Photo Books Made Profitable
Instructor: Janet Blunt
Good content, strong design, and efficient workflow are the three critical ingredients to offering profitable photo book design services to our clients. This course will examine how Pixellu SmartAlbums and Adobe InDesign can be a powerful combination in your suite of professional design tools and empower you to create gorgeous, custom-made photo books for your clients at a profit. In-depth tutorials will build your confidence and set the stage for a comprehensive walkthrough of 3 different workflows using these powerful tools. You will also look at other tools like Lightroom and Photo Mechanic and how they support an efficient workflow.
Take advantage of the Free Trial for an overview of the tools we'll use during this course.
This course includes:
- 5 hours of self-paced, step-by-step video instruction divided into 7 modules
- Downloadable transcriptions for each module to use as reference notes
- A bonus section including printable workflow diagrams; step-by-step instructions for working with SmartAlbums and InDesign; and soon-to-be-released videos featuring SmugMug and Dubsado
- Unlimited, lifetime access to course material**
- Private Group Forum
- $100 discount on SmartAlbums
1-time payment of $399
*Payment plan offers immediate access to course. The first charge of $140 occurs at the time of purchase with the remaining 2 charges 30 days apart.
**Course will be available for a minimum of 2 years from the date of purchase and will be available indefinitely as long as course content is relevant.
Q: I don’t use InDesign and prefer another design software. Will this course still benefit me?
Whether or not you are currently using InDesign or SmartAlbums, you can definitely benefit from this course if you are looking for ways to streamline and improve your photo book workflow. While we will be learning how to use these design tools more effectively, our overall focus is to present a more efficient approach for producing photo books. We’ll be covering several topics, and the workflows you’ll learn about can indeed be adapted to accommodate other software. Equipped with a new appreciation for what’s possible, you’ll be ready to explore how you can use your design tool-of-choice more effectively!
Q: I have never used SmartAlbums or InDesign before. Will this course give me everything I need to start creating photos books or will I have to invest in some more education time for these tools?
This course offers step-by-step instructions for using the essential features of both software applications. We’ll also explore some of the “advanced” features to help us improve our efficiency. If you have no prior experience with either program, you can expect to be ready to begin practicing your new skills and feel confident using these tools to create a photo book. As each of us will come to this course with different skill sets and learning styles, I would encourage everyone to continue building on what they learn by taking advantage of the many excellent resources available to us through APPO, Pixellu.com, Adobe.com, InDesignSecrets.com, and Lynda.com, etc.
Q: What is the financial investment for the tools used in this course?
Pixellu SmartAlbums is a one-time purchase of $299. As a bonus, this course includes a $100 discount code for the purchase of SmartAlbums.
Adobe InDesign is available through Creative Cloud as a single desktop application for US $20.99 per month. Lightroom CC is available through Creative Cloud as a single app for US $9.99 You can purchase an annual subscription for the entire collection of Adobe desktop and mobile apps for US $52.99/month.
Photo Mechanic offers APPO members 15% off a new license or upgrade, and a free 30-day trial with no credit card required. Go to https://store.camerabits.com and use the coupon code APPOSPECIAL15 to get your discount.
Special thanks to our course sponsor, Pixellu SmartAlbums!