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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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Makingphotobooks

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Presentation to BCUG Graphics SIG, 4/16/09

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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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