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 make the most books on Shutterfly – I only buy them when I have a coupon or they have a 40-50% off sale.
What are your photo book tips?
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