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Create Your Own Photo Book by Petra Vogt

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Chapter 4 Layout Basics: Formats and Features

> Choosing the Right Format

> Bindings

> Types of Covers

> Extras

> The Right Number of Pages

> How to Develop a Storyboard

Choosing the Right Format

The first step in designing a book layout is choosing the overall format. Generally, the term “format” is used to describe the absolute size and the ratio of width to height of a book. Popular formats include square (for example, 12″ × 12″ with a width-to-height ratio of 1:1) and rectangular portrait or landscape formats, often with a width-to-height ratio of 4:5 or 5:4 (for example, 8″ × 10″ or 10″ × 8″), respectively. Most photo book providers offer a range of up to ten different formats. Some allow you to alter your chosen format after you have created ...

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