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Designing a Photobook in Adobe InDesign

In this tutorial, AJ Wood shows you how to use InDesign CS4 to design a photobook that can be exported in JPEG format and sent to the printers.


  • geradji says:

    You are going to break your keyboard hitting the keys that hard.

  • A.J. Wood says:

    This tutorial is based off an entry on Scott Kelby’s blog about creating photo books with iPhoto, Lightroom & Photoshop. You can read his original post here:

    The advantage with InDesign is the ability to export multiple JPGs from a single master document. The other programs require you to export one JPEG at a time. You can also use a single InDesign document to hold multiple page layouts for your book.

    This is how I publish my Blurb & MPIX books.

  • J. Schuh says:

    Hey A.J. Great Job!!!

  • mitzs says:

    I don’t have indesign but great job AJ!

  • Ken says:

    Please consider makeing the video full screen..

    Ken in KY

  • Scott Kelby says:

    AJ may have been inspired by most tutorial, but his took it to a whole new level!!!! Way to go, AJ!!!! Nice work!!! 🙂

    Happy Holidays,


  • Lori says:

    Wow – Digital Scrapbooking gets a thumbs up…

  • Mahzan says:

    Well done.

  • John Schuller says:

    Thank you AJ. I’m having a bit of difficulty with the export section — not really sure how Bridge is supposed to work

    But thanks for the fine tutorial!


  • Kainey says:

    The printers would prefer a High Res PDF over a JPG. Which indesign can output to using File > Export then select Press Quality PDF.

    Would be nice if you added bleed also.

  • e says:

    This was an incredibly fantastic tutorial. I have looked for and watched many online videos about InDesign, and yours is by far the best AJ! Thank you thank you THANK YOU!

  • A.J. Wood says:

    Thanks everyone for the kind words. I’m glad this tutorial was a hit.

    Look for my other Tips & Tricks to be posted soon.

  • A.J. Wood says:

    Kainey – Thanks for the comment, and your assessment is correct.

    However, in this lesson, the print vendors (MPIX & Blurb) require JPEG files for the uploaded content which is why that format was chosen for the tutorial.

  • Jason says:

    For Mpix, do I need to add bleed for my pages? Thanks for the help AJ.

  • A.J. Wood says:

    The recommended bleed by MPIX is a quarter of an inch.

  • Helen says:

    This was really useful! Thanks!

  • Radomir Inek says:

    What a great tutorial. I am just starting with Indesign and it totaly rocks:-) I did some books in Photoshop but this way is so faster and more comfortable.
    Thanks a milion Mr. Wood

  • bkili says:

    This tutorial was so helpful. I’m really looking forward to more.

  • Roxana says:

    This tutorial is very useful! InDesign was not really my friend, but this tutorial made me feel like i can give it a shot again. I am going to try to create a small brochure.

  • Kevin says:

    I have a irrelavant question. I want to have a image as a button and when i click on it, a lager version of the image will appear in the middle of the screen. basically like a flash image gallery. the output of this will be in pdf. how can i do it?

  • amr says:

    nice site

  • Dalia says:

    This was exactly what i was looking for.. Thankyou

  • Greg Landretti says:

    This is a wonderful application! Is it possible to comment on which of the features of this book design are unique to ID CS4 versus CS3? The basis of the question is whether it is essential up upgrade for this functionality.

  • fred capio says:

    one of the few great tutorials, thanks

  • Lorena says:

    Great tutorial!! thanks a lot for sharing it´s really helpful

  • mokauroots says:

    awesome mate! thanks

  • Loring von Palleske says:

    Does CS4 fix the jpg jaggie problem that was seen in CS3?

    Also what about colour management? CS3 exports without an ICC profile and uses the default working space profile. Dose CS4 tag profiles and can you select what profile to use without assigning it as your default workingspace?

  • Luvlee says:

    AJ great work! I really enjoyed watching it.

  • Alex McCausland says:

    Excellent tutorial.!! Learned a lot. Thanks A.J.

  • Satbir Singh says:

    Thanks AJ

  • photo retouching says:

    Great tut! I am more into using photoshop for my photo retouching work, but am seriously considering this for the design aspects.

  • Dave says:

    This is GREAT, thank you. This is definitely second best to hiring a company like to do it.

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  • Raindrop Lila says:

    I’m pretty new to Indesign, and have a question. When I bring in a photo, into the photo box, and need to resize it, will it affect the quality of the photo? How can I resize a photo in indesign & keep the same quality? I’m having trouble finding answers to this question.

    Thank you for the great tutorial.

  • A.J. Wood says:

    Thanks everyone. I’m glad this tutorial is a favorite for folks.

    Lila – When you resize an image inside InDesign you are adjusting the resolution of the file (how large or small the pixels are) without resampling the file (changing the total pixel count).

    If you goto Window–>Info you can see how any changes to the frame size on the screen affect the resolution of the image.

    When I am building a design comp, I actively resize within InDesign, but any final image sizing I do by editing the linked image in Photoshop.

    Hope this info helps.

  • Doresca says:

    These is crazy! enjoying it ! look for more lessons!

  • G.R. says:

    The export to JPEG approach isn’t advisable for serious (art) photo books because, unbelievably, InDesign won’t export JPEGs with an ICC profile. I noticed this bug in CS3 and I’m astonished to learn that it hasn’t been corrected in CS4.

  • Booker says:

    Are u eating something? :(((

  • Daniel says:

    i’ve been following your tutorial but am facing some problems with the resolution of the image i drag in the box. In fact i don’t know why but the photo appears really bad quality as if i had used an image of very small resolution but my images are not its all the contrary they are of very good resolution.
    I tried almost all formats but it makes the same thing!
    how can i solve this problem if anyone can help!

  • Chris Main says:

    Hi Daniel,

    Do you have your display performance set to high quality display in InDesign? Just click on the image and go to Object>Display Performance>High Quality Display.

    Chris Main
    Senior Technical Editor
    Layers magazine

  • mdarce says:

    Thanks so much for your wonderful tutorial. I had an assignment to make a scrapbook in Indesign and didn’t know where to begin. Your tutorial really helped me get started. Once again, thank you!

  • Ted Sast says:

    Thanks for a good instructive video. It helps me understand how to do basic projects in InDesign.

    Good job!!!

  • Sheri says:

    Thanks for a great video, I’ve taken a course at uni that requires us to learn stuff on InDesign and what I just learned in this video trumps the whole 3 months I’ve spent trying to learn anything in that class. I finally see the light ! 😀

  • Lilyty says:

    Hey users. This is my very first post here and I have to have some assist. I’m looking for a location where I can come across some scrapbooking sketches. They can be cost-free or paid, I’m open to all tips. Thanks!

  • Bill says:

    Here is an InDesign script that I wrote specifically for photo book layout that automates all of the hard work:


  • Alexander says:

    thx for the tutorial… but
    your breathing is giving me a feeling of drowning… because of this feeling I can´t listen to it…

  • Sharon Saxby says:

    That is a fantastic tutorial AJ. Can’t wait to use it.

  • Nikki says:

    Great tutorial AJ, thank you!

  • Girlie says:

    I’m just starting out with inDesign and this is really helpful! Thank you.