Catherine recently had the chance to present to the advanced photo class at the College of DuPage. They were creating their first photo books and looking for guidance on what goes into a good layout. Curious to see what they covered? Here are some of her tips, below:

Content
Your content should be organized into a cohesive story or series of stories. Decide what topic(s) you will cover in your book before you even touch the computer.

Keep all your images for your photo book in one folder. Some programs link to images, and don’t embed the actual image file. If your image moves or changes while editing, you can lose it.

Rough Draft
Once you decide on content, start a rough layout with how you feel the order of your images should go. Ruthlessly cull and only choose the best images.

Generally, it’s not a good idea to cram as many pictures on the page as possible. White space gives the viewer room to breathe and take in your pictures.

Choose one font in one size for your copy and stick to it. Use bold or italics as needed. See how your copy and images fit together. Does your rough layout have the flow you were envisioning? If not, stop what you are doing and back up.

Keep at least a .5” margin from the edge for all copy and any images that are not bleeds (photos that go all the way to the edge of a page).

Final Draft
This is the time to tighten everything up and adjust your photos for print. Proof your copy and run it through spell check. Close it and save it. Come back, and proof again. Spell check again. Carefully review before sending to print.

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