The focus of this tutorial is "making a paper based photo book", but the first few sections deal with some alternatives and initial stages in gathering your thoughts and materials together, which apply to any production method.
The order in which I've suggested you tackle this might seem a little strange - but it works!
At the end of this tutorial you should be able to build paper based photo books from your digital media, however the principles apply to any of the other output media suggested in step three.
You need to decide what it is that you're trying to say in your photo books...
Some examples might be
This sample photo books page illustrates the following ideas which will be explained as we go through the tutorial.
The page gives an example of one subject, flowers in New Zealand and includes ...
Now for some decisions ...
There are so many different ways of presenting the pictures and artifacts, and even more software packages to enable you to get there, for instance ...
It's worth just checking what you actually have on your computer, because often tucked away are some little gems hidden as plug-ins, cut down version, and plain freebies.
Most commercial printers have free downloads of book composing software, and surprisingly similar they are too.
But it's essential to check the range of outputs available as not all suppliers and software are comparable.
My bare minimum list (other products do exist) consists of ...
Miscellaneous items you might want to share in your photo books ...
It's worth considering what might be included in the collection.
This picture (little Maisie) illustrates the following ideas which will be explained as we go through the tutorial
Before you actually put the ideas and items together you should think about the overall size of the final production.
Making paper-based photo books ...
So now you have your thoughts sorted - you can start to put your book together
As a very rough guide you'll use 2 to 2.5 pictures to the page, but this figure will depend on the specification you wrote for yourself in steps 1 through 4.
So for photo books of 50 pages, you'll need ...
Between (2 x 50) + 10% to (2.5 x 50) + 10% - which is 110 to 140 pictures
You need to read the small print on the help pages about the file types and sizes which the software can read.
As a rough guide the files are best if they are ...
This picture illustrates the following ideas which will be explained as we go through the tutorial.
In Paint Shop Pro, the effect is chosen from the menu strip Effects>Art Media Effects>Brush Strokes.
The layout - the bit that you can only do by trial and error - but there are some rules you might need to consider on each page ...
NOT putting highkey and lowkey pictures onto the same page or across a double page spread.
This picture illustrates the following ideas which will be explained as we go through the tutorial ...
This picture illustrates the following ideas which will be explained as we go through the tutorial
You choose the picture tube tool from the toolbar. There are 4 main parameters which you can set. It is worth experimenting with the settings (Edit>Undo and Edit>Redo are wonderful tools!)
Text is important. Add that at the end, since it is often difficult to move text boxes in the software
Make yourself a drink.
Go for a walk.
Don't send the file for printing for 24 hours; until you've had the chance to review what you've done and given yourself a chance to reflect on your hard work.
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