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With digital still and smartphone photography, we take more pictures than ever before - about 600 million a weeks in the UK alone. However, saving your pictures to your computer or a share feature like Flickr doesn't quite bring back the same memory as browsing through a picture gallery, and home print can be inconvenient.
A better choice is a'photo book' - a professional quality print book that you can store on a bookcase and listen to without turning on your computer. There' are many photobook options to select from, such as Photobox, Snapfish, Jessops and here is a tutorial for making with Bonusprint. In order to conserve your photos, we recommend that you finish them in advance.
A photobook can be created using Bonusprint's web application or free of charge free download. They both work in a similar way, but we use the web application here, because you can store your book at any point and retrieve it from any computer. This web application uses Adobe Flash, so you must download it from get.adobe. com/flashplayer - make sure you check the Yes, Google Chrome and Yes, Google Toolbar box before you click the Get now buttom.
In order to run the Bonusprint photobook web application, go to www.bonusprint.co. uk/products/photo-books and choose the desired file name. Pricing starts at 9.99 for the smallest Landscape S sizes (at the bottom of the page). On the next page you will find more information about your selected album. As you cannot resize the book once you have begun making it, please review this information thoroughly before you click Generate your book now.
If the next page opens, click Create a book on-line and pause while the web application is loading. Stage 4: Would you like a picture album? Your first decision is whether you get a simple or a photocover. Photocovers are charged separately, so make a note of the new prices in the lower right corner of the screen when you do so.
Press the OK to proceed. You' ll need to submit your pictures before you can place them on pages, so click the Import Pictures icon on the lefthand side of the application area. Navigate to your pictures on your computer and choose them. Don't be worried if all your pictures aren't in the same directory - you can redo this move to load as many pictures as you want.
Uploading your pictures may take some considerable amount of your timeframe, according to your file sizes and your web-connectivity. There is a progressbar at the bottom lefthand corner of the application screen that shows how the file is uploaded. If you want to make a photobook, the fastest way is to use the Auto Fill feature on the lefthand side of the screen.
As a result, the photographs are inserted into the book with the standard page formatting. That may not produce the best look, but it is faster than manually positioning each photograph and you can customize the look later. In the popup box, click the second AutoFill pushbutton to proceed. If the web application or your computer crashed, it is a good idea to save your book before proceeding.
At the top of the Web application screen, click the Save buttom and log in with your current data, or click the Register as new client feature. You can reopen the book when you go back to the web application. Browse your book using the Next / Prevoius Page pushbuttons to see how your photographs have been placed.
To toggle between the different layouts, click the Layouts option buttons at the top of each page. It does not influence the number of photographs on the page, only their location and area. When there are too many photographs on a page for the page to make sense, click on each photo and click the Clear symbol on the Iconbar.
It will be moved from the side and you will have to move it to a new location later - see steps 12. Then you can change or move the size of the other pictures (use the arrows on your keypad for more precise positioning) or scroll through the layout again to see which picture fits best.
You can also use the pop-up tool bar to zoom, rotate, and mirror a photograph. There' are also possibilities for using custom themes - although they are best done in a photo editor before uploading the pictures to the web applications, as bonus prints are quite simple. There may be a text field on some pages to add a caption to a photograph.
To move the UserBox as you would a photograph, change its size and deletion, and create new UserBoxes by clicking the Append Text icon at the top of the page. When uploading more pictures, simply drop the thumbnail images from the lefthand side of the application to an empty picture space.
Or you can attach photographs to an already created design by pressing the Append Placeholders icon on the tool bar at the top of the application area. Once you've added all your pictures and are satisfied with the designs, click the Enable thumbnail view to see what it looks like - but don't overlook adding a title image at the beginning of the book if you've chosen this feature.
Then you can browse through a copy of your book to perform a finishing review if you need to make further changes, click the Finish Previews buttom. If you are willing to place your order, click the Order this book now. It may prompt you to fix bugs (usually low-resolution photos) before continuing, otherwise select the checkmark to indicate that you are satisfied with everything.
You can then choose shiny pages and a smaller copy of the book as a present for an extra charge, according to the book type you have chosen. You must fill in your invoice data to finish your order.