The Perfect Photobook
4. Big Photos Or Small?
So, how big do you make the photos on the page? Do you leave lots of white space around the photos (like photographers used to in photo albums), or do you push your photos right to the edge of the page (called ‘bleeding’ the photo off the page)?
Some photobooks work really well with a consistent size photo throughout, so every page has the same design and all that changes is the photograph and the caption. Other photo books work better with a combination of large and small photos, with ‘full bleed’ photos and others with a generous allowance of white space.
Momento’s photobook design software really excels here, with a range of strong, effective page layout templates. All you have to do is select what looks good and drop your photos into position.
You might also notice that Momento’s software will snap your photos into position as you drag them, so the edges are automatically aligned to an invisible grid.
You can also add guides to ensure consistency across all pages. Professional book designers use this technique to give their pages a ‘similarity’ which in turn holds the book together from a design perspective.
Take a look back at the books and magazines you like and see if you can recognise a grid. You’ll find that all good books stick to a grid for 90% of their pages, with just a few that step outside the grid to add a little interest.
Using guides, snapping and aligning edges is a useful