- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (August 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321928822
- ISBN-13: 978-0321928825
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,423,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Album Moxie: The Savvy Photographer's Guide to Album Design and More with InDesign 1st Edition
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About the Author
Khara Plicanic’s unique teaching style, endless passion, and sense of humor have endeared her to an exponentially growing audience. She can often be found teaching workshops, traveling the globe, and proudly photographing the love stories of her much-adored wedding clients—many of whom appear on her website, www.kabloomstudios.com. A Midwestern gal, Khara is proud to call Lincoln, Nebraska, home.
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone who would love to pick up some quick tutorials and useful tips for Indesign, especially for wedding photographers who use Indesign to do album works.
My general opinion of Khara Plicanic is that she has an innate sense of design. Although Khara has a lot of design work that are leaning towards the whimsical side, which is not my style, she also has a lot of designs that are very clean and elegant. Obviously, this book is targeted to wedding photographers, so the album layouts are beautiful, clean and timeless. Her design leans towards having strong images speak for themselves and reduce distracting elements such having 20 images in a spread, colorful backgrounds, images with lowered opacity and another image on top of it, decorative borders and effects, swirly images overlaid on top of main images, etc.
What I really love about this book is she dedicated a very long Chapter 7 on designing a 20-spread (40 pages) 10x10 album from scratch. She basically explains InDesign tools through demonstration of the album creation. The album layouts themselves are very fast to create, but they look beautiful. There are a couple of spreads that love a lot and created a template for myself. I would have love this book even more if she had two chapters dedicated to designing the album, but the two albums being different and thus utilizing different tools and techniques.
So why don't I think this book is perfect? Well, this book is appears to be targeted for beginning album designers. However, she doesn't really dive too deep in design philosophy nor the InDesign software. She would tell how to set up your InDesign and some of the tools to use, but doesn't really go into details of the tools. In addition, she only goes over the InDesign tools that are relevant to creating the album that fits her style.
In the chapter where she designed the album, she would bullet point the steps, but every so often, there are certain steps that are a little wordy and might have been better if she provided a few more screen shots of the steps instead. I am already fairly versed with designing albums with InDesign, so I have no problem following along, but I could imagine someone with zero experience with InDesign may find it a bit difficult (not impossible) to grasp. Note that InDesign is a relatively easy software to learn, especially if your primary focus is on designing album. A few years back, I reviewed a few free YouTube videos on InDesign album designing basics and were able to pick it up in about an hour or so.
On a final note, this book is only 200 pages, so we should be very realistic about what she can cover? If you want to have more in-depth discussions on design principals or have someone explain each InDesign function and features in detail, there are books like that already out there ... and they're over 500+ pages. She actually has a chapter that covers "the next steps", which includes other resources you could consider.
In conclusion, I am still very satisfied with the book and I would recommend it to others. Even with a few years of experience with InDesign, I still find some golden nuggets of information in there. I hope this book is successful and we are able to see Khara and/or other authors to cover album designing in-depth.
Khara has done an excellent job of explaining the entire process from setting up an efficient workflow and workspace, building your album spreads, proofing, editing, and exporting... all the way to printing your book. The emphasis is on helping you create an elegant and beautiful book where content drives the design (making you stand out from the herd) and on making you profitable by revealing how to cut the design time down to perhaps a couple of hours!
Take advantage of this resource, I've not found anything better if you want to produce awesome wedding albums. It truly is a guide, authored by a compassionate and knowledgeable photographer and designer who's has produced hundreds of albums.