Part 1: Making Photo Books for Fun & Profit Tim Zebo Cell: 732-757-8353 [email_address] http://twitter.com/jerseyguy © 200...
The “Problem” <ul><li>Two external hard drives with ~14,000 digital photos (10 yrs of family snapshots, hiking & biking va...
With one exception, Laziness prevailed… (image from: http://taddietales.blogspot.com/2008/05/peaceful-giant.html) until….
Steve Miller’s email: “Seeking BCUG reviewer of…” Unibind PhotoBook Creator Kit
Unibind Photo Book Experiments <ul><li>Features </li></ul><ul><li>Binding machine </li></ul><ul><li>“ Free” download: MyPh...
Review in BCUG Newsletter (Feb. 2009)
Photo Book-Making Products… <ul><li>Unibind MyPhotoBooks </li></ul><ul><li>FotoFusion Extreme </li></ul><ul><li>Inkubook <...
Digital “Scrapbooking” Pages: Gifts (+), Photo Yearbooks (-) (created by “Scrapbooking Fotofusion” Yahoo Group member: Ell...
Photo Yearbook Page(?) (Picasa “Collage”)
Photo Book-Making Products: Page Options <ul><li>Fun & Games </li></ul>Landscape  Page  Template  (Frames: 1P,1L) Frames L...
(My) Ideal Photo Book-Making Product <ul><li>Either local or web-based book creation software </li></ul><ul><li>Auto page ...
Photo Book Products:  Preliminary Test Results   <ul><li>Unibind MyPhotoBooks </li></ul><ul><li>FotoFusion Extreme </li></...
<ul><li>“Worth a Look” </li></ul>Pages  Price 0 – 20  $25 21 – 40  $31 41 – 80  $37 81 – 120  $44 <ul><li>auto-layout only...
<ul><li>“It’s Complicated” </li></ul><ul><li>change frame size by dragging a new template onto page (cumbersome if only wa...
“ It’s Complicated” Cont’d… e.g., Shutterfly & Blurb “ Order 10 books: take 30% off” 40 Pgs., $25 66 Pgs., $255
Making (and/or Designing) Photo Books for Profit  ISBN #’s ?
Options from the World of Print on Demand (POD)
“ Solutions” (?) (…a work in progress!) <ul><li>Gifts & “Memory Books”:   Inkubook </li></ul><ul><li>Family Photo Yearbook...
Part 2: Learning more about    Photography, Photoshop &    Photo Books using  iGoogle ,    Meehive ,  Facebook , Twitter  ...
iGoogle “gadgets”:  A “Personalized Browser Home Page”
MeeHive: A “Personalized Newspaper”
FaceBook Photography Groups
FaceBook Photographers
FaceBook: Software Marketing & (Design!)
Twitter & 140-Character Tweets  (Who are you following?)
Using TweetDeck “Search”
Twitter StreamGraphs
Selling a “Coaching Kids’ Soccer” Photo Book?
Selling a “Coaching Kids’ Soccer” Photo Book?
iLeonardo: A “Personalized Web Library”
Q&A & Discussion Topics <ul><li>Work together to keep up with changing technology? Start a Graphics Group iLeonardo Librar...
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  • Buy Album Cover; Create Locally; Print Locally; Bind Locally No access issues; no wait for delivery issues First test creating a photo album: “Thanksgiving – 2008”. We had lots of out-of-town family visiting for Thanksgiving last year. So after culling out images with poor lighting, focus, etc., I ended up with 171 digital photos to save as memories of special holiday. DigiLabs Page Layout Software The DigiLabs page layout software (Build 3.3.4) offers three ways to make a new album from digital files: “Create New Book”, “Fast Track” or “Open Saved Book”. With 171 photos to import, I picked Fast Track, and was amazed to see a 58-page album automatically designed, and ready for printing and binding, in about 2.5 minutes! Areas for improvement… While there is much to like about this kit, the page layout software needs improving so manual operations run faster and smarter: It took only 2.5 minutes to automatically create a 58-page album with 171 pictures. But, it also took 10 secs. to manually move from Page 10 to Page 25! Mysteriously, this simple operation consumed about 95% of CPU cycles during that time! When the “Distribute Pictures” command inserts pictures into page frames, it does so blindly. Portrait-format pictures are placed into landscape frames, and vice versa. This results in needlessly chopped-off heads and missing left &amp; right image edges. Manual editing is time-consuming because there are no “global” album commands. A “maximize frame sizes” command would be a great way to reduce wasted space in Fast Track albums without the tedious page-by-page editing that’s now required for this.
