Family Album 2013

Family Album 2013: The Cover Page

This post is part of a series where I explain in detail how I approached and built my 2013 family album that was printed  by Blurb. In a hurry? View the completed photobook, now.

Let's talk photobook cover design, shall we? Not interested? Oh?  Did you stumble onto this web site by mistake while googling for quilts? damn. That sucks. Everyone else, let's get to it.

When it comes to cover design I opted for simplicity: a single image on the front and a small version on the back.

Photos + words, you cannot go wrong with it.

To design the cover, I modified my favorite image from our family portrait session last year to add a soft, tilt-shift style blur. I then added the initial of our last name and the year. I wanted the design to be stripped down and replicable in future years.

Building the cover was easy. I simply pulled images into the pre-designed cover layout options in Lightroom (I turned off the text layers).

More About This Project

  • Want to know why I decided to make a 2013 family album? Check this out.
  • Would you like to know more about how I organized this project and the tools I used? See here.
  • Curious about the cool navigation technique I added to the fore edge of my book? Want to know what the heck a fore edge is? Read this.
  • Want to know how and why I incorporated my daughter's artwork into this project? That's here.
  • Want an in-depth look at an entire season from my photobook? Read here.
  • Curious about the Highlights page at the end of the album? Here you go.
  • Ready to see the whole album cover-to-cover? Coming right up!