Creating a Photo Book
Photo books are absolutely amazing we've got a couple here that we've been looking at previously, so the photo books were just fantastic. You can create soft cover books, he can create hard cover books. She can create hard cover books with a dust jacket. You can save your photo boat to a pdf for printing elsewhere or for putting onto an ipad let's say so you would have a the digital equivalent of one of these guys fully designed on your ipad because ipads can read pdf documents, so that would be a fabulous thing to do to have a portfolio to carry around. One little note on photo books. If you're using them to try to get client business or using them as a portfolio piece, I would make them according teo theme, so if you have, if you like to shoot, if you shoot weddings, andy, shoot portia it's and you shoot sports, then I would make three photo books for my portfolio because clients can get overwhelmed if you show them everything you like to shoot, so get him hooked on one type of photo...
graphy and then introduce them to everything else that you like to shoot, so you might wantto consider doing that, so the first step in creating one of these books is to create a collection. So let's create an album of photos that we want to use for the project, and we went through that on monday so I won't make you go through that again. But over here, on the left hand side of my screen, you can see that I have to collections here malli flowers book in a sense, it look so those air just regular old collections that I made in preparation to going over to the book module, so let's, go ahead and click on the sunset book, and and then we can make sure that we don't have any images selected because I think it'll make the whole all of the images auto populate, but we'll see here, so let's, go ahead and tap the book module. There we go and let's, go ahead and expand our film strip at thea bottom of the screen. So basically down here at the bottom, we can see all the images that were in this collection and by default light room is going to go ahead and populate all the pages automatically, so the little twos and ones and so on and so forth that you're seeing down here, letting you know how many times that image has been used in the current layout, you've got several different views available to you right here in this preview area currently, we're viewing a single page how'd I knew that because there's only one page on that screen there's some handy keyboard shortcuts for you to remember they are on the enrollment. Pdf which again in no way obligates me to purchase the course, but they are some handed keyboard shortcuts, so the ones that are good to memorize for this particular module are all right next to each other, which is handy. So you present hold the command, tianna mac or control on a pc and you would click the e key to show you multiple pages see how now we switch to multiple paints view and I've got a little scroll bar over here on the right so I can cruise all the way down in my book and what it's going to do is add enough pages so that it can place all of the photos that were in your collection and you can remove and rearrange pages as you want it's very, very easy very, very intuitive here but that's why we ended up with forty eight pages is because we have it takes that many pages for our photos. Let's take just a second to look at what we've got going on over here the first two pages you're going to see when you're in multi page view, which you can get into again by commander control e commander control our gives you a double page spread commander control t let you view a single page so if you look at your keyboard there alright together so commander control e commander control our commander control t so just look a t rt and just know that those are your three viewing keyboard shortcuts for the book module but they also just trigger these buttons right down here that's that's commander control e that's commander control are and that's commander control t okay, so let's go back to multi page view commander control e so we've got our cover represented right here back in front so that's the back of the book this one shiny so I won't use that so the cover is really this situation right here the front and the back so that's what we're dealing with for the cover the next page down that you see on the left actually I'll get this out again is the inside so right here there's no picture right here so that's why you're seeing this gray box so there's no picture on the inside of the covers that's what that is and that occurs again at the end. So if you go trying to add a photo to that particular spot it's not gonna work out for you so it's girl all the way down and you'll see the same situation on the back however so you just can't put pictures there now over here on the right hand side at the very top of the book module you get a book settings panel and this is where you can tell light room exactly what you want to create don't want to create a blurb book so blurb is a book printing service online that I really pleased with the quality I thought for sure because you know we're working in rgb color space here in light room and blurb uses seem like a so it's translating the huge amount of colors that we have available tio tio digitally into a much smaller volume of colors that can be reproduced with ink on paper I thought for sure I'd get a fair amount of shift in the colors but it didn't it was really really good so I do hope you take advantage of blurb and incidentally the first time you order a book from blurb through light room they give