Mastering the Art of Creative Photo Bookmaking
- 6.5 hours on-demand video
- 15 articles
- 9 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- Create impressive digital photo books using a range of simple-to-follow design, layout, retouching and editing processes
- Be able to choose the most suitable bookmaking software for any project
- Understand how to best use different fonts, font styles and font families
- Enhance your front covers using drop shadows and (free) custom fonts
- Understand the differences between book themes, styles and paper options
- Get to know the basics of colour calibration
- Learn how relatively easy it is to use affordable editing software
- Master basic photo editing techniques to achieve picture pefection
- Have a clear idea of the book topic before you start class
- As there are several lectures that rely on your using a photo editing software program, I'd advise your downloading a freebie editor off the internet (if you don't already use one). Picasa is one good, cross platform editor, as is Apple Photos and Adobe Photoshop Elements (the last can be downloaded for a month's trial)
- You will need to download a bookmaking software program. Most of the lessons are based around an excellent, free, cross-platform application called Blurb Booksmart
A digital picture book is one of the best ways to profile your fabulous photographic hobby. This course highlights, in easily achievable steps, how to get the best possible [printed] results with standard bookmaking software specifically with: simple photo editing techniques, good design and page layout ideas, plus creative use of fonts, text and picture effects.
In fact, everything you need to produce a professional-looking coffee table book worthy of any notable photographer.
Mastering the Art of Creative Photo Bookmaking comprises more than five hours of easy-to-follow instructional videos, plus a mix of information-rich documents and quizzes.
Everything you need to make impressive-looking photo books that will be the envy of your family, friends and colleagues...
- This class is ideally suited for beginners wanting to create beautiful-looking photo books
- The class is taught in an easy-to-understand format using basic techniques, and simple software to achieve professional results
- Though initially targetting beginners, these resources can be easily extended to take your bookmaking design skills to a far higher level of creative profficiency
An overview of the pros and cons of online bookmaking for the first time bookmaker.
Blurb Booksmart is one of the top bookmaking software programs in the market. It works on PC and Mac and is full of robust features. Even better, if you are not entirely happy with those features, most can be fully customised to your specific requirements...
Blurb's BookWright application officially replaces Blurb's Booksmart software which was released in 2007. It has more features (such as selectable ISBN numbers) and generally runs a bit faster than the older Booksmart (although I think both are still very good applications).
Here's an overview on what it looks like and some of its main features.
If you like BookWright, move on to the BookWright-specific section just before Troubleshooting.
The front cover of your book is important. It's the first thing people see and therefore should be a bold statement by the author. In this lesson I outline how to create the best looking front cover that does your creative photography justice...
Text design in bookmaking software is restricted. You are limited in many ways: in how big the text can go, with how close to the edges it can be placed and how close to other lines of text it can be set before warning signs prevent further movement.
The answer is to create your own text as a pixel-based image file and save it as a PNG file. This not only saves the transparent background behind the text, but it means can be placed as close to any edge, or other object, as you would a regular JPEG picture file.
While the AUTO tone correction tools in most photo editing software might work reasonably well, they are never that good for every photographic shortcoming, so why not learn to do it manually using Levels? It's faster, more effective and guaranteed to work every time...
Any professional photographer will tell you that Raw files are far better than JPEGs. In this you'll lesson learn how to use the Camera RAW processing feature in Adobe Photoshop Elements. It is fast, powerful and most importantly, so much better than editing an 8-bit JPEG file.
It's one of the most misunderstood terms in photo editing - the Unsharp Mask filter is actually brilliant at adding sharpness to your work. It's not going to make a blurry shot look sharp - but it will turn a clear shot into a razor sharp shot!
All digital images are rectangular - but what if you want to place an irregular shaped object, logo, image onto a regular page background? This can be done using the Portable Network Graphics (PNG) file format. In a single layer, PNG files preserve the transparency of an irregular layer - something that JPEG files cannot do.
Most travellers love to snap place name pictures of the locations they visit. Problem is most come out totally the wrong shape thanks to distortion produced by wide-angle lenses or by shooting the signs from odd angles. In this lesson I show you how you can totally correct the perspective in any distorted shot.
All you need to set up this handy feature is to choose a specific font, font style, and point size for your captions, body copy and headers, save the results (as a preset) then, next time you need to format a caption, for example, simply choose 'Caption' from the Text Styles box and the formatting is done for you. Text styles can be used to significantly speed up the page layout process.
In this lesson learn how to download and use custom fonts - these are created by graphic designers and posted online for free (providing it's for personal use only).
You can add a distinctive design to your front cover by choosing a custom font with a character that reflects the content of the book.
Sometimes I prefer to just place one image on each page - but the format of the picture is never the same proportion as the sensor in your camera. You always seem to have to crop the image at some stage.
In this lesson I show you how to set the photo editor Crop Tool to crop to the photo book page dimensions - so you decide first what might have to be lost, NOT the page layout template.
Bookmaking software is, in general, quite good. But when you need total control over the creative process it's better to design the pages entirely in some good photo editing software first, save everything as 'page01.jpg', 'page02.jpg' etc, and drag them into the book as a final step.
In this lesson I show you how to make incredible edge masks to make your page designs pop off the page.
BookWright is the replacement for Blurb's excellent BookSmart application and as such is a great little product with some very useful improvements included in its design.
Once the application have been downloaded it comes with a good selection of design templates to help you arrange images on on a page. If you need additional inspiration Blurb also supply free themes to give your designs an even more consistent look.
Easy to download and easy to use (have a look at the downloads screen page selection in the Resources page here)
If your images slide off the page edges, or if text is too close to the book edge, you might lose it completely once the book is printed, trimmed and bound. To avoid disappointment, always check the Warnings from the View Menu, and use the Trim Guidelines to make sure you don't get any nasty surprises when the book is finally delivered.
Often it is faster and more efficient to create your text in a third party text editor (like MS Word or Apple Pages) than it is using the text editor inside the book software (because it is a bit clunky). Learn here how easy it is to get text from a word processing file and paste it into your book.
Once the book is 100% finished it is time to check all the features (colour, design, layout, spelling and grammar, page numbers, content, front cover, fonts, brightness and contrast) before uploading to the company website for inclusion in the online book store and printing. This video is designed around Blurb's Booksmart software - but the checking process is identical for all other bookmaking software...