How To Make A Boudoir Photo Book
Are you ready to make a GORGEOUS boudoir photo book that will truly make your partners jaw drop?
Putting together a sexy little boudoir book has become a popular trend for brides to give unsuspecting grooms on their wedding day but Boudoir Books also make the perfect, birthday, anniversary, Christmas or Valentine’s Day gift too! It’s always a good time to gift a Boudoir Photo Book!
No matter what occasion, we want to make sure that your boudoir photos are presented in the most beautiful way. We can appreciate how much effort you have taken to plan out your boudoir photo shoot, invest in professional hair and make-up, not to mention some sexy new lingerie, so let us help you make sure your Boudoir Book looks just as gorgeous as YOU!
Our Experience & Advice
My Bridal Pix specializes in printing boudoir photo books, so we thought it would be helpful to pass along some best practices. Below you will find some helpful tips to help you design a gorgeous boudoir album in the My Bridal Pix software. You can also visit our FAQ page for some quick answers and helpful video tutorials to help you with your layout. We also offer custom boudoir album design services if you prefer to leave it to the professionals.
Boudoir photography is meant to be sexy and beautiful, so you’ll want the book style you choose to also reflect this. Choose a book with exceptional print quality and substance that will flatter and compliment your boudoir portraits. Choosing to display your boudoir photos in an ordinary photo book with thin pages, will most likely leave you disappointed. You need a book that has WOW factor and one that showcases your images on thick photographic paper. Specialty papers such as our Pro Photo and Pearl photographic paper, offer greater skin tone accuracy and overall tonal ranges and richness of color that is perfect for boudoir books. Let’s face it…you went to a lot of trouble to take your boudoir photos, so go for the best quality book and you won’t be sorry.
To get started, you first need to consider the following photo book options for your boudoir book. These choices will be necessary to start your layout in software.
- The stye book you prefer – Flush Mount, Layflat, Hardcover or Softcover Photo Book.
- Book size – we have 6 sizes to choose from.
- The paper – paper option will depend upon book style.
- The cover material and color ( Leather, Eco Leather, Linen or Photo Image Cover.
- Foil embossing message on cover – For My Husband, For Your Eyes Only, To My Love, etc…
Once you become familiar with these options and know your preferences you are ready to start creating your book in the software! Read on to learn more details about album customizations.
Book Styles We Recommend For Boudoir Books
Most customers choose the Pro quality Layflat or Flush Mount Album for boudoir books. These books offer the best in image quality, page thickness and panoramic spreads to WOW you! Page spreads lay completely flat with a very fine mico-fold down the center of the book. This makes it perfect for those eye popping centerfold spreads! The Flush Mount album has a page thickness of a quarter and the Layflat album has a page thickness of a dime.
If budget is a major factor, we understand. Our advice is to go with a smaller sized, higher quality book, if you can still afford it. Otherwise we offer hardcover photo books and softcover books as a budget option.
What Size Book Is Best?
How many pages should a boudoir book have and what size is a question we are asked a lot. If you want a book to tuck away in a suitcase or a bedside table, the 6×6 and the 8×8 size books, work well. If you are going for a bigger impact, and an impressive gift, the 10×10 or 12×12 are a great choice. If you have a lot of vertical or portrait images, a 8.5×11 portrait size book may work best to prevent any cropping of your images. Most of the boudoir books we print are square 10 – 20 spreads (20 to 40 pages). The more images you have, the more pages you will need in your book. Keep in mind that good boudoir book design should not look like a collage of images. You want the images to stand on their own without too much clutter. Figure on putting 3 – 4 images per spread, knowing that some spreads will have more or less.
Paper Quality Makes All the Difference
Choose from the following lay flat album paper options:
- Pro Photo Paper– Our top choice paper for boudoir books. This paper comes standard in our top of the line Flush Mount Albums and Layflat Albums. The Pro Photo paper has a light lustre sheen with excellent print quality. It is known for accurate skin tone reproduction and tonal ranges which is so important for boudoir books. It’s also a coated paper so the surface can be easily cleaned with a dry cloth.
- Pearl Paper – This paper choice is only available on Flush Mount Albums. Imported from Italy, it offers a beautiful, smooth photographic pearl finish. A beautiful choice that gives your book a little shimmer to it. It is also a coated paper so it’s surface can be easily cleaned with a dry cloth.
- Mohawk Superfine Eggshell – This paper is a standard choice for Layflat Albums only. Perfect for those looking for a soft matte finish. While this paper is an industry leading paper, we do not recommend this paper for dark boudoir images as matte paper does not reflect light so darker colors will not have the same tonal ranges as the coated papers. We typically recommend this paper for wedding reception guest books as the paper is not coated, making it perfect to accept inks for signature guest books.
