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Layout Tips 2

4. Vertical alignment issues

 

When placing your images on the page pay particular attention to the vertical alignment. See the image above as an example. A little too high or a little too low can look odd in the final album… unless it’s by design of course and consistent throughout the entire album.

 

5. Misaligned images

 

When designing an album it’s easy to misalign images on the page. We do our best to spot this and if we do we’ll let you know. Use software features such as guides, grids and align tools to ensure your images are nicely aligned on the page. Perfect alignment looks professional.

 

6. Misaligned image group

 

Laying out a group of images on the page creates additional complexity as you need to align both horizontally and vertically. Whilst keeping one eye on alignment, keep the other on consistent spacing – see next section.

 

7. Inconsistent space between images

 

Check your design to ensure the images have consistent spacing between images. Inconsistent spacing can confuse the eye and distract from the quality of your images.

 

If designing your album using PhotoJunction use the ‘Separate Aperture Horizontally’ tool to ensure spacing is consistent.

 

8. Low resolution image/spread

 

There are a number of reasons why an image may become pixelated. The two most common reason are;

 

1. An image has been cropped too much causing a reduction in resolution.

2. The album design software has lost the original high resolution image and consequently exported your spread using a low resolution version. If using InDesign run a preflight and check the file links.

 

Again, it’s worth checking each spread at 100% in Photoshop before uploading them to us.

 

9. Odd image crop

 

Either a slip of the mouse, or an export error can cause an issue with the crop of your image. Double check each spread before sending them through to us. We’ve seen this happening on occasion from PhotoJunction when exporting using Photoshop. Try exporting using “ProtoJunction Direct” which is available as an option in the Export window.

 

10. Inconsistent image borders

 

We see many designs with and without boarders (keylines). Whatever your preference, we have found that keeping it consistent across the entire design looks the most professional as it creates ‘familiarity’ between the viewer and the album design.

 

11. Duplicate image

 

We sometimes see duplicate images on the same or different pages. It’s an easy mistake to make so it’s worth double checking before sending us your layouts.

 

12. Off-white background colour

 

On occasion we see spreads with an off-white background colour. Use the Eyedropper tool in Photoshop to quickly check that you have the background colour you expect. The RGB value for pure white is 255,255,255