tips for designing superior photobooks

Published on : March 25, 2017

Photobook immortalizes memories captured with such expertise and proficiency. Each page you flip through, take you through diverse emotions that instigate feelings of joy, passion and happiness.


1. USE NUMBER OF PHOTOS/PAGE JUDICIOUSLY:

Don’t throng a single page with lots of pictures. If possible try putting a single photograph per page giving it enough room to expand and express itself. Give your photo a centre stage. Typically every photobook commonly comes in 8 X 8 inch. Putting 12 photos on a single layout will print very small photos and people have difficulty looking at it. Similarly putting the same number of photos on 12 X12 inch page layout looks more organized and less crowded.


2. CHOOSE AN APPROPRIATE FORMAT:

Select the right format for your photo book through myriad options available. Opt from huge amount of paperback and hardback choices available on any publishing platform along with the paper types and sizes. Suitable choice of format and publishing options brings out the elegance of design and diversity.


3. USE DIFFERENT LAYOUTS:

Design more than one layout and spread it around in the photobook giving it the required zing and variety. Different layouts relieve people of the boredom and also add beauty and elegance to the photobook. You can utilize a single layout more than once in the complete photobook, even the designed layouts can be configured a little to add diversity to overall look


4. CHOOSE A VERSATILE STYLE:

There are two types of photobook style, Matt and Flush Mounted Album. Matt finish has been these since very long time but there is limited deviation from the given template. This can be a deal breaker. It is better to opt for flush mounted design as it gives the magazine type effect which can with designed in infinite possibilities. Each page can be digitally printed and hard mounted on thickness and strength. Although in both the types the outcome is elegant, still flush mounted album is the order of the day which can be a signature of style and grace along with creativity.


5. TRY STORYTELLING:

Choose photographs which weave a story from first page to the last. Try to put images in order rather than selecting random pictures. Detail shots of props, background and attires will add more depth to the story. You can decide the flow based on the photography. Putting on makeup, buttoning cufflinks, preparation of food etc. are some of the shots that help in story formation.


6. INCLUDE SOME TEXT:

Including captions, text, locations, names and dates add more color and authenticity to the story. Choose a classic font which must be legible, and it shouldn’t overpower the images. The text should be relevant and must not be random babble of words.


7. USE THE RIGHT TOOLS:

While Photoshop is a good option for photo album design, it can be quite tedious as the software is basically created for image editing. Photoshop is not an efficient tool for multiple page layouts. Go for Adobe Indesign, which will increase your working speed significantly while reducing your stress to a great deal. After the photobook is designed, the proofing of JPGs and PDFs can also be done by online photo proofing services.


8. CHOOSE THE RIGHT MENTOR:

You have an amazing collection of pictures, but confused about how to present them in a remarkable way, PhotoOrange- the well-established Photobook designer is just a click away. Tell them your story and they will give you many options from premium photobooks to coffee table books, to showcase your memories.


PhotoBooks are the medium which freshens up your memories from time to time. The idea is to give each photobook an appearance which exudes the sentiment of the faces in each picture. Your creativity alone can earn you brownie points among your clients and earn extra mileage for your business.