You know that feeling when you get a thoughtful holiday present you completely weren’t expecting? That was my reaction when I saw this very thorough how-to blog post from Mike DelGaudio, who took the time to explain the step-by-step process for making Blurb books with Picasa.
Let me back up here and explain for anyone who hasn’t yet used Picasa that it’s a free software download from Google that lets you organize your photos, spiff them up with some retouching effects, and share them with people online. It’s the kind of thing that comes in handy this time of year, especially for resolutely amateur photographers like me who end up with red-eyed holiday party candids and blurred shots of holiday lights that fall just short of being arty. Most Blurberati are brilliant photographers, so I’ll take all the special effects I can get just to save myself some embarrassment when we’re sharing vacation photos around the office.
Now Mike has made Picasa even more handy with his step-by-step free tutorial, complete with screenshots of his own book in progress (that’s the cover below). He explains it all in a way anyone can understand, which is the kind of tech writing we particularly admire at Blurb. Plus he says really nice things about our software, and even his mom chimes in: “These are the only gifts you ever need to give me, I love them!”
Well, Mike (and Mike’s mom), you made my day. I always appreciate when people share their cookie recipes, but this is above and beyond – and I’m sure when other people get back from vacation with Picasa albums to turn into books, you’ll be getting thanks galore.