I’m an Adobe user and have been for about 10 years now. Lightroom (LrC) is my primary software program and I mostly use it and Photoshop, although I often use other software, too. I find software fairly easy to use for the most part so I spend a lot of time “playing” with my images. I love to create a piece that looks more artistic in nature and Photoshop is great for this. Over time I’ve created many images that have a “watercolor” look or have a background texture added or have some other type of treatment. Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of advertisements from Blurb for printing books, some for as much as 40% off. This appeals to me as I normally create books using Lightroom and Blurb that run around $80 to $100 per book, these are large “coffee table” type books. LrC makes organizing images to create a book very easy and the software is very flexible when it comes to organizing images or creating pages in the Book Module. Given the on-going discounts I decided to create a book of my more artistic creations and then send it to Blurb when the next discount announcement arrived over email. If you have not used the Book Module it can be a bit daunting at first but after creating the first couple of books it becomes much easier.
This screenshot shows the back and front cover of my book as well as a couple of full-page spreads using two different page layouts. There are multiple layouts you can choose and each page can be changed as needed
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Your first task will be to decide on the images you want to include in your book. You can choose images that are in a folder, in an existing or newly created collection, or you can use keywords and the filter bar. Any of these choices will work. Sometimes I use a folder, if the folder does not contain a lot of images that I know I will not use, and sometimes I create a-temporary collection or use the Keyword List and/or the filter bar. For the book on the artistic images I chose the keyword “Background Textures” from the Keyword List and then confined the selection choices with the filter bar to only images that were 5-star. My general processing system is one where I take images and then process those that I like right away; as I process and finish I “5-star” the finished image. This makes it easy to quickly choose images for future projects. To create a temporary collection, if you want to drag images from multiple folders, use the collection panel in the Library Module (click on the plus sign and a box will pop up asking you for a name for your new collection). I have a Collection Set called Books and my finished saved books go into that collection set just in case I want to do something with a book in the future. Sometimes it helps to organize your images ahead of time if you do have a specific sequence of events, but I’m normally creating a picture book so the sequence is not important for me.
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