  • Makingphotobooks

    1. 1. Part 1: Making Photo Books for Fun & Profit Tim Zebo Cell: 732-757-8353 [email_address] http://twitter.com/jerseyguy © 2009 Tim Zebo. All rights reserved.
    2. 2. The “Problem” <ul><li>Two external hard drives with ~14,000 digital photos (10 yrs of family snapshots, hiking & biking vacations, weddings, new grandchildren, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Will also scan & add many pre-digital prints from parents’ albums </li></ul><ul><li>Many files previously shared using Shutterfly.com, Picasa.com, digital picture frames, PC slide shows…but…” there’s nothing like a book ” </li></ul>“ Best” way to make printed Photo Books? <ul><li>Gifts & “Memory Books” for special occasions </li></ul><ul><li>Photo “Yearbooks” </li></ul><ul><li>Self-publish books for profit </li></ul>
    3. 3. With one exception, Laziness prevailed… (image from: http://taddietales.blogspot.com/2008/05/peaceful-giant.html) until….
    4. 4. Steve Miller’s email: “Seeking BCUG reviewer of…” Unibind PhotoBook Creator Kit
    5. 5. Unibind Photo Book Experiments <ul><li>Features </li></ul><ul><li>Binding machine </li></ul><ul><li>“ Free” download: MyPhotoBooks software </li></ul><ul><li>Buy Photo Book cover; create, print & bind Photo Book locally </li></ul><ul><li>No web access & photo upload issues; no waiting for delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Test 1: </li></ul><ul><li>“ 2008 Thanksgiving” - 171 digital photos (jpgs) </li></ul><ul><li>What’s not to like… </li></ul><ul><li>Auto-layout software: 171 photos==>29-page book (58 sides); designed & ready for printing and binding in 2.5 minutes! </li></ul><ul><li>“ But” (areas for improvement)… </li></ul><ul><li>Moving from Page 10 to Page 25 took 10 secs. & consumed 95% of CPU cycles! </li></ul><ul><li>“ Distribute Pictures” resulted in chopped heads & missing edges (Portrait pictures are placed into landscape frames, and vice versa. </li></ul><ul><li>No “global” multi-page commands. </li></ul><ul><li>Tedious page-by-page editing to fill page real estate </li></ul><ul><li>“ Printer Out of Memory” Error (Blame printer or ???) </li></ul><ul><li>Test 2: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Drawings by Olivia” art book – potential for very cool mix of printed & “other” pages </li></ul>
    6. 6. Review in BCUG Newsletter (Feb. 2009)
    7. 7. Photo Book-Making Products… <ul><li>Unibind MyPhotoBooks </li></ul><ul><li>FotoFusion Extreme </li></ul><ul><li>Inkubook </li></ul><ul><li>Smilebox </li></ul><ul><li>Blurb </li></ul><ul><li>Picaboo </li></ul><ul><li>Viovio </li></ul><ul><li>Photoshop Elements Album </li></ul><ul><li>Kubota AutoAlbum </li></ul><ul><li>Kodak </li></ul><ul><li>SnapFish </li></ul><ul><li>RocketLife </li></ul><ul><li>Shutterfly </li></ul><ul><li>CVS </li></ul><ul><li>etc. </li></ul><ul><li>etc. </li></ul><ul><li>etc.! </li></ul>
    8. 8. Digital “Scrapbooking” Pages: Gifts (+), Photo Yearbooks (-) (created by “Scrapbooking Fotofusion” Yahoo Group member: Ellen Blake)
    9. 9. Photo Yearbook Page(?) (Picasa “Collage”)
    10. 10. Photo Book-Making Products: Page Options <ul><li>Fun & Games </li></ul>Landscape Page Template (Frames: 1P,1L) Frames Landscape Image Theme Auto-layout Portrait Image Page 9 Reserved for binding Caption Andy the Magician Page # One “Side”, or ??? Background Color Page Title Shadow Matte
