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Jan 2014 30

Well, it’s official 2013 is no more, hello to 2014.  What better way to remember 2013 than to make a family year photo book? Sound daunting going through all of those images? It doesn’t have to be at all when you have a plan. We asked Adoramapix member Jennie Canzoneri on how to make the Family Yearbook.

The Perfect Family Yearbook

When you hear “yearbook,” you likely think of the book you passed around to all your high school friends, watching it get filled with promises to “stay in touch” and “be friends forever.”

Thanks to AdoramaPix (and all those ridiculous high school memories), I’m reclaiming the word “yearbook” to mean a photo book filled with memories from any given year. Something to proudly display now instead of something to gather dust in my attic forever.

 

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A few years ago, I set out to make a photo book to remember the previous year, and I wanted to pick the perfect photo website. I wanted ease of use but, more importantly, I wanted a quality book I could look at with fondness for years to come. A book I could pass along to my son one day, too, since we started this family yearbook tradition when he was barely two years old. These would become the books of his life.

I found AdoramaPix through a Pinterest search, and I spent the next few days (okay, maybe weeks, I’m a bit of a perfectionist!) putting my first book together. Now that I have three of these books under my belt, I have some tips to help you put together a yearbook you’ll love, as well.

  • Organize your photos as you upload them to your computer! Thankfully, iPhoto does this for me, but I take it a step further and flag (and try to edit in real time) every photo that I think may end up in the yearbook, so that when it’s time to upload to AdoramaPix, I’m uploading from one folder and not a dozen different places.

  • I make a list of the events I want to highlight. I usually include birthdays, vacations, holidays, and special occasions, but I also try to fill in a few extra “general” pages: a page dedicated to the friends that made our year special, my son’s first few soccer seasons, etc. Writing this list before I start my yearbook helps ensure I don’t forget any important events and that my book’s in the order I want it.

  • This is probably the most important one, but pick up your camera throughout the year! Because of these yearbooks, I leave the house with my camera more often. Not just my phone’s camera, which we’re all a little too dependent on these days, am I right? But my other, fancier cameras too. Camera photos work just fine in the AdraoamaPix books, I should say, but I like to add more “professional” photos, as well.

Once you have all your photos uploaded to AdromaPix, and you begin laying out your yearbook, I suggest you make it as unique as possible. Change the spreads around, add fun graphics, adjust photo sizes, and make the fonts what you want them to be. The default yearbook is awesome, and if you’re stretched thin, it’ll make a fabulous book. But when I get my book in my hands, it feels that much more special because of how unique I’ve made it.

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I’ve introduced a ton of family traditions over the years (breakfast for dinner on Christmas Eve, a huge brunch on Easter morning, lighting Chinese lanterns on birthdays) but our family yearbook through AdroamaPix is easily one of my favorites.

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Thanks to member Jennie Canzoneri for her help on how to create the family yearbook.

Feb 2014 06

Each week we like to give you tips and ideas on photo books and our PixPublisher software. We thought we’d start with the basics. If you’ve never used our PixPublisher to design a photo book before, it’s easy.  Here is part one to introduce you to the basics.

Feb 2014 13

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This is the time of year when typically there are a lot of marriage proposals. With the excitement of being engaged, comes many milestones in your relationship. Today’s post focuses on some clever ideas on making an engagement photo book with our PixPublisher.

Instead of just putting together a guest book of your engagement pictures, why not think outside the box a bit. For instance, I’m sure you have a story as to how you and your fiance’ first met.  In most cases, the stories are quite different between the two perspectives. So why not put a page in your photo book that includes the story of how you met? It will be great to get both sides of the story and your guests will love to read it.

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Along these same lines, you can also include:

* Your Proposal Story

*Your First Trip Together

*Your First Date

When I photograph couples, I often ask them to take me somewhere that is special to them a cafe’ , a park, a movie theater. Anything that will reflect this great period in your life.

