When Blurb offered me the chance to trial their photo book service, well, naturally I jumped at the chance. The first thing I had to do was register and then download the free software that I would need to create the book, both of which only took a few minutes to complete.
The next step was to choose the book type and fortunately there was a ‘book samples’ button that took me to a new site where I could view the many different styles which included a 7×7 inch square style up to 13×11″ large landscape style, all of which were available in soft or hard cover. I opted for the 8x10inch portrait style.
Over 70 professionally designed layouts makes customising the inside of the book easy and there were themes that included wedding, cookbook, guestbook, blog to book and more so you could quite easily create a library of different ideas. I went for the text and photo option.
Photos can be uploaded straight from your PC but if like me, you’re not particularly organised and have photos in different locations, you may want to view and organise your photos beforehand and put them in a separate folder when you know which ones you want to use. One thing I found very reassuring was the ‘don’t worry, you can change this later’ notes which is especially useful for a first time user like me!
Once uploaded, adding photos was easy with a ‘drag and drop’ system plus there were boxes for adding text which could be customised by font and size. If you’re creative, you could make this look really unique. Helpful hints do crop up along the way – which is great if you’re not sure of the image resolution or size. The warning triangle will let you know if the image isn’t of good quality enough to make a good print so be prepared for some swapping and changing. Pages could also be customised at the click of a button giving me the option to go for one large image and lots of text or several smaller images with text in different placements around the page. Some of the options give a lot of space for text so you could probably write a mini essay if you want to record your memories of a particular day or moment and the pages that give you the option for lots of smaller images works well if you have a lot of photos with lower resolutions.
I’d recommend giving yourself a couple of hours to complete this project – or maybe even a whole day! – as it is quite time consuming with all the choices on top of collating the images and it certainly isn’t something to be rushed especially if you’re collating your wedding photos. However, you can save and come back to it later – something which I did.
I’m still in the process of creating mine – the amount of options means I keep changing my mind and I’m still searching for photos that I know I want included. All in all though, I found the software really easy to use and I can’t wait to receive my photo book!