How to Make a Photobook With Photoshop CS
By Daniel Ketchum
Many people like to share the photos they take with others. One way to do this that also allows you to make a profit from your work is to create a photobook. A photobook is a group of your photos arranged on the pages of a book with descriptive or accompanying text. This photobook can then be loaded onto an on-demand publishing site for sale. You might have thought that you would need to consult with a professional to assemble this book, but if you have access to Adobe Photoshop, you can quickly create a high-quality photobook layout for yourself.
Load the photos that you want to use in your photobook onto your computer. You should transfer them directly from a digital source like a camera or an SD card. Images that are scanned in will probably be of far too low a quality to use in a book. Save all the images to a single folder on your computer.
Sketch out your ideas for each page of your photobook in a sketchbook before you start working in Photoshop. You want to determine the layout for the photos, as well as the text content and where it will be placed.
Open Photoshop. Select "File" and click "New." In the dialog that pops up, make the size what you want for the book pages. Name the document "page 1," change the resolution to 300 and click "OK."
Select "File" from the menu and click "Open." In the dialog that pops up, browse to the first image and open it. Then use the "Copy" and "Paste" functions under "Edit" to place it in the "page 1" document. Repeat this step to add all the pictures for the page.
Select the "Text" tool and use it to add the text you want for the page, placing it where you want it relative to the images. Select "File" and click "Save."
Repeat steps 3 to 5 to create the other pages of your book in sequence.
Select "File," then "Automate" and click "PDF." In the dialog that pops up, select the pages that you want to use in your PDF document. Name the PDF file and save it. You now have a PDF file you can submit to your publisher.
Daniel Ketchum holds a Bachelor of Arts from East Carolina University where he also attended graduate school. Later, he taught history and humanities. Ketchum is experienced in 2D and 3D graphic programs, including Photoshop, Poser and Hexagon and primarily writes on these topics. He is a contributor to sites like Renderosity and Animotions.