you twenty five percent off your first purchase just as a matter of course there's no code you have to enter it happens automatically that was really nice but as you can see you can also create a book that you can export is a pdf so that's what she would put on your ipad or that's what you would send to a client or that's what she would have printed somewhere else it said or so you're not stuck with plenty printing with bird you can also uh save your book as a j peg so you've got quite a few options here now we'll say that cool thing about keeping it set to blurb is that if you happen to have any images in here that were shot with a lower quality camera or if you've imported images oh from a smartphone ifyou've got images in here that are kind of small in pixel size then or pixel dimensions rather if you choose blur you're going to get a little notification in the form of an exclamation point it appears at the top of these uh little some nails right here and that's a low resolution morning it saying hey you don't have enough pixels for me to make small enough that you're not going to see them when this prince at that particular size you don't get that warning with either pdf or j peg so even if you're not going to use blurb to print the book I would start with blurb lay it out because you're layout's not going to change if you choose pdf after you've gone through and customized each individual paige you're just not going to get that low resolution warning with anything other damn blurb so start there and then change this money if you want to out put it to some other type of file format I've got an image and here somewhere there's one this one is lower resolution so this is a great segue way tio how do you change change the images that you have here it is click and drag from the photo been super duper easy and here's that low resolution morning right there, so give it a click and light room saying, hey, you may not get the quality that you're expecting with this particular shot because it's not that big a pixel dimensions aren't big enough for it to make him small enough to print. And two hundred p p I so that's, why I always start out with blurred, whether or not I'm going to end up using it or not? Okay, so I can just undo to get rid of that so let's keep going down our options over here on the right hand side. As soon as we choose what kind of book we want to create, we get to pick what size we want. You don't have a lot of size is best the only caveat with this, but seriously, how many sizes do you need for these books? I mean, that may be all you need. I can't imagine really wanting something other than one of these sizes I'm happy with the size is so pick whatever size you want lis to stick with landscape for the for the moment, we've got seven by seven eight by ten ten by eight, thirteen by eleven and twelve by twelve a square ones might be kind of cool other options we have down here or what kind of covered you want do you want a hardcover image rat? Which is what we have here? So that means that the images printed on the book itself or do you want a hardcover dust jacket? If you choose a dust jacket, you don't get the image printed on the book itself so you can't have both either or situation I personally loathe dust jackets I throw them away on any books that I buy so so I said to go with image rap and then, of course, the soft cover, as you saw looks like this and these air super affordable, the little soft covers uh, the small size amazingly affordable I think this thing was like sixteen bucks, maybe question. Yeah, can you, uh, set one photo for two pages? Absolutely great question you can repeat it photos as often as you want light rooms just trying to alert you down here at the bottom with these little numbers letting you know hey, you have used an image more than once. Oftentimes when I end up doing that, I find that it's I'll you something on the cover and then I'll repeat it in the book itself, I did that on both of these books, so that could be a nice thing let's see another wonderful thing about using lightning to create your books like this is that you get a price estimation as you creating the darn thing so if you're tempted to go back over here into your, uh library and start or yelled in the library and start adding a whole bunch more pictures then you're going to be watching that price go up and up and up and you might decide not to do that on the other hand you might think thirty dollars I can spend more than that let's add a bunch more pages so I love that it calculates while you're doing that other options to mention that here you can choose your paper type so we've got premium lester premium matt pro line uncoated powerline pearl and standard you would never ever choose for a blur book standard is just kind of it's noon like three five and it's made for you to be printing your own proofs of these books so you get an idea of what they're gonna look like before you commit to purchasing them so just make sure not to use that I used premium luster on thes to books and I was perfectly pleased with it it's it's not super glossy it's got just a just a hint have a glass to the premium options you're going to be less expensive than the pro line options but just depends what you want so that's where you can choose your paper type this option is interesting the logo page so what does that mean? Well, it's cruise down to the last page let's click it and use our keyboard shortcut to zoom into just that one page which is commander control t and if I zoom in really far, you might see that there's a blurb logo right there at first