These days, anyone can be an author of their own personalized photobook. But what does it take to make a great photobook that will leave your viewers flabbergasted and awed by its beauty? Firstly, find out the purpose in making the photobook, whether it is to preserve memories of a certain event, or simply to showcase of your masterpieces. As photobooks are great for these purposes, it is important that you know how to bring the essence of the book out to yourself and your viewers. Unlike normal books that we see daily, photobooks are usually professionally printed and bound in high quality materials, making them sturdy and everlasting.
To make a good photobook, it is not required for one to be a professional photographer or be able overly meticulous over images. All you need is a little artistic sense and you will be able to create good photobooks! The main goal is to have your images stand out in complement of the designs that come together with the photobook. So it is said that “A picture is worth a thousand words”. Here are a few tips that may just help you in making a stunning book.
Choosing a publisher – Today, there are a big number of photobook publishers out there. However, not all photobook publishers emphasize on quality nor they share the passion of making great quality books. Therefore it is vital that preliminary research be done prior to entrusting your precious memories to them. For one, it is good to browse through review sites or forums to hear from experience users regarding certain photobook publishers. You can expect that a good photobook company is customer-oriented and will be with you even after the delivery of your artwork.
Choosing the right images – Before you make a photobook, you should already have a folder full of images that you would like to turn into a physical artwork. Choosing the right images will make your photobook an attractive that can be well appreciated. Decide quality through to the image size, focus, clarity, color et cetera. Choose the images according to theme, and place them in a way that it can be easily understood. Having full control of designing photobooks allows you to add in captions which can further enhance the meaning behind the images.
Add-ons to your Photobook – The internet has vast resources of scrapbook items that can beautify your books. These little scrapbook items can make a big difference to your images. It makes the sky your limit of imagination. There are various templates for photobooks as well. The ready-made templates can be utilized according to occasion and bring out the essence of your photobook.
Good photobooks are meant to leave a lasting impression on its viewers. The meaning that comes behind it should not fade easily as they effectively tell a story of a certain event, or even if it is as simple as art itself. It is never too late to start making a photobook.
Photobooks has been the preferred choice in storing images physically in recent years. Due to their professional appearance, versatile nature, it has easily taken over conventional photo album, rendering the latter obsolete. Images on photobooks are usually printed on quality paper, while the pages are professionally bound together and covers laminated. The end product is a slick-looking book of images. Photobooks are usually created by one from scratch. The design, colors, shades, backgrounds are all determined by the creator alone, granting one unlimited control over the look and feel of the photobooks.
The quality of photobooks is vastly determined by their paper, binding, cover lamination and printing. As there are many companies out there that make photobooks, it is important to know what kind of quality one should expect before creating one.
Cover Lamination – Photobooks generally come with covers that are laminated with film to ensure the books are not easily smeared and enabling them to last a lifetime. Quality photobooks should be well laminated and bubble-free so that the lamination does not come off over time.
Paper – Often, photobooks are made with high quality papers. Unlike normal books that are printed with lightweight 70 gsm (grams-per-square meter) papers that tend to turn yellow after a prolonged period of time, papers used on photobooks are usually 140 gsm or higher, acid and lignin-free, which prevents them from turning yellow or easily torn apart.
Bind – A strong bind is the key element in making photobooks last for a lifetime. High end photobooks are bound with industrial-strength PUR (Polyurethane Reactive) adhesive that is waterproof and is very unlikely to erode through wear and tear or even through drastic weather changes. Some come with spine backing so that they can withstand the test of time.
Printing – Apart from the digital imaging industry booming with high resolution technology, printing technology has not fallen behind. High resolution industrial printers are used to print photobooks these days. With a capability of high DPI (Dot Per Inch), images printed onto photobooks are usually crystal clear and flawless.
It is wise to compare the strength and weaknesses of various photobook companies in the industry before actually starting a photobook project. As photobooks are considered very personal and unique to each creator, it makes great keepsakes for anyone who possesses it. Forums and review sites are great places to start. Experienced users tend to share their thoughts and suggestions and would most likely be more credible.
