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ACI brag book

(Originally posted to Flickr forums in September 2008.)

These books can make very nice “under $25” thank you gifts for your best clients. (Ordering a soft-cover drops the price even more.) The photos shown here are of the ACI’s photo memory book — 20-pages, size 4×6. I upgraded to the black art cloth cover and linen pages. Each page is the thickness of a linen art paper postcard. There is a solid black divider page at the very beginning and end of the book. You can have the pages scored for an additional cost, and I highly recommend doing so due to the page thickness. Dust jackets are also offered for an additional fee.

I actually created my own guide-template (FREE in the download link below) based on ACI’s specs in ROES. The “HIDE crop layer before saving” layer should be deleted before print. It is just a guide. All the light area in that layer is the crop-area. Only what’s inside that light area is guaranteed to print. The two darker strips on either side alternate being relevant one at a time if the page is on the left or on the right of the book — the area in the dark strip is what will be lost to page mount / fold. Basically you’ll start with a 6½x4½” crop and then make sure your page content fits in the grey guides, and then delete the crop guide layer before saving. I numbered my finished pages “page1.jpg”, “page2.jpg”, etc., so there would be no confusion in ROES when it was time to build the book.

Here is an example of the three (FREE!) templates you can download now:

sample ACI memory book templates
These templates are ©Robyn Pollman, 2008 and 2009. All rights reserved. They may not be copied, resold, made available for download or given away elsewhere, or redistributed without my written permission.

All three pages shown include the crop guide layer. → download link ← (please note these files were designed in CS2 and you must have Photoshop or Elements and know how to edit a .psd layered file — I do not provide technical support for this download)

(Just make sure to upgrade to the linen paper if you want your finished product to look the same as mine.)

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4 Responses to “bragging rights”

  1. 1
    Tracy Allyn Croysdale  on July 24th, 2009

    You’re so great, Robyn! What a great client gift too! Thank you for putting up the templates!

  2. 2
    Mariann  on July 24th, 2009

    I’m not a professional photographer, but these templates hold potential for my family photos and holiday gifts. Thanks!

  3. 3
    mk  on July 24th, 2009

    If you gift a book and they ask about purchasing additional ones, what do you do?

  4. 4
    robyn  on July 24th, 2009

    Sell it to them. 😉