Have you tried Bookify™, Blurb’s new online bookmaking tool? It’s a great option for simple, streamlined book projects, especially photo books of up to
160 240 pages. Bookify was designed to get you up and running in no time, but if you’re new to bookmaking, or used to working in another tool such as Blurb BookSmart®, maybe you’re a little hesitant to dive in. Here are three easy tips to help jump-start your first book.
We’ll assume that you’ve already started up Bookify and are ready to go. If not, go ahead and launch Bookify, choose a book size and any of the four starter layouts, then come back here.
GETTING YOUR PHOTOS ONTO THE PAGE
For a photo book, probably the first thing you want to know is how to get your photos onto the page (yes, we’re psychic). Here’s how:
1. Import your photos
First you need to upload your photos to Bookify. You can choose photos stored on your computer or import them right from your Flickr, Picasa or SmugMug account. Just click on the appropriate box and follow the instructions on screen. If you have a lot of pictures, this can take a little while, so you might want to grab a cup of coffee while you wait.
2. Using Auto Create
After all the photos are in, you have the option of letting Bookify automatically flow your photos into the layouts. Just click on “Place my photos for me” and Bookify will put your book together right away, placing each photo on its own page. This is a great way to get started fast. If you don’t like how it looks, you can change the order of the pictures or select a different layout. Just click on “Redo with new settings,” then “Change order and layout.”
3. Placing photos manually
Want more control? No problem. Instead of “Place my photos for me,” choose “I’ll drag and drop my photos.” That will start Bookify’s editing mode. All your photos are in that strip along the bottom, and your book is in the middle. To put a photo on a page, just click on a photo to grab it, drag it up to the page with your mouse, and let go. Presto!
If you want to add another photo to the same page, just grab the new picture and drop it on that little gray box that appears at the bottom of the page (the one that says “+ Drop here to add”). And if you want to replace a photo, just drop the new one right on top of the old one. If you’d like to put more than one image on a page, go right ahead. Bookify is pretty smart and it will automatically adjust the layout to accommodate up to four images.
SHUFFLE YOUR LAYOUTS
Under each page in the edit view, you should see three square boxes. The one on the left (with the crossed arrows) lets you change the layout of the page. Click on it, and you’ll see the photo change size, shape or position. Some layouts also have text boxes so you can add captions. Go ahead and mix things up!
If you want more control, try the middle button instead. Now you can scroll through all of the available page layouts and pick exactly the one you want for this page!
What about that button on the right, the one that looks like a painter’s palette? Use that one to change the color of the background or add a border to your photo. Try it!
WHAT ABOUT SAVING?
Worried about losing your work? Relax. Just like BookSmart, Bookify automatically saves your work every few minutes. If you want to save the book in between those times, just click on “save now” (right next to the Actions button at the top left of the screen). If you haven’t already created an account with Blurb, you’ll be prompted to do so. That way the book will be saved to your personal account, and you can be sure not to lose any of your work.
Once you have a Blurb account, you can even close Bookify and come back to finish your book later. You’ll find it waiting in your dashboard when you log in. Just click on “Edit Book” to launch Bookify and pick up where you left off.
We hope this helps take some of the mystery out of making a book online. Bookify makes it easier than ever to unleash your creative genius, so what are you waiting for? Dive in and try it yourself.