Recently, work began on a project that I’ve had in the back of my head for quite some time...that being to photograph WWII “bomber jackets”. More properly known as “A2” jackets, many have distinctive artwork on both sides, and of course are unique to their owners. As the horrors of WWII recede from memory, it seems to me that now, more than ever, is the time to remember the brave souls who sought to end this collective tragedy.Read More
Not long ago I had the need to create a catalog for a recently mounted exhibition at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. A catalog is a book that outlines, explains, and elaborates on the artwork in an exhibition. It's also a great way to preserve the memory of an exhibition, especially if one can't actually attend.
I had planned on using Pages (the Apple version of Word) to lay out the book, and later upload it to one of the online print-on-demand (POD) printers. While toiling in frustration with the lack of flexibility in Pages, I stumbled upon Blurb's plug-in software for InDesign, Adobe's flagship graphic design software. Not being a graphic designer myself, I was a bit hesitant to learn yet another set of software, especially since I probably wouldn't use it all that often. But since I already own InDesign, I figured I should give it a try nonetheless.
Installing the plug-in was easy, and once I opened it up, I began working with Blurb's plug-in almost immediately. My subscription to Lynda.com proved invaluable in bringing me up to speed, and in short order, I was able to create a catalog that I was proud of. There are several sizes available to choose from, and of course hard or soft covers. Different end-paper colors allow for minor customization, and several different types of paper allow one to maximize the appearance of your images, especially if it's primarily a photo book.
To get a feel for Blurb's quality, I went ahead and ordered a copy of the 7x7 soft cover edition. The last time I used them was in 2009, and I'm told they've come a long way since then. If you'd like to take a peek at the layout for yourself, or to order a copy, head on over to Blurb and take a look.
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