Creating Your Own PhotoBook in Lightroom 4 By Scott Kelby

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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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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.
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.
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.
Lightroom has some automated functions that can speed up the design process.
Choose fonts, size, color, opacity, and text styling. Also learn how to use guides to visualize your layout.
Create and use custom presets to style your photobook as you like it.
Scott shows viewers how to add page captions, photo captions, and how to use a photo as a background image.
Use Lightroom's print module to create a custom page. Then save it and import it into your photobook.
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.
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Scott Kelby


Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom...

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    I learned and I had fun. Will do also my book about Havana now. Better stuff than yours, you will see…. but spent half a year there. Question – did anything change from Lightroom 4 to Lightroom 5? Regards from Rio … Michael

  2. Profile photo of Gstellini Gstellini

    Hi Everyone. I wish to print a book, but not via blurb……. but I have a problem. I am a wedding photography, and wish to send the finished book to my printer. The problem is he wants the pages to have ‘CROP MARKS’ and I cannot find how to do it. Can you please help me ? Thx to all and keep them coming. Gian

  3. Profile photo of Ray Warren Ray Warren

    Excellent information. Scott really knows his stuff —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of lucienr lucienr

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of tychuaco tychuaco

    Excellent tutorial. The enthusiasm is contagious. I’m doing my photobook as I am watching this. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of Geno Geno

    Thankyou Scott for an excellant tutorial. Just what I needed to take a serious stab at creating my first book. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of Beverly Kohl Beverly Kohl

    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! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of Alison Wilson Alison Wilson

    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! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of Albert Albert

    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……… —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of Gert-Jan Mes Gert-Jan Mes

    Great course! Went directly hands-on. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  11. Profile photo of Peter Peter

    Excellent intro into Blurb & Lightroom.

  12. Profile photo of CraigPifer CraigPifer

    Thanks for offering this course, I enjoyed it.

  13. Profile photo of SoKiwiPhoto SoKiwiPhoto

    This was very helpful, thanks so much! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of jakeely jakeely

    Great course, I will be useing Book this week end —- Yes, please post my feedback

  15. Profile photo of Seattlesigngirl Seattlesigngirl

    Thanks so much, Scott for the awesome video on building a photo book in Lightroom. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  16. Profile photo of Juan Carlos Gomez Juan Carlos Gomez

    Scott make easy again. Great course, easy way to learn the new book feature in Lightroom.

  17. Profile photo of Candice Edwards Candice Edwards

    Excellent job of explaining everything! Thank you!
    Candice Edwards —- Yes, please post my feedback

  18. Profile photo of kenben kenben

    Very Good.

  19. Profile photo of John Dabarno John Dabarno

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  20. Profile photo of phillipsjosh2415 phillipsjosh2415

    So cool! Great class. Learned so much. Can’t wait to get started. Thanks for offering this class. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  21. Profile photo of 782083 782083

    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 —- Yes, please post my feedback

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