Yesterday I started on my annual photo book. I started doing these on my Mac 3 years ago now – we had a family Christmas away with all of my family and as I was official photographer I decided to make each family a book of photos from the week away. Everyone adored and cherished these and my girls still spend some nights flicking through them on the couch. While I have literally thousands of photos online on my blog – I NEVER print them. Never get them in albums and this yearly project has forced me to collate a year, choose some shots and make them into a book. If we have a fire – these are the things I will be grabbing (along with my lappy, hard drive and children…let’s not forget the kids).
I make my books through iPhoto. Did you know you could even DO that? I didn’t until someone showed me! So I’m going to show you! The quality, turnaround and price have been excellent for me – not to mention the fact that all my photos are already in there ready to go. No uploading to an external site. The image size is at full re too which means that the prints in the book come out perfectly.
To start with open iPhoto and go to FILE – NEW ALBUM.
A pop up menu will appear – go along the top options until you get to BOOK. Name it, I just choose PICTURE BOOK then select CHOOSE. You are now ready to go!
I’m sure you could play around with lots of options in here but I am pretty basic and stick with a plain background and only mess around with the layout options. You need to drag across from your EVENTS section the photos you want to add into the book. I just click the event and drag it across to the book I have created that will be on the left hand side menu under KEEPSAKES. Once you see a little green + sign you will know it’s been added in.
The events you have added will be added up in the top menu. It’s a matter of selecting which image you like and dragging it into the book layout below. You can change the layout of each page on the bottom menu (5th one across) by choosing a template that has 1, 2 3 or up to 10 images per page. You can also write words in there (for me I choose basic descriptions as I am DONE with the writing about stuff at this stage of the year).
Once you are done with your book (remember you can in extra pages if you need them) you hit BUY BOOK. It takes a little while to get it processed, then you enter bank details etc (it’s all done through your iTunes account) you are done! The book is saved under KEEPSAKES in your iPhoto so can order more if needed down the track. It takes about 10 days to be delivered which isn’t bad considering it’s from the other side of the world and then you have a beautiful photo album for your year. All nicely put together, to keep forever.
They truly are so special.
There are a number of other companies that you can use that make photo books. Snapfish, Albumworks, Blurb, Momento etc that you can try out if you don’t have a Mac. It’s a good idea to start a new book now…and each time you import an event to your iPhoto try to tackle that layout in the book there and then – a little each time will make a lot in the end rather than doing the whole book at the end of the year (like I do). It’s like my BAS…I swear I will do it as the months go, little by little rather than a quarter at the end…but it never happens!
Do you have photo books? Have you made one through iPhoto before?
Or do you print your photos out old School style?
Anyone still making a photo album from 2001?