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The Photo Book Wizard: Creating a Book with Momento Software

teacher avatar Robin Nichols, The Photo Book Wizard

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7 Lessons (59m)
    • 1. An Intorduction to Momento Software

    • 2. Momento Book Basics

    • 3. Working with Momento Page Templates

    • 4. In-Page Picture Cropping

    • 5. Working with Background Designs

    • 6. Edges, Sloppy Borders and Other Downloadable Assets

    • 7. Finalising the Book Project

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Momento is an Aussie book-making software company that produces quality photo books, featuring excellent paper quality and terrific colour rendition in print.
I like this company's products - particularly for its massive range of additional downloadable assets on offer - dozens of photo borders, backgrounds, textures, embellishments and page templates - these extend the creative potential of the product, and the book design, tenfold.

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Robin Nichols

The Photo Book Wizard


Hello, My name is Robin.

I have been shooting photos for 40 years, commercially, for stock, for weddings, for audio visual designers and for editorial. I have also been a magazine editor and publisher for 15 years. During that time I authored several books on imaging technology and post production, so I think I'm in a good position to teach others how to get great looking images - and put them to good use, either by printing, or through the production of fabulously-designed photo books.

Like many photography teachers, I'm in the enviable position of being able to combine one of my life's passions, photography, with my job. And, even though I tend to spend way too much time in front of a computer, it remains one of the best jobs in the world...

