Quick Tip:
Create a Professional Portfolio That Blows Clients Away

iPhoto on Mac OS X (10.4) has an option that allows you to create a paperback or hardbound book of images. After you've designed your book in iPhoto, you upload it to Apple. They print and deliver your finished book in a few days. Prices range from $3.99 to $29.99 plus shipping.

Start by “drag-n-dropping” your images into one of many book templates supplied with iPhoto. There's a portfolio template that's perfect for this purpose. Book sizes range from 3.5” x 2.5” to 11” x 8.5”.

Each page style in the book can be changed from text to one or multiple images per page. Page captions are fully customizable to whatever you want. You can also specify background colors and fonts for each page.

Once you've assembled the book locally on your Mac, click “Buy Book.” A new window opens in your browser that takes you to Apple's website, where you pay for the service. The software automatically uploads the complete template with your pictures and customized captions.

In a few days, (mine took only 3 days to be printed and delivered!), you have a very professional looking portfolio in book format.

If you're not a Mac user, you can still create a beautiful portfolio book that gets attention.

Online photo services like Ofoto (www.ofoto.com) and Snapfish (www.snapfish.com) (among others) allow you to upload images and create picture books. You may not have as many template choices as with iPhoto, but you'll still be able to create an impressive instrument to display your portfolio.

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Published: November 3, 2005

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