Images for the Book
1. Choose a theme and title for the book
2. Select images to appear in the book. A book may consist of up to 50
pages displaying from
1 to 4 images per page.
A. Choose appropriate subject matter, relevant to theme.
B. Acceptable image quality (sharpness, color, etc.).
This is extremely important. Do not try to save money, time or energy
on this. Images of your work
can actually sell them. If you must photograph your works yourself, DO
NOT use a flash. Photograph
midmorning with a 100ASA to 400ASA film or digital camera. You can fashion
your own reflectors
if needed. USE A TRIPOD! Borrow one if necessary.This will affect the
sharpness and detail of the image.
I have listed the name of a Fine Art Photographer in the Miami area on
the last page of this tutorial. It is
a good idea
to get several people together to hire a photographer at the same time
in order to negotiate
a better price.
C. Write titles and text. to accompany images. Copy should be brief
but descriptive and include:
*4. Date work completed
*3. Digitize images-
**A. Digital camera or card reader
***1. capable of 1.92 million pixels per image- fine setting
**B. Scan images- total pixels: 1.92 million pixels, RGB
***1.Scan at max optical rez of scanner
***(Kinkos) see Resources (last page)
***2. Scan artwork or object directly if size permits. This provides more
detail than a photograph.
**C. Photo CD
**Kodak photofinishing (Eckerds), web photofinishing or scanned
images on a burned CD.
**A. Save as TIFF, 4 x 3 ratio, (min 400 dpi @ 4 x 3) approx.
1.92 million pixels,
(1600 x 1200 @ 4 x 3)
RGB, no B&W no CMYK.
Edit for cropping, color correction. brightness,etc.
***1. Adobe Photoshop- professional image editing program
****a. adjust levels ( command L)
****b. Correct color balance
****c. fine tune- burn, dodge, remove imperfections, etc.
****d. resize to final print size
****e. reduce photo to size
*****a. in iPhoto image editing, sometimes the only way to achieve a.
4:3 ratio is by cropping and
losing some of the image. In Photoshop, it is possible to keep
the image at its original size and using
layers create a white layer in the background by specifying t he canvas
size in a 4:3 ratio with the largest
side of the original image the same size as the corresponding side of
the canvas. then the image is flattened.
In effect, the image contains areas that will print as white and appear
to be a part of the border of the page.
***2. Other image editing programs that allow resizing, changes in resolution,
tiff file types and image
retouching may be used.
***3. iPhoto- editing limited to rotating, cropping, brightness-contrast
****a. select image by clicking on it
****b. select edit
*****1. select rotate, cropping, or brightness contrast as desired
******a.to rotate, select image, then click rotate button on lower left
of screen until image is in desired
position. Image will not crop in vertical position when constrained to
4:3 ratio, so rotate image to horizontal
to crop, after dragging cursor to crop selected area, click crop button,
then rotate to desired position.
******b. to crop within the 4 x 3 ratio, click with the cursor on the
image and drag.The remaining area will
be within a 4:3 ratio.
the Images into iPhoto
*1. Download & install iPhoto from http://apple.com/iphoto ( requires
Mac OS X).
PC users can publish a book at: www.mypublisher.com
**A. After the selected images have been edited and prepared for publishing,
import them into the iPhoto
library. Images must be in the file library to be included in an album,
then published as a book. It will save
time and effort if you import images into the library in the order that
you want t hem t o appear in your
album/book although you will be able to change the order later. iPhoto
will store up to 1000 images at
a time. If you have more than 1000 images, it is suggested that you save
them to a file, a backup zip disk
or CD. It is a good practice to backup images even while they are stored
When images from the library are included into an album, duplicate images
are created, using storage
memory, so act accordingly. When an image is edited in the library, all
the changes will also be applied
to the same image in albums,including cropping, and renaming.
***1. to import images using a digiital camera, click on import from the
bottom panel of the iPhoto window.
***2. to import images from a file ( saved scan or image), click import
form the File menu at the top
of the screen.
***3. the slider button between two silhouettes of heads,just below the
photo library of images provides
a method to adjust the size that your images will be displayed.Adding
Titles to your Images
Simple titles or descriptions can be added by clicking organize to show
titles,then putting a checkmark
in the Titles box in the lower right corner of the screen. Click on the
i button to display the title and size
of an image file. Type the title in the appropriate field. Uncheck the
Titles box to hide titles in the photo
library. More lengthy descriptions can be added later while organizing
the book.Creating an Album of
Images to be Included in a Book
album of images must be created to publish a book.
***1. Create an album by choosing File, New Album from the menu at the
top of the screen, or click
on the + button at t he bottom of the vertical panel on the left side
of the screen. Enter a name for the
album in the pop up window, click okay.
***2. The album folder and name will appear in the left-hand vertical
panel of the window. To add
images to the album, drag them from the library to the album
folder, or click on the photo in the library to select it, then click
on the import button on the lower horizontal
button panel of the window.
***3. To check if images are 4:3 ratio, click edit, on the constraint
button, choose 4 x 3, DVD. To crop
resulting in a 4 x 3 ratio, click with the cursor on the image and drag.The
remaining area will be within a
4:3 ratio. to undo, press control z.
***4. To change the order of images in an album, drag the images into
the desired position.