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1. An Intorduction to Momento Software: Hello, My name is Robin Nichols. And welcome to another episode of the photo book. Wizard in this lesson will be looking at a different book making software called momento. To begin with would be looking at an overview off momento what it does. Why is it different from other software applications? Well, then look at a unique feature for cropping and re sizing your images within each page structure. We'll also look at some background design ideas. Well, look a momentos huge range of templates and what you can do with them. We'll look at some of the special effects that you can download on. Employ in your book projects things like sloppy borders and key lines and photo edges. And finally, we'll look at how we finish up and finalize the entire book project before uploading to the parents site for payment and printing. The photo book Wizard is a serious of lessons on how to improve the look, design, visual impact and professionalism off your picture book projects. Using a range of easy to follow photo shop and photo shop elements, techniques, bookmaking, software and layout creativity, the Siri's is designed to give you total creative control over both the content and the design of your book project. Each lesson comprises several videos running through the particular effect that we're trying to achieve. Some involved just the bookmaking software itself. While most include a bit of photo shop and furnish of elements with tips and tricks for using these effects in the book design, almost everything you'll learn here can be achieved using photo shop elements or photo shop itself. But on the rare occasions where a tool is not shared by both programs, I'll let you know and provide a suitable work around simply because there's nothing worse than following a how to video for a few minutes, only to find it won't work in the software version that you use. And there's plenty of time for you to put these techniques into practice with the associated lesson projects. Don't be shy. The best way to learn anything technical is actually to try doing it a few times yourself on. The most important feature of these lessons is that I provide feedback, which is a great learning tool in itself. And if you'd like to leave me a comment about the work that you're doing or the results you're getting, don't hesitate because I love to see what my students are up to 2. Momento Book Basics: Hello, My name? Robin Nickel. Today, I'm introducing you to a digital bookmaking software called Momento. Now, what I'm gonna do in this short video tutorial is really just explain what's what on the interface as briefly as possible so that you've got a bit of an idea of where to start, which bits are important and which bits are probably less important to begin with. I suppose the first thing we have to do is decide what sort of a book we're going to make. And once we've done that, we can import our pictures and start laying the pages out so we can see here. For some reason, we've started up in its offering me wall calendars or desk calendars. I don't really want those. I want photo books. So I'm gonna click on photo books and we make a standard choice here. Landscape square or portrait always like landscape books. And we can go big, medium or small. Essentially, it's a three a four and half a for which is a five. I'm just gonna choose a regular size, and it says, Would you like me toe automatically lay out the photo? So let's say you got 200 pictures from a recent holiday somewhere. It's just going to go when Bam! Thank you, mam. And bingo. It's all laid out. Of course, it's not gonna lay him out in the order that you probably want them to be laid out. So I always opt for the manual option here simply because I know full well if I just say, like, hey, just gonna lay them out for me, please. They're gonna lay him out in probably the wrong order of the pictures. You know, the one pictures too big and other pictures too small. Because, of course, it doesn't make those decisions for you. And I find the time it takes to go back and fix. It means manual mode. Just you might as well just gonna do manual mode. Now, my previous book that I've just tried here's called Africa Book. So in Africa trip and you can see it got load of interesting looking pictures on the left hand side. So how do I get the pictures in there? Well, it's very easy. We just click on the folders button here, and we need to then negotiate or navigate to the folder that we have the letters in my suppose. One of my things is to try and have all your pictures in one particular folder because it just makes it a lot easier to find stuff. I've worked with students in the past. You've got some photos on USB, drives a couple of folders of photos on a year on a hard drive somewhere, you know, then assorted scans and stuff that they've done on DVDs so becomes very, very hard to actually locate the photos. If they're all just sitting here and we've got a whole bunch in here from different places , it's much easier to fight, especially when we're checking the final draft of our book on we think. Oh, you know, there are two pictures here. I need to edit where on Earth of the original photos. Because you can't edit the pictures. I make them brighter, darker, more colorful, less colorful, actually, Inside Memento software. It's a book layout software. It is not a photo editing software, you know, there's a little bit of saturation and stuff you can do, but not much, so we have to go back and find the original picture edited on. Once we've edited it because it's kind of linked with Momenta software. It'll automatically update in your photo book for you, which is a really cool feature. So the problem is, make sure you put all your pictures into one folder or in this case, I've got them in 1234567 folders. Whatever separate folders. So if you want to do them in sections, it's probably best just to import folder number one first, lay those pictures out, then import another folder. Lay them because as soon as you import all those folders, as you see here on the left hand side is gonna cancel out of that, they all just appear. So the folders disappear. So my suggestion is, if you've got multiple folders import than one folders a time and in between importing, follow one folder to, for example, layout the pictures from folder one then going in portfolio, too. You can arrange them according to the date they were taken in reading off your camera metadata. You can arrange them according to the name you give them. So, you know, sometimes actually name my picture 010203 whatever. So that they come in some kind of order. And of course, you can choose, as you can see here from recent upload. So five actually imported multiple multiple images from multiple destinations, so you can see how I'm not getting much value for money of any Got front cover back cover and page one. That's a bit boring, isn't it? So we need to go up to the new button to insert new pages, and I kind of I kind of think my mother was Start. I'm gonna have probably 80 pages in my book so much we're just type in 80 pages and say, OK, bingo. So suddenly it populates the area along the bottom with 80 pages, you know you can. You can take the pages out later where you can add more. You can get online at memento dot com dot au and work out. How much is that gonna cost you for a book? Because it's a standard amount of pages come with the cost of a book and then extra pages, I think, cost something around about a dollar per page. If it's in a four books or check the Web for that and you can see quite clearly by clicking on the page thumbnails, the little photos at the bottom of the screen. Here I go to Page five, Page four, and someone effort so forth. So that's essentially how we navigate through the the sort of confusing, I suppose, first few stages of this book making process. Now how do we get photos into the book? Jew is? Well, this is actually quite easy. What it was a click on a photo, and I drag it into the big, white, single page area here, and you can see this is a left hand page page to his left hand's. All even numbers are left hand pages, and I just let go. Bingo, and it lands there. How do I modify that? Well, I can just click and push it around the page. Easy peasy, and you can see there are a number of little scales or little handles on here, red and green, and there's a blue line along the bottom, and there's a red arrow at the top. So if I move over clearly, I can rotate the image like that. That's pretty cool so I can get a jaunty angle. Should I wish okay. And if I press control or command zed, I undo that. So if you think you know, I'm gonna rotate this and you think No, it's actually quite hard to get the blooming