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The Photo Book Wizard: Flipping Design

teacher avatar Robin Nichols, The Photo Book Wizard

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3 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Flipping design concept

    • 2. How to Flip Images

    • 3. Flipping and Erasing

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Sounds a bit weird I know but duplicating, then flipping a picture horizontally onto the opposite page can be the making of a very interesting visual fantasy effect. It works particularly well used with architectural images.
In this lesson I show you how to perform this simple operation - if the book software doesn't permit such creativity, you can of course get it done using Elements or Photoshop.
(This is the Ponte Veccio in Florence - as you'll never see it in real life...).


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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. Flipping design concept: Hello, My name is Robbie Nichols. And welcome to another episode of the photo book Wizard. Now, in this lesson will be looking at a very simple technique for creating something of a wow effect. It's called flipping images. Essentially, you put an image on the left hand page of your book, and you put the same image on the right hand page. But you flip it horizontally so it mirrors what you see. In the second part of the lesson. I'll show you how to save that right hand page, the flipped page on how to change something in it, just using very simple retouching tools so that when the viewer looks at the book, they open the patient, get where this is interesting. It's a flipped image. But when they look at the right hand page, they may think, Well, hang on a minute. It's actually not exactly the same. So creating a little bit of confusion, a little bit of doubt and a little bit of visual interest in your book project. The Fed, A 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 developments 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. How to Flip Images: now just to give you some idea off extra or different design. Let's have a look at a single image. What I see my students do more often than not is very simply taken image. They will choose a little image box like that, and they plop it in there. And then we'll preview the book together. Yeah, that's okay. So everything is in a little window or in a little picture frame, surrounded by whatever the page color is. It's normally white. What? My idea of the book design is probably to go completely the opposite. Maybe select a full page, because when we're in full page, once I click the image, I can pretty much put the picture anywhere I like. And it's sort of self crops. So, you know, I can push it around. I can even big it up. So don't be afraid of doing this. I see so many students what we can't do that we can, because very simply because we have very high resolution cameras. So this is blowing it up 236% and this is actually a smallish file, but it allows me to blow it up quite big. something like that. So now we've got much more visual impact just because it's got Whoa! You know, you open the page and there it is. It's really, really big. You can do this little fella here and you can combine it with something like this on the right end page. You may want to just put in a little incidental picture, so that puts it into context. So big and small, the hero shot on the left hand side and the contextual shot on the right inside. But, hey, it's the same picture, so that's just on idea of terms of layer. Don't be afraid to big up your pictures. You'll find that a zoo we saw just then when I big this up a little bit, you'll find that blood has this very neat warning sign that comes his resolution warning on what they're saying is, you can have this. You could send this to blood, and they will print it. But if you then complain to say, Well, actually a bit soft, it's a bit fuzzy. It's a bit out of focus. That is because there aren't enough pixels in that page to actually give you decent continuous tone. So when you go over that sort of danger point, it comes up with a warning. If you click on the fixed button, it brings it back down to the size that is acceptable. And that really is. I suppose it's a get out clause for the blood of management so that you don't ring up. Said what? You just stuffed up my book. I want a free book for the rest of my life kind of thing. They said, Well, we did warn you. You know, it's a very sensible thing on this also warns people, You know, if you're using images that you've downloaded off your digital for your digital phone, for example, and mobile phone, which may only be four megapixels or something, so you blow it up to 11 by 13 inches, it's gonna look pretty rough around the edges. So here's another thought. What we can do again is to go back to my full frame, and I use actually working full page layout like this most of the time, because if I want to have only a small picture, are you the shrink it down? Or I can you know, for example, shove it over on the right hand side and just have it bleeding off the edge so you can do all these kind of things very, very simply, just in this full page layout. Here's another thought. If I click on the flip button, we have a flip button here. There's a flip vertical, which does that which kind of dribble Circe at all over the floor. Or we have a flip horizontal, which allows me to let me just check. This is 1 36 That's just pump this little fella up to I'm gonna insult the Japanese nation hit because, of course, I've got the kanji, the writing, the characters the wrong way round. So it now probably means something completely probably doesn't mean anything again. You know, you've got the maker's stamp, the artist standing everything back to front. But, hey, that looks kind of interesting. So from a from a guy jeans point of view of foreigners, point of view and you know, I'm thinking that was pretty good. And I will say in my defense, if you go to Japan and if you go to Japan specifically in