when I started creating these photo books, I thought I'm not going to give you free advertising blurred I'm not going to do that I'm just going to turn that off and I'm going to add my own logo to that last page and that's perfectly fine, but watch what happens to the price turn it on turn it off we're saving six dollars and ninety four cents by having that linger there and I know that's not a lot of money samy are probably laughing your tails off, but that changes according to the size and the volume of pages in some of the books I've created, I've saved over ten dollars by having that silly little logo there so all of a sudden I was perfectly okay with the free area chief, you know I'm not cheap, okay? So now oh that's so funny price changed okay, so under the price you can see other forms of currency to which is kind of neat always let programs that don't assume that they're being used in america only and if you want to learn more about blurb services, you can click the learn more button now the next section down here, but she control the layout so automatically by default light room is going to populate all the pages for you, but if you don't want that to happen, all you have to do is click clear layout. Now, if we go back to multi page view by pressing commander control e, we can see that we have an empty layout, and when you do that, then you're down to just three pages and that's just light room showing you the template for you know, each different kinds of pages, you can have the front in the back cover and then the inside page and in the very last page, so from here, you can begin dragging photos up onto the individual pages to begin placing them and it's a super easy process, and it is honestly, a lot of fun you can control whether or not you have page numbers on the book, so you can turn that on and then page, physical patient unusual print on that book and you can control where they appear. I don't tend to add page in the word because I'm not having teo nobody's referring to a certain page, so I just don't have them on there. So you can use this pages panel right here tio ad pages you can add a blank page why would you want to add a blank page toe add your logo perhaps so let's go ahead and add a few pages or at a few images to our book rather and if at any point you've cleared the layout and you want to re populate again just click auto layout and then light room we'll add all those photos all those photos that were in the collection to the book and in some cases it might do a great job but we'll go ahead and click clearly out so find your best photo and you want to put that on the cover obviously so let's say in this particular situation it's this photo here so just click and drag once you add it to the page you get that little number that we looked at earlier tells you how many times it's being used and now we can choose the image for our backpage so zoom in just a little bit and see what kind of options we've got will go ahead and press commander control are so we see that double page spread and we can see that we have an opportunity to add text here okay and we can add text over here as well but let's say that you don't want the photo to have a full bleed you want some other kind of template for this cover there are hundreds of templates built into light room and the way you assess them your access them rather is through this little triangles at the bottom, right? So these air showing you templates and the templates are kind of connected per double page spread so that's why it's so wide here? This is showing you the back. However, in the front cover this template right here would you know the back cover and the front cover so just scroll down and you'll see that there are tons and tons and tons of templars that you could choose if you want to add text to any of these pages there's a slew of templates that have text boxes as part of them to apply another template you simply click it that's it in this particular template had a text box stuff will want to add that text aiken just simply click in their toe add it so all kinds of different templates and as you can see, look at this one. This is a lot of fun. So this is a template that has multiple if you want to call them photo sales multiple sales in which you could drop photos into so what you might do on something like that is just grab a bunch of your photos by selecting multiple ins and you just drag him up here and light room begins populating those cells isn't that something so you just go through and find the ones that you hadn't used yet this one really does call for a lot of images so we can do that front and back but that just gives you an idea of the different types of templates that you've got available here in light room now you can customize the existing templates but you can't create new templates yeah, you can customize these templates and save that template as your book template but you're not going to be able to create your own I mean it is creating your own custom template but it's not like you can design a template in photo shop or any other program and bringing in okay, so but you can customize the look of the existing template by either changing the spacing on the photos, changing the position of the text boxes and things like that so in that capability to save I guess you would think of it as you're saving a preset for the changes to the template that you've made but you can't like on this particular template we couldn't change the number of photo boxes that are on there, but we could change the positioning of our of these sales and changed the spacing of