thing to rotate back to zero. So control or command zed is really good. It's just undo, undo, undo. Very, very nice little feature. What else could we do? I can right click on the photo and choose from some of the drop down or pop out functions like preview, full screen or even better set photo his background for thing. What does that do? Wow. Okay, that's what that does. And it's a mutually warning. Robin. It's photo of the image is too big for the quality. This is a very neat little feature, because what this allows me to do, let me just undo that. What it allows me to so is it's a warning. I suppose that you know, when you print the book and you printed pictures that you've taken off your camera phone or whatever, or they're very low resolution. You're not going to ring up, moment in and run. The picture doesn't look any good, I think. Well, no wonder it's only two megabyte picture. That one is actually being edited before and I cropped it down. So I need to go and find that's going to find a slightly larger picture. Huh? This is rather nice. I'm just gonna drag this and drop it in there. This will replace the system in jackets. If I drag it on top, it just goes fitting and replaces. It can Easy piece. And you can see it's a bit weird because this picture is not the same shape as the picture . I just dropped it on. What that means is it assumes the shape of the photo. I've just dropped it on, which is a little bit sort of less high and wider. All right, so what I need to do is probably set photos, background, See how that works. That doesn't look terribly sharp to May. So I'm going to clear the background. And indeed, I'm going to just right click and choose to delete or on a cut, actually, probably messing. And so it just takes it other page and puts it back over on the left hand side. That's golf int if I can choose Another photo here is another one. Um and you can see here that's going good. So you can set the photo background. It's pretty good. And then you could put a photo on top of it if you want to do that. So if you got a nice photo that you want to use as a background, for example, which I've got here, of course you can use it is the background. And I'm gonna do this. I'm being a little bit clever here. So I've got the same photo and I've saved it twice, once normally, And then I flipped it 180 degrees horizontally so that when we look at the page as a double page, that's going to the preview mode up here, betting well, so you get this amazing little sort of effect. It's kind of full frame there, but you see what I mean? So we can lay pictures on top of each other to our heart's content. Us. If I confined something else to put on here, I need as another bird fourth all Okay, Africa, Part two edited. Hopefully it's gonna dig up some more photos here we gol we should have some. Boyd's in here Or do we have birds here? Picture books. I think we've got some birds in him. So I'm thinking of a theme here. I'm thinking putting just birds, birds. Birds may just have to be animals. We get just try pictures into here, So that's absolutely not gonna happen there. So would use birds so I can drink a 2nd 1 in here. Now, the reason I'm going to show you this is I can click a green handle like a corner and just shrink the picture down so we can get into it a little bit like this and very quickly drops very quickly. Just click on this green area. Very, very candy that handles. Now, what are the red handles? I hear you ask the red handles. Allow me to crop the photo. If I don't want to see a lot the, uh the, uh, monkeys here. Okay. Like that. I can do that. So when I click away from it, that's what you get in reality. But click back on it actually shows you that there's still more of the photo in there, but I've just chosen to crop it off. So do bear that in mind you can rotate them. You like them go bigger or smaller, bearing in mind the resolution warning there. Or you can shrink them down by cropping them so you never actually take pixels away. You're not actually chopping stuff off you really photo. You're just saying to the program. Look, just when you print it, just print that bit, not the whole picture. So it's a very smart little bit of software, Really like it. The safe area is clearly on area. You don't want to go too far it because number one is You're gonna get warning things in your going out the engines. Because, of course, again, they don't want you ringing up saying, When you cut me edgy ageism of photos off. They just want Teoh give you a good product. So if you want a bleed, images off the edge in Sometimes the design requires a that's fine. Just be aware of that. The safe area allows for inconsistencies when they put the book together. You know they have to trim the book with a guillotine, so you may lose a couple of millimeters on one side. Um, and you know it's to avoid disappointment now, very briefly. What else do we need to have a look at? So we've looked at the starting section. I'm gonna cancel that. At the moment we've looked at layout. Here's the sort page and the sort Page allows me toe literally sort the pages. It's really called pagination. And we did better This as you can see here, I've got all my 80 pages, nothing there. Now she tells me that I can actually shuffle these pages backwards and forwards if I want to. You know, if I decide that you are on page, page one or Page to actually need to put it on page 82 I can do that as well. So it's a little bit of a shuffle area we go to lay out okay? And now it's gonna trying to sell me something, create layout for change pages and proceed to lay up, but don't create lands. So it's trying to push this layout wizard on me, which I really don't like using for the reasons that I've already stated, it causes more trouble than it's worth. In many ways. What else could we do up here? We've got the photos. Gee whiz, we're looking at the photos anyway, We've got a range of backgrounds. Not if I can help it. It says because I haven't downloaded any background yet. We've also got picture frames, embellishments and layouts, so layout. So for people who think more, maybe I'm just bored with all this. I'm just gonna just double click on this and it automatically laser met so you can choose a template and it will automatically lay them out. As you can see here, my beautiful swallow has been cropped to a square. Well, maybe that's okay. I can try that, or I can try that in a number of different. It's kind of a good helper because it allows you to think about it. Go well, you know, you know, presents a layout possibility that you may never thought off. On the other hand, you may want to just do it manually again. So what do we do about these frames and things? We've got black key line. Well, that's kind of cool. So I just drag this onto the photos and it puts a black key line around each photo. Isn't that clever? Very, very simple. All he is a white border number two. Now, if you want more than the poultry for that they've used there's an update. A panel here And lo and behold, there are an amazing range off frames. Let me show you how you do this. You just click on install Bang. It comes down from Momentos website And there we go. I've suddenly got a whole load of things called Alfa Mets. Wow, What's an alphabet? Well, that's an Alfa matter now. Format is like a hard edge with a ghost edge around it. That's kind of cool. Okay, let's try this and you can see it's incredibly fast to download. We've got standard frames. Golly, gosh, what's this montage? Wow, Paper corners. Wow, I love this. This is one of the strength of this program. Is the range off? I don't like that one at the range of very nice effects, but particularly photo edges on a bit of a photo age person. His white borders. Let's try that So very, very easy to put some style style lines, your photos simply by just drag and drop. And after a while, if you got the time, you can download the dozens and dozens and dozens off templates and stuff available. Mostly, I think, for free, of course. It's also heavily accented towards that portraiture, wedding albums, kids and scrap bookers. So we have all these things like boys, toys, christening, Brett Peck and so on and so forth. If you want to add about what used to be called clip art, unfortunately, clip art got itself a little bit of a poor reputation on, and it's really quite good stuff if you want to go the scrapbooking route. In that respect, we can also add text, either by clicking into this box, adding text and you can see as I type, it appears as a caption down the bottom, right inside off this photo here. What is a little bit complicated in this program is Theobald iti To change the fonts okay and setting up different fonts and different font sizes can be, I think, a little bit of a weak point. I think the