Archive for the ‘making books’ category

Free Image Processing Software

January 11th, 2011

If you’re putting children’s pictures in your personalized books, often you will need to crop a picture before making the book.  Since the pictures go inside a picture frame, the child’s picture needs to have the same aspect ratio as the frame – otherwise the picture may appear to be stretched or squashed.  All it takes is a photo editing program that will let you crop a picture and save it in the correct proportion.  There are many software programs you could use for this.  Fortunately, there is a very good free download called Serif Photo Plus.  You can download it at http://www.serif.com/free-photo-editing-software/

Staples versus binding machine for personalized books

January 25th, 2010

Personalized books can be bound several ways. Two popular ways involve either heavy-duty staples or a binding machine. Both methods produce a solidly-bound book. My opinion is that a binding machine that costs $125 or more is an unnecessary expense, plus it is a large item that is not convenient to carry when making books on location.

A heavy-duty stapler can be purchased at any office supply store for under $30 and it takes up very little space.