Lightroom: Lets Make a Book

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Series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®

A What?

A book? Really? Why would I want to do that in Lightroom?

Adobe partnered with Blurb in 2013, and Lightroom 5 and InDesign (with Blurb plug-in) became a great way to seamlessly go from image to design to published. From the Blurb website: “Our mission from the beginning has been to empower people to self-publish. The more ways to do it, the better. The more people doing it, the better. The more books in the world...well, that’s the best part of all.” Once you make your book, Blurb has a tool called BookWright that provides a way to sell and distribute your printed, professional-looking books.  If you are into online publishing, they can help you there too. You could even sell your book on Amazon.

Sell Me

If you are looking for more motivation to do a book in Lightroom, there is a deal going on right now where you can automatically save 25% on your first book you make with Lightroom (until December 31, 2014). Photo books are currently starting at $12.99 and are shipped in 7-10 days. There are no minimums, so you can make one or many.

Freedom, Technology, Premium, Archival

Burb’s self-description is “a mash-up of creative freedom with print-on-demand technology… beautiful, bookstore-quality books on premium paper stock with archival-quality binding. And anyone could make one. Literally, just one. Or two. Or ten thousand.” How popular and trusted are they? They boast two million books published and counting. For more see

No Hassle

The biggest benefit to making a book in Lightroom is this: If you ever go back and change or edit an image any time before you print, that image is automatically changed in the book as well. Simply no more effort to it.

Don’t Hold Me Down

Start with your choice of 100 different layouts. Complete your book and done. Or, take that layout and customize it a little … or a lot. Or start with a blank slate and build your own layout completely. Whatever guides you want are available, or let you creativity run free.

Ze Quality of Ze Final Product

If I’m going to go to the effort of building a book, I don’t want to get that book back and be disappointed at the feel of the paper or the cheap material or binding. A book I make better be worth my time.

Five soft and hard cover books:

  • Small Square (7 × 7 in / 18 × 18 cm)
  • Standard Portrait (8 × 10 in / 20 × 25 cm)
  • Standard Landscape (10 × 8 in / 25 × 20 cm)
  • Large Landscape (13 × 11 in / 33 × 28 cm)
  • Large Square (12 × 12 in / 30 × 30 cm)

Five paper types:

118 GSM

Premium Matte
148 GSM

Premium Lustre
148 GSM

ProLine Pearl Photo
190 GSM

ProLine Uncoated
148 GSM

Standard Magazine
89 GSM

Premium Magazine
118 GSM

Color Trade
105 GSM

B/W Trade
75 GSM

 HP* Indigo printing:

“Images printed with the HP Indigo do not mask the texture or surface of the paper, as you might see with some toner-based prints. Instead the ink absorbs into the paper somewhat, which is similar to what you would see with traditional offset lithography.” (see Blurb Support, What types of printers does Blurb use?)

This post covered a lot about Blurb. When you know the quality of the companies you are working with, you are more likely to feel comfortable and use them. So you’ve decided to try out Lightroom book-making? Good. Let’s get into the How-To’s... in the next post.

Next Post: Lightroom: Your Book Making Tools

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Jennifer Apffel is a photographer with over a decade of experience in portrait, event, and product photography. She also does freelance graphic design and fine art. For more check out, or look for her on

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