One of the questions we hear most often around Blurb is how to create a two-page spread: extending a single photo across two facing pages for a bold, panoramic look. Although not an officially supported feature, this effect is quite easy to achieve in Blurb Bookify™, Blurb’s online bookmaking tool.
Note: You can use similar techniques to create a two-page spread in Blurb BookSmart®. See our FAQ.
1. Start a Book
First, of course, you’ll need to launch Bookify, start a new book and import your photos. If you need help with this, check out our previous post, “Hit the Ground Running with Bookify.”
2. Set up a spread
Use the navigation bar at the top of the screen to find the pages you want to edit, or click on the “View All Pages” button at the bottom and choose the spread you want to work on. Either way, you should now see two blank, facing pages.
Now we have to choose the right layout for each page. In a two-page spread, your photo will go straight across the gutter: that’s the area between the two pages, where they curve back to meet the binding. So we need to choose layouts where the photo container goes all the way to the inside edge of the page — right up the gutter.
Let’s start with the left page:
Locate the three layout buttons directly beneath that page and click the middle one (the one with the divided square) to see all the available layouts. In each layout, the gray area shows where your photo will go. So choose a layout where the gray area goes all the way to the inside edge of the page (in this case, that’s on the right).
Now, do the same thing for the right page, again choosing a layout where the gray area goes all the way to the inside edge (this time, that’s on the left). Basically what you are doing is creating a two-page layout that will allow your image to appear on both sides of the gutter.
When you look at the spread again, you should see the gray photo areas meet at the center.
3. Add your photo
Now, find the photo you want to use in the photo stream at the bottom of the screen. Click on the photo, drag it up to the left-hand page and release. Your photo will be centered automatically, so you may need to drag it over a bit so that only the left half of the photo is visible.
Now, drag the same photo onto the right-hand page…
…and move it around so that only the right half of the photo is visible. Use your eye to line up the two photos so they match up in the middle. Be patient: getting them lined up precisely can be tricky. You may also need to make your image bigger to fill up the space. To do that, click on the photo and then use the Zoom slider that pops up to resize the image. Make sure you zoom each side by the same amount. If you get a warning, that means you’ve zoomed in too far – zoom back out until the warning disappears.
Voila! One photo now takes up two pages.
Remember that your photo is going right through the gutter: the area where the two pages curve back to meet the binding. Anything in that area is going to be harder to see than the rest of the photo, so avoid putting anything important (like someone’s face) in or near that area.
Bookify shows the gutter as a dark-shaded line down the middle of the spread. This is a guide only; the actual depth of the gutter depends on the thickness of your book: the more pages you have, the deeper the gutter. Just remember to keep all the important bits well clear of that area and you’ll be fine.