Cover Options For Boudoir Photo Books
Leather Covers – Our genuine Italian leather adds a certain amount of richness to your book. This extra thick and padded cover is made from natural hides and has a soft buttery texture, so soft, we promise you’ll want to hug it! Choose from 8 fabulous colors! Foil stamping, de-bossing can be added to the front cover for an additional fee. Leather is an upgraded cover option.
Eco- leather Covers – A standard cover option in 2 popular colors (Ebony & Ivory). Eco- leather has the look and feel of real leather and is an animal friendly option to real leather. This is probably our most popular boudoir book cover option. Eco-leather covers are slightly padded and also have the option to foil emboss the front cover and spine. Foil embossing comes in various colors, positions with 3 fonts to choose from. You will make these cover selections prior to laying out your book. The software does not allow you to change the cover unless you make the selections over again so make sure you like your cover before you finish your layout.
Lush Linen Covers – A standard cover option in 10 color choices. Linen covers have a soft touch and come with a slightly padded cover. Linen covers can also be foil embossed with a special message on the cover and spine of your book.
Champagne Shimmer Linen cover with 96pt Serif font in silver.
Photo Wrap Covers – This cover options allows you to be as creative as you like. You can add images, artwork, text, backgrounds, etc.. You are only limited by your imagination. Photo Wrap Covers have a protective laminate finish with a choice of soft touch matte or gloss finish. The matte finish gives your book a nice soft finish while and the gloss gives it a bit of shine.
Photo Wrap covers give you the option to add text, photos, designs, etc to your cover. You are only limited by your imagination. Choose from a soft touch matte or gloss laminate finish.
Add a Special Message to Your Cover
Our foil stamping and de-bossing allows for a special message to be placed onto the cover of your book. Lush Linen and Eco-leather covers can be stamped on the front in various positions as well as the spine. Leather covers are stamped on front cover only.
Some popular messages for boudoir books:
- Just For You
- For Your Eyes Only…
- For My Groom
- For My Husband
- For My Love
- Hey stud…
Tips on Working in the Software
Working With Your Images
When you first register your account in the software, you will be promoted to select a template and upload your images. Images will be saved in your account only if you save your project. You can then log back into you account another time to retrieve your project and continue to work on your layout. You can go back into your account after you receive your book and delete your images from the software.
Your images will be uploaded to our site at their highest resolution. Images may sometimes appear blurry in the software editing tool but this will depend upon your internet quality and speed. If your images appear blurry, no worries. The PDF we generate from the software will always reproduce your images with the exact clarity of your hi-resolution images uploaded.
When working with your images in the software, you may come across a “low resolution” icon. This is a warning that your image quality is too low. Your photographer may have only saved your images at 72DPI or your image size is just too small for the size book you selected. When you print images, keep in mind that they need to be hi-resoution- 300DPI. 72 DPI is just for viewing on the web. When working with your photographer, let them know that you plan to print a book and you want hi- resolution 300 DPI images sized to your book size and saved to in sRGB color space for best print quality. For instance, if you want a 10×10 finished book your images need to be at least 10″ high. If you plan on having an image spread across two pages, it needs to be 10 x 20 in size.
If you should receive a warning sign, you have a few options to correct. You can reduce the size of your photo placeholder in the template until the icon disappears or you can ask your photographer for the correct file sizes from the RAW files. Please note if you ignore the warning sign, there is the risk that your image may print blurry. If you have additional questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to assist you.
Free Boudoir Book Templates
You simply will not find our customized boudoir book templates anywhere else. Please see our Vimeo Channel for sample layout or visit our Boudoir Book detail page for more information and book samples.
Bridal Boudoir Book – Perfect Gift For Your Groom! from My Bridal Pix on Vimeo.
How to Customize Your Book
Our templates in the software are 100% customizable. So if you like a particular template but find that your images do not work in the pre-desinged photo placeholders, no worries. When you click on the photo placeholder, the transform button will allow you to grab the edges of the image placeholder so that you can configure and crop the image as needed. Backgrounds and matching art elements can all be found in the software tabs. Please see our video tutorial page for more helpful tips.
The software has an auto fill option that will automatically layout your book for you once your images are upload. This is a great option for those who do not have patience to layout a book but most people like to layout their book on their own. If you do not like the look of the autofill, just go back and “deselect” your images and then click on “Customize Book.” This will prevent the autofill option and you can place your photos as you like.
Avoiding Design Mistakes
Center Fold – One of the biggest mistakes newbie album designers make in laying out their boudoir photo book, is not paying attention to the center of the book or the book fold. For best results keep any important images away from the center of the spread. While our flush mount, and lay flat books have a very small micro fold with panoramic spreads, you still want to pay attention to the fold line as you would not want that fold line going down the middle of a face or across the eyes of your image. Try shifting your image a little to the right or left to make sure it is not touching an import element of your image.
