Self-publishing continues to grow in leaps and bounds as technology now provides individuals with total control over their books. Blurb is at the forefront of this growth, and gives book-creators the option of a "PDF to book" workflow. This approach to self-publishing allows more control of book design with the use of professional software such as Adobe InDesign. This advancement has transformed many photographer's approach to book design and broken through the limitations of having to use template-based proprietary software.
This one-week course introduces students to Adobe InDesign for the layout and design of books. Participants work on their own unique book throughout the week, using InDesign for its production. Participants study the fundamentals of book design and typical photography book content and put this newfound knowledge to work in their own books. Topics such as typography, page layout, image sequencing, front and back matter, color management, image preparation, and cover design are practiced in-depth. New software information is immediately put into practice on each student's personal book, allowing for the real-world application of the software, an essential for learning new skills.
Students should come to the class with a "rough edit" of their photographs. A practical knowledge of Photoshop or Lightroom is required.