We’ve all heard the old adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” The feelings and memories that come to mind when you’re reviewing old photographs can be vivid and real, no matter how long ago the events took place. Photo books are a wonderful way to commemorate a variety of special occasions. Today’s technology makes it easy and affordable to create books to mark a variety of occasions, including milestones in children’s lives, special events and vacations or other themes. Creating a sports-themed book for the athlete in your family is a great way to see his or her growth over time. Show your child how proud you are of him or her by creating a special football, gymnastics, tennis, golf or baseball photo book.
Accumulate the Pictures
When you consider showcasing an entire lifetime of sports accomplishments, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed at first. You might wonder where to begin. It’s best to get all of the pictures organized in one space. Create folders on your desktop by year. Scan older pictures into your computer. Save the folders on an additional disk to preserve them in the event of a computer mishap.
Give yourself a manageable timeline to avoid starting and stopping the project without ever finishing. Slow and steady work will get the job done without feeling like you are in over your head.
Choose a Photo Site
Once you have all the photos ready, it’s time to find a website to create the photo book. There are numerous options available. Many photo sites offer deals on photo books like buy one get one free. Shop around for the site that suits your needs.
It’s also important to find a site that will be user-friendly. Some will basically create the book for you, allowing you to make any necessary adjustments. Other sites let you place each picture and choose each individual design element. The latter option is obviously more time consuming.
Arrange the Pictures
Next, place the pictures on the pages any way you choose. You might do a two-page spread for each sports season. Try to choose only the best pictures for the photo book, even though it is tempting to place every single picture you have.
Add Captions and Text
When all the pictures have been placed, you can go back and add any captions or text. When you do it all at the same time, it ensures that you will choose the same type and size font for each page, keeping the baseball photo book relatively uniform and attractive.
Carefully proofread each page to avoid ordering a book with errors. Most sites will help by highlighting any potential misspellings or errors. When you’re sure your book is error-free, click “Purchase” and you’re done.
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