This is especially important if you choose a basic press printed photo book ( see image below). The issue becomes that your images can get lost in the fold of the book.
Too Many Images – Another thing to avoid is placing too many images on a spread. Boudoir books should really showcase your images. Putting too many images together takes away from the impact the book will have.
Layouts- Pages v.s. spreads -When creating your own page layouts, or adding pages to an existing template, be sure to choose the SPREADS from the Layouts Tab when working with a layflat or flush mount book. This will allow you to work in spreads across 2 pages and not single pages. Page layouts are for photo books to be designed one page at a time, while panoramic books with layflat spreads work best by choosing spreads. Another work around is just to drag your images onto the given spread and create your own layouts.
Check Margins– Be careful that your text is balanced on the page and not to close to the edge of the book. The same is true for clipart and frames.
Saving Your Work – Be sure to save your work as you layout your book. This way you can always restart your book at a later date and retrieve your book layout from your account.
Double Check Your Work – Make sure to preview your book before you buy it so that you can check the layout of each of your pages. Mistakes can easily be overlooked in the design process. The My Bridal Pix software allows you PREVIEW to flip through the pages of your software so that you can see exactly how your book will print. Look for art elements or text too close to edge, missing photos, alignment of images, misspellings.
Update Shopping Cart – When you make changes after you added book to the shopping cart, you must remember to UPDATE YOUR CART in the so that your updates are made to the item you placed in your cart.
Most Frequently Asked Q’s When Making A Boudoir Book
Can I Make a Boudoir Book With Only 10 Images?
We are often asked if it’s possible to layout a book with only 10-15 images. The answer is YES! Our books have a minimum of 10 spreads or 20 pages so a simple layout on each spread or page will work best for you. You can also use the same photo multiple times, by cropping or using a black and white version to get a whole new look to the same image. Photos can also be used to make a page background and you can add a filter to it to create a new look. You can also help fill up a page with text or a special message. Clipart is another nice design option to help fill space or add balance to add to your page layouts. Clip art, backgrounds, filters, and borders can be found in the software to the left dashboard panel.
Some customers like to upload their own artwork as a .jpg file. Just make sure the overall size of the artwork is large enough that it will be the same size as your finished book.
How Much Time Do I Need to Complete a Boudoir Book?
If you plan on doing a boudoir photo shoot, be sure to give yourself enough time. Often, boudoir images require some editing. Be sure to ask your boudoir photographer how much time this will take so that you are not caught off guard and having to rush last minute to put your book together. Remember photographers are very busy around the holidays, and wedding season with lots of photos to edit, so plan ahead.
What is Book Processing and Shipping Time?
Our book printing turn around is typically 5-7 business days but you should allow 5-10 business days especially during the holiday season. You also need to factor in shipping time (books ship from the mid west). We ship via FedEx ground and also offer offer overnight and 2 day shipping for those in a rush. You should also consider giving yourself extra time incase a reprint is necessary. Not that it happens often, but from time to time, books can be damaged in delivery. Please know our books come with a guarantee to be free of manufacture defects, or we will replace them for free. We ship internationally and offer standard and Express shipping options – please be sure to factor in time for customs clearance.
Tracking your order can be done right from your My Account dashboard in the book making software. We also send a shipment notification email with your tracking ID when your order leaves our facility.
Are My Boudoir Images Kept Private?
Please know upfront that your images will never be used by our website or published to promote our services. All the images you see on our boudoir book pages are stock images that we purchase. We totally understand your need for privacy when it comes to your boudoir images, and we make every effort to keep them secure and private. We offer an all female design team, so if you need help laying out your book, no worries. Our print facility also uses female personnel as much a possible when procession boudoir books.
Can I have a Professional Design My Book?
If you need help with the design and layout of your boudoir photo book or you are a photographer needing assistance on a regular basis with boudoir photo book layout, we offer an all female design team. We understand the sensitive nature of putting one of these books together and we greatly respect your privacy. If interested, email us at email@example.com and let us know the details of what you need and one of our design consultants will get back to you promptly.
Take Pix’s of His Reaction!
When the time comes to present your boudoir book, make sure you take pictures! His reaction to your book will be a priceless photo or video. The jaw dropping, eyes popping, mouth wide open expression is sure to be one you will not want to forget.
We hope this post was helpful. If you have put together a boudoir book and would like to share any ideas you may have, please leave a comment below so everyone can learn from your experience too!
Looking For More Info?
If you are a bride-to-be and just considering having a boudoir photo shoot and you are not 100% sure you can muster up the courage, read our blog post Boudoir Book The Best Grooms Gift Ever.
You can also find additional info & product specs and samples of our BOUDOIR BOOKS on our website!