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Creating a Photo Book with iPhoto

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In addition to being a great writer and pilot, Maria Langer is a terrific photojournalist. Well, maybe not. She's actually really good at taking digital pictures and using the easy steps she covers in this article to assemble those images into impressive photo books. Want to create picture books of your own with that professional look? Just follow along.
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One of the coolest—and possibly the least utilized—features of iPhoto is its photo book feature. With it, you can create professional-quality photo albums in a variety of styles, sizes, and formats.

The iPhoto Book Feature in Action

I first used the photo book feature more than four years ago—is it that long?—when I returned from an excellent cruise in the Caribbean. I'd been shooting photos with my Canon PowerShot camera and had quite a collection to import into iPhoto. And since the trip had been a gift, I thought a photo album of the trip might make a nice thank-you gift for our hosts. The book I put together had more than 50 pages and cost a small fortune, but it turned out great. My copy is still on my coffee table at home. Because the cover features a photo of the front of our ship, many people think I bought it on the cruise and they can't understand how we got our own pictures into it.

Two years later, I created a photo album for my brother and his new wife. The album featured candid photos I took the day before, the day of, and the day after their wedding. Although there aren't any fancy group shots in it, it turned out to be a fascinating look at an East Coast wedding.

But memories and keepsakes aren't the only reason to create an iPhoto book. Earlier this year, I created a small, 20-page book to help me promote my company's helicopter tours. Filled with snapshots of the helicopter and the places to which I fly, it gives potential customers a preview of my tours. And I always have an extra copy on hand, available for sale as a keepsake for passengers.

It's time for me to create a new Flying M Air Tour Book. If you follow along with your own copy of iPhoto 5 (part of the iLife '05 package) and your own photos, you can build a book with me.

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