indesign for album design

by Haley Lorraine

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I’ve said it before and I will say it again I LOVE designing albums! You can review my ten step album workflow here. InDesign is my favorite album design tool, hands down!

Today I want to touch on one of the best time saving features of InDesign for designing albums – InDesign Libraries.

Libraries allow you to store objects for future use. I have a library filled with each and every album page layout I commonly use. This makes designing an album drag and drop easy…and now I will show you how!

Step 1:

It’s really easy to create a new Library.

Choose File > New > Library.

Name and save your new library to a location where you can easily find it again. When you open your library, it will open in a panel and the name you chose will become the name of the library’s panel tab. Closing your library removes it from the current document, but doesn’t delete the original file.

Step 2:

Create a simple page layout. Use the Frame Tool to create a simple album page layout. Make sure all the frames are in the final position you would like them. To add your page layout to the library select the frames on the page hold down the Alt Key (Option Key on a Mac) and drag the object(s) into the library panel. Holding down the Alt Key automatically opens a dialog box where you can name your object.

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Step 3:

To place your page layout you can simply drag and drop it onto the document window. This will place the page layout wherever you release the mouse. However, a better way to place your page layout is by going to the Object Library panel menu where you can add an object by selecting Place Item(s). Using this option will place your page layout in the exact position as where it was originally saved from (Note: Placing in the exact place will only work if the document size/attributes are identical to where the object was saved from).

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Step 4:

Now that you have your page layout placed from your library simply drag and drop the images into the frames. It’s that easy…really!

To get you started I have created a sample library with a few basic page layouts for you to try out and experiment with. Download them here (right click and save as to download). Practice inserting them into a document, play around with the layouts and get creative!

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… the time savings adds up quickly by using the Library.

indesign for album design photoHaley Lorraine, Vancouver
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Haley Lorraine is a natural light portrait photographer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She specializes in maternity, newborn and family photography. Her style is unique and blends a mix of lifestyle images with modern portraiture. Haley’s camera bag hold her Nikon D700, a variety of prime lenses, her trusty 24 -70 mm 2.8 and a Lensbaby Composer Pro.

Read all photography tutorials by Haley Lorraine.

sponsored giveaway!

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Thank you to our generous sponsor of today’s blog post, Miller’s Professional Imaging!  Today they are so generously giving away a $50 lab credit to be applied to your next Miller’s order.  Simply leave us a comment telling us what your favorite subject to photograph is to enter.  The winner will be randomly chosen and announced next Monday, June 3, 2013 at noon EST.  We’ll update this post with the winner so make sure and come back to see if you’re the lucky one!

winner update

Congratulations to who Karthika said, “Family Hiking and Camping trips in the mountains! :)”!  I will contact you about claiming your awesome prize.


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49 Responses to “indesign for album design”

  1. May 27 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    newborns & their family. Awesome giveaway!

  2. Emilia
    May 27 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    My two little trouble makers! :)

  3. May 27 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    For personal… my kiddos (including our pooch) & hubby. For work… Families, Couples, & Weddings!

  4. Cassidy
    May 27 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    Horses! They are my specialty and my favourite animal.

  5. May 28 2013 at 8:12 am #

    my children are my favorite to photograph.

  6. May 28 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Wedding day moments.

  7. May 28 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    street photography (shot from the hip). Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  8. Jessica Lysse
    May 28 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    I love newborns!

  9. May 28 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    Family Hiking and Camping trips in the mountains! :)

  10. lyvismommy
    May 28 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    Children – ranging from toddlers to teens. I so enjoy the honest connection once you get passed the “cheese” smiles.

  11. May 29 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Thanks for the tutorial Haley! :)

  12. ofelia
    May 29 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    love taking photos of children – especially the first year

  13. May 30 2013 at 9:52 am #

    My favorite subject to photograph is my own sweet 4 year old girl.

  14. Jennifer B
    May 30 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    I love photographing newborns!

  15. Jun 01 2013 at 8:27 am #

    That was a good take on making very different layout on several pages.

  16. Jun 01 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    this is a toss up between my little man and his entourage (our 2 bulldogs) and weddings. I just discovered this last love recently

  17. Jun 02 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    My favorite thing to photograph is children.

  18. Jun 02 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    My fav is High School Seniors. They Rock!! Thanks for the giveaway. You are amazing also!

  19. Jun 02 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    My children’s eyelashes

  20. Jun 02 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    Brand new babies, great article and great giveaway, thanks CM!

  21. Jun 02 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    I love photographing my two children and weddings!

  22. Jun 02 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    Families & Kids!
    Great blog post!

  23. Esther Chanie Dushinsky
    Jun 02 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    My favorite subject is kids.

  24. Corine G
    Jun 02 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    I love photographing my two girls!!!!

  25. Jun 02 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    I love photographing anything vintage!

  26. Nuria
    Jun 02 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Children!!! Niños y bebés por supuesto!!! Gracias

  27. Jun 02 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    My daughter’s sparkly eyes.

  28. Krista Frohlich
    Jun 02 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Kids and dogs.

  29. Erin Bremer
    Jun 02 2013 at 7:29 pm #


  30. Jun 02 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    I’ve got a special spot in my heart for newborns but I’m starting to really love seniors as well!

  31. Jun 02 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Families and lately, dancers :)

  32. Jun 02 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    I LOVE photographing newborns!!!…So fun!!!

  33. Devin H.
    Jun 02 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    I love taking pictures of my grandparents! They always have the best stories about their adventures.

  34. Jun 02 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    I love photographing my kids and seniors!

  35. Amanda B.
    Jun 02 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    My favorite subjects are my crazy, little boys!

  36. Kathleen
    Jun 02 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    Seniors and children :)

  37. Jun 02 2013 at 8:14 pm #

    My boys are my inspiration and favorite subject.

  38. Jun 02 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    Babies :)

  39. Jun 02 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I love photographing children and weddings.

  40. Jun 02 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    So hard to choose just one, but if I could only photograph one thing from today on out it would have to be my children!

  41. Jun 02 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    My favorite is kids under 3!!! I love chasing around after them!!!

  42. Sarah C
    Jun 02 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    My two little girls are always my favorite subjects!

  43. Jun 03 2013 at 12:01 am #


  44. Jun 03 2013 at 8:37 am #

    Children and Seniors

  45. Missy Mayo
    Jun 03 2013 at 9:53 am #

    My son is always my inspiration.

  46. Sherry
    Jun 03 2013 at 11:25 am #

    My kids and grandchildren!

  47. Jun 17 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Was a winner chosen?

  48. Amanda
    Jun 18 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    I was also wondering if a winner was chosen.


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