I am really excited to share with y’all a little project I have been working on. I have spent the past several weeks trying to think of a good present to give to my mom on Mother’s Day. I finally decided on creating a mini album with photographs of all of her grandchildren.
I had originally set out to create a traditional or hybrid album, but in the end decided that I wanted to do something completely digital. My mom loves her iPhone and has it with her all of the time—so having a mini album on her phone would be perfect. That way she will be able to easily share the layouts with others, and be able to look through them whenever and wherever she is at.
Here is what I did to create a ‘Mobile Min Album’ for my mom:
First, I looked at the iPhone specs to find out the resolution, which is 960 x 640 pixels at 326 ppi. I then created a 960 x 640 px (3 x 2 in) photoshop document and started creating layouts. Super easy, quick and fun! I saved all of my layouts as jpeg files and on Mother’s day I will upload the photos onto my moms phone—I can’t wait for her to see the album!
Here are a few of the layouts that I created:
Aren’t they cute? This could also be done with other mobile devices (iPad, kindle fire, nook tablet etc.) as well. All you have to do is find out the resolution of the screen. A mobile mini album is great for a gift, or to make for yourself and is a fun and easy way to share memories with others.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when creating a layout for the iphone:
- Don’t crop the photos too small or they will be hard to see on the small screen
- Don’t set your type too small
- Make sure that all of your album pages have the same orientation
- Keep the layout simple
- Work at 100%—this helps in making sure that type and photos don’t get too small. Because of the small size, if you zoom in beyond 100% you will start to see pixelation.
- To keep my layouts nice crisp, I flattened my document and sharpened it a bit before saving as a jpeg.
- To keep your colors as true as possible, make sure that you are saving the jpeg with the correct color space (sRGB)