Choose Your Photos
You’ve got your photos on your device and you’re ready to start – but where? Take some time to walk yourself through your photos, focusing on the ones that catch your eye. Thinking of your book in parts will help as you curate your photos, whether that’s sorting by month or photo subject. You can choose as few as 10 favorite photos for a stunning layflat album, or up to a few hundred in a timeless hardcover or softcover book. Dream big as you take your pick!
While you’re selecting images, be sure to check the quality and brightness of each photo. If your images look dark on your screen, they’ll probably print dark as well. Try lowering your screen brightness to around 50% to give you a better idea of what your printed image will look like. You’ll also want all of your photos to be in an sRGB color profile, so the colors will print true to what you see on your screen. If your images aren’t in sRGB, you’ll receive a color profile warning once you upload your images into the Editor. Plan ahead for a smooth upload process.
Upload Photos to a Gallery
Once you’ve selected your photos, it’s time to upload. Head on over to your My Account page and pull up the Image Galleries Tab, where all of your galleries live. Creating a gallery first will help you save time later, as you’ll be able to access photos uploaded here in every project you create. Add a gallery name to create a gallery, then select “Upload More Images” to add your photos. You can add up to 300 images to a gallery at one time. And if you’d like to sort your images a little more, rather than tossing them all in one bucket, simply create multiple galleries.
Photos not uploading? They may be too big. Photos need to be under 18 MB to upload correctly. If yours are too large, be sure to resize them before you add them to the gallery.
Pick Your Project
Now that you’ve selected your photos, you’re ready for the fun part: choosing the type of book you want to create. Whether you’re aiming for a coffee-table-worthy Layflat Album or a small Softcover Photo Book to share with the kids, this is your time to make your decision. If you want to see some examples, check out our product pages and idea gallery. Taking a peek at others’ creations can help jump-start your own creativity!
Take note: Once you start a project, you won’t be able to change to a different size or type of book, so be sure about your product selection. The size (6x8, 10x10), type (layflat, hardcover, softcover), and dust jacket type (partial or full, for the hardcover) are all permanently set when you click “Start Project.” But if the jury is still out on the fabric or foil colors, you can always change those once you’re ready to check out.
Find Your Way Around the Editor
Take a pause to familiarize yourself with the Editor before you jump into building your book. The tabs on the left side are a great place to start!
- Image Tab – Add photos to your project from your gallery, and use this sidebar to drag and drop images into your layouts.
- Layout Tab – Choose your cover design and change the layout templates you see on each page. Simply drag and drop the template you’d like into the template space.
- Text Tab – Add a text box to any page; change the font, size, and alignment of the text; and move it wherever you’d like around the page.
- Organize Tab – Add, delete, or rearrange pages. To rearrange your spreads, select the one you want to move and drag it until you see a blue line appear where you want to insert it. To delete a spread, select the spread and click the blue trash can that appears underneath. Keep in mind that each book has a minimum and maximum number of pages, so you will not be able to add or delete past that. Check the product pages for more details.
- Preview Tab – Gives you a bird’s-eye view of your finished pages!
Tip: Make a mistake and want a quick fix? Just click the “Undo” button in the lower left corner.
Choose Your Layouts & Add Photos
To access your photos from the gallery you created earlier, head over to the “Add Images” button and select the “Galleries” option. Click each photo you’d like to put in your project separately, or choose “Select All” and “Add Selects to Project.” If at any point you want to remove photos that you see in your image bar, just go back to the My Galleries Tab, deselect the images you don’t want anymore, and once again click “Add Selects to Project.” From here you get to experiment with putting your photos into different layouts until you’ve created pages you love! Just be sure to place a photo in every grey box so it doesn't print blank.
Wondering what that grey border around your images is? It’s what we call the trim zone — any amount of that area could be trimmed off during production. You’ll want to make sure that no important details (like words or faces) lie within that zone, and that full bleed images go all the way through it to the edge of the page.
Tip: Want to create a custom layout? Head to the Layout tab, drag and drop the all-white layout onto your page, then select the "New Image" button at the bottom of the tab. This will create a custom image box that you can move and resize. To duplicate a custom layout, simply select the layout, click control+C to copy, and control+V to paste it on a new page.
Ready to fine tune? You can head over to the Preview Tab to get a good look at your pages, taking note of any changes you want to make. And if you see a low-resolution warning on any of your photos, that means your photo may not print quite as clearly as you’d like - you can experiment with moving the image to a smaller layout to help condense the pixels so the image prints more clearly. Don’t worry, the actual warning will not print on your photos.
Once everything looks good, you’re free to add your project to your cart and place your order!
Tip: Remember to triple check your project before you place your order – what you see is what we will print! We’re inspired by your unique perspective and creativity, so we don’t make any changes to your images or project once it’s been ordered. If you do catch a mistake after you place your order, you’ll have one hour to cancel the order to touch it up.
There you have it! You’ve finished your book, you’ve placed your order, and now there’s just one thing left to do — sit back and wait for a good mail day coming your way!