If you’re loving the idea of using templates to create your own photo book or digital scrapbook layouts but aren’t sure how you go from the screen to print — we’ve got you covered!
Blog Series: From Screen to Hand
- Part 1: How to save, upload and print digital pages as hardbound albums (That’s this post; read on!)
- Part 2: How to print your photo book or scrapbook layouts as individual pages for including in traditional albums
Build as a PSD.
When you build a page in Photoshop, you’ll be working in layers. Putting your layout together in layers — and keeping them that way — is the only way you will be able to edit individual things like photos and text after you’ve started creating. So layers are important.
But photo-book printers and print labs don’t allow you to upload layered files, which Photoshop saves in .PSD (PhotoShop Document) format. You’ll want to be SURE you always save the layered PSD file, so you can go back and change it later, if you find a typo or another photo you just have to add to the layout, for example.
Notice the layers on the far-right side of the screen shot above. These will go away when you save your file as a JPG, a non-layered (flattened) photo-file format. The dialog boxes shown above are what will appear when you go to File > Save As.
Save as a JPG.
You’ll also need to save a version as a JPG file. It’s as simple as going to File > Save As and choosing JPG. Easy-peasy, as my 6-year-old would say!
If you created a two-page layout as a single Photoshop document (which I recommend), you will have to separate the two-page layout into two individual pages before uploading to your photo lab or photo-book printer. Not sure how to do it? Check out the video below.
Upload as a photo.
Once you have saved your JPG, you will upload it into your chosen photo-book printer’s software, just as you would any other photo. You’ll then choose a layout option that includes just one full-page photo that stretches all the way to the border of the page, and drag it into the layout.
In the video below, I walk you through the process, step-by-step, that you would take in Shutterfly to upload your personalized layouts and build a photo book/digital scrapbook.
That’s all there is to it! You’ll just continue uploading your layouts in the same way I outlined in the video until you have a completed album, then publish it as you would any other photo book. Alternatively, you can print your 12×12 (single-page) layouts at a photo lab like Persnickety Prints. I’ll go into more detail on printing individual pages in my next post!