Nothing gives your photos more power and presence than collecting them into a printed and bound book. There are dozens of sites where you can order books including Shutterfly, Apple Books, Mpix, Snapfish, Google and Blurb as well as some fancier outfits geared toward wedding books. They all do a good job but there is are big advantages to using the Book module in Lightroom Classic.
- Who is your book really for? Knowing this will help with every part of your project.
- Some tips on selecting images for your book project.
- Choosing the size, style and paper quality that best suits your images and budget.
- Calibrating your monitor so there are fewer unpleasant surprises.
Building Your Book
- Setting up an Auto Layout preset for your first draft.
- Deciding on a layout style and why keeping it simple is often best and easiest.
- Creating and saving custom layouts.
- Border or full bleed, when to stick to the rules and when to bend them.
- Dealing with text while keeping it from killing your images. (hint: go small)
- Sequencing and juxtaposition, two fancy words that lead to a stronger book.
Reviewing, Ordering and Proofing
- What to look for when reviewing your book before ordering. Using the PDF export function.
- Uploading the book, setting up an account if you don’t already have one.
- If you’re going to order several books it’s always best to order a single proof copy first.
- What to look for in your proof and and how to make corrections.