How to Create a Superior Custom Photo Book

The secret to displaying your images beautifully lies in the details – from the size and shape of the book to the paper type and even finishing touches. Luckily, there’s no shortage of how you can create a fantastic book, one that you’ll be proud to share.

This article will take you through how you can create a superior custom photo book – whether it’s for your birthday, wedding day, anniversary, family and so on.

Start with the shape and size

First and foremost, you’ll need to pick the right format. When you create your book with Mixbook’s photobooks, for instance, there different formats to choose from, in varying sizes and orientation: they have a small format that’s perfect for a birthday party or a short trip. There’s a small landscape for smartphone photography as well as baby and children story books.  If you are looking to display both portrait and landscape pictures in the book, then the square format will provide you the versatility that you need to achieve that. The square format is perfect for Instagram photos, travel guides, and close-up baby photography. Other incredible formats include landscape and portrait.

The format that you choose will largely be influenced by your personal style as well as your picture portfolio and theme.

Choose your paper type

In addition to the size, you also want to pay close attention to the kind of paper you choose. Examples of papers include semi-gloss, pearl finish, premium matte lay flat, premium lustre lay flat and so on. Keep in mind that all these papers have varying quality and feel. For instance, the semi-gloss paper is a classic, smooth paper with subtle gloss, while a pearl finishes one has a silky feel, with a touch of sheen.

Select your personalized photo book cover

 After choosing your book format and paper type, the next stop is the cover. Covers not only protect your photo book but also tell a story of what’s inside. Top platforms like Mixbook offer a wide selection of beautiful book covers, so it’s easy to find what matches your needs and preferences. Examples of photo book covers include soft covers, matte, glossy and leather.

Additional tips

Other than the design of your photo book, you also want to pay attention to how you arrange your pictures. Here are some additional tips:

If you are just getting started and have no idea how to go about the entire process, you might want to look around for ideas. Browse online or go to the local library or bookstore for inspiration and take notes of how layouts and fonts have been used in the books.

Edit your text and pictures beforehand – then save them together for easy access. It will be easier to make your book if all your images are ready since all your focus will be design and layouts.

Don’t forget that the essence of your photo book is to tell a story. Think about why you are making the book in the first place, and use that as a guide to tell your story.