Awesome Album Design Skills
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Albums Are Awesome.Designing and selling albums is a fantastic way to make awesome profits with your wedding or portrait photography business. They are priceless keepsakes for your clients that are treasured and shared for generations.The best part?With the right skills itís quick and easy to make professional quality, creative designs that sell.
WOULDNíT IT BE AWESOME IF YOU COULD HAVE More profits from an easy-to-create custom product?More free time to spend away from the computer and with real people?Clients that fall in love with your albums, and absolutely, positively have to have one?The skills to create your own album templates for any size youíd like?Mega fun designing, and confidence in your skills?Of course that would be awesome!What Is Awesome Album Design Skills?Awesome Album Design Skills is a downloadable video tutorial that will give you both the theory behind great album design, and the skills to actually do it. Using the industry leading page layout program, Adobe InDesign CS5, youíll confidently create exceptional designs with drag-and-drop ease.
WARNING: The information in this tutorial is highly concentrated. You can get through everything you absolutely need to know in only 4.5 hours. Buckle up.
Wanna See Just How Easy InDesign Is?
Itís mind-blowingly easy to design albums with InDesign. Thatís not an exaggeration. Minds literally get blown.
Wanna see how simple it will be for you to create your stunning layouts? Check out this sample video from the tutorial.
Note: Things get progressively more awesome as the video goes on. Prepare yourself.
What You Get
Tutorial Videos 4hr 20 mins
Album Design Field Guide 63 page PDF
Essential InDesign Shortcuts
Cheatsheet (Mac &PC)
Getting you skilled, nearly as fast as a speeding bullet. You can get all of the videos in only an evening. The videos are broken up into quick little shots of knowledge, and most are between 3min - 9min long. That means you can choose a topic, and learn even during your coffee break. Need a refresher? Itís easy to get back to the information you need.
ALBUM DESIGN FIELD GUIDE
A PDF resource that takes your album design knowledge to the next level. Includes:
Image Placement Guidelines
InDesign Album Workspace
Shooting For The Album
Types of Albums
Choosing An Album Supplier
Pricing Your Albums
Selling Your Albums
ESSENTIAL INDESIGN SHORTCUTS CHEATSHEET
A beautifully designed one page document to give you quick access to all the shortcuts youíll be using to design your albums at warp speed.
This is what youíll be taking home.
Confidence comes from true understanding. And youíll understand how to create albums that are strong and timeless. Bonus!: This tutorial is focused on the fundamental concepts of great design. What does that mean for you? This information will be valuable for any type of design project you do. Super duper!
SHOOT FOR THE ALBUM
A great album starts in camera. Get tips to improve the way you shoot to create more dynamic albums.
The best album designs are created around the images, not the other way around. Learn to easily create custom designs that compliment your photos perfectly.
If youíre designing albums, you need to have some graphic design skills in your belt. Youíll learn fundamental concepts, and how they apply directly to albums.
Using text? You should know about typography! Youíll learn a few simple techniques to create better looking text that improves your design.
Use all the powerful tools in InDesign to make your album process super speedy, without sacrificing design quality.
One of the most important factors in creating a professional design is consistency. Learn how to apply this principle quickly and easily.
SALES AND PRICING
Beautiful albums wonít help your business unless you have some guidance in how to price and sell them. Learn simple techniques to make albums a highly desired product in your lineup.
There are a ton of specific terms used in album production. By understanding what they mean youíll be able to create better designs with confidence.
Getting your files ready for print takes work and knowledge, so youíll learn how to get the best quality as efficiently as possible.
What You Learn
Super Photo Editing Skills covers a lot of information, helping you with all aspects of your photo editing. Here are the topics youíll be learning. Itís really awesome stuff. Seriously.
ALL ABOUT ALBUMS
Choosing An Album Supplier Thatís Right For You
Pricing Your Albums Profitably
How to Make Selling Albums Easy and Enjoyable
GETTING TO KNOW INDESIGN CS5
Setting up InDesign for Maximum Album Awesomeness
Setting up a Document for Great Design Potential
Creating the Perfect Album Design Workspace
USING INDESIGN CS5 TO CREATE AN ALBUM
Adding Your Pretty Photos
Creating Perfect Alignment
Using Your Library for Super Speed Designing
Panels That Help You Win
How Photoshop Joins the Game
Why You Should Learn Graphic Design
Shooting for the Album
Overcoming Designerís Block
Finding Inspiration Without Copying
How You View Design and Why You Need to Know
The 5 Principles of Graphic Design Applied to Albums
Why You Should Learn Typography
Fancy Typography Words You Can Use to Impress Your Friends
Spacing, and Why Itís Crazy Important for Your Typography
Choosing a Typeface
The Two Types of Numerals and When to Use Them
Why You Should Be Pre-Designing
Using a PDF to Proof
Using JPEGS to Proof
Creating Album Galleries That Get Shown Off
Making Edits Easily
PREPPING FOR PRINTING
Why Preflight is Awesome
How Packages Save You Headaches
When to Do Your Retouching to Save Time
Colour Management That Isnít Scary
Getting the Best Quality Files for the Best Quality Prints
9 Reasons Why You Should Use InDesign, and Not Photoshop, for Your Albums
There is an epidemic in the photography industry, and itís called Photoshop Addiction . It was a program that was comfortable and familiar, so photographers tried to make it do everything under the sun, including album design. But, Photoshop was never ever meant for album design. Those brilliant folks at Adobe came out with a better program for layout, and called it InDesign. Go with the industry leading program, and be confident that youíre using the right tool for the job.
Heck, itís in the titles. Photoshop is for PHOTO and InDesign is for DESIGN.
Do you PHOTO an album, or do you DESIGN it?
Here are 9 reasons why InDesign is the right program for album design:
Faster: Yep, itís way faster for you to design an album in InDesign. Youíll be able to design 15 custom spreads in 20 minutes. Donít believe me? There might be a video in the tutorial that shows me doing exactly that. Maybe. And thatís custom work. Using templates would be even faster. The bonus of working faster, other than more free time? Itís a breeze to create huge albums for great upsales!
Easier: It has all the tools built in to make layout easy. Itís literally drag-and-drop simple.
Flexible: You are limited only by your imagination, rather than the constraints of an album design program. Making changes is simple, so you can fearlessly experiment, and get really creative.
Create Your Own Templates in Seconds: Itís take only a moment to create a template that you can use over and over to speed up your design time. You can view all your templates in-program, so theyíre always at your fingertips.
Itty Bitty Files: Small file sizes mean that your computer can work quickly, even with huge albums!
Keeps it Together: InDesign keeps all the pages of one album together in one file. This makes it super easy to stay organized, change the order of pages, and create excellent flow and pace in your album.
Non-destructive: InDesign doesnít hurt your photos. You can make them bigger and smaller as many times as youíd like without degrading the file quality at all. It just works differently than Photoshop. You need that kind of flexibility to create great albums!
Workflow Friendly: InDesign helps you create a smart and efficient workflow so that you can easily pre-design albums, make edits in a snap, proof with one click PDFs, and prep the entire album for print at once.
Powerful alignment tools: InDesign has many tools to help you create fantastic alignment, which sounds boring until you know that alignment is one of the fundamentals of great design.
Straight up, InDesign will make you a BETTER designer, not just a faster one. Itís the right program for people who want to create seriously awesome albums.