Today’s how-to is super easy: making a photo book in our new Color Pocket and Trade size. Size-wise, the books resemble more of what you’d find in the literature section of our local bookstore — but with color printing.
The paper is 60# (90GSM) uncoated white. That means you get a truly matte finish on a lighter-weight, subtly textured paper, a bit like drawing paper. We’ve described it as beautifully lo-fi. It enhances the grain in grainier photos, and can give you a somewhat more muted palette.
That’s why I chose this format for a book collecting photos I’ve shot with various film cameras, including my Holga, Minolta SRT-101, and my AGFA Synchro Box.
Step 1) Get started: First, download the latest version of BookSmart. Then load it up and choose to start a new book. Then choose “Pocket” (5×8 inches) or “Trade” (6×9-inches) under the “Color Books” menu. ↓
Step 2) Choose a starter layout: It’s your choice, and we have options for everything from “Photo book” to “Notebook.” I chose “Photo book” and clicked “Start Book Now.” ↓
Step 3) Import your photos: Mine were on Flickr, so I imported those. I wanted a mix of color and black and white, which you can easily do with the Color Pocket or Trade book.
Step 4) Start designing: If you’ve used BookSmart before, this is all very familiar. I started with my cover, because I thought it would set the tone of the overall book. ↓
Step 5) There’s nothing new here — except the size of the page. But that can really determine your layout. A small landscape photo on a vertically-oriented page will appear small with a lot of white space around it. It can be a neat effect, but for a variety photos can be re-cropped, zoomed, re-arranged, and overlapped for a multi-photo layout. And you can do color and black and white photos facing each other. I think this format really encourages you to be experimental with how you put your photos together. Here are four two-page spreads from the book I’m working on. . ↓
Well, you know the rest: Order your book and you’ll have it in your hands in about a week.