best way of describing that, you know, this is essentially for photos. It's not really meant for magazine layout stuff, but it still works perfectly well. In another video, tell you how you can download your own special custom fonts For example, if you've been to the Middle East, we confined you and nice Arabic looking font or an Asian looking in Chinese, E or Japanese, he styled font especially useful for putting on things like the front cover on the back cover or section headers. Ondas You can see in the upper right hand portion next to the update. It won't allow me to show you that we have tools and the tools allow me to add or subtract color. We can convert to monochrome weaken, do a whole range of things. So, as you can see here, this is the text editing Ariel. Just click out of that, have a look at the tools and you can see I can indeed, you know, add add some effects or take away some effects like make the picture get black and white. I can make the picture go. I think see Pierre and even do things like in a fancy blue turns or what have you. I don't particularly like these because it's certainly not nearly as effective as a doubIe Photoshopped light room Adobe fellowship elements, that kind of thing. We also have a number of abilities to do things like fit the page, fit the page or not fit the page, that kind of thing. Let's go Control command said Said. Said said A few times in orderto automatically align multiple images on the page, and that's pretty neat, and that generally is what we need to do. You don't need to save this all the time, although it's a good idea to save the project to begin with. And I'm just gonna call it test test number one. You can see I've got a couple of other ones there. Um, and as I say once we get into this, if, for example, I decide that the Swallow pictures not bright enough, I can go on open it in my photo editor. Finding the picture is the hard bit. Edit it, and it will automatically update as long as I don't change the position off the original picture. If I go and move it, then it breaks the link with the book. Once we finished, of course, we click on the up loader, and that will take me to this particular pain. I need to put in a few details, probably need to get the credit card out as well. And then it reps. The entire book up is a pdf document with its own particular code to it. So you can't actually crack it and printed at home. You have to upload it. If you printed at home, it's gonna have a momento watermark on it. And that's okay. Well, look at that in other tutorials. And that, very, basically, is an introduction to this fantastic program called momento Photo books. 3. Working with Momento Page Templates: Hello, everybody. My name is Robin Nichols, and I'm talking to about momento bookmaking software. That's fantastic software on. There are a couple of things we need to have a look at in terms of layout. So I suppose this is a little bit of a layout or designed tutorial for you. Now here up four bird photographs that I got that I want to put onto this page right at the beginning. I've chosen not to go with the auto ace layout simply because it's probably going to choose the wrong pictures. To put on the wrong page is in the wrong. Size is in the wrong orders. You know, I've found I've done this a couple of times, thinking, Well, I just test it and, of course, what happens. You just get annoyed because you know your your birds end up with the buffalo and the buffalo end up with the beaters or what have you. So the manual process of layout certainly takes a long time, but by the time you've laid it out automatically and then gone back and fiddle with it manually to fix what it should have done in the throes breaks or what you wanted it to do in the first place, you might just as well do it fully manual to begin with. I hope that makes sense. So there are a few tools in Momenta which will help you to do this. Number one is what we can do. This man, your layout nous. But if we go to the layout tab at the top of the window, we can kind of get some ideas on how to creatively a range images on the page simply by using some of the preset template. For example, this one is kind of a court. I would never have thought of doing this, but if I double click this bank, I actually think that's really neat. That's preview what that looks like. Roughly See it there. That's pretty cool. So I actually don't. How about this? This is another very neat way to lay out pictures I don't even need to touch in the only need to just choose it. Double click it. Bingo. It's done it. That's pretty cool. Don't forget, controls it or commands it. If you're on a Mac, UN does the last action. Now some of us may want to get a little bit more creative. What I mean by that is this we may think Well, actually, want to get in this to be eater here, okay? I want to get him nice and big, so I'm gonna I'm gonna blow this, be to run. I'm gonna blow him up. I'm gonna make him very, very big, But I'm going to shrink down. I'm gonna crop in a little bit, something like that. But I actually want him to be the dominant photo on the page, but he seems to be in the background. All right? I want to overlap them a little bit. So what I need to do is then go down here and shuffle the layers. Okay? Send backwards. Bring forwards. So if I click this a few times Bingo. He suddenly appears on the top. And there's the beater sitting on the top. So that's a lot easier. Then I can get in there and probably edit it a little bit more accurately, something like that. And then bring the tail down that line. It's We see the tail and bring this in. So we have a little layer shuffling down the bottom Here it is very, very useful. Let's have a look at this again. You see, This layer is now underneath. But I think I want to blow this picture up bigger because just sort of catching the bird in flight. You don't actually see it too much unless we blow it up. Aziz the case with most photos these days, you gotta blow it up a little bit unless you got a whopping great big telephoto lens that's working quite nicely. I kind of like that as well. But let's say I want to bring the bottom right image up to the front as well. I've gotta go and find this. I think this is bring forward or this one brings directly to the front. So this brings it right up to the top without further ado. And I think No, no, no. I want to send that to the back again. So I'm gonna send that all the way to the back. That's a bit of a shame, but I go in and edit this fella here because he's obscuring most of that other image. But that's working kind of nicely. And then I'll bring it back a couple of layers like that. Okay, so that's a little bit better in terms of what I envisaged shuffling these little guys around so we could get a bit more creative. And I'm just clicking away from these every now and then. I want to get a bit more creative with him because it's such a nice, sharp picture, but it's just obscured by a worthy other foliage and stuff. So we're gonna get a bit creative here. So as you can appreciate the layout process, you know, when you start getting very, very cellophane finicky in terms of cropping and editing can take a bit of time. But trust me, it's well worth it, because at the end of the day, you'll have a fantastic collection off shots, beautifully aligned or beautifully arranged. Might even get a bit more creative like that. Something like that. Now you can never be satisfied. Let's choose something like that. So I'm gonna break the rules here a little bit and just go off pieced like that. Yeah, that's looking quite good. That might even decide just toe not have them overlapping Now, big tip. If I have selected a photo, I can actually use the arrows on my keyboard and you'll find that just to get it edged in the right distance. Far, far easier. Now here's a massive designed it. Well, I think it is. Anyway, when you're designing pictures like this and they were slot in quite nicely together. The key thing. And I think this is absolutely key on the whole design thing is toe have the distance in between each image exactly the same. So what I'm talking about is that it's called the guttering. Okay, so I can ask, click and highlight this. Just move it in a little bit. So the gushing or the river rather the river. There we go. I think that's about right is exactly the same underneath separating these two upper and lower shots as it is in between the left and right shots of very, very important to maintain that, because if you don't, it just looks a bit weird. So this is opinion. You've got extra room up here just doesn't look quite right. So we need to maintain this now. