Digital and Physical Photobooks Workshop

On Friday 15th February 2013, our day consisted of two workshops based around photobooks. In our first workshop, we were taught how to create a “Digital Photobook” (which we later decided that the best term to use was a “Digital Publication”) using the Adobe InDesign CS6 software and magcloud.com as the publisher. In our second workshop, we were then taught how to create two types of physical photobooks with different bindings: the Concertina photobook, and the Japanese Stab Binding. Below are the notes that I took from both o the classes along with scanned images of the process or products:

DIGITAL PHOTOBOOKS:

 

  • Adobe InDesign CS6
  • Digital book
    • Might have hyperlink/videos
    • Activate and work in different ways
    • Fluid term – flexible thing
    • Better to say digital publication
    • Take a versatile approach to it
  • Print on demand
    • Blurb.co.uk
    • You and other people can print it
    • Each time they but it, another book is printed
    • Each demand of the book, it is printed and sent – rather than printing many that may not be sold
  • Examples of print on demand publishers
    • Magcloud.com – what we are using today
    • Issuu.com
    • Blurb.co.uk – send you a starter pack with materials and quality
    • Bobbooks.co.uk
  • First thing is to decide on format and ratio
  • Magcloud.com
    • Create – getting started – choose format (today we will use digest as product type)
    • Scroll down and choose InDesign to download software specific instruction package
  • In Design
    • Vector graphics rather than pixel graphics
    • Create a folder that is going to contain all of your images
    • New document
    • More options
    • Intent – Print
    • Number of Pages
    • Facing pages ticked
    • Set page size
    • One column
    • Margins
    • Black line is document
    • Purple line is safe line
    • Red line is bleed line
    • Workspace – Advanced
    • Cmd + or – zooms in or out
    • Pushing and holding the space tool will give you the hand tool
    • 0 fit to screen
    • V – selection tool
    • A – direct selection tool
    • T – type tool
    • F – rectangle frame tool
    • Pages – need to double click to be taken to that page
    • Change view – bottom left tool
  • Placing images
    • Use rectangle frame tool
    • Change size of it depending on photo size
    • V to select then shift to give correct ratio
    • File – Place – select image
    • A to select the image within the frame
    • ‘Bullseye’ in rectangle tool gives temporary access to direct selection tool
  • Text
    • T
    • Draw text box
    • Can change options and settings
    • Type
  • Copy frame box
    • Need to be in selection tool
    • Press and hold alt
    • Drag away and copy the same box – same options and settings
  • Master Pages
    • Common template
    • A-Master – double click
    • Draw a frame or text box or both
    • Go back into main document – all pages have had the master template applied to them
    • To override master template – cmd + shift and click
  • Can place more than one image
    • Cmd key to select all images
    • Then choose where they are to go
    • Click in each area once
  • View
    • Shift + W – full screen (esc to get out of it)
  • Exporting
    • File
    • Adobe PDF Presets
    • Define
    • Load
    • Find file downloaded from magcloud
    • File
    • Adobe PDF Presets
    • Select from list
    • Give it a name
    • Settings
    • Export
  • Magcloud
    • Publish
    • Create publication
    • Choose PDF
    • Create with this PDF
    • Binding
    • Sell or Distribute this Product

Digital Photobook Plan

 Digital Photobook – (workshop task)

PHYSICAL PHOTOBOOKS:

Japanese Stab Binding:

  • Suggest that you print directly on to the paper
  • Dummies – stick photo on paper
  • Print photos single sided then stick together
  • You will need:
    • Front and back covers
    • Pages for book
    • Ruler
    • Pencil
    • One extra sheet as guide sheet
    • Thread (small hole with number 5 pin)/string/ribbon
    • Bone folder or edge of paint brush
    • Push pins
  • What you need to do:
    • Create a series of holes in guide sheet – the more holes, the tighter the bind; should do at least four; quite close to the edge – about 1 cm
    • If you are doing an odd number, work from the centre out
    • Use push pins to make decent holes – do it twice, one on each side, to flatten the dents
    • Place guide over pages to create holes
    • Once done on all pages, put pages together and make sure the needle fits
    • Probably want to use about a meter of thread
    • Give yourself plenty of thread on the other side of the needle
    • Take the stack and half it – top half on the left and bottom half on the right
    • Use the 2nd to bottom hole on the right pile
    • Go down through that hole
    • Leave a few inches of thread
    • Move to the top half and put the needle down through the same 2nd to bottom hole
    • Gradually tighten
    • Go down to hole below
    • Go around the side then back through the same hole
    • Create the missing line on the other side
    • Make your way up the book (don’t go back on yourself) – create the side loops
    • Do the top just as you did the bottom
    • Should be some gaps on back and front – go back down and fill these through
    • Tie a knot – put needle under two adjacent binds and create normal knot
    • You will always have the thread in the middle – can cut it

Japanese Stab Binding

Concertina:

  • Can pull out like an accordion
  • If you spray mount pages together along bound it will create an actual book
  • Matt’s Book
    • HP Polypropylene Paper
    • Done in print bureau (3-5days)
    • 10×6 inches per page
    • £25
    • Used guide lines in Photoshop
    • Had small borders around the images that he could cut out later
  • Examples:
    • Portrait book 5cm at a time
    • Landscape book 10cm at a time
    • One long print that was folded
    • Fold alternate sides
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