something so you're limited in what you can customize but new enlightenment five is the ability to save your custom is ations to the built in templates you just can't customize ah whole heck of a lot you have a question you answered most of it already but being the wordsmith in the room I did want to ask if within these book templates are there hard limits or any tips that give you any indication of how much text you can get away with I mean obviously font size is going to make a difference but in to me to my looks fairly limited in terms of being able to incorporate text with images is that fair? Maybe not because if we look at some of these other templates like this template which I think the one I used for the one of our books here you know eating clicking those tech boxes in depending upon what you've got your funds I set up you can add quite a bit of text and you can also if I scroll down here we've got a text panel so if we just want to go ahead and start building our hawaii book here what did I call it so I blames maybe I should be viewing the whole page here that's one thing about these the double page spread on the front back cover you can't really get too just a single page view with your keyboard shortcuts there because it's kind of like one piece but she came on the individual pages once you get inside the book so I've typed in hawaii balloons and we'll say bye for this one, actually, we're dealing with sunsets, right? So hawaii son by lisa snider and I can select all and so this text panel right here will let us add text blocks to templates that don't have them pages that don't have text box. So just because a template doesn't have a spot for text let's say, uh, this one right here doesn't have a spot for text. That doesn't mean you can't add a text box, so you can so let's go back over here. So that's, what this panelists for photo techs and page text you can add those, but to format text an existing text box one that is already included in one of the templates. Then you're going to use the type panel and you've got quite a bit of control over text formatting here, which really shocked the heck out of me. When I first started doing this, I was surprised so let's, go ahead and go back to tried and true font myriad pro because we know that works great. We'll leave it such a regular friends for right now, but let's, go ahead and increase the size to something that might actually be visible to us while we were editing, I would caution you from from adding text and any kind of text box, no matter what page it is that smaller than twelve points because if this book prints at I think is going to print it two hundred forty pixels per inch that's going to be small in the anything smaller than that and you risk not being ableto have it be red so why put that text on there to begin with if you can't see it so let's go ahead and use the slider to make that bigger you can also use a targeted adjustment tool here this this really just often so we can grab this targeted adjustment tool and we can come over here in mouse over to the text itself and he contest click and drag to change different settings which is really, really, really cool let's ask spell it correctly over here I think it depends on where you click as to what's going to happen yeah so if I clicked right between the lines of text there so it activated the leading setting with a target adjustment tool now I clicked on the words themselves so now I can change size by clicking and dragging up or down so that's kind of neat okay so let's go ahead and but that tool away and we'll spell everything correctly here again is a good opportunity for you to use that thick and thin situation so we could do that I could highlight that just like a word processor come over here to the formatting panel and I could make one line of text bold and I can make the other line a text smaller ad space in between the letters to make the two pieces of text equal and with and come up here to the style menu and choose something that's thin you can make your titles your text formatting way more complicated than that, but there is simply no need to you this is a formula that just works it's contrast that's the design principle that we're using here anytime you introduce contrast it's more visually pleasing, so we're pairing thick within consist they're equal and with their obit uniform and it and it just works so again, the setting that we used to space out those letters is called tracking and it's right here you do have to highlight the line of text that you want to effect. So what color do we make it prey tail? Well, we could use our trick of picking up colors that are in the in the image itself, so you're going to highlight the text that you want to change the color of and then drink is going to click the little color swatch every here to the right of the word character and again we're in the type panel and what's this you might spy up here at the top of the type panel textile preset, so if you customize this to the point where you really like it then you can save it is a preset by clicking little poppet menu save current settings as preset member on monday, when I said he's a preset light room to death, they're everywhere and and I love that they're accessible in different places, so let's, go ahead and change the color of our text, we can highlight text we want to affect click the little color swatch and we get what looks to be a color picker. However, if you mouse away from it, then you lose your eye dropper the fixes just to click and hold your mouse button down and then scoot away from it. So now we're picking