Quick Tips for Making Digital Photo Books

Quick Tips for Making Digital Photo Books


If you are interested in preserving family memories, there is no better way to do that than with a digital photo book.  In the old days, you used to have to keep photographs in boxes or take the time to arrange them in scrapbooks and albums, but today you can do all the organization in a fraction of the time on your computer.  Here are some quick tips for making digital photo books.


Preserve Your Favorite Memories:


Start by creating photo books using older family pictures.  You can scan them right into your computer.  Then simply use the software provided by the print company to organize the photos on each page.  A few quick menu selections can allow you to create custom borders and backgrounds for each image.  You can also add names, dates, and captions to the images.  So, your descendants for years to come will each know where the picture was taken, when it was taken, and who was in it.


Preserving your favorite memories in such a way is good for many reasons.  First, it can save space.  Since all the images will be computerized, you won't need to keep boxes and bags of loose photographs all over your house.  Second, it can preserve the images themselves and protect them from water, fire, and general wear.  Third, it can keep them organized and available to all members of your family to be printed out as each person needs or wants them.  You can even pull various images to create new digital photo books for certain special occasions, such as birthdays or anniversaries.


Have a Theme in Mind:

Whether you are creating a digital photo book using older or newer photographs, you should have a theme in mind.  That way you can create and print a book that looks organized and professional.  Here are some themes to consider:


  • Anniversaries
  • Birthdays
  • Graduations
  • Pets
  • Recipes
  • Trips/Vacations
  • Seasons
  • Photos from a Particular Year


Thin Out Your Pictures:


When you think you have a good theme in mind, it's time to thin out your pictures.  You can store as many as you want on the computer, but you don't need to include hundreds of pictures in a particular photo book.  It's best to just choose those pictures that really capture the moment.  Follow these guidelines for the best results:


  • Don't include two images that are identical or two similar.
  • Don't include images that are out of focus.
  • Don't include images that don't fit the theme.


Use Sub-Themes:


You can also try creating a sub-theme on each page.  For example, if the them of the photo book is “Family Reunion,” you can devote one page to each family member and another page to general highlights from the day.


Caption Everything:


Finally, keep in mind that digital photo books are always better when each photo includes a caption.  Captions can include names, places, and dates.  They can also include jokes, witty remarks, descriptions of what is going on in the picture, and more.  It's entirely up to you.  So, let your creativity flow onto each page.


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