As photographers, we see our photos on digital screens all the time.
Sometimes, we want to see it in real-life.
And the most popular way to bring our photos to life, is by creating a photo album.
In this guide, I’ll be covering how to design your own photo albums using a software called Zno Designer.
Whether you want to create a photo album for yourself, or you need to send it to a client, you’ll know how to do it by the end of this guide.
Let’s dive in!
More of a visual learner? Be sure to watch the video version:
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How to Make a Photo Album
Here are the 5 steps you need to follow in order to make a photo album:
1. Pick a Photo Album Design Platform
The first step to make a photo album, is to pick a design platform.
The one I’ll be using in this guide is Zno Designer.
Zno is a photo lab and a software that offers a suite of photography business tools.
They offer an album design tool, gallery tool, slideshow tool, and a retoucher tool.
I used Zno Gallery to create a photo gallery to send to clients as well, and you can check out that guide right here → How to Create a Photo Gallery to Send to Clients
With your album design service, you’ll want to make sure they have features that allow you to fully customize your album from front to back.
And if you get stuck or have trouble, ideally, the service you choose should have some type of support feature or a team that will help you design it.
That’s what I like about Zno Designer:
They have a lot of customization options in terms of the layout of my images in the album.
They also have a Design Service that you can just pay for if you don’t have the time or lack the design experience to design it yourself.
2. Choose Your Design
Once you’ve picked your album design platform, it’s time to choose your design.
There are many different types of albums such as flush mount albums, fine art albums, layflat photo books, slim photo books, etc.
There are also many different sizes you can choose for your photo album such as square, portrait, or landscape.
Pick the type of album and the size you’ll want it in, and then you’ll be ready to start designing it.
3. Design the Album
The third step is to design the album.
Based on the photo album design platform you use, you may be limited in what you can do.
What I like about Zno Designer, is that there are lots of different layout options in terms of how you setup your pages.
Design the Photo Album Cover
First, you can design the cover to your liking.
I usually like to go into the Decorations tab and choose a decoration for the cover instead of a large photo on the cover.
You can choose from one of their backgrounds.
You have the option to adjust the width to your liking or choose from one of their Layout options on the bottom.
Design the Photo Album Pages
When you are done designing your cover, it’s time to move to the pages.
On the pages, you can easily add in the photos that you’ve imported from the Photo panel by dragging and dropping.
Once the photos are on the page, you can play around with the Layouts on the bottom.
See which ones fit your album better based on the width and height of the photos you’re adding in.
If you have a lot of photos to add in and are getting tired of clicking the left and right arrows, you can go to the Arrange Pages tab to get a bird’s eye view of your album.
I find this feature very handy:
Let’s talk about the Design Service.
If you don’t feel like designing your own photo album or you don’t have the time, you can request the Design Service.
Zno’s team will design the album for you.
When they are designing the album, they’ll ask for your feedback and you can leave comments letting them know what you like and don’t like.
Once you’re happy with how the album looks, you can accept their design and move on to ordering the album.
4. Have All Parties Review the Album
The fourth step is to have all parties review the album.
If you are making a photo album for a client, you want to make sure they are happy with it before ordering it.
What I like about Zno Designer is they have a proofing feature where you can email your client a link to the album design page.
When your client gets to the page, they can leave comments on certain pages.
Once they are happy with the design and have no more comments, they can approve the design.
This lets you know that you have the green light to order the album.
5. Order the Album
The final step is to order the album.
Make sure to run through the design one more time, making sure no images are being cut off and that your DPI is set to the correct number.
If you aren’t familiar with DPI, it refers to the number of dots per inch in a printed image.
Standard prints typically start at 300 DPI and that’s the default in Zno Designer.
What I like about Zno Designer is that when you go to order and you requested a client to review the album, that you actually can’t order it until the client approves.
This is a nice little safe-guard:
They also provide you with some last minute items you should double-check with your album before ordering.
I find this to be a very nice, helpful feature:
Those are the 5 steps in order to design and make your own photo album.
Good luck, have fun, and I hope your photo album turns out great!
Nate Torres is a seasoned photographer and marketing consultant, providing educational photography content while also teaching photographers how to grow their business and brand through SEO. Nate shares his insights on his YouTube channel, “Nate Torres,” and on his personal photography blog, Nate Torres Photography. Beyond the lens, he’s an authoritative voice in the photography industry, serving as a speaker and photography author for renowned photography publications such as Photofocus, SLR Lounge, and Fstoppers. An entrepreneur and lifelong learner at heart, Nate is also the co-founder of Imaginated, an educational platform. Nate shares his insights on his YouTube channel, “Nate Torres,” and on his personal photography blog, Nate Torres Photography. But his expertise doesn’t stop at photography. Whether it’s elucidating the nuances of marketing within the realm of photography or sharing broader marketing insights, Nate Torres brings to the table a wealth of expertise, ensuring readers and audiences benefit from both his photographic acumen and marketing knowledge.