 Photo layout, bring that in, and then this one down.
I think that's pretty good. Scroll back up. You notice I still have this one page here. I want to add a photograph to that page and so I'm just going to look through to see if there's any other picture that might be fun to add to that one, anything that I haven't used. Here we have a family photograph, I'll drag that into that spot to kind of start things off. This will just give me the ability to have a nice open or full shot here. This is a good family picture. And then just click through your spreads and kind of get a feel for the rhythm of the book and see how it's sequencing and connecting.
Think about flipping the pages and the order and the story that you're trying to tell, and here, really just trying to tell the story of our family and the season of our life, and that looks really good.