Design a unique bookstore-quality Photo Book with Blurb

Unleash your talents & learn self-publishing techniques to create an amazing book of your photographs or illustrations
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  • Lectures 27
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

Brand new course - Launch April 2016!

Is making your own beautifully designed photo book a dream of yours? There is no better way to present your portfolio in a professional manner and archive your best work.

But for most people that’s where the dream ends. They don’t know where to begin, how to edit their work, how to design and publish their photography portfolio.

This course puts an end to the confusion and shares the proven, systematic way to take a photo book from an idea to an amazing coffee table album.

I’ve done it myself - I have designed and published over 30 books, many of them using the self publishing platform - Blurb for my clients and as my photography portfolio. You can do it too! We’ll walk through step-by-step what’s required to get your photo book published with Blurb, starting from the ground level and working towards our goal.

I'm providing you with set of free, high quality materials to work with. You can start right away without any preparations! The supporting materials consist as well of 7 free Photoshop Actions that may be useful when you start working on your own photos and would like to unify their look to have consistent material throught the whole photo book.

Join me in this course and make your own unique book today!

What are the requirements?

  • No prior design knowledge is needed, I will explain everything step by step
  • You need a computer with Internet connection

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Make the books you'd always dreamed of but never thought you could make!
  • Design and self-publish professional-looking books, sell and distribute them with Blurb, Amazon or Apple's iBook store
  • Edit and sequence your photography

Who is the target audience?

  • Take this course if you want to make your own photo or illustration book
  • Take this course if you want to learn about photo editing techniques
  • Take this course if you want to learn how to self-publish your book in an efficient way with free software provided by Blurb: Bookify and BookWright
  • Take this course if you want to improve your design skills and learn how to create sophisticated coffee table album with BookWright
  • Take this course if you want to create a professional portfolio in form of a printed book
  • Take this course if you want to surprise your loved ones with beautiful, personally customized gift
  • Take this course if you want to quickly publish a photo book with your social media photo feed such as Facebook, Instagram or Flickr
  • Take this course if you are looking for a new hobby

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome!

In this lecture I will outline an overview of the content of the course.


In this short lecture I will introduce you to Blurb - one of the best self-publishing online platforms.

Section 2: Facebook Feed Photobook with Blurb Bookify

In this section you will learn how to start working with Bookify, how to select book size and import your photos from social media feed.


In this lecture you will get familiar with Bookify interface. You will also work with images and text to create a first draft of the cover.


In this lecture you will learn how to work with inside pages - how to add new pages and how to delete them.


In this lecture you will learn how to create general structure of the book. You will learn how to add text to the inside pages and you will design the title page of the book.


In this lecture you will design a section title page to support the structure of the photo book.


In this lecture you will learn how to edit your images and how to place them on the inside pages of the book.


In this lecture you will complete working on the inside pages of the book and you will learn how to create a sequence - a crafted order with your photo material.


In this lecture you will learn how to select final images for the cover, to support the story line created with the content of the book.


In this lecture we will preview finished project and export the book to the Blurb online store. From the online platform we can further order hard copies of the book or distribute it as a ebook.

Section 3: Download Resources Here
Section 4: Travel Photo Book with Blurb BookWrigh

In this lecture you will be introduced to BookWright, you will also have a preview of the end product that we will be working on during this section of the course.


In this lecture I will quickly walk you through the download and installation of the free BookWright software available at


In this section you will select the book format from the size range offered by Blurb.


In this lecture I will introduce you to a basic photo editing technique - printing all your images in a small size and working with them in order to get the final set.


In this lecture we will determine what kind of photo book will work best for our needs and we will work with technical specifications provided by Blurb.


In this lecture you will be introduced to the BookWright interface.


In this lecture you will learn how to import images to BookWright.


In this lecture you will learn how to work with the text editor in BookWright and you will design the title page of the book.


In this lecture you will learn how to create and save your own, custom layouts that will be reused further during the design process.


In this lecture you will develop further content of the book with customized layouts.


Very important step- in this lecture you will learn how to work on sequencing your photo material. You will be using professional techniques such as pairing, rhythm, rests and repeating motifs.


In this lecture you will complete the design process by creating the cover. Next you will enter the BookWright preview mode to run the check up and after making sure that everything is in place, you will export finished book to the Blurb online store.

Section 5: Course Wrap Up and Bonus Material

In this lecture we will recap quickly on the most important take aways from this course. Don't skip it! You will also see the mockup of Travel Photo Book created with the BookWright.


Thank you for enrolling in this course, share your work and keep developing your book making passion!

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Instructor Biography

Kasia Zmokla, (MFA) Artist, Graphic Designer and Photographer 20 yrs exp

Digital Art | Photography | Photoshop | Graphic Design

My name is Kasia Zmokla and I am very excited that you are reading this!

I teach in the Digital Art area on Udemy. I want you to be confident that I can deliver the best training there is, so below is some of my background in the Digital Art Field.

Professional Background

Professionally, I am a digital artist, graphic designer and a photographer with 20 years experience working in the Graphic Design industry. That consists of working full time for design studios in Poland, Ireland and Malta and independently as an artist, photographer and freelance designer.

I have received formal training at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, Poland and graduated as a Master of Fine Arts in 2003.

Along the way I have learnt best industry practices and developed my own creative techniques. If you are curious about my portfolio, feel free to have a look at the commercial design work and personal projects in the last Section of this Course.

My Fine Art photography prints are available at several international fine art galleries, amongst others at Asia Contemporary Art Buyer and Saatchi Art. I am an active contributor at many stock agencies including the prestigious world’s largest stock photo collection - Alamy and Stockimo.

I have also self published three photo books with Blurb.

Links to my professional portfolio are available in the last Lecture of the Course.


To sum up, I am absolutely and utterly passionate about photography and Digital Art and I am looking forward to sharing my passion and knowledge with you!

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