Since this is our first post, we might as well tell you what a perfect photo book should look like. I know what you’re thinking, “who are you to tell me what to expect from a photo book.” Click here to read our story and find out.
So now I am going to dissect a photo album and tell you what each feature means and why it is important.
A book is not a book without a cover. For the record, you should ABSOLUTELY judge a book by its cover. Our covers are made from all-natural materials, that include, but are not limited to Bonded Leatherette, Hewit Bookcalf Leather, French Chagreen Goat Leather, Harmatan Goatskin, Bavarian Sheepskin, Asahi Japanese Bookcloth, Italian Canapetta Bookcloth, and French Laval Bookcloth. We can also use any of these materials to make a two-tone cover. Image below shows Canapetta Bookcloth cover with angled cover photo.
Since I mentioned foil stamping, I will tell you how this is done. When you tell us what you want to write on your album, we create a metal plate of the exact wording (spell-checked beforehand, of course). This metal plate is inserted into a heat-stamping machine, a layer of colored foil is laid beneath the plate, and a heated plate presses the wording and the foil into the cover. We have an extensive array of foil colors so whatever your heart desires, we got it.
When you open your album (from either end), the first and last pages are usually blank. Instead of photographs, you see what is called “end paper”. Traditionally, this end paper was made out of black textured cardboard (some companies still use this outdated technique). In the most recent years, however, it has evolved to include silk, felt, and (what we exclusively offer) Portuguese cork. Image below shows a photo book with cork end paper.
Moving forward, each photo book features a custom made layout produced from the photographs you provide. The completed layout is printed on Kodak Endura professional (matte or metallic) photo paper, mounted on specially designed paperboard or PVC, and joined together in a lay-flat page arrangement. Image below shows an example of this.
When all the pages are printed, they are joined together using nylon hinges. This mean that no matter how many hands your book goes through or how many times the pages are flipped, the entire album stays together just like it was printed yesterday.
Now that that your layout is complete, the pages are printed and bonded, and the cover is finished, it’s time to put everything together. Before we do that, though, there is one last thing left to do – apply gilding. Gilding is similar to foil stamping. Colored foil is heat-applied along the edge of your book. Image below shows a finished album block with sparkled gilding.
Finally, the gilded album block and the cover are put together by hand and you have the finished product. Just as our website says, if the finished book is not perfect, we throw it out and start the entire process from scratch.
If something is not clear or if you have any questions, please email us at Sales@LEUXO.com, or call (847) 329-9242.