Updated: Aug 10
Creating a PhotoBook is a fantastic way to preserve your memories and tell your stories. The moments you capture can be enjoyed for years by family and friends.
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Before starting anything, you need to define the theme of your book. Will it cover a trip, a year-in-the-life, a relationship, a milestone...? Start with a smaller project if you're new to this.
The next decision to make is what program/site you would like to use for designing. Will you use your phone, a tablet, a laptop? Will you use an app or an online designer? There are many to choose from. Some programs support mobile devices better than others. One other factor to consider is what country the program prints in...will you have you pay exchange, import fees, etc? It's always nice to find a company that prints in your home country.
After you have decided which program/site you're going to use, you'll be able to see the options available for sizes and styles. Now is the time to make those choices. Will it be hardcover, softcover, premium cloth cover, layflat pages vs regular pages...? Each site has different offerings. Remember to consider how many pages your project may need. All sites have page count limits and they do vary.
Now your book is set up and ready to start. But, where are your photos? Are they all on your phone? Do you need to collect some from family / friends? Have you used a good ol' camera? The idea is to gather all your photos into one location so they can be loaded into your book. IF you have your photos on your phone but you would like to work on your computer for designing, open the projects on your computer and get it set up. When the time comes to upload your photos, open that same site on your phone for the upload process. When the photos are added into your project, close the program on your phone and re-open it on your computer.
The fun part.....designing pages! I always recommend starting with a template, rather than from scratch with blank pages. There are so many templates available and they will get you off to a great start. You can make changes, remove elements, add colours, etc., to customize from there.
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After your pages are complete, take a final look through the book from beginning to end. Some like to add all the text at the end so it flows. Be sure to look for consistency in colours, fonts, drop shadows, borders, etc. When you're content with your design, send it off to be printed! There is no need for perfection....having your memories out in print is so much more important than a perfect book.
If you find yourself overwhelmed, we can help!
If you still feel overwhelmed at the idea of creating a book on your own, I'm happy to do it for you! There are many ways to send/receive photos so location is not a factor ... I have worked with clients all across North America. Together we'll discuss the perfect size and style to suit your theme. Reach out if you'd like to discuss ways we can help you accomplish your goal! firstname.lastname@example.org
I have created an online course specifically designed to teach you how to create your own Photo Books! This course will walk you through the 6 Steps to Creating Photobooks IN DETAIL!
We cover 5 different programs and show you how to use 4 of them in depth. We also talk about gathering your photos, workflow, and design tips.
Snap It & Scrap It is self-paced, allowing you to work through it at your own speed. By the end of the course you will have a completed book!