the summer, when you see a lot of people wearing T shirts. You'll note that the T shirts have a lot of Japanese writing, but the ones that have English writing make no sense whatsoever. And that's because the Japanese designers, people who just designed T shirts take Anglicized text and they use it in terms of design. So you re didn't go. What is that? That just means Pope Pope drinks beer. What? You know anything? What is that? And it's just because the shape of the letters are used is designed, so the context on the meaning is irrelevant. So that's just in my defense here if somebody complains, but I'm just using it as a design. Let's move on and have a look at something that is probably not quite so damaging. So here I've got a shot that I've taken looking down these air actually tour against. They call them Tory gets the story, is the Japanese word for a gate and then painted a 1,000,000 Japanese companies pay large amounts of money to have the name carved on them to be in the in the temple. So it's like a good luck thing. So all I've done here is I've put the same image left page and write page, and I've chosen in this case a line top don't crop and here align bottom don't crop. And I flipped this one so that that should be that way. So that's mimicking the same shape. If I flip it, it gives me this kaleidoscope. It's on a previous that looks pretty cool. But of course I run into problem because now we've got a Japanese company on the left hand side that cannot be read. You can't read that can because it's upside down, back to front, back to front. So it may mean something very, very rude or just more than likely just means absolute nonsense. So let's move on and have a look at something which is to do with a landscape. Never go into a landscape shot. Here. This is again in the same area in Kyoto. This is a World Heritage bamboo forest. It is absolutely stunning place to visit, So I've taken a shot, put it into the left hand page, and I put the same picture into the right hand page. Okay? And what we might do it go back into edit book mode and I might just just I just put it in here. I think a line fill in Nigeria crop There we go and fill image area crop there, So I flicked him so they're both sort of symmetrical diagonally opposite each other. Look at that. That's pretty cool. So that is just again. A little bit of a wail factor. Don't forget, you can do this in the edit mode. You can swap the pages over and see what they look like the other way around. So you might find that marrying images the other way round works really nicely. So just unusual. Look, it works really well with landscapes. It works really well with architecture, providing you don't have any street names or, as it saw the Japanese example kanji in the way, because when you flip it backwards, it's gonna mean absolute nonsense and look a little bit weird. But certainly with landscapes, it really increases that wow factor in your design 3. Flipping and Erasing: now. Occasionally, I like to mess with people's heads visually, when I'm putting a book together works particularly well with things like architecture. Here we have the world's biggest carpet, apparently in the rulers loss skin. Abou Darby. It's quite a spectacular piece of modern architecture, I guess, obviously very Islamic, but quite amazing because they allow Westerners. And then you take pictures. You can even take a tripod in there. We certainly could when I was there. What I do is I just take the same photograph and put it onto the opposing page onto the opposite page in the same side page template. But I just flip the image so you may not find the flipping of the flipping image button. It may not be present in whichever software you're using. This is blurbs book smart, and we can flip the image back to front whichever way want to go. In fact, it looks almost the same either way, doesn't it? So it's a very interesting because, although when you look at it after a while, you go, Yeah, I can see what's going on because you got the same people in there, you know, it just looks a bit weird, so it's like a mirror image. What I also like to do is take it one step further and I'll save the left hand images and LHP. I'll flip the other one in, finish up and call it RHP right hand page on. When I take the right end page what I do, then let me just show you. I'll then photo shop out certain features in that image that make people think, Oh, hang on a minute. So if I just drag in my right hand page, you will see immediately that some difference in here because I've removed the people and I've just cloned them out, using the standards of a clone brush. If we get this to the lineup again, something like that would go back into preview moan. You see what I've done here, so I've just taken the people out. Nothing. Nothing too dramatic. But it's just enough to make people think I'm a minute what's going on here because that looks like it's a flipped image. It could, of course, be two images are taken, images a little bit of time apart in these people have drifted on, so there's not one with people one without but the same time. The idea is to create a little bit of doubt, I suppose, in people's minds. So when they look at the come, you know what's going on here? Very interesting little effect is just playing with the senses in order to create a little bit more visual interest. It works particularly well, I think, with architectural pictures, but you can also do it with landscape. And here's another example of the outside of the same mosque taking a shot of it from the left hand side. Of course, Then I just flipped the image here. I haven't changed anything. I could actually go back and maybe scrub out some of the clouds in the background. But with architectures, sometimes you don't have to actually creates the illusion yourself. There is a little bit of distortion. It does look a little bit weird. And of course the lighting is coming from the same side on opposite sides because I flip the image. But again you just create the illusion and it gets people scratching their heads a little bit