out colors from her image and then just click the little x at the top left to close that cinnamon and click on the second line of text. Click the color swatch clicking hold on your mouse button within the color picker, then mouse away from it and that lets you pick up another color so we'll just find another color that's in the image we've got a nice look great here we could go for a blue, the darker blue there and you could find tune that color over here if you would like, but let's, just call that good so now when we come over here, that's, what our text is going to look like so I can click anywhere else on the page and that'll hide all of those text boxes or all the little spell borders so that you can actually see what you're going on so really easy tobias and pro level formatting here and over here on this page what want me put on the back cover? Well, you want to put some kind of girl for people to find you contact because you have no idea if you were to give these books out to a client or have them available a samples who might be looking at it or where they might travel. Teo so it's a good idea tohave your website somewhere on there so we're just going to go ahead and press command a to select that block of text then we can come over here to our styles and we can either use thie size slider or we can click the targeted adjustment tool and come over here and click on the text itself you can be a little challenging to get it to do the right thing it's still affecting letting so we'll go over here and put it back and use our size slider let's call that good and if we cruise a little bit further down here in that type panel we see that we've got some alignment options so these alignment option's right here the ones that you've always seen in your word processor left center right justified these are the ones that are really handy and so far is customizing for that text is positioned so if we want it at the right now it's set to be at the top of that text box. So what if I wanted at the bottom? Right? Please, for the love of thor, don't put a bunch of spaces in front of it, so now I can click uh, the last button on the right here to make it go down to the bottom, and then I could click the right alignment button to make it go over there. Seriously, please don't use spaces to do that stuff. That's a bad habit. One of these days, I'm going to do a word formatting class on creative live and I'ma teach people how to use tabs. How do you space before space after? Okay, so now we can change the color of this let's, play car color swatch again, click within the color picker and then mouse over to the image itself to pick up a color that lives in the image. And we might go for this nice orange over here and that's it, and if we wanted to, we could do that same kind of thick and thin situation when I do, when I don't put spaces in between things. Then I do lower case it seems to work, so now we can come up here to the font style and I can choose a bold and then I can choose a thin and then that's what we've got not too bad, huh? And fast. So let's, go ahead and build a few more pages, so we'll go back to multi page view by pressing commander control e the making to start dragging in our images now are you stuck with having the image at full size, full bleed, even if you have chosen that page template? No, because as soon as we click inside the photo cell, then light room tells us that that paige is active because we get that orange outline around it and we get a zoom slider, so if I don't want to lose any of my image in this particular, you know, size, format, then I can lower the zoom so that it only believes off the page on the left or right, and I've got some guy's face. I like doing that personally, so now we can keep dragging in other images, but we can add some more pages. Okay, so how do we add pages? Well, several different ways we can right click on a page and say at a page or we can come over here to our pages panel and click add a page there either way doesn't matter so we'll just quickly add some more images and you'll get an idea quickly of how this works. So I've got another little exclamation point right here saying ik not sure if we can do this how do you fix it? Just change the zoom percentage so in my own work flow from my own photo books I like a little bit of white on the pages so I intermingle full bleeds with partial bly's and I intermingle horizontal with vertical and if I have a a vertical with why on either side on one page then I'm going to make sure to put a horrors on all our landscape oriented picture on the other page but you'll get your own rhythm and again there are a million different template but it's just that easy to do so we can keep adding pages here's a a little quick shortcut way to get to the templates and you're not limited having one photo per page so let's take a look at the two page spreads and again I got to this by clicking the little downward pointing triangle at the bottom right of that particular page so now I think cruise through and look at all the two page spreads so let's take a look at this one right here which is a nice one so now what's gonna happen well we're going to end up with an image that spans two pages right? Because there's the there's the spine of it and now we can come find a nice vertical image to drop into that other hole again how to ease him into that spread we press commander control are and then if we want to zoom into just one page of that spread we compress commander control tea sometimes we love you lightning okay, so that gives you an idea of the different kinds of things