Create a Blurb® Photo Book with the Book Module in Lightroom®

 

Lesson Info

Understanding The Book Module

Once you have your images organized and you're ready to create your book, what you need to do, and remember, you've already got them in a Collection, and they've been organized here. So now we need to create the book and to do that, all we simply need to do is go to the Book module itself. When I hit Book, up here, click on the Book, it will take me to the Book module, and I want to introduce you to all the pieces within the Book module. Over on the left-hand side, you'll see a Preview of any page that you have selected, and I'm gonna close that, because most of the time I don't use the Preview area, but then below that, you'll see that all of your collections are available to you inside of the Book module, so you can actually move back and forth between various books and various collections without having to go back to the Library module, and then on the very bottom, you'll see there's an Export Book to PDF. Now the Export to PDF is an option for you if you create a book and you want ...

to view it, and see what it's really gonna look like, you can create a PDF, and that will allow you to look at it on your computer without actually having to order it just yet. It's a good way to live with a book for awhile, before you actually send it off, and spend money on printing that book, and then on the top area up here, you'll see that it says Clear Book and Create a Saved Book, and this is important to know these two options, because sometimes, when you come in to the Book module, there will already be a book made, and you don't want that book, or maybe you were working on a book and you want to scrap it, you need to click on Clear the Book, and it will get rid of all of the images in the book, and it'll reset you back to the original starting point where you would create a new book. Also, this button here, Create a Saved Book, that's a really important button to know, because when you click on Create a Saved Book, it's actually going to create a little collection, and it's called a Book Collection, and you can see what they look like, right over here. If I zoom in, you'll see that a Collection looks like this. It's got like, it looks like two little stacked photographs, and a Smart Collection, looks like two little stacked photographs with a little gear on 'em, but a Book Collection looks like a book, and again, it's a virtual collection of images, there's no folder location for this, it's just telling Lightroom what you did with the book, and if you click on that, so I'm gonna click on a book here, so if I click on it, you can see, that the book is already designed, and it just brings it back in. Now we're not actually looking at a real physical book or a real digital book, we're looking at a bunch of instructions that tells Lightroom, here are the images, these are the things we did with them, and we put 'em on these specific pages, so this is what it would look like. But, if we go back over to our original Collection, notice that that book disappears, because now we're back in the collection of images that we wanted to use to start our own book. So, if I go down to the bottom, here, so we were at the top, now if I go down to the bottom, you can see that I have the strip, the photo strip, that's always available to me. So this is the Film Strip, if I click on this little triangle, way down here, I can open that Film Strip, and so now these are all the images that are available to me to use inside of my book, because those are the ones that are inside of this collection.


Printed books are a great way to tell your story. Whether you want to great a book of your travel photos, a portfolio of your work, or a printed marketing piece, Blurb® is the best tool out there. In this class Lightroom expert Jared Platt will show you how to use the Blurb plugin tool in Lightroom to easily create photobooks, including:

  • How to decide the best format for your book 
  • Workflow best practices 
  • Organizing and editing your photos 
  • Using Lightroom's book module plugin 
  • Working with text and backgrounds 
  • Customizing page layouts
Blurb® is a self-publishing and marketing platform that unleashes the creative genius inside everyone. Blurb’s platform makes it easy to design, publish, promote, and sell professional-quality printed books and ebooks. Get started today!  


Software Used: Blurb Photo Book with Book Module + Lightroom

 
 
 
 

Reviews

  • This was fantastic! I've been using Blurb for years but somehow never made the connection between Lightroom and Blurb via the Book module. This streamlines the process brilliantly (well done, Adobe!) and Jared's excellent instructions are clear, concise and it's super easy to follow his logical steps through the entire process. Great presenter. Thanks, Jared.
  • I have been looking for a new “publisher” for my grandchildren’s birthday books and my photo trip books since My Publisher was absorbed by Shutterfly. Neither of these two offered me the photographic control I have in Lightroom. Blurb looks like a flexible option and Jared’s class has given me the courage to start publishing again. Many thanks!
  • A very informative class. Jared did a good job getting me excited to start printing some books of my travels. One thing I found surprising however, was that particularly at the end, there were multiple sections that should have been edited out (where Jared started, made a mistake and restarted. I don't know why these weren't removed. Other than that a good class