Creating Your Own PhotoBook in Lightroom 4, with Scott Kelby

These lessons cover everything from picking which shots to include, to choosing a layout, placing photos in that layout, adding captions and other type, and finally, submitting the finished product to Blurb for printing.

Scott Kelby takes viewers through the process of designing a photobook using Lightroom 4′s new Book Module. These lessons cover everything from picking which shots to include, to choosing a layout, placing photos in that layout, adding captions and other type, and finally, submitting the finished product to Blurb for printing. Using these built-in tools, photographers can use Lightroom 4 to create a presentation of their work to be shared, sold, or gifted to friends and family. Follow along with these lessons and see how easy it is to design your own photobook using Lightroom 4.


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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Overview (Duration 09:35)

Scott talks about what he will be covering in the course and how to prepare for making your photobook by selecting and editing the images you will use.

Lesson 2: The Book Module (Duration 10:40)

When selecting which photos to use, it is important to choose ones that help tell your story. Learn about initial settings for your photobook like size, paper type, and cover style.

Lesson 3: Placing Photos (Duration 16:01)

This lesson deals with placing images into the book layout, creating a book cover, adding pages with the page panel, and how to design a 2-page spread.

Lesson 4: Using Auto Layout (Duration 13:41)

Lightroom has some automated functions that can speed up the design process.

Lesson 5: Adding Type (Duration 10:01)

Choose fonts, size, color, opacity, and text styling. Also learn how to use guides to visualize your layout.

Lesson 6: Customize Auto Layout (Duration 07:19)

Create and use custom presets to style your photobook as you like it.

Lesson 7: Captions and Backgrounds (Duration 03:46)

Scott shows viewers how to add page captions, photo captions, and how to use a photo as a background image.

Lesson 8: Page Layout Freedom (Duration 08:21)

Use Lightroom's print module to create a custom page. Then save it and import it into your photobook.

Lesson 9: Submit to Blurb (Duration 04:37)

Be sure to double check your work and when you are ready, send the whole packet to blurb for printing. Blurb will also allow you to create a PDF version and an ebook.

Meet Your Instructor: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President and CEO of KelbyOne, is also the original “Photoshop Guy”, is the Cofounder and CEO of Kelby Media Group, the editor and publisher of Photoshop User…


  1. This is great as all the other courses. Scott doesn't say anything about color management, color space and printer profiles. My photos are in ProPhoto RGB. Does Blurb automatically take care of this. Thank You

  2. This was a great course on using the book module, I wish it was out before I did mine. I just received the book this week and as you said Scott, I was blown away by the quality of the book and also by the service. Once the book shipped I had it in 4 days, with a weekend in between, I was very impressed with the quality of the paper. Thanks for your great training courses.

  3. Kelly is an excellent instructor and I have enjoyed his class. It was very informative and to the point. Thanks this is the type of information I have been looking for... Two Thumbs Up.........

  4. I've been thinking about creating my own book for a while, but I've never seen any other method as flexible and as fun as this. I am a Lightroom user and love the program, so it makes sense. Scott Kelby's presentation was so inspiring, I can't wait to start!

  5. I just watched the blurb webinar on building your photo book with Lightroom 4 and it was a graphic comparison showing the excellence of the Kelby Training course Scott does! Scott, your visual examples are excellent, your explanations ROCK, the options you show take it over the top! Many thanks for your expertise and details!

  6. Good course ! I learned new things, One annoying problem is that the various Lightroom menus presented appear too small in the video. May I suggest to increase size of the menus by zooming in.

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