How to start a photo book
When you start a photobook there are a few simple questions to answer about your preferred format and how you'd like to design your book.
In Start View you choose which product you want to create by clicking on the related button - Photo Books.
The first decision to make about your books is how you want to design the pages, by using our automated tools or by taking full creative control. For quick and easy design choose Auto-fill or Themed Quickbooks.
To enjoy laying out every element yourself, select Blank Pages. Choosing Blank Pages jumps you through to Layout View where you'll find a blank canvas to drop your content into, while Auto-fill requires a few more choices to be made.
Either layout option requires you to select a size: Small (A5), Regular (A4) and Grand (A3). Regular is our most popular size. Grand is common for milestone books like weddings, and Small works well for books you want to carry around or for kids so they can hold it easily.
It's best to choose the size you want to print because we can’t scale up your book to a larger size. Although we can print it at a smaller size, any text will shrink too and will not look its best. You can adjust the size later using the File Menu > Page > Size option. Be aware that Lay-flat Lustre paper is not available in Grand Landscape or in any of the Small shapes.
Then you need to select the shape for your book: Landscape, Portrait or Square. Consider the orientation of the majority of photos you want to feature in your project and choose a shape to suit. Landscape is most popular and square works well with photos of all dimensions. Be aware that you can’t change the shape later so choose wisely.
Auto-fill is great if you’re not familiar with graphic design, or you’d like the software to generate a layout you can adjust later on.
Select single or multiple folders of photos to automatically insert into your project via the Add Folder button.
In Advanced Options settings you can limit the number of photos per page and the number of pages in your book. You can also choose to have the photos sequenced by file date or file name.
Auto enhance is an option that will adjust the colour and exposure of all photos in your book. Don't choose this option if you have already edited and post produced your photos, as the colour may print differently to your expectations.
Then you have three layout options to choose from: Template, ACE or Grid. Once you make your choice the software takes a moment to create the pages and move you through to Layout View.
Layout View refers to the large canvas in the centre of the software where most of the magic happens as you manually layout a book or edit an automated design. You can choose to show a single page or double page in this view.How to use Layout View
This Auto-fill option drops the photos you have selected into stylish page layouts that have been created by our graphic designer. The software chooses the most appropriate template to match the number and shape of the photos for each page.
Unlike the Themed Quickbooks auto-layout option, templates do not include backgrounds, frames or embellishments.
This option uses an algorithm to automatically generate simple and visually pleasing page designs.
This creates a consistent layout based on columns and rows of photos that best fit the page.
Quickbook pages feature decorative graphic elements themed around different topics and occasions. They are more elaborate, including frames, backgrounds, borders and more. The software only makes a few Quickbook designs available in its initial download. Many more can be downloaded into the software via the Updater Panel.
Photo Credits: Katherine Williams