Cewe Photobook is one of those ideas that is so brilliant you wonder why nobody thought of it before. In a nutshell, Cewe Photobook is an excellent software package that lets you assemble images, stills from video, clipart and text into a variety of formats that you can then order as printed copies. It gives you an impressive range of options for assembling and editing, and several options for how you want to produce your hardcopy. You can get glossy or matt prints, and the printing can be done on a variety of surfaces.
I used it to create a book of my fur boy Bix and Andy for Andy’s Mum’s birthday since she adores both of them, so a “The Big Book of Your Boy and Biscuit Bits 2013″ was produced.
To use Cewe Photobook, you will need to download the software from their website. The interface is easy to use, so you can get up and running in no time. Basically, the screen is divided into three sections. On the left, you do things like select images, patterns etc. The top of the screen has the various menu options available. The rest of the screen is your working area.
In many ways, this is a fully featured layout tool that can produce professional quality pages, posters and so on. In fact, there are so many features that it would be impossible to cover them all in this review, so to use an example is the best way to give you a good idea of how sophisticated the software is.
Hardback Cewe Photobook Idea
Lets say you want to create a hardcopy of your latest holiday snaps. You load the images from your camera into a folder on your computer. Once you have done that, you open the Cewe Photobook Assistant and select the size of album you want. You will see tabs with various options, and you can also see quick examples of the many different options you could select.
When you have decided on the size and style of album you want, you just drag and drop the image folder you created for your holiday snaps into the work area. The Cewe Photobook Assistant will then calculate the number of pages necessary and the number of images that can fit on each page. You then create your Photobook with a single click, and select a cover and a name for it. Within seconds, you have a stylish photo album. You can review your Cewe Photobook and make any changes you want. When you are happy, you simply move to the shopping area and order your hard copy, which will be delivered within a few days.
You do not have to accept the layout that was automatically created for you. You can change the layout for one page or for the whole album. To do this, all you need do is select a desired layout from the templates on the layout menu. You can also change the position or sizes of all the photos on a page. This is all achieved easily by dragging images and using handles to resize. You can rotate images to any degree as well, and create overlaps.
If you would like to play around with the shape of an image, then you can select from a number of image masks that are included. With one click, you can make an image heart shaped, for example. You can choose the background for each page in your album. There are numerous patterns or designs you can select, or you can use an image for the background. You can create a number of image effects, such as altering transparency, from within the interface. You could also import images from image manipulation programs like Photoshop.
Cewe Photobook QR Codes? Really?
They don’t only feature images though. If the recipient has access to a QR reader, then Cewe gives you the ability of recording a short video to accompany the book. It’s published as a QR code in the book which when accessed plays the video that you have uploaded to the person whom you send it to. It’s uploaded and stored on Cewe’s server for 3 years, free of charge which is an added bonus! Now you can say what you feel and keep those memories precious for them.
Cewe Photobook is a highly sophisticated programme, and it will take a bit of playing around before you can get the most out of it, but it is well worth the effort. Having said that, it only takes a few minutes and just a few clicks to create a really professional looking album. People who have experience working with other layout programmes will have little difficulty in picking it up quickly.
You will quickly find that the programme is very intuitive. Every screen essentially works in the same way. You click a tab that selects the task you want to undertake. This prepares your work area. The tools and options you can use are then available through tabs on the left of the screen. You click on one of these and drag it to the work area, where the tool or option is immediately applied to the image you drop it on. Various styling options, such as font selection, appear just above the work area.
Cewe Photobook’s help section has comprehensive explanations of everything within the package. The package also has online help that includes videos that show you the basics. Cewe Photobook’s website has numerous examples of different album styles that you can use for inspiration. These are ideal for people who do not have any layout experience.
This package is an excellent tool for everybody from the complete amateur to professional graphic designers. It can be used for creating simple family albums or for producing sophisticated business brochures. You are not constrained to working with albums. You can order everything from posters to stickers, and the prices are really competitive. It would certainly be a lot more cost effective to use Cewe Photobook to create your own promotional material than to deal with designers and print companies.
You may think that a package that can do so much is going to cost a lot. Incredibly, you can download and use Cewe Photobook from Cewe Color for free. The company makes its money when you order your Cewe books in hard copy which vary from size to size.
This is a highly impressive product that I have no hesitation in recommending. The fact that the software is free means you can try it out yourself without obligation, and once you’ve ordered, you receive your delivery in around 7 days. I’m confident that should you take the plunge and order a Cewe Photobook you will be just as impressed!