Digital fine artist William Phelps Montgomery, who is exhibiting at the Red Dot Art Fair this year, advises other exhibiting artists to make a Shutterfly book of their art. “People just love mine,” William said. “They want to see it more than once sometimes. It is a really good sales tool. The paper in Shutterfly books is heavy, the covers are thick and glossy. They offer style and a great way to show prospective patrons or buyers your additional work, quickly. The colors in the printed books are truly beautiful. My people love them.” William Phelps Montgomery http://www.abstractfineart.com
William shares his ideas and “hard learned tips” for creating a Shutterfly book– below:
Untitled #142, William Phelps Montomgery
William “hard learned tips” for creating a Shutterfly book:
Subscribe to Shutterfly to receive promotional ads. Wait until a GREAT offer of 40-50% off comes in, then use that discount to create your book. Recently there was a Shutterfly promo offer of one free 8″ photo book + $1.00 per additional page. Go with the best deal for your needs for substantial savings.
Once you create your book on Shutterfly it remains on their website so you can easily order more in the future.
Shutterfly is also very liberal with replacing printed and shipped that have not come out satisfactorily. Call them and explain the issues. They will usually replace the book or books at not cost.
William’s tips for creating your Shutterfly book:
“I have made three 8″ x 8″ books so far. Using Shutterfly’s templates can be tricky if you require more flexibility.”
Shutterfly Tip # 1: Alter the template size before inserting your image
Recently I found that a template for the images showed them running top to bottom but when the printed book arrived I found the pages were cut off. I then discovered that the image area could be scaled– although the corner nodes for alteration were not visible. The image area literally needs to be pulled down, reduced in size, then moved up and altered to get a 1/4″ space along both borders so there is a little room for the pages to be trimmed without losing image area. Alter the template size before inserting your new image.
Shutterfly Tip #2: Scale your Image Area
In order to scale an image area, the top and bottom corners are pulled up or down, and in toward the center. In order to crop, pull down from the center nodes. For the most part, if the edges are attended to, the printed books end up close to the previews.
Untitled #149, William Phelps Montgomery