Some people think photo books are difficult and/or time consuming to make, but they aren’t either. I have gotten to where I can easily make a photo book in less than 2 hours. Here are 5 tips for creating a fast photo book.
1. Gather your photos for your photo book before starting the project. If you upload 500 photos from Christmas, putting together your book will be a nightmare. Instead, pick 50-75. You can always upload more if you need them.
2. Pick a design template that works from the beginning. If you pick a template and then start changing the backgrounds to other template choices etc. you will slow down. Pick a template that will work with your photos and stick with it.
3. Use one large photo + a collage of photos per spread. This creates a nice balance for the eye. If you do two collage pages, it can be overwhelming to look at. A large photo helps anchor the design.
4. Set a timer and get to work – you can easily get an 8×8 photo book done in an hour. I will usually take an hour to make a book, then come back to it for another 30 minutes to add text, digital embellishments, etc.
5. Try to keep your photo book to 20 pages – If you start adding pages to your book, the project will take longer (obviously). It is rare that a 20-page photo book isn’t sufficient.
Here are a few sample photo books I have made:
Rejoice Maternity Shoot (pictured above)
I also wanted to mention that I have not used Blurb before, but have heard great things about them. I met some of their team at Alt last month and plan to use them to make my next photo book. I was blown away by the quality of their books and the variety of options they offer (cookbooks, Instagram photo books, Facebook photo book, and more).
What are your photo book tips?
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