you could do. So now from this point what if you want to make that image smaller so we are already at zero percent zoom what you can do is use this cell panel right here to change the padding. This is really where your custom ization options lie in so far as changing these built in templates this is really about it. So all this really is if you have ever created a table in in word or you've created websites then then you know what cell padding is and by default light room locks of cell padding together which means if I change one it's going to change the others but you don't have to keep those lot together so see what I mean this is about as far as you can go in so far is customizing the templates I'm not going to be able to change the number of photo sales on that template but I can change the size and the spacing by using this cell panel in the zoom slider and once you do this these are the types of customization is you can save his presets in the book module and that should be right down here somewhere our ability to save that as a preset let's go ahead and control click there we go see if you can't find where the command is control click it you're right click it so here's our ability to save this particular layout as a custom page and that part is new light room five so as you can see there's some really beautiful templates and like I said there are hundreds of them in here so let's go back and add another page we can do that by right clicking at another patient let's change that template so these are really categories these air template categories right here and within each category there are slew of template so you've got some that have photo sales and they have text blocks but as you can see there slew of templates for any number of photos per page I mean there's just a ton of them so be sure to trot through the categories and then look through all the templates in each category to find what you want so let's look at one with with three photos on it so now I've got a uh space for three shots then I might do something like that and with the rest of the pages in my book so you can see we just got an idea of different types of things that we can do I tend to let my pictures b a little bit bigger but you can do whatever whatever the heck you want now let's talk just a little bit about adding our own custom logo to these pages any questions on what we've done so far any questions from the internet on what we've looked at least so we do have a couple of really good questions so lorrie asked I was your building a book do you have to finish the book on one sitting or you can you keep coming back to it that's a fantastic question thank you for that if you want to save the book and I would highly recommend that you do you want to come up here to the top right of the screen and choose create saved but when you do that it's really going to create a collection that shows up over here in your collections panel so we can call this one c l sunsets that lets me know this is the book I made here live in class and click create now you'll see how we're here in my collection that I've created a collection set that's just for further organization so if you want this collection to go into a set uh then you can choose inside right here but since I'm already I started out on the collection that was in this set light room automatically assumes that I want to tuck this collection inside that set that I started out in, but if I wanted to put it inside another set that I would just choose anything from my list of collections right there and that's, what that is this is showing you all the collections that you have over there on your in your collections panel on the left hand side, so bill him let this one live inside the books collection I'll go and temporarily close my film strip because I want to show you once you have created a saved selection if you want to get back or saved but rather if you want to get back to it, so we'll go to the library module here real quick if I want to get back to that book, see how when I point my mouse cursor to that collection, I get a little right pointing arrow if I click that arrow, then it takes me straight to the book module that saves me a single click because otherwise I'd have to click on the collection or the saved project then I'd have to try it all the way over here and click on book, whereas if you just point your mouse cursor to that click the arrow, then we go straight to the project so fantastic question thank you for that now your next question will be well, how do you add photos to this project that you didn't start out with? Well, why don't we write click the project now that we've saved it or the collection which everyone you were in a time said it is a target collection now trot back over here to our library and if we come in here tio gosh who's to say this image right here we want part of our our sunset, but for whatever reason I don't think I have any sunsets in here, let's, add this abstract that'll be fun, so if I want to add that to that boat project now, since I've said it as a target collection, all I have to do is click that little circle or click the photo itself and tap b or low the spray can with target collection attributes and then any photo I spray the can at will end up in that book project. So you know that will happen to you come across a photo that you meant to put in a project or you'll take some new photos and I don't want to add them to the projects and now we can go back to that book project and if we come down here to our film strip we see that are abstract has now been added to that book