Kjell’s Photo Blog
 
Announcement: Pixopolis Book Designer
Monday, May 28, 2007
 
 
 
During the last two months I’ve been working on a set of Photoshop Actions and Javascript code to assist with book design. If you’ve seen one of our wedding books you know that we avoid using standard templates and rather customize the layout for our clients.
If you also design books, the Pixopolis Book Designer (PBD) will greatly increase your productivity, and perhaps quality. Because all images on a page are stored as Photoshop Smart Objects, you can move, scale, and rotate your images around as much as you want without having to worry about loss of quality.
Actions are provided for creating blank page spreads for popular book formats. Images are then selected in Bridge and dropped on the blank page by just selecting a special Pixopolis menu.
While in Photoshop, images can be moved around like on a light table. Borders and drop shadows can be added easily.
Once the page is finished, simply hit the Save button and three files are saved: your original PSD-file (if you need to go back and make changes) and the left and right pages, as level 12 JPEG-files, ready for printing.
This work has been in collaboration with Pixopolis, a well-known, high-quality book printer.
 
 
Screenshot showing PBD at work, Actions palette on the right.
Go to the PBD home page../../pbd/PBD.html../../pbd/PBD.htmlshapeimage_4_link_0