Did you have fun shopping? I hope so. Today is our biggest day. We need to sketch our book and then begin building the base pages. So much to do. But we have two days to do it as tomorrow is give.away.day. Hmm. Someone brilliant must have put this schedule together!
Marnie's Homework Completed
Before I went shopping, I sketched out my albums so that I would know what sort of products I was seeking. Here is the plan for my four books. (I really will do just one this week, but thought that if you hadn't found a sketch for your ideas, maybe your photos/theme could fit into one of these.)
Me & My Cousins
This album is a rotation of four pages. Here they are.
This album will be one repeating page. Here it is.
I Love This
This album will also be one repeating page. Here is Sara's sketch from long ago.
The Pool: my paradise
This album will be a repeating 2 page spread. Here it is.
CHOOSING THE PRODUCT
Me & My Cousins
We have 7 cousins so I need a kit with at least 7 options for cardstock/patterned pairing. Because I used a Paislee Press kit on the first book, I think I will stick with another for this next one. Not only are her papers lovely, but I hope it will feel more like a unified collection when all of them (how hopeful does that sound?? all of them. Guess I will be busy...) are together on the shelf.
Here are the three I am selecting: Correspondence, Lemonade Stand, and The Fancy Collection. (I am two years behind, and so I thought maybe I would make all three at a time. Nothing better than assembly line efficiency!)
This one just needs one set of cardstock/patterned paper and a fun embellishment. I am going to use Libby's A Very Very Very Fine House. I like the elements and think they will be sweet additions.
I Love This
Why stray from perfection? Sara was spot on with her use of Cosmo Cricket's Girl Friday line. If my digi version is half as cute as her paper one, I will be thrilled! Sara rocks my world.
The Pool: my paradise
This one needs a handful of patterned papers and a couple of basic elements. In some fun summertime colors. Things that will go well with aqua water blues, hot pink swimsuits, lavender goggles, and red swim shorts. That's quite a list so I have selected Crystal's Sweet Summertime collection. I am positive it will be just the right fit.
It is Wednesday and I promised you that today we would be assembling our page backgrounds. Reading through your comments, I know that we are all at different levels of expertise. I am going to try to walk you through each step. If you know how to do that step, do it and move to the next one.If you don't know how, click over to the tutorial page and hopefully you will be able to walk through the step by steps. If you have questions or get stuck, please leave me a comment and I will see if I can clear it up. Also, I am no photoshop genius. I am not going to rock anyone's world with great new tricks. Instead, I hope to teach you to use a few streamlined methods to help you make it through a whole photobook without petering out or getting discouraged or running short of time.
Ready, set, let's go team!
When I create paper minis, oft times I start with the album size and work from there. More often than not, that which I had in my mind was not available to purchase, so I would just go ahead and create my own.
My renegade ways had to be tempered with digi minis. Now I am limited to the sizes that the publisher chooses. And there are many differences between the different publishers. So you can choose your album on the basis of the publisher, or you can choose your publisher on the basis of your album. (That is how I found VioVio. I wanted to put my 8.5x11 pages into a book, but Shutterfly doesn't print that size, or that orientation. So I went looking and found this comparison. I thought VioVio was a good quality bang for your buck. (I am more willing to shell out a couple of extra dollars than I am to accept a poor quality paper or printing.) So I tried it. And it worked well!)
Here is a list of what sizes they each print:
If you make a square album, any adjustments for the full bleed (that's the term for when the publisher puts the printing right to the edge of the paper) can be made at the end. I would suggest this if you are a first time book maker.
Shutterfly: 8x8 12x12
VioVio: 3.5x3.5 5x5 8.5x8.5 10x10 12x12
Shutterfly: 5x7 7x9 8x11
VioVio: 3.75x2.5 Mini-Book 5.25x3.5 Mini-Book 7x5 Mini-Book 9x7 Photo Book 12.5 x 10 Hardcover Portfolio Book 11x8.5
Shutterfly - doesn't print portraits
VioVio: 6x9 comic size (6 5/8x10.25) A4 size (8.3 x11.7) 8.5x11
We have now completed our sketch, selected our product, chosen our size and publisher. Congratulations! Let the assembly line begin.
BUILD YOUR PAGES
1. Install the digital kit - First, we must download the new products from the store to our computers. Step by step instructions may be found here.
2. Opening a new document - Once you have photoshop open, please create a new document. Select the size according to the size of your book pages.
If you are creating a book for Shutterfly, please refer to this page for the proper working measurements. The "in bleed" size is the size that your page document needs to be. The "in trim" is the size that your page will be in your printed book. Please note that the difference will be cut off. DO NOT PLACE ANYTHING OF VISUAL INTEREST IN THIS SPACE. Similarly, try to keep your page design such that there are not any round the page borders or elements on the edge.
3. Open the patterned/cardstock papers you will be using for the background - If your computer is as old and tired as mine, you may want to shut down every other open window to give your computer the best chance for success.
4. Resize your papers- This is the biggest place to save time. Rather than build page by page, build as many like parts as you can.
For instance, in my Cousins album, the first page is cardstock, the fourth patterned paper, and the third is the same patterned paper with a 1.5 inch vertical strip of cardstock (the same as on page one) on the left. Here were the steps I followed. (I did one round the long way, cutting piece by piece and assembling page by page and it took me hours longer. It really is worth it to be an assembly line.)
1. open 7 cardstock and 7 patterned papers - Once they were all opened, I tiled them and then move them around until I liked their pairings.
2. using the crop tool, resize each of the 14 one by one to 8 inch squares.
3. save the cardstocks as nigel1, lavender1, poppy1, etc.
4. save the patterneds as nigel 4, lavender4, poppy4, etc.
5. crop the cardstock to 1.5x8. do this seven times.
6. click and drag the cardstock to its patterned pair. do this seven times.
6. position the cardstock on the the patterned paper in the proper spot. do this seven times.
7. close the cardstock. do not save changes. do this seven times.
8. close and save the patterned paper (which now has a strip of cardstock) as nigel3, lavender 3, poppy 3, etc. do this seven times.
9. congratulate yourself as all seven sets of papers are now done. In record time.
The idea is to streamline as much as you can. If you need to crop each page a particular way, do all that cropping first. I follow this same rhythm with paper albums. I rarely build a mini-album page by page. If your album is variations on a theme, do as many of the repeating elements as you can at the same time.
Another huge time saver is batch processing. It makes use of actions so I am not sure if you can do this with Photoshop Elements. If you can, try it. I batch processed step 2, step 5, and step 9. Love that.
Now that your pinkie finger is cold, your hand cramped round the mouse, and your house has exploded around you, take a minute off! You did great!
Sometimes, digital photobooks can be just photos. When I first designed this book, I had journaling on each page. And then I realized that the photos sort of told their own story and I wanted to leave it at that. No words. Big step for me! hahaha.
Sometimes digital photobooks are actually just digital books as they are wholly lacking in photos. Let's face it. Your skills are too good to limit yourself to regular photobooks. Try something fun. And out of the box. It might just become your favorite new book!
Aren't four mini-album sketches sufficient? Seriously! What do you people want from me? I am just teasing....
Some Halloween treat toppers.Follow Candice's instructions for printing, trimming and use.