I am Bryan Burkhart, Creative Director at Blurb. As we continue to develop BookSmart and the book templates within, we discover some smart workarounds along the way … via a couple screen grabs, I will show you how to create a two page image spread with one image.
I have successfully created two page full bleed image spreads in the following way:
1.Choose the full-bleed page layout from the templates for the left page and for the right hand page (see below).
2. Drag your image from your picture library into the left-hand page, and again, drag the same image into the right-hand page.
3. Line them up so the ‘seam’ or the book gutter has the image lining up correctly. This will involve using the ‘zoom tool’ (located just above your book spread, it appears when you click and highlight your image on the page). If you need to zoom: enlarge the image to get the image to span the two pages; move your image on each page until you are happy with how it lines up in the center. You want to make sure you don’t put the important part of the image in the gutter (in this case, the guy with the red hat).
This is the simplest way and I recommend playing around with it as it works really well with certain images.
If anyone else has any interesting workarounds or tips, let us know in the Forums!