All the best for 2013!

Hopefully normality has returned to your daily life as well…

We have had a busy holiday season and are now able to look ahead to what is coming and are excited about another new year ahead of us, full of options and new things. Hopefully you are looking at 2013 and see a world of opportunities too.

I love the feeling of a new year, it has the same feeling as starting in a new diary. Everything is brand new and still open to be filled in along the way, making changes where necessary…

We would like to wish you all the best for a healthy, happy and creative 2013.

The team at pix2print

A new start for 2013

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Photo books 101 – How to make a photo book guide

It has been a while since I wrote a post, but I have some great news for you today! I have been busy creating a ‘How to make a photo book guide’. In it you can find a lot of handy tips and tricks on creating your unique and personal photo book.

Click on this link to download this free ‘How to make a photo book guide‘?

how to make a photo books guide

I wrote the ‘How to make a photo book guide’ with the first time photo book maker in mind, starting the how to make a photo book process with the download and install of the easy to use pix2print software. It then takes you step by step through each phase of the photo book making process until the order process when you have finished making your photo book.

But, having said that, I am sure that some of you who have made photo books before might find some interesting tips in there too! I am always amazed how many different things you can do with the pix2print software.

The first chapter talks about the pix2print software, downloading the photo book software and installing it onto your computer so you can start using it. It also shows you how to open and close the software.

In chapter 2 I describe everything you see when you open the photo book software: the main menu, the toolbar and what every button on it does, the photo selection panel, the main creative area, the page thumbnail preview panel, the inspector panel and the library.

The inspector panel and the library give you all the options to make your photo book personal, and looking exactly the way you want it to look. Worth a read even if you have made photo books before.

The next chapter talks about starting to make a photo book, including which size photo book to choose, how to create a new photo book, making sure you can see the photos you want to use and how to add them to the pages. It also talks about how to add, delete and re-arrange pages to your photo book.

Working with photos is chapter 4 where I show you how to:

  • change the size of  photo
  • cropping a photo
  • moving a photo
  • adding photos to a page style
  • aligning photos
  • rotating a photo
  • adding a border to a photo
  • adding a drop shadow
  • creating round corners
  • applying a mask to a photo
  • applying a frame to a photo

Those are the basic options to changing the look of your photo book, once you have tried all these you will also feel comfortable clicking on other options and experimenting with different looks for your photo book.

Lastly I have written about the order process, just to make sure you know what to expect, from checking your photo book to ordering it when you are finished.

Five chapters, just over 40 pages with loads of information, example images and step-by-step instructions about how to make an amazing photo book that you will enjoy picking up and looking through for many years to come!

And whilst writing this ‘How to make a photo book guide’ I have come up with many other guides I can still write for you.

How about a ‘How to make a calendar guide’ or a guide about the more advanced features of the photo book software options? Let me know if you want me to write a specific guide first!

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Photo books – How to make an alphabet book for your child

alphabet book with a differenceLast week I told you we created a gorgeous alphabet book as a fundraiser for Variety – the Children’s Charity. In the Alphabet Book we used some great photos taken by a fantastic local photographer called Gillian van Niekerk, from Vann Photography.

We also offer the option to personalise the special edition, where you can send us your photo and we will add it to the Alphabet Book before printing it. This way you can have an Alphabet Book with a photo of your child in it. For example your daughter Emily will learn that E is for Emily and see her photo when she gets to the E.

special edition alphabet book with your own photo and question

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Photo books – Fundraising for Variety – the Children’s Charity

alphabet book with a differenceToday I would like to talk about something different, something I strongly believe in; supporting the community I live in.

Before I started my own company I used to ‘donate’ my time to charities, but now I have my own company, I find I no longer have the time to donate my time to charities. I decided I still wanted to contribute to a better society and started to work on the option of fundraising with pix2print that could be useful to schools, clubs, teams and charities.

And after several months of hard work, you can now show your support too by purchasing the Alphabet Book made as a fundraiser for Variety – the Children’s Charity.

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