So you’ve got the basics down (if you don’t, check out our guide to getting started). Now, you’re ready to kick it up a notch. Here’s how to take your Collage.com One-Click Photo Book to the next level.
1. Get Edgy
Our innovative auto-placement software optimizes your layout for maximum impact — but that doesn’t mean your stuck with what we do. One experiment worth trying? Play around with our Stretch To Edge option. This will remove the outer border and push your photos right up to the edge of the page. There will often be a little bit of photo cropping. Try adding or removing photos from the page if you don’t like how much of the image is cropped off.
You can add filters to your photos individually using our brand new Aviary photo-editing tools (for more on those, check out our Aviary tutorial) — that hasn’t changed. But you can also add a filter to your entire book with — yes — one click. Maybe you’ve got a vision for an all black-and-white album. Maybe you’re going all Sepia, for a romantic/nostalgic/photography-was-recently-invented sort of vibe. Maybe you’re just a very serious fan of Boardwalk, or Sage, or Ventura. To filter your whole photo book at once, just zoom out (that’s the magnifying glass in the upper left hand corner), choose the “filter” icon in the toolbar, and take your pick. Click once, and you’re filtered.
3. [Add Text]
Want to add words? You’ve got choices. There are actually TWO ways to add text to your book. To add a simple sentence at the top or bottom of a page — a classic layout, in our opinion— just zoom in on the page in question, go to “add title” in the basic toolbar, and start typing. You can adjust your font, your color, your text size — this is nothing if not a civilized book-making experience. But let’s say you’re going for something a little more high concept. Maybe you want to add text somewhere else on the page. Maybe you want a caption next to Grandma’s head, or you want a date in the lower right-hand corner, or you want — well, any text that isn’t at the top or bottom of the page. No problem: click on the image to bring up the Aviary photo editing toolkit, go to “text,” and bam — you get a text box you can position at any size, in any place, at any angle.
Okay, but wouldn’t page 22 really be better as page 12 and page 9 is crying out to be swapped with page 6? Do it! Our aerial view makes it incredibly easy to see the big picture. If you want to move pages around once you’ve built your book, just drag ‘em and drop ‘em into their new positions.
5. Title Pages
Speaking of text, let us now take this opportunity to consider the possibilities of title pages. It’s easy to add a blank page (or a not-blank page) to help separate your book into chapters. Why would you want to do this? A case study: Say you’re making a photo book of your trip across Europe. You’ve got a lot of France pictures, and a lot of Spain pictures, and actually a lot of Italy pictures, too. (Belgium was smaller. You have fewer pictures.) But let’s say you’d like to turn each country into a separate section, for aesthetic and/or political reasons. To create a new blank page, drag a photo to the end of your book (you can reorder later). Now, add a photo that encapsulates your chapter. An Italian passport stamp? Perfect. Just upload that new pic to the book, move it into position (reordering your pages has never been easier), and add your text. Wanna go more minimalist and skip the pic? Even easier — just add text to your new blank page.