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna select hold the shift key down, and I'm gonna select three images. So, you know, they've got a red line. All of them. So that means if I use the arrows like this there, we're gonna move at the same time. So I'm gonna shut. Having spent hours arranging these. I don't want to break that up. And now you can see I've got them nicely. A line like that. If I right click, I can still access some of these layer functions, okay? And I can choose equal horizontal, equal vertical spacing. Let's just check. I think that's all pretty good away. What it was going to show you was also the ability to do this. I'm gonna bring this down a little bit more, and I might even just crop into this to try and get it to sit on the same altitude. And this is a little bit finicky here just to get that totally right, something like that that's looking quite good. And then we need to move him in to the left a bit. So we get that that river, that separation, that white space to be almost identical. Otherwise, it's just gonna look a bit weird. All right, that's very, very good. We've also got a thing called snap dragging as you can see, not snapped recommits snapdragon. And that means that when we do this, this is probably even easier. If this picture is the same size you can see here, Little Green Line appears Bingo, and it's almost like it's sticky or magnetic so that when I pull it down, it just just being snapped should make a city sound effect like that. But it's a snap. Dragging when you're doing Freehand stuff is absolutely brilliant. Snap all means everything at Here's to that little rule as well. But that works very, very nicely. What else can I show you in this department? What I can show you is this. Let's say we're going to start this again. I'm gonna go to a new page and we'll drinks more photos in here is a little a little bird shot here. Let's choose this lovely shot here. Now, if we want to align these and we're not using a template again, what I can do is this. I can shift click the two pictures and then I can use one of these size or position buttons bang like that, automatically select some or do it again. You need to have them selected. So you hold the shift key down and you click on the 2nd 1 You know, they're selected because they've gone red around the edge and you can use something like this little fella here a line relatively so as there together we can move him around. And we have another interesting things that we can do this. Okay, we can put them on top of each other. That's a little bit silly, cause that's a double page or a double image. These kind of things are weakened, a line bang in the centre. So very, very handy to get you going. But as we've seen before, the layouts are actually brilliant. Even if you just want to dio get some ideas. Let's go back to this page here. This automatically defaults to four photos, all right, But I could say, Look, let's just have a look at Let's make it five photos route so that gets a little bit more complicated so I could go like that. This is okay. We got room for another one, cause you said five Robin, So I could go back to my photos folder and I gotta go find 1/5 voter, which is this fella, and this will automatically just slotting there. Connor nicely. How cool is that? So it does make it quite easy. Even if you got no idea. I use this left hand bit the layouts department for inspiration, thinking you know how My God, how am I gonna pick the pictures in here? How is that gonna work? DoubleClick? Ah ha. That actually works really well. So it would take me a month of Sundays to actually edit these or crop these down inside momentum by doing all this business, but it's automatically done it. I'm kind of lucky because as it's done it, it's actually managed to get all the You know, the birds seem to be pretty much except for these fellas, of course, in the middle of the photo. So what I might have to do is shut that over here and then just pull this out to match the size something like that. So just just tiny little find junior. But that's how we do that very, very handy. Now, if you're really smart having designed that, let's say I've gone off pieced here a little bit, and I'm thinking this is just gonna be so awesome. Not, but we'll just try that on only to bring this one to the front. Bring that run up to the top. That's and I'm just getting a bit creative like that, and I kind of like that. What I can do is then I can save the template. I can save the template. You know, if I think Well, I'm gonna I'm gonna use this in all my books. You can save the template for use later. So we choose file save layout is template. And you can give it a name, Robin, Special template or something like that. Which helps, Especially if the dog is barking in the background. So, uh, don't forget to Robin's unique Robbins template, something like that. Anyway, on so you can say the current photos, say the text in the template if you want or you just click. OK, so very, very important. So once you've done that, you've saved your groovy template. It will appear under there is down the bottom here, Robbins template. So if I wanted to go to like this page, I think I'm just gonna apply Robbins template to that one we go and find it has disappeared . Let's choose saved ones hasn't actually saved it. And I tell you why. It's because we're on the wrong page, but it would generally save it. Let's just choose photos. I think it was five. There's Robbins template, and I'm gonna double click it. Automatic relays them out and again. This hasn't worked really much, and that's mostly because of the because of the shape or the position of the birds. I would have to rejig those a little bit, but as you can see, it just pops the position of those boxes in absolutely perfect. It's a very neat little feature, and you'll find from time to time you know you won't save a lot, but you may save half a dozen or done templates that will keep coming back to one other thing before we finish is very simply this. If I go back into here, if I want to do the same on the opposite page, I have this function here that's called mirror templates on what that allows me, as you see here, and actually swaps the template the other way around. So if I want to come over here, go back to five, you can see I've actually got an identical template. But it's on the other side of the page so that so we're mirroring the design concept, mirroring the design by clicking that it'll mirror about them there. And that's basically how we get into some simple but highly effective and creative page layouts in momento book software. 4. In-Page Picture Cropping: Now, when I get asked the question Robin, what is the best book making software around? You know, what should I use to get the best book? It's a very hard question to answer, because I think the best book is probably not so much to do with the facilities that features on the functions of the software per se. It's actually the quality of the printed product when you get in your hands. So it's really about the book binding the book, making the printing and the materials on which they print those the import things because they're the ones that you feel that when you pick it up to go well, this is a solid feeling booking rather than some books which have made very cheaply. I mean, there are cheap books, so you don't get fantastic quality that look and feel as there have been printed on a 10 year old laser printer out the back of the office somewhere, so the quality is very, very important. There are features, of course, in all these bookmaking applications that make you think well, that's very good. That's a neat feature that makes my job my life, my frustration levels a lot easier. The handle one feature I just wanted to highlight here is in a bookmaking software called Memento it's designed to made in Australia. I think it's a very good program. There are still things that I can find wrong with it, but one feature that I find incredible is, for example, I've just added a picture off this beautiful cheater. He's just prowling through the grass looking for lunch, and when I click on the white page, you see the photograph. When I click on the photo, we get the adjustment handles appearing, and it's not rocket science. You can look at it go well. If I click on this one, probably I can rotate the image. And here we go, so you don't have to ship this into Photoshopped. You don't have to mess around with PNG files. You can just rotate the picture like that, and Bob's your uncle so relatively easy to do. The green handles made that if I click and drag, if I click and drag the green handle robin, it actually increases the scale, so I can very quickly just grab one of the green corners and increase the scale I make the picture go bigger? I can't, Of course. Just go ahead for the layouts, Michael choosing later and say, or I'll have that one. And when we do that, it