Everyone is getting into making digital photo books. But, if you take a look at what's been done (see www.blurb.com and navigate to its bookstore) you'll appreciate that most of it is of a very uninspiring nature. No Photoshopping, no clear editing skills and poor design values. Here are some suggestions for your next book project.
|FREEHAND SCRAPBOOK style|
I don't think this works because there are too many images, too close together and this makes it hard to identify where one image stops and the other starts. A bit too 'messy' for my liking.
|SIMPLIFY YOUR DESIGN|
Another take on the same page - using a nine frame template - but only filling the middle three spaces to create this white space.
|LESS IS MORE|
Here's another take on the hero shot - with complimentary images echoing the topic on the opposite page. Note lots of white space.
|DON'T DO THIS!|
Easy to fall into this trap, adding images and image boxes at random. The result? A dog's dinner design that has no clear purpose and relation to the other images or captions on the page. For best results, simplify your design!
|KEEP it SIMPLE|
Don't fall into the trap of adding more and more images to each page. In fact, you could remove 50% of all pictures and create a far cleaner-looking design
|BIG is BEAUTIFUL|
This DPS uses the same image twice at different positions and at different enlargements. Quite an effective technique for when you have a hot shot that you want to profile.
|BIG is BEAUTIFUL 3|
Flip the page and I have the same shot, but flipped, on the left-hand side for impact with another black-and-white muso shot to echo the mood on the RH page