Don’t tell, but I never actually used Shutterfly’s Storyboard™ tool until about a month ago – and now I am kicking myself, because that feature makes photo booking so much easier! If you don’t know what it is, time to get acquainted with my new best friend.
I had just come back from the Netherlands with four hundred images in my camera, and knew I wanted to create a photo book. However, I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of pictures I had to deal with. How was I going to wade through four hundred photos? On a whim, I clicked on the Storyboard™ button, to see if it would help.
What I saw looked promising. On the left side of the screen were my images, and on the right, mini versions of my book pages. I could drag as many images into each mini page as I liked, and the Storyboard™ tool would choose the layouts that would look best. I started dragging and dropping. Conveniently, all of my images were in chronological order, so I could easily make the book chronological too. Honestly, it took less than half an hour to choose the images for all of my pages, because they were so easy to see. I could hover over them to get an enlarged view, then choose the ones I liked. Another secret was keeping the book short. I always try to rein in on the number of pages. Makes both the creating and viewing experience much more fun.
Once all of my images were chosen, I exited Storyboard™ and went back into my regular photo book view. All the pages looked great, and for the most part, the chosen layouts were perfect (just had to make a few adjustments). This left only the covers and spine (plus a few quotes), which took about 20 minutes.
The results were amazing. I was so pleased with this book, and astounded that I could transform a huge pile of photos into a finished photo book in only forty five minutes.
I’m never going back to re-inventing the wheel again. From now on it’s Storyboard™ for me (unless I feel like being a copycat). Once you give Storyboard™ a try you’ll never go back either.
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