Print and bind a photo book

There’s something wonderfully personal about a photo album in this digital age we live in. Not to mention how a classy coffee table book can add that final touch to a well-designed interior. Or why not publish your photography portfolio in book format? We’ve put together a few templates if you’re not quite sure how to get started.

Template ideas for your photo book

Template 1

This layout is particularly well-suited to a book where photos play a central role. 

  • Cover type: hardback

    Sturdy exterior, respectable impression

  • Format: 200 x 200 mm

    Square formats allow your photos to take centre stage

  • Cover finish: matte or glossy

    Depends on what you prefer

  • Paper type: semi-gloss

    This paper is the best choice for photo printing

  • Colour settings: full colour

    Unless you’re intentionally opting for B&W photos, this is the way to go

Template 2

Another great choice, the hard cover will ensure that your book looks great for years to come.

  • Cover type: hardback

    Sturdy exterior, respectable impression

  • Format: 193 x 260 mm

    If you want to go all out with show-stopping full-page photos

  • Cover finish: matte or glossy

    Depends on what you prefer

  • Paper type: semi-gloss

    This paper is the best choice for photo printing

  • Colour settings: full colour

    Unless you’re intentionally opting for B&W photos, this is the way to go

Template 3

This template is cheaper to print, which can come in handy if you want to sell your photo book. 

  • Cover type: paperback

    Practical and inexpensive to print

  • Format: 210 x 155 mm

    This landscape format is great for wide shots

  • Cover finish: matte or glossy

    Depends on what you prefer

  • Paper type: semi-gloss

    This paper is the best choice for photo printing

  • Colour settings: full colour

    Unless you’re intentionally opting for B&W photos, this is the way to go

Photo book cover ideas

Photo book covers are probably among the simpler ones to make. You’re going to want a show-stopping photo to flaunt on your cover, along with a title that gives some indication as to what other photos a potential reader can expect. You want the photo to do most of the talking however, so make sure the title text isn’t too overbearing.

photo book cover mockup

Legacy

Sometimes, B&W just looks better. Perfect for a raw, stripped down experience that highlights the intensity of a subject without distracting the gaze with colour. Contrast is everything here, so make sure to utilise it in your cover as well. 

photo book cover mockup

Nature

If your photos are all about natural landscapes, you’re obviously going to want to highlight that on your cover. Part of the appeal of nature photography is the absence of human influence. As such, try to make the text on the cover as unintrusive as possible.

photo book cover mockup

Colourful

Colour is a tried and true method for grabbing people’s attention. A good colour photo will celebrate the colour of its subject, and that’s also what’ll make it a good cover. Colourful backgrounds make choosing a visible font colour for your title a bit tricky, but white will usually do the trick.

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