How to Make Your First Photobook

Three Parts:Selecting the images for the photo-bookEnhancing the imagesAdvising the photo-book service provider

Putting together your first photo-book can be a bit of a challenge if you're unsure how to get started for sending the images in. In this article you'll discover a great way to get started in putting together the items needed for creating your first ever photo-book.

Part 1
Selecting the images for the photo-book

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    Make a selection of all the pictures you wish to include in the photo-book. When choosing the photos, be sure to pick the best pictures, so that you'll be motivated to look at your photo album time and again.

Part 2
Enhancing the images

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    Make a copy of the images. Copy these pictures in a separate folder. Keep the originals separate so that you have untouched ones still available.
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    Make photo adjustments. Use your favorite photo editing software to enhance the photos to appear their best. Use the advanced options to fix red eye, colors, shades, sharpness, etc.

Part 3
Advising the photo-book service provider

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    Choose a photo-book service provider that will be responsible for putting together your photo-book. Look online and compare what each service offers, including whether you can drop into a real store or can only use their services online and what their prices are.
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    Choose photo paper if the service offers a choice. Sometimes you can choose between standard and photo paper. The extra charge usually required for photo paper in your photo-book is worth the money because it is of higher quality, looks better and will last longer.
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    Decide on composition and layout you'd like for the photo-book. Try to be consistent, and ensure that there is a nice composition for your photos. Always remember: Less is more!
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    Add background and text. Use a nice picture of soft color as a background for your page. Add text if needed.
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    Be sure to convey these choices in composition, layout and background clearly to the service provider. If you're using an online provider, there should boxes to check, or you may need to email for confirmation if there is any uncertainty.
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    Look for coupons to keep the costs down, where possible. Some photo services will have coupon deals available, depending where you live. Using a coupon will bring down the price of your book––that's always nice.
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    Wait for the photo-book to be produced. Ask the service provider for an estimated time to produce it. When it arrives, enjoy your photo-book and show it around. Then it's time to get started on the next one, now that you're a pro!

Things You'll Need

  • Pictures
  • Photo editing software
  • Photo paper
  • Coupons (optional)

Article Info

Categories: Photo Albums