Digital photo books are all the rage right now. They are easy to make, look extremely professional and are very affordable. They also make great gifts, can be used to commemorate life events such as a wedding or new baby and even be used as a recipe book or portfolio for businesses such as landscapers. Even though these books are fairly easy to make, there are still a number of tips and tricks that can be used to make them even better. If you want the most professional-looking digital photo book out there, keep the following in mind:

Less is More in Digital Photo Books


One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to making digital photo books is that they overstuff pictures into them. Though many digital books will come with templates, in most cases, the user can add or subtract photos. More often than not, they add photos, as they want to make sure they get as much in as possible. This could be detrimental to the look of the book, however. Instead, sometimes less is a lot more. For instance, if you have a beautiful photo of your new baby, use that as a full page photo instead of a lot of little photos. The impact will be immediate and great.

Use Good Quality Photos in Digital Photo Books


Another thing to keep in mind when making digital photo books is that you want to make sure that you are using high quality photos. You may have a great photo from your wedding, for example, but when it gets blown up, the quality may fall to the wayside. This will make your digital photo book look thrown together and unprofessional. How do you make sure you have good quality photos? You should use the right settings, learn how to use your camera and take into account things like aperture, white balance and focus.

Consider a Theme or Tell a Story


Another tip to designing an outstanding digital photo book is to consider a theme or tell a story. For example, if you go on a vacation and want to make a photo book to commemorate your memories, start with the photos of first arriving at your vacation destination and each page can be a different day or experience that occurred while you were on your trip. The final pages would feature the final days of your trip and even show photos of you returning home. Digital Print Australia has a photo book page where you can find more ideas for designing your photo book (scroll down).

Take Your Font and Color Scheme Into Consideration


Font is another thing that you will want to consider when it comes to designing your digital photo book. Some people who design these books will use a different font on every page, but it is best to use a consistent font type and size throughout the book. Another thing to keep into consideration when it comes to designing the perfect photo book is the color scheme. In order to promote a good flow with the book, keeping complementary colors will be important. You don’t always have to do this throughout the entire book, but definitely do it on the page.

Edit Before You Upload

Edit photos

You will also want to take some time to edit your photos before you upload them for your photo book. Though they will certainly have some type of editing available for your photos through these websites, the editing software they provide is not the best. Your photos will look so much better if you edit them before you upload them to the site. Use reputable editing software for best results and you will be amazed by how good your book will look. You can download free trials of popular photo editing software online.

Use Photos That Are Not Photos

Finally, you want to make sure that you incorporate other elements to your photo book besides the photos you may have taken. For instance, if you went to Jamaica on your honeymoon and took scuba diving lessons, scan the business card from the company and put that into your book. Did you go on a hike through the rain forest? Scan the map of the path you took and put that in. Its little things like this that can make your digital photo book much more special.

As you can see, there is a lot that you can do when it comes to digital photo books to make them great. By taking some of the tips and tricks above into account, you will definitely create a book that you can be proud of.

All images courtesy of Digital Print Australia.

This guest article was written by Andre Smith, who is a writer and an amateur photographer traveling the land Down Under capturing images of the National Parks. He admires Ansel Adams and likes to learn and write about different ways of expressing creativity.