Tips for creating a photobook

Here are some tips from Libby Jeffrey of Momento Photobooks via our Zoom meeting on Wednesday 20th May.
The Momento website has lots of ideas and tips on their website at
Make sure you look at this page:

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PURPOSE of the book

  • To preserve
  • To tell a story
  • Showcase photos or skills
  • To educate
  • To entertain
  • As therapy
  • To make money?
  • Chronological (like a paper movie)
  • By subject or theme
  • Similar or contrasting patterns
  • Colour range
  • Humour
American Photobook Design
  • The Americans by Robert Frank
  • Simple, literal + linear
  • Photography is king
  • Design influence is minimal
  • White Space
  • Blank on left, hero on right
  • Reads front to back
Dutch Photobook Design
  • Sean Izzard portfolio
  • Creative + contemporary
  • Photographer + designer collab
  • More poetic, like a paper movie
  • Non-linear sequence
  • Typography and playful form
  • Design and photography are equal
  • Less is more
  • Use only the best
  • Symmetry + white space
  • Hero shots + visual punctuation
  • Text for context

  • There are many photobook printers, some offer regular discounts. Names include Momento, Mimeo (for Mac users via the Photos app), Blurb, Albumworks, Zno, PhotoBook Australia, PhotoBookShop, Vistaprint, Digital Print Australia, Officeworks. Prices and quality vary greatly.
  • If you have not made a photobook before, it is suggested that you make a small book first in order to check the quality. Images can appear somewhat darker when printed, compared to the computer screen, so it may be necessary to adjust curves or brightness a little.
  • Check that the size of your images is suitable for the size book you are making. Images should generally be 300 dpi at the printed size, some software will give you a warning if the print resolution is not sufficient.
  • Your printed book may take several weeks to arrive (especially if printed overseas), so allow plenty of time before the November deadline.
    A few general hints -
    Decide on a theme: 
    family photos, travel journal, fine art photography etc etc.
    Decide on the size and shape:
    Best to choose a smaller size if you have not done a book before as larger books can be quite expensive.
    Organise photos:
    Put the photos you are planning to use in a separate folder so that they will be easy to find when you are selecting photos for each page. You can easily add to the folder if you need more photos for your project. 
    If you are planning a travel journal, you may wish to include quite a lot of text. A good way to do this is to firstly write all the text in a Word document. Word will usually bring to your attention any spelling or formatting errors which your book software may not pick up. Then all you need to do is to copy the section of text and paste it into the text box on a page in your book. You may notice that the font has changed, and you may need to select the text in the book and choose an appropriate font.  If black text looks too “loud” then choose a slightly lighter shade of grey, or another font which has thinner verticals.
Its good to include captions if you are doing a travel book. You may remember where the photo was taken, but others looking at the book may want to know who, what and where? It is guaranteed that over time you are very likely to forget where the photo was taken. One glacier looks just like another…
An Italic type face is good for captions in order to distinguish it from the text area.
For text, it is generally recommended to use regular 10-12point fonts. Eg Century Gothic, Helvetica, Verdana, Times New Roman, Garamond. 
CAPITALS ie Uppercase)  are OK to use in Headings (or consider using a lower case bold font), but whatever you do, DON’T USE CAPITALS FOR BLOCKS OF TEXT – IT  IS HARD TO READ, THE WORDS DO NOT FLOW, THE SPACING IS ALL WRONG AND IT GIVES THE IMPRESSION THAT THE AUTHOR IS “SHOUTING”!
And try and avoid underlining headings and text, its better to use bold or a slightly larger font.
Blurb has a good article on typefaces

Always check the text and captions for spelling and typographical errors.
Make sure the font sizes of the caption or the text are consistent throughout the book.
Remember to include the author’s name (and contact details if you wish.)

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