    11. 11. (My) Ideal Photo Book-Making Product <ul><li>Either local or web-based book creation software </li></ul><ul><li>Auto page layout with auto-recognition of portrait or landscape frames (no chopped heads or missing edges) </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal post-auto-layout manual editing </li></ul><ul><li>Highly efficient page layout (lots of photos per page) </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to sequence layout by: file name, creation date, random or priority </li></ul><ul><li>Fast response when editing or reviewing </li></ul><ul><li>Page background options include “none” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Good-enough” color print quality </li></ul><ul><li>If local, support for full-duplex page printing </li></ul><ul><li>If web-based, print & ship book in 7 business days </li></ul><ul><li>Reasonably priced </li></ul>
    12. 12. Photo Book Products: Preliminary Test Results <ul><li>Unibind MyPhotoBooks </li></ul><ul><li>FotoFusion Extreme </li></ul><ul><li>Inkubook </li></ul><ul><li>Smilebox </li></ul><ul><li>Blurb </li></ul><ul><li>Picaboo </li></ul><ul><li>Viovio </li></ul><ul><li>Photoshop Elements Album </li></ul><ul><li>Kubota AutoAlbum </li></ul><ul><li>Kodak </li></ul><ul><li>SnapFish </li></ul><ul><li>RocketLife </li></ul><ul><li>Shutterfly </li></ul><ul><li>CVS </li></ul><ul><li>Etc., etc. etc.! </li></ul><ul><li>Legend: </li></ul><ul><li>Worth a look </li></ul><ul><li>“ It’s complicated” </li></ul><ul><li>No direct experience yet </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>“Worth a Look” </li></ul>Pages Price 0 – 20 $25 21 – 40 $31 41 – 80 $37 81 – 120 $44 <ul><li>auto-layout only available for landscape pages (as of 3/31/09) </li></ul><ul><li>if pick theme=holiday, there’s nothing for Thanksgiving </li></ul><ul><li>auto-layout, needs 50-100 photos for best results </li></ul><ul><li>slow response during editing </li></ul><ul><li>“ Free” SW download (MS Silverlight 2) </li></ul><ul><li>nice GUI </li></ul><ul><li>great quality output </li></ul>Inkubook http://inkubook.com/ “ It depends”: -$10 book cover + local per-page print costs, Or ??? <ul><li>2 sec frame select lag during editing </li></ul><ul><li>one-time purchase is pricey ($300) </li></ul><ul><li>fast auto-layout </li></ul><ul><li>very efficient: many pics per page </li></ul><ul><li>very flexible: edit pics, frames, text, backgrounds, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>can output album as pdf </li></ul><ul><li>auto full-duplex printing </li></ul><ul><li>blank backgrounds o.k. </li></ul>FotoFusion Extreme (software only) ver. 4.0 $10/book cover + local per-page print costs <ul><li>very slow moving page-to-page </li></ul><ul><li>no “global” editing commands </li></ul><ul><li>can’t add text to album cover </li></ul><ul><li>“ Free” SW download (web independent) </li></ul><ul><li>fast auto-layout: 171 jpgs, 29 pages, 2.5 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>- book pages can include non-computer Printouts </li></ul>Unibind MyPhotoBooks Ver. 3.3.4 Price per Book (hardbound;11x8.5) Minuses Pluses Product
    14. 14. <ul><li>“It’s Complicated” </li></ul><ul><li>change frame size by dragging a new template onto page (cumbersome if only want to change size of one frame) </li></ul>SnapFish snapfish.com <ul><li>one pic per page during initial auto-layout; then must manually edit </li></ul><ul><li>drag one photo at a time onto a page of multiple frames </li></ul>Kodak kodakgallery.com <ul><li>can’t use Firefox 3.0.3 (only Firefox 2 or IEX) </li></ul><ul><li>design each page in Photoshop and save as jpgs with preset template sizes </li></ul><ul><li>Must manually insert each pic into its frame - many clicks, very tedious </li></ul><ul><li>very cumbersome to exchange pics between two frames </li></ul><ul><li>may need to manually crop pic to fit frame BUT: FABULOUS BOOK QUALITY! </li></ul>Kubota AutoAlbum http://asukabook.com <ul><li>auto-layout chops heads & faces; no match of frames to fit image aspect ratio – must be done manually </li></ul><ul><li>slow auto-layout: 56 jpgs; 20 pages; 5 min. </li></ul><ul><li>hidden commands (right click moves pic in frame) </li></ul><ul><li>search help never found </li></ul><ul><li>dumb auto-layout: no pic/page ratio control; preset # of frames on pages templates (e.g., created 20 pages for 56 images but left 10 frames on last two pages empty (must be corrected manually) </li></ul>Photoshop Elements Album <ul><li>select & upload 10 pics at-a-time </li></ul><ul><li>cannot see contents of any books in on-line store </li></ul>Viovio viovio.com <ul><li>auto-layout chops heads & faces; no match of frames to fit image aspect ratio – must be done manually </li></ul><ul><li>4 arrows for moving pic in frame </li></ul><ul><li>slow when moving pic in frame </li></ul><ul><li>long delay getting price after click “buy” </li></ul>Picaboo <ul><li>installs process in system tray that attempts web access when PC is booted </li></ul><ul><li>auto-layout chops heads & faces; no match of frames to fit image aspect ratio – must be done manually </li></ul><ul><li>mouse over each album design to see how many photos it holds </li></ul><ul><li>most album designs hold less than 24 pics & have a fixed number of pages – often < 10 </li></ul><ul><li>auto-populate sometimes doesn’t work; then must manually insert each pic </li></ul><ul><li>no global page design commands – e.g., must manually remove a “text” frame from a page, one page at a time </li></ul><ul><li>can’t add more pages than is the current max for that book design </li></ul>Smilebox smilebox.com Preliminary Results Product
    15. 15. “ It’s Complicated” Cont’d… e.g., Shutterfly & Blurb “ Order 10 books: take 30% off” 40 Pgs., $25 66 Pgs., $255
    16. 16. Making (and/or Designing) Photo Books for Profit ISBN #’s ?
    17. 17. Options from the World of Print on Demand (POD)
    18. 18. “ Solutions” (?) (…a work in progress!) <ul><li>Gifts & “Memory Books”: Inkubook </li></ul><ul><li>Family Photo Yearbooks: FotoFusion </li></ul><ul><li>Designing and/or Making Books for Profit: TBD </li></ul>
    19. 19. Part 2: Learning more about Photography, Photoshop & Photo Books using iGoogle , Meehive , Facebook , Twitter & iLeonardo Tim Zebo Cell: 732-757-8353 tzebo@usa.net http://twitter.com/jerseyguy © 2009 Tim Zebo. All rights reserved.
    20. 20. iGoogle “gadgets”: A “Personalized Browser Home Page”
    21. 21. MeeHive: A “Personalized Newspaper”
    22. 22. FaceBook Photography Groups
    23. 23. FaceBook Photographers
    24. 24. FaceBook: Software Marketing & (Design!)
    25. 25. Twitter & 140-Character Tweets (Who are you following?)
    26. 26. Using TweetDeck “Search”
    27. 27. Twitter StreamGraphs
    28. 28. Selling a “Coaching Kids’ Soccer” Photo Book?
    29. 29. Selling a “Coaching Kids’ Soccer” Photo Book?
    30. 30. iLeonardo: A “Personalized Web Library”
    31. 31. Q&A & Discussion Topics <ul><li>Work together to keep up with changing technology? Start a Graphics Group iLeonardo Library? </li></ul>(Image from: http://www.snorgtees.com/images/PiBeRational_Thumbnail.gif)

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