How to Make Photo Books
Photo books create a living memory. The problem today is digital photography. It offers us the ability to take hundreds of photos but it also makes us lazy. Lazy? Well, we never seem to print out all those photos we take. If we don't print them out, who sees them?
If we do print them, a pile of photographs is yet another thing in the house we have to find a place for. Old fashioned albums are great for photos but if you use corners to mount the photos, the corners often dry out over time and the photos fall out. If you use those pages that allow the photos to stick (the ones with the plastic overlay), sometimes the plastic sticks to the pictures and distorts them. Another problem is the size of photo albums and where to store them.
So, what's the answer? Photo books!
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Choosing a Photo Book
What exactly is a photo book? (Sometimes called photo album book.) Well, it's a book made up of your photos, photos you choose, arranged the way you want them with designs you choose as well. A customized, printed book with your photos.
The first step is choosing a company that makes photo books. There are many online but my favorites are Shutterfly and Snapfish. They're all pretty similar but I find these two easy to use and their prices very reasonable. If you order from Shutterfly you can order or pick up many of their products at Walgreens or CVS. Snapfish does the same at Walmart. Actually, I use whichever one of these two that is having the best sale. Very often one or the other will have a fifty percent off sale. In my book (pardon the pun) that's the best deal.
Other companies have sales as well so it pays to compare prices, look for ease of use, and select a company you are comfortable with. Of course they all offer other services besides photo books, like prints, photos on coffee mugs, cards, print enlargements, etc. Remember this is your personalized photo book and all the choices are yours.
Have you ever made or received a photo book?
Before you can do anything with your photo book you need to know what photos you are going to use and where you have them, on your camera, on your computer, on a thumb drive, wherever. You will have to upload them to the site you choose so gather them before you start. Having the source of all your photos handy will make this step so much easier after all, your photos are your customized photo book.
Next would be choosing a type of book. Sound silly? Well type includes size and cover style. You can order a book that's eight inches by eight inches or eight inches by eleven inches or bigger or smaller. Once you've decided on the size you need to decide on the cover type, whether or not you want a full picture on your cover or small picture and whether or not you want text on your cover. You might even opt for a leather cover with no picture.
Next is choosing a theme or photo book design. This is, I must admit, the fun part. There are all kinds of themes and even once you've chosen one you can still add other "embellishments". A theme can be a holiday, a birthday, a season, just different colored pages or all black pages, the choice is yours. Embellishments are words or clip art you can add to your to pictures or pages throughout your book.
Along with choosing a theme you have a choice of the text you would like to you in your album, if you use text. The text would be Times New Roman, Arial, or one of the multitude of choices available. Not all pages in your photo book will have text while others may have text in multiple places.
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Ideas for Your Photo Book
Your photo book is not only done by you but speaks of your tastes and the thought you put into it. If you're giving that photo book as a gift you will naturally tailor it to the likes of the person you'll be giving it too. For example, I made a photo book for my father-in-law which included all old pictures. There were pictures of when he first met his wife, when they were married and when he was in the army. It brought back great memories for him and instead of having his old photos in a box in the closet, he now had a photo book he could look at and and reminisce with. I had to gather the old photos and scan them into my computer so they could be uploaded for the book.
Many photo books are built around Christmas or a special birthday. I like to chronicle the months for my young grandchildren. I try to make a photo book for them every six months until they hit their second birthday then once a year.
We live in New York and two of my grandchildren live in New Jersey. One year when my grandson was about two my daughter made a "New York" photo book. She included pictures of all of us here in New York and labeled each one. For example, Grandma, Uncle Larry, even the dogs were included. It was a great way to insure he didn't forget his New York relatives. He loved that book.
Graduation might be another event to make a whole book about. I know you take lots of pictures at a graduation and what better keepsake for the graduate than a photo book with all those photos in it?
The list is only limited by your imagination (and the pictures you've taken).
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Your Photo Book
- Choose what you want your photo book to be about.
- Gather all your pictures.
- Choose a photo book company and upload all the pictures you want in the book to that site.
- Choose the book and book cover you want.
- Next choose a theme and the text you will want to use.
- You can arrange the pictures yourself or have the site do it for you.
- Review the photos in the book, where you want them, how many you want and make any changes or additions.
- Pay for your photo book and it will be in the mail in a matter of days.
How to Upload Photos to Shutterfly
I hope this hub has been interesting enough to get you started on your own photo book. If you have any questions please leave them in the comment section and I will answer as soon as possible. All comments are welcome so please feel free to share.
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