just automatically does it for me. But that's using templates. If you want to customize it a bit, you just grab hold of a corner and scale the image to the size that you want it. But it gets even better insight. We have little red handles on what that means is I can then pull a red handle and I can crop the image. And the beauty is, while I'm looking at it shows me what's been cropped off and what's still there. What's gonna be visible when the book is printed? If I click on the white paper background, it turns off that preview on just shows me what I'm going to get. When the book comes back, I cropped image, so that's a really neat little feature in this software called Momenta. One other thing before I go, if I double click in here, I could just add a caption very very simply by typing in the text box that comes up. So it's a very neat little feature. If I could just type in there, C H e T h couldn't remember how to spell cheated that were there we go probably best if I get the letters in the right order there just other people read it and I can click OK and click on the white page. And there is my cheater, appearing automatically attached to the photograph in the bottom right hand corner. So that's only one little sort of window package in Momenta and is great. Just makes the job of laying out a picture, adding captures and cropping insanely easy. And the beauty is unlike other programs where you physically crop it and then put it into the photo. If you decide later on, think who I think I've done a bit too much around the bottom. You can just go back and bring it back because it remains in the fire in the memory. It's still there, so it's a really nice little feature 5. Working with Background Designs: Hello, everybody robbing Nichols here talking about designing your digital picture book. Now we're using momento photo book software. It's fantastic software, but of course, it doesn't always do exactly what you wanted to do on. That's for the simple reason that they've designed it. To make it easy to use on anything that's easy to use generally doesn't have a high level of sophistication. But like anything to do with digital, we can, of course, find some very cool work around so we can work out a way to do what we really want to do, even though it's not necessarily part and parcel of the original design. So what I'm gonna show you today is how to work with backgrounds, and the idea being is, for example, I have on the left hand sink side, I think. What Okajima background. And I'll show you what it looks like. It looks like that it's a sunset on a glorious sunset, and I'm going to set the photo as a background being girth. Wow, that looks pretty good. But if I preview that, I'm thinking Whoops, that's probably good preview, but I won't have the same thing on the other side. So maybe I want to do just something very sexy with the design. So what I've done is I've actually opened this photo using my photo editor software and saved it and called it or consume it background one. I've then flipped it 180 degrees the other way around horizontally. And here's the horizontal version. Okay, that's the horizontal vision. So what? I want to do their business, just press escape. What? I want to do this. Drag that and put it onto a page nine in the opposing or opposite page. Again, I'm going to set this as a background photo. So when we look at the preview, we've got this double whammy here. So we've got a nice looking background that echoes itself. So really, I'm just flipping the image here. I've got another one here that I prepared before the show again. We can just drag that in, set the photos of background, and then the flip side of that one is the right hand page and again, I'm going to set that photo is a background. So when we preview, we get this kind of cool effect. Aside from that, creating a cool effect. What we're doing here is we're creating a layout or a background for other stuff. Let me go on to 1/3 1 I've got prepared here. This one's probably not quite so pleasant in terms off. It's visual quality because this was taken in Soweto. So it's It's mostly rubbish on the ground in a squatter's camp. But you know, anyway, the idea is to show you what the possibilities could or could not be. I've got another one here from a place called without this Bay, which is part of now. Maybe, and hopefully we've got There we go. There's the other one here. So this is a close up of the salt. One of the things I wanted to point out here is that when you're doing this kind of work, it's a great idea. You need to kind of think about it. I think when you're walking around with a camera so to a lot of purpose, I suppose we can look at this picture of a salt pan and it's kind of interesting, but, you know, what else would you use it for? This is not like a photo in your hour, But Miss it, Really, It's just like a texture. So if you can get into the habit of thinking about that when you're out shooting again, well, okay, let's photograph some animal tracks. Let's photograph the cracks in the model. It's photograph the ripples on the lake. Let's photograph out of focus, sunset, that kind of thing. These all become very, very handy at this stage for us to use it as a double center or double page background. Indeed, you may want to actually use the whole book with this picture in the background. That's kind of a nice little feature or thing to think about. But having said that, of course, if you're using something like this is a background and we go and find, for example, let's have a look here is going to find folders. And I think we've got a folder here called. Maybe we don't Actually, I was hoping for a photo quarter called Soweto, which is not there. So I'll go on to another folder here. Where are we? Uh, lovely said of Bush track here. I think Just choose this one. So this was a place that we found legends of elephants in Chobe national park. But you know, you may you may not want to put elephants in there, but you see what I mean here said this again is the right hand page. So I'm going to have the federal up up front and personal on the right hand side will stretch it up to you know, pretty much the safe area and and go with that. So on the left hand side, maybe would choose another elephant. Another elephant shot issue is beautiful. What? I'm assuming it's a female elephant. Slightly smaller years, I believe. Okay, something like that. All right, so then we just preview that you can see pretty much where we're coming from. It's a little bit hard to show you, of course, because we've got through the records. Green is not as biggest the screen that we're looking at here, But you get the idea on. That's a very quick way to create something really quite special. But you gotta be a little bit careful if the background photo is dominating. You know? So we choose something like this and think, Well, look at that. That's pretty amazing. If we go and slap a photo onto it, that's choose another elephant photo. Here, people are gonna be going. You really like this picture of the moon rise or the sunrise on the sunset? You know why we got on elephants stuck there? You know what I mean? So it may be a little bit weird and Semitic a single page, you know, maybe a little bit weird, because, of course, the background is dominating the shot or the background is just too darn beautiful. So what we can do is this. We can lower the interest in the image by using the photo tools on the right hand side. So if I just get rid of this picture for the time being and I think what we can do is clear the background, we can just knock it back a little bit in terms of opacity, I don't know, down to about in this case, I think about 50% something like that. It's just if we then slap it in his background now it's a ghosted image, So this is far less obtrusive. Okay? Still, you know, we can tell what it is, but it doesn't dominate the page. So now that we can put our Ellie photo on top, and I think that works really nicely. Might even actually want to get in there and stick up. Nice little picture frame in here. I just choose not an alphabet, but a standard Quikbook Mike borders Black Key line, Lovely and more. Just try that yet. So you see, that works a little bit better because the pages not over inspire it's not over. Pairing are elephant shot because after what it's all about the photography. So we don't want to pictures on the same page that are arguing with each other on I can do the same thing with this one. And I think if I'm not much mistaken, we actually have to take this picture off the backgrounds. We need to clear the background first, then drop the opacity down and again. I'm gonna pull this down, too, you know, maybe 70% or something like that. Reset it in the background. There we go. And now you can see. I