So you want to create a stunning photo book that everyone will appreciate! The design process doesn’t need to be overly complicated. If you have a good plan, you can create some incredible photo books. It isn’t just about the photos. It would help if you considered every aspect of your book. Here are a few tips to help with the design process.
- Plan and Purpose
What are you trying to do with your photo book? Are you trying to tell a story or document important events in your life? Start by determining a clear goal for your book. It should help you make the right decisions.
If you are trying to create a portfolio, you’ll need to use your best photos for maximum impact. When trying to document a family holiday, you’ll probably choose more playful photos. Showing the destinations and cultures you explored may also be a priority.
- Start Sorting
Sort your photos and choose the most relevant ones for your photo book. Choose your best shots that are relevant to your story. Even when you have hundreds of photos, less is more. Avoid duplicates and photos that don’t support your story.
Choose various options and ensure that you include different textures, landscapes, colors, and objects. The photos should be taken from different angles to give your story some perspective.
The way you sequence your photos depends on your preferences. However, it would be best to do it in chronological order, especially with family history books. It should be easy to sort through your photos by theme, texture, date, or color.
- Symmetry and Size
Your best photos should be the stars of your photo book. Pay attention to your hero shots. They are photos that can stand on their own and don’t need support. Such photos should fill most or all of a single or double-page. If you wish to place multiple photos on the same page, use the software’s alignment templates and tools to create visual harmony.
- White Space
White space is key if you want to retain a clean and professional look for your photo book. When there is space around a photo, it can stand out. If, however, your pages are filled with too many photos, none of them can shine. The same applies to your text. Leaving some space around your text makes it easier to read.
- Cover and Finishes
Your design work doesn’t end with page design. You also need to consider the size of the book, orientation, and cover materials. All of these design elements affect the overall look of your book. Your cover is the first thing people see, and it should create an excellent first presentation. It should set the mood for what is to come.
Although there is no right or wrong way to create a photo book, the above tips should help you. They will help you come up with a book that is not only good-looking but also meaningful.