Creating Photo Books:
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So...HOW, Exactly, Do You Create a Photo Book?
You make your own photo book either by doing a drag and drop of your photos into a pre-made photo book template (most photo book printers have lots of different ones), or you can make a highly customized digital photo album to specifications you can indicate through the site's interface-- that is, with your chosen layouts, backgrounds, etc.
Two Important Tips for Creating Photo BooksNo matter what service or format you use, there are some considerations to keep in mind as you're creating a photo book.
Get Organized. Before you ever start trying to put together your photo book, you should have the collection of digital photos you plan to use already organized and edited-- this makes uploading them to the service with which you plan to create your photo book a lot simpler, and streamlines the whole process.
Shop Around. You may want to see what products the different photo book services offer before you begin. Some provide different sizes as well as different types of covers and promotional pricing.
Designing Your Photo Book
And if you're short on ideas, there are a lot of photo book printers out there that have share services, where you can see what others have done. This is a great way to get ideas for layouts and content for creating photo books of your own. My favorite is probably Shutterfly's huge share gallery.
3 Fun Theme Ideas for a Photo BookOf course, creating digital photo albums with simple photos is a lot of fun, and a great keepsake. But adding a theme can bring the whole thing to life. Some unique ideas and themes for creating photo books include:
A Vacation or Event Log Photo Book
Vacation photo books are a lot of fun, and a great way to remember what an awesome time you had. Photos from your latest trip or party accompanied by a caption can capture the true essence of your most memorable moments.
Journey through Time Photo Book
Perfect for anniversaries and milestone birthdays, creating a timeline progression of photos and captions with a "This Is Your Life" or "The Story of Us" theme result in a thoughtful gift.
Photography Collections Photo BookIf you enjoy taking pictures of tall buildings, dogs, insects or people you watch on sunny days in the park, you can often put them all in one place and create captions to identify what makes each item unique. Creating photo books like this can be a great way for ar an amateur photographer to share their work.
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