Skill Level Intermediate
- Mobile photography is such a great way to engage with your creativity because your camera phone is with you most of the time. But you know, the one thing that most mobile photographers have in common is that their relationship to their photographs that they take with their camera phones is centered around a screen. The phone screen, a tablet or a computer. Hi, I'm Sean Duggan. And this week on Mobile Photography Weekly we're going to take a look at one of the ways that you can free your mobile images from their digital state and create really cool photo books right from your phone.
So, as with a lot of services and products that you can order from your mobile device, there are a variety of apps that you could choose from. We're going to be taking a look at an app called Simple Prints, which is available for both iOS and Android. So at present time, Simple Prints offers 8x8 format books, this is one of their softcover books. They also have hardcover books. But in the near future they are going to be offering 5x5 inch books and this is a really nice book here created right on my phone.
One thing I kind of would like to see is a little bot more space in the gutter there, so the pictures aren't running together. But hopefully that's something we'll see in the future. Really nice quality. And it was so easy and quick to put this together right on my phone. So lets dive in and take a look at the app and see what sort of options we have available to us. Go into the Simple Prints app. Now if you have already ordered books from Simple Prints this is what you'll see, your previous albums and books that you've ordered. If you've never ordered you'll just see the new book template waiting for you to add images.
So I'm going to start a new one. I'll tap on plus down here. And this gives me a variety of places I can go to grab images. From my camera gallery, Facebook, Instagram, Google Photos and in the iOS version you can also go and get pictures from your Dropbox. I'm just going to go into this folder where I already have pictures. And we see a little message here that says that there's a minimum of 20 photos that are required to print a book. So that's your minimum number. I'm just going to choose select all here, although you could if you wanted to, choose them one at a time.
I'll just choose select all and then add photos. So the pictures are now loaded into the book template. And you can see how they're coming in there. So I want to make some changes here. It's just sort of randomly chosen the first image in my group there as the cover photo. I want to use another picture for the cover. So I'm going to take this picture here and just press on that and drag that up and put that on the cover right there. And so that's how you can reorder pictures there. So the previous cover photo went down to this last spot.
But if I wanted to move things around, I could move things around by pressing and dragging and dropping to move the pictures around. Now if you wanted to add a page row you can just tap on this plus symbol and that's going to add a page. And I'm going to do another one. It'll add another page there. So let me actually just get rid of that by tapping the X, I don't really need to do that. Let's take a look at a couple of other options that you can do for editing these photos. I'm going to tap on this one right here. And I can either remove the photo, I can add a caption, which is kind of nice, or I can edit the page.
Let's go check out edit page. So with edit page you can have a variety of different page layouts. I'm just using a single photo per page here. But you can have multiple photo layouts. And then I could tap on one of these other spaces to add another photo. So there's a lot of flexibility there if you don't want to have just a single photo per page. There's not a lot of templates there, but there's enough for most purposes. Fit to page is going to have the whole photo on there or I could just tap the first one with maximizes it.
I'm going to leave this one back to fit to page here. And then I'll just tap done. So what if I wanted to add a caption to a photo? So let's go to this one right here. Choose add caption. And the one thing about adding a caption, once you add a caption in there, it actually makes the photo smaller. So if I tap in here and even if I just do a space and tap done, the photo ends up being a little bit smaller on the page.
I'm not going to add a caption here, but that's how you can do that there. So that is it, basically. It's pretty simple. I was able to do this really quickly. Just a tip, if you want to be doing this yourself, you'll save a lot of time if you gather the photos for the book project together ahead of time into a specific collection or album on your device. That way your not picking and choosing throughout your entire camera roll or photo gallery. Okay, one final thing I want to do is add text to the cover of the book.
So I'll tap here on the cover and choose add cover text and I'll tap there to add the text. And I'm just going to call this Winter Explorations. Tap done there. You can see I've got a range of fonts that I could choose, as well as different colors for the type. And if I pinch and drag on it, I can resize it. Alright, so the cover text has been added now.
I'm just going to tap next and this is going to take me into the screen where I finalize the order. So here I can choose between a hardcover or a softcover. And there's some additional choices here for premium paper. I'll just choose the hardcover. And then here are the paper choices. And this is where you would add your information to order the book. So you know, liberating your photos from your phone and making a photo book of them is a great way to share and preserve your images. It's really satisfying to be able to leaf through a book of your photographs and experience them this way.
And the Simple Prints app is great way to create photo books right there on your phone.