I received a fantastic question from a reader this week. How do you get a 24×12 layout ready for printing? I replied, making sure the reader meant a horizontal 24×12 layout. Indeed she did, she was asking about a 2 page spread.
The design technique involves designing two scrapbook pages as if it was one cohesive design. Here’s an example from a magazine… which would make a great sketch template too!
There are two ways to handle preparing a spread for printing and your choice depends on what type of album you have.
If you have a post-bound album:
- You can create pages where the layout is continuous across the center line.
- To do this, design your layout at 24 inches wide x 12 inches tall.
- When finished, flatten the image.
- Create a new 12×12 layout and copy the flattened 24×12 image to this new foundation.
- Drag it all the way to the left and save as a high resolution jpg.
- Then drag it all the way to the right and save in the same manner.
- Send the two pages to your favorite printer.
If you have a 3-ring album:
- You should design a 2 page spread as two separate 12×12 pages.
- Tile the images within your photo editor to help plan a visually appealing layout.
- Save and print as your would normally.
- Alternately, you can follow the directions for post bound.
- In this case, you should ensure the center line has no images crossing it.
I hope this helps! Every Saturday I answer your questions. Ask anything!