think you can see that's a lot neater. And put a black key line on Mr Elephant or Mrs Elephant. There we go. And I think you know that's much more So you can see what we're looking at. You can see that it's a pathway off into the distance, but it's not overriding over dominating the situation there. So think about that when you're shooting. Even stuff that is wildly out of focus will work really nicely as a background in. In fact, out of focus stuff may work better. Let me show you Now if I remember correctly, which has turned to page 16 while I was shooting this. Have a look here. I think while I was shooting this sunset, I thought, Well, know what? Heck, I'm just gonna shoot everything out of focus because inevitably, when we shoot a picture of a sunset because it's inevitably a low contrast situation, camera's gonna go. Whoa! You know, it does always buzzing stuff because it cannot find anything high contract. Unless, of course, there's a giraffe walking past. Or, you know there's a there's power lines or a ship or something in the way it can't focus. And so this is what you may see. Anything that's a waste of time. Shoot it, shoot it, shoot it every time. Shoot it because this is just fantastic. As a photo background, you know, it's very conceptual. It's very funky. And here's my right hand page version, very funky, that produces Fantastic. It's double paycheck. Fantastic effect that background, then to put on other images. So bottom line is get it into your head when you're traveling and you're shooting pictures for your book thinking God, this is Africa. This is Asia. This is wherever I am. Let's do some out of focus stuff at a photo out of focus. Reflections on water, out of focus. Reflections Anywhere else in glass get it is out of focus is possible because then we don't identify the object, and we're not sitting there. Got do is that's a really good sunset with a tree in the background on a bird flying past when we should be looking at the photo that's placed on top of it. 6. Edges, Sloppy Borders and Other Downloadable Assets: once you've decided on a theme for your photo book, and in this case, in this example, I'm using a program called Momento. I haven't chosen a theme at all. It's just white pages, and I've dragged a couple of photographs onto the page. These photos happen to be black and white. Now what I want to show you. Here's how we can highlight the photos that you have using borders or edges. Some people call them key lines, actually prefer to call them key Light momento, along with many other applications, has the ability to provide a dozens and dozens and dozens off interesting borders or edges or special effects that you can put around the picture in order to hold it or frame it on the page. And so I can just simply go to the update a here and choose any one of the contents that there that said it come down a little packs and it takes me two seconds to download them. I actually downloaded a whole lot of them, and as you can see here, for example, under frames, once it upload, you can see we've got different frames that we can install. If you're using an online company course like like Shutterfly, they'll already have a whole range of frames that you can use if you don't like them. There are probably many, many frames that you can download, so the problem here is course the top of the mess. I worry a photo is kind of bleeding into the white pages. Sure, I could change the page color, and that's a great way of doing it. You could have off white paper instead of just white paper. Another way is to put edges on. So I'm gonna go over to my frames department and I can view the frames. My favorite has been for years and years and years. It's thing called Sloppy Borders on what sloppy borders mean is if I just double click on here. We've got a key line, I think. Yep. So Keelan is just like a thin lead pencil around. I like thinner, the better. It's very classy. That's what I tell everybody anyway, So I kind of like that. It just holds the picture within its bounds and shows you a very clear delineation between picture and background. So these may not be the best examples of photographs for you to do that. But you can clearly see if I didn't have that around this Geysers head. Okay, like that, You can see there's a main difference there. So let's just go backwards and have a look there. So the key line holds it in really nicely. There are other options as well. So I've got again shift click that. Let's just go back to no frame and I could choose Thin Black. It actually says thin back. So thin black is thicker than a thin key line Theme. English language. Anyway, So you can see clearly what I've done here. It actually looks better. This is actually modeled on on effect we used to get when we printed black white pictures in the black and white wet bench, dark room on. What you do is you take the hold of the only minimum holder that held the negative in place underneath the enlarging lamp. You would take that with a metal file and you just file out the hole that was in this case . It was 35 film, so it actually file it out. So it was bigger. What happened then was when you turned on the enlarger light would bleed around the edges of the negative onto the photo paper and making a jet black frame so you can create your own frame. Because I was doing it is a student at our school and I was using a metal file. Don't tell them I was using a metal file. Of course, it's pretty irregular. And so you get this a regular frame. So Sloppy Borders. It's a great look. I think personally think it's a great look. There are different styles of that so we can go on and choose. You know, for somebody once crusty black, sounds fairly revolting. There we go. That's too much. In my opinion, that's way too much. Here's one called Messy Black. Okay, so that's a bit rough, a bit messier than the one on the right hand side. What? I would suggest it if you're going to use this. I think it's a great feature for designing images. The great thing to do is if you've got a double page spread, for example, keep all your borders the same. So even though the color photograph of the ladies dancing doesn't really need a border, if you're gonna add aboard, I think it's important to have the same border on all those images. So if we just go back into the frames, we're going to choose Sloppy Borders. Let's just try that. We got to the top. Let's just try crusty black. No, I think I'm gonna try. Just let's try alphabets and have a look at that one happen alphabet. We'll try that now. That's a little bit too heavy. So now format is like a semi transparent Met. I think one of the problems you'll find with most of these is there are too many to choose from. Let's just try key line on all three of them. OK, so that looks OK. You barely see it on the color photo. It's a little bit evident in the top left corner, but you barely see it. But it holds consistency in your book design, and I think that's really important. So that's just a little bit of an information about using key lines or borders and the great range of borders that you have in order to hold some of the lighter parts or even some of the darker parts. And don't forget If you using black paper, for example, you may want to go the other way around and have white key lines or white borders around your pictures just to hold them into context. 7. Finalising the Book Project: Hello, everybody. Robin Nichols here talking to you today about how to finish off your digital photo book project using momento software. Now, although the example I've got showing here's and quite finished like to show you the process. Of course, there are things like spelling placement of images resolution we need to check out. Something's the book. Software was sort out for you. Some things it will remind you and ask you. Are you sure you've got the best resolution settings? Let's assume we finish this got X number of pages and we want to export the books. So what we have to do is we're not only export the book and it makes a pdf document. It also makes a slightly lower resolution version that you can you can check at home. You could even printed at home, but it does have a watermark with momentum written across the sky. So, for example, if you think I'm just gonna printed at home, I'm not gonna pay for a full on digital photo book. You're gonna have to put up with his watermark through every page. Um, you know, they're in the business to make money out of printing books for you. Eso that Pdf It's downloaded. And you could just check just to see the pictures of position correctly. The textbooks. Okay, the layout looks okay. That kind of thing. Once you've done that, the high risk file is uploaded via this thing called the uploaded panel on the right hand side. So let's assume we