Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Those photo sheets are nicely done Faster and possible to do with any desktop publishing software. I've been preparing single sheet montages of my architectural project photos for many years, used for promotional, portfolio and presentation purposes.
I recently designed an 80 page brochure of my professional work using this process, printed on 8-1/2 x 11, 25# glossy paper stock, heavy color card stock for covers and bound with black spiral wire. The initial cost of the binding machine is high, but pays for itself with the first project.
Each project category contained within has a page composed with a matrix of several thumbnail images, intended as a graphic index to the section's contents. The index pages are overlaid with a sheet of translucent Mylar - creates a nice effect. There are very few text blocks in the book - more of a pictural essay.
I've been toying with the idea of doing the same with family and sailing photos - then handing out to family and friends with a focus on a library grade book to be preserved and passed on for present and future generations.
Photoshop is used for initially manipulating digitized images to whatever effect is needed, then for converting to a jpeg format. I've been using WordPerfect for over 20 years (anyone remember working on those monochrome DOS screen formats?), so have been upgrading the versions ever since.
WP was difficult to use at first, relying upon DOS commands, but is now very easy to work with (as is MS Publisher). By importing jpg files into the document, adjusting size and placement, composing titles and captions, I can produce some impressive layouts. I then either save as a WP document or publish as a pdf for others to open on any computer.
I've also prepared CD & DVD photo slideshow formats for distribution to prospective clients as a low-cost portfolio - same can be done with family albums.
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