I love having my photos in digital form because they are easy to access, don’t take up a lot of physical room in my house and, given my penchant for backups, are generally safe and out of harm’s way.
But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to occasionally see my photos in print. In fact, I love photo books—physical, bound books—created using groups of my favorite images.
So if I’ve taken a vacation and have some great photos to show for it, I’ll bind them into a photo book as a souvenir. Or I’ll use a photo book to display images from a special occasion in my life. I’ve also created photo books using old family photos that I scanned and cleaned up. These books made great gifts for my three brothers.
For me, photo books are great as a memorable keepsake for myself and also as an easy and fun way of sharing my photos with family and friends.
There are a lot of ways that you can turn your photos into a book. Most of the online photo sharing sites such as Shutterfly and Snapfish offer options for creating a hard copy photo album. Personally, though, I like doing it myself using Lightroom’s Book module because I find it more convenient and I like the higher quality paper and cover options offered at Blurb.com (the Book module has a direct upload link to Blurb.com). Plus, since my photos are already on my hard drive, adding images to my book design are as easy as dragging and dropping.
The Book module includes lots of preset layouts and options to let you customize the book to your liking. Then when you’re happy with your layout, you can upload directly to Blurb or stay digital by saving the books either as a JPEG file or as an Adobe PDF.
If you’re interested in learning more about this, the video below features Terry White, Creative Cloud Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Inc., as he walks us through the basics of creating a photo book using Lightroom 5.
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