Not only are the words images important to your engagement book, but so are the outfits you have chosen. With our PixPublisher,  it’s easy to customize the photo book to your colors. I took our guest book template and changed it from a black bar to a brown bar. If you take a look at the red arrow, you’ll see where I did a color pick from her boot. I picked the darkest color to anchor the photo book and have it coordinate.

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These are just a few ideas to jazz up your engagement photo book. I hope these small tips will help you on your way to making a photo book that is a true reflection of your engagement.

- Written by Libby for Adoramapix

Mar 2014 27

Each week we like to inspire members to create new and unique photo books. This week, we would like to suggest making a personalized ABC photo book for your child.

Children love to look at photos of themselves, their family and their world. As your child learns their ABC’s wouldn’t it be wonderful to have them learn through their own experiences?

For example, why not showcase the family pet?

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When designing the ABC photo book, it’s best to isolate the letter and make it big. Then with a different font color spell out the word. You can even color match the items in your picture to the letters. For example, I chose the baby’s eye color for the color of “H”.

 

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When designing,  use their  emotions you have captured throughout the book.Or maybe you would like to showcase them when they were just newborns – feel free to pull images throughout their little lives. There is no right or wrong way to build your alphabet. Just be creative and use images from their world and what they are familiar with to help in their learning.

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The ABC personalized photo book is a great way for your littles ones to learn  not only about the alphabet but about their world. The smaller photo books we have like the 8×8, 6×6, 6×4.5 or even the 12×6 are perfect for little hands.

- Written by Libby for Adoramapix

 

Jul 2014 03

Each Thursday, we carve out a little niche in the internet world on our blog to talk about all things photo book related. This week we have something special with a change in our Pix Publisher software.

GLOBAL CHANGES

Hold on to your hats, we’ve added a long awaited change to our pixpublisher editor – the ability to make changes to your entire photo book at once. In other words, if you wanted to make a change such as replacing all text in your photo book from Arial in black to Times New Roman in red, you can now do so with a single mouseclick.

Why is this a big deal? Well, let’s say you’re making a wedding album and you like one of the wedding templates we offer, but the colors used in the template don’t match your wedding colors. Using the old method, you had to go through the whole book clicking on every piece of text, every background, every sticker, changing them appropriately. Now you can change the whole book in moments. Here’s how it works.

 COPY SETTINGS

The first way to do it is using the new Apply to All option. This works like a copy/paste to your entire book. In other words, change your object to the settings you like, then click Apply to All and every other object of the same type in your book will be changed to the same settings.

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

Be aware, this will change all instances of that type of object to the exact same settings, which can sometimes have unexpected results. For example, say you had a black and white themed wedding template and you select some black Arial 22pt text and change the font to Carla Thin and click Apply to All. You may be surprised by the following results:

1.       Even though you only changed the font, all the settings were copied. Thus, if your photo book has some black pages with white text on them, the white text will also get changed to black, making it essentially invisible against the black background.

2.       If some of the text in your book is a different size – such as a larger point size on the cover title, and smaller point sizes along the spine and in paragraphs of text, all of those will get changed to 22 point as well

So, be careful when using the Apply to All because it does in fact copy all the settings from the selected object and applies them indiscriminately to all the similar objects in your book.

So what happens if you want to change a font without changing the colors or size throughout your book? That’s where the global settings menu comes in.

Along the left edge of your screen you’ll see a vertical row of tabs. Click the bottom one marked Settings. On the panel that opens you’ll see three categories:

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a)      Text

b)      Photos

c)       Stickers

These options will allow you to make changes to those types of elements throughout your photo book.

For example, if you would like to change just the font throughout your photo book without changing any of the other settings, you can do so here.

When you apply a change in the global settings menu, only the specific setting you change is applied.

We hope you enjoy this latest change. It should save you a lot of time when making sweeping changes to your Adoramapix  photo books and it certainly makes it a lot quicker to modify our templates to match your personal vision.

 

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