finished. We're gonna click on the finish button, and it says, Of course you want you want to save your photo book. So obviously gonna save it now is going to run through the process of checking stuff. Number one is, you know, has it got the spine text set number through some of these things? Like the cover background is what? Well, I know that I have really changed it. Spine text is not set and so on and so forth. So it's well worth your your time to go through some of these and, for example, to edge warnings. What does that mean? Page A on page nine. So I can go back to page eight page tonight and just check him actually know that I'm on purpose. I want to bleed these pictures past the trim marks the safety marks on the agency s. I'm not worried about that, but it's very good software because it does highlight, you know, the problems. And here I've got three missing images, and again, I know all about that. But, for example, you may have accidentally deleted them. Or you may have moved the images from the folder they were in to another folder. You may have renamed that image from one name to another, and it's not gonna know it's going to say, Well, do you know picture number one number one called Lyon used to be in this page, and now it's no longer there. You may have renamed it Lion One or lying to or something, not knowing that you actually upbeat it. Tell it it's been updated, so there's the things that you watch out for. You can put all your name and contact details and you click export, as you can see here, it creates a master far for printing and binding by Momenta on a preview. Pdf file again. It can take a while, and as you can see here, it is preparing to export on, and it just goes and assesses the content of the picture. Now it's very, very important when you've done this. For example, here we go. This front cover on the back cover going is just to make sure everything's fundamentally check that you've got everything in the right place, that the spelling is correct. You know the pictures the right way around, all those kind of things because, you know, once this has gone to Memento, you know you pays your money and that's it on, the more you can check this thing, the better. As a big, big tip when I do is, I go through the book checking the condition of the pictures to see that their bright and colorful enough, that's all I look at. Then you go through the book of second time just to make sure all the pages are in corresponding order. I go through the third time just to check the page. Numbers go through the fourth time to check that the captions are all in place and there are any spelling mistakes. It's very hard to go through a book and check for all four or five things on each page because you'll get side tracked. Go through them one at a time, go through the book four or five times. Get a friend to go through them. One of the one of the ways that I work in these glasses is once you've finished your book, you export of the book that we've just done here. And then you upload it to me and I can have a look at its second pair of eyes is it was a very useful function in this situation because I can probably pick up mistakes that you that they're terribly obvious because you've been working so closely with the book. Okay, so what do we do now? Check your preview, pdf for errors. And you think it will like a Where is it? Where? Where does the pdf go? The pdf goes into the documents folder. Now, this is very, very important again. If you're, for example, working on two different computers, you may be a bit of work on a book on the laptop while you're traveling and you get home and think I don't upload it. Stick it onto my desktop. There are two things you need in order to do that successfully. Number one is you need to have your mbk Phyllis. It's a memento book file. This is very, very important, and by default this is going to go into the Documents folder on your computer. As you can see, it's only 71 kilobytes. It's time. These tiny little fun, this is the text file is such as the instructional file that tells the book. OK, we've got 80 pages. We've got things on 79 pages, but there's a blank page on page 52 or whatever, and it holds it all together. The second thing that we need, of course, which is fundamental to the success of this is we need the folder that contains all the photos, and I always say to students, Look, you're gonna make a book, Stick all your photos into a folder and call it my book or whatever you want, put them all in one place. Do not have them on DVD CDs, us bees, internal drives, external drives, etcetera, etcetera because when it comes to, for example, transferring them from smoke you to the big computer, it's gonna take you a month of Sundays, and it's very, very frustrating. Stickem all into one folder you can put him into sub folders in that folder if you want, but put them all into one folder. So then you can copy that folder, plus your MBK file into the Documents folder on your main computer. And then immediately when you start up your new your version of momentum, you can say that there's a new book. It's in the in the documents, far going open it, and it will then say, Well, it wear your pictures and you see what they're in the folder court book. Far, blah, blah, blah. So it sounds very obvious, but most people miss that one. Let's check the preview. Pdf the errors. So it automatically opens, of course, in Adobe Acrobat, which is the software that course we use. Four. Making stuff appear in pdf files. Um, and as you can see here, if I zoom in, just kind of you can see clearly, we've got the momento logo all the way through. There's a logo and the words momento. I suppose, at a pinch you could spend the rest of your month retouching these House. If you really don't want to spend the money on a book for 80 bucks or 100 bucks or 110 bucks. I think it's brilliant value. So you basically just flick through this page by page by page. It's just shrink this down again just to see the grocery. Nothing on page to page. Here we go, and you can just check to see that the pages are laid out to your satisfaction because it's very easy, for example, to get the pages out of order. You know, you may slip in one extra page somewhere and, of course, all your double page spreads. After that, they're going to be thrown out of order, so it's a very good way. Just a double check before you go and press the upload button. So once you've done that, of course, and you thoroughly checked your number one your pdf, you can then upload your master file now. Uploading a master found may take may take an hour. It may take three or four hours. It just depends on how big your book it's. So if you've chosen, you know, the biggest book with you know you've got 350 pages and it may take four or five hours to upload, depending on the speed of your intercourse. on. Of course, you go through the process of logging in, registering, logging, in up, loading it. And then what course? When it gets uploaded, you need to pay your money. And, of course, they're printed. It takes about 2 to 3 weeks. It's not a good idea to be in a screaming hurry to get one of these momento books done because it doesn't say does take up to three weeks. But, you know, I think the results usually are in extremely good result. You'll be very happy with the results. OK, so just to go over it again, that's what we do when we finished the book and I'm just gonna click, OK, but if we want to, for example, transfer this book to another computer, I need to, of course, saved the file. And we can save with a specific name of wanting. You can see I've got a couple of test files already in my documents folder, so the MBK file is the bit that holds it all together. And when we choose toe open a new file, let's choose open project. You know, I open a different one. This is Let's just try test your is, and I'm not quite short on this and click open. It goes and checks that the fonts of their checks, that the photos of their that Robin hasn't moved them to some of the folder by accidentally and then finally will bring in everything from the previous project. Here we get a previous project. You can see this is just a little test project. It's got lots of pages, but only two or three photos. And that's how we did. We save the M Peak MBK file. We save the folder with all the photos, we copy them onto an external hard drive, transfer them to our main computer and then put the MBK file into the Documents folder. Of course, on Ben put the photo files the book folder somewhere us. We don't have to put it in the documents. We can put it in the pictures folder, or you can put them somewhere else. But then you have to just tell the program when it starts up where those photos are and everything will fall into place. Good luck