Preparing the Book
****1. Select the name of the album in the left side vertical panel
****2. Click the book button on the horizontal button panel on the bottom
of the window
****3. On the bottom panel of the window, select:
*****A. a theme (book style)
******2. story book
I have selected portfolio for the purposes of this project, but you can
click on each style and see
how your images will look, choosing the one that you prefer.
*****B. Click show guides, comments,titles, and page numbers
*****C. On the panel showing thumbnails of the pages, choose the first
page then under page design,
choose: Cover. This will be the cover of your book. Click in the guidelines
area then type a title.
Click in the box under it to type a second line of text.
To enlarge the view of the text , click on it, then move th e size slider.
To increase the size of the text, choose Edit, then font from the menu
at the top of the screen. You will
then be able to choose a font, style, and a size for the selected text.
Click on the extras button to select
a color or to buy fonts to add to the current available choices.
If you are happy with the appearance of this page which in this case is
the cover, click lock,( the printed
cover label is approx. 6 7/8" w x 6 3/8" h). Next click
on the second thumbnail , which is page 1.
If you want this to contain text,go to page design then click on introduction
and type in the text
in the same manner in which the cover text was entered. If you want this
page to display
an image or images, click on the number of images that you wish to be
on the page. Type any text in the appropriate fields. The fonts that were
selected on the first page or
cover for Titles and Body text will be consistent throughout the book.
Lock pages once you are certain
they are completed. You may unlock them, changing order of images, pages,
and number of pages at any time.
To change the order of pages, while keeping the layout the same, simply
drag a page to the desired position.
To change the font, size, color, or text, click font under the Edit Menu
at the top of t he screen.
If you see yellow triangles on your photos, this is a warning that the
images do not have adequate resolution
for the size image that you have chosen. This may result in the printing
of poor quality images if not corrected.
You may choose to increase the number of images on the page reducing the
size of t he image, or you may
return to your image editing program and increase the resolution. Try
to use an image that consist of about
2.2 million pixels. I have had to increase a 4 x 3 image to
720 dpi at times to get satisfactory resolution.
If you are editing your image in a separate program, you will need to
import the new edited image into the
library and album, then once you are certain it will work, delete the
unsatisfactory image from the album and
the library.Deleting an image from the library also deletes the image
from any albums in which it appears.
To delete an image from the library and albums, select the photo in the
library, then hit the delete key.
To remove an image from an album only, in the album , click organize,
select the image,then hit the delete key.
Select a page, then Click preview to open that page in its own window.
Once your book is complete, it is ready to be published. Click the share
button on the horizontal button bar
at the bottom of the window. You will be connected to the Apple computer
site, where you will be asked if
you want to continue. Click yes:an order page will appear stating the
number of pages in your book .
A description of the book having 9 x 11 1/4 acid free glossy
paper and a linen cover will appear.
( Acutal published book cover measures 11 1/2" x 8 3/4", pages
are 10 3/4" x 8 1/2 ").
Next will be asked to select the cover color of your choice:
*3. light gray
Select the desired quantity.
Then the costs will be provided: The first 10 pages, (9 pages plus cover)
Extra pages are $3.00 per additional page.Tax varies according to final
invoice, but is around $2.00,
and shipping is about $7.99 for the 10 page book. My invoice was $43.99
in total for an 11 page book.
I received my books in 4 working days.
You will need a credit card to order. Apple offers secure credit card
ordering. you will receive a
confirmation of your order by e-mail.
You may also print your own iPhoto book as a proof or on quality paper
as a portfolio. To save your book
as a PDF file, click Print, then Preview. A preview of the pages as they
will print will appear. Go to File,
Click Save as PDF. Your book is then available to print on your own printer.
This service offers a way to print an elegant professionally bound portfolio
for those who cannot afford or
have no need to publish in quantity. The colors of the images are not
perfectly true, and the design/layout
choices are limited, but other than those two drawbacks, I am impressed
with this product and service.
for Preparation and Ordering of a Professionally Bound Book from Apple
by Aleta Todisco
provide the service of digitizing 12 images, editing the images to meet
the requirements of printing an
iPhoto book, and completing the ordering process for the price of $120
for my services, added to the costs
of the book(s). Additional images may be scanned and edited for $5.00
per image. This amount must be
paid in advance. A printed proof of the book will be provided for approval
before your order is submitted.
The book will be shipped to an address of your specification. Please allow
two weeks for preparation
of the book.
Contact me for additional information.(E-mail at bottom of this
( I am
in no way affiliated with or endorsed by
Art Photographer: Tim McAfee call for appointment & pricing
City Light Studio (please mention that Aleta Todisco referred you!)
2244 NW 79 St.
Hialeah, Fl. 33016
photographer for bio:
West Palm Beach (she will come to Miami especially for more than one person)
Kinko's Copy Center
Various locations in Miami & US
I was given an estimated price of $50 for 10 4" x 3" images
saved on a CD.
www.ofoto.com (Kodak online) offers processing on a CD and images on the
web, but it is doubtful whether the resolution is high enough for the
purpose of publishing a book.
Eckerd's and other photo processing counters offer to sell you a CD of
your images but:
Remember to ask about the resolution of the images before ordering processing
or images on a CD. You will need an image of approx. 2 million pixels
for this purpose.
Download iPhoto at : http://apple.com/iphoto or www.apple.com
PC Users may use an alternative service at: www.mypublisher.com
last updated Mar, 2003
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