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04/11/17  |  Posted by LeAnn Troutner  |  Posted in Digital Creativity

The past month, I have taught myself how to use Blurb and Bookwright because I had to create a portfolio book for the upcoming 2017 Spring Showcase. Blurb is a site which allows the user to create a book and pay to have their book published for their own use. Blurb uses Bookwright as a program to create the book easily and upload it to the site that publishes the book.

When I began using this program it was very confusing, but shortly, I figured out how to make the program work for me. There are some things the program cannot do, but it is possible to create a book to show off your work adequately.

When starting to use the program, there is a simple layout to the left that shows the thumbnail of each individual page in the book being created. This becomes very useful and helpful in previewing the finished pages. Above the larger page, there are different tabs that are helpful for the person using the program, especially the layout panel.

Using the layout panel gives ease to the user when creating their pages for the book. In the layout tab it is possible to drag down options to see different kinds of pages depending on what is desired to be on the page. These options would include different numbers of photos, photos and text, or just text. These are quite helpful when creating the page layouts.

There are different boxes, also known as containers in Bookwright, that are for text versus containers for images. If the user wants to, they can create their own layouts by clicking either the ‘T’ with a plus symbol for the text containers, or a mountain box with a plus symbol. Once there are containers set it is easy to drag an image from a Finder window to bring a jpeg into the container. Once in the container, it is possible to zoom in or zoom out on the image itself in the container. You can move the image within the container and rotate the image.

Using a type container is similar, but instead of bringing in type, I suggest copy and paste or just typing the text in yourself. It is simple to make one box using the exact font and size desired, then going to edit at the top and selecting copy containers. Go to a different page and go back to edit, but hit past containers. This gives you the exact same container with the exact same settings on another page. Always make sure what you want to edit, whether it is a container or a page, is surrounded in a blue box.

Don’t forget to go to the "Covers" tab to make a cover for the book.

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