A photobook is a book where photographs are the focus. In the more formal sense of the word, a photobook is a compilation of photographs about a certain topic taken by a professional photographer. A photobook is considered a work of art, and can solely be a project by a photographer or a collaboration between a photographer and a writer.
The early form of a photobook had photographic prints tipped-in instead of printed directly onto the paper. The production of photobooks during the old times were only a few and copies were given only to a small network of readers. Due to the make of these books, only few photobooks produced then have lived to this day.
Most photobooks during the old times were of academic purposes. Photobooks were then created to preserve photos of scientific discoveries such as different animal and plant species. As time went by, photobooks were also created to illustrate literary work and images were created specially for the said purpose.
Japanese photobooks have gained popularity amongst this industry as they were part of the first few who tried to sell books with photographs as the focus commercially. Their books may have paved the way for the introduction of how we know photobooks now, as their books started to contain photographs of singers, television celebrities, professional athletes, and other people of interest.
Because the touch of persona and social events were introduced to photobooks, it wasn’t long before people have delved into making their own. Personal photobooks may be regarded as the traditional photo album, as they serve practically the same purpose – to store photographs. The difference between a traditional album and a photobook though is the versatility and the power to make your book look more personal. With a traditional album, there are slots you can fill with the printed photographs of a special event in your life. With the photobook though, your photos are printed directly onto paper and you have the chance to personalize it by designing it according to your taste.
The photobook of the now contains photographs of memories of special occasions in your life – your wedding, your daughter’s birthday party, your first time to celebrate Father’s day, your parents’ vacation in Hawaii, your sister’s graduation, your trip abroad. All of the photos you have taken on different occasions can easily be compiled into a book and all the memories that come with them can easily be kept.
People make New Year resolutions all the time. Ever wonder why? Each year that passes through your life is like a chapter in your life. There would surely be events that are worth remembering, worth cherishing and worth reviewing in retrospect. Photobooks enables you to do just that. By having the ability to capture time, photobooks make perfect memorabilia for anyone. Often remarkable events and memories eventually get lost in time, because inevitably they tend to fade away. Photobooks allows you to relish the memories later on. After all, we are emotional creatures in nature.
Photobooks in the United States have been around for quite some time now. With hundreds of companies who provide photobooks services online these days, it can be rather hard to decide who to trust with your precious memories. There are few key things that should be paid attention to before you make photobooks.
Company research – A reputable company that emphasizes on customer’s satisfaction is vital. Generally, you should find out if the company actively communicates with its customers. With so many connectivity platforms these days, it is not hard for them to directly reach out to their customers anymore. You should take a peek at review sites, as these are first-hand customers who have experience in making photobooks with them.
Software – Photobooks certainly cannot be made without design softwares. Printing companies are usually equipped with their own personalized software, hoping to differentiate themselves from other competitors. Make sure the software is user-friendly; you do not want to spend too much time learning how to get around a complicating one. Bear in mind there are specialized photo-editing softwares that make great complements. You do want to have full control over your photobooks, don’t you?
Quality of photobooks – The time and effort you spent on your photobooks, you would definitely expect a high quality print. Pixelated images, inaccurate colors, off layouts would be your biggest nightmare for photobooks. One thing that can be done, is to have the company provide you with a test print, or make trip to the company itself to view and feel the photobooks if convenient. Pay attention to the binding as well, photobooks should last a lifetime and not simply break apart when being viewed.
Technology – As far as innovations are concerned, rapid changes in technology occurs in every industry. You might want to do a deeper research in the technologies being used to print photobooks. Avoid companies who are using obsolete methods to make their photobooks. So far technology has only brought nothing but wonders to the printing industry. Crispier images are taken by better cameras, and printers have been closely following the trait, producing higher standard prints.
So there you go. As a first time photobooker or an existing one, hopefully this will give you an insight to the young world of photobooks. Make sure you have lots of fun and a happy photobooking moment!