Use Bridge or Lightroom, etc
Edit out poor quality – be tough!
Look for series of images that tell a story
Delete duplicates, unless a series
Get a feeling for how large your book will be by counting up the photos
Add pages for cover, contents, end
Consider how many photos will be DPS
Consider how many pages will have two, three or more photos
Should you edit more tightly or loosely?
Less is more!
Look for natural themes – time, location, subject
Determine the rough order of photos, group by group and within group
A grid of boxes, each box representing a page
Don’t forget covers – FC, IFC, IBC and OBC
Check if pages have to be in multiples of 2, 4, 8 or 12 (usually two for photo books)
Open each image in Photoshop/Elements/Lightroom and refine
I like to view at 50% on screen
Title with sub-title?
Include author / photographer?
Cover can set the tone of the book
Full bleed or on colour background
Hard cover, soft cover, dust jacket?
Cover design can change
Body copy (article, story etc)?
Confirm design of text elements
Acknowledgements and Contacts
Use software of choice
Do a quick design first
Get a feeling for the flow of photos and ideas
Adjust pages if required
Allow pages for copy, space for captions
Is balance, space, importance right?
Have you allowed for bleed?
Are spaces between all photos and edges even?
Are all keylines and effects consistent?
Has all copy been proofread?
Are all photos of sufficient quality for size of reproduction?
Are all photos in correct colour space?
Put book away for a couple of days and look at again with fresh eyes…
Ready for production of files for printing.
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