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Making a Pro Portfolio with Justin Bettman
26 Jul 2017

Making a Pro Portfolio with Justin Bettman

I’ve been wanting to make a new photo portfolio for a while since I’ve been shooting a ton of new work. The one I was previously using had plastic sleeves, which made it easy to update — however, the plastic was so reflective that it ruined the quality of the images that I was trying to showcase. I started looking into other options, and at...

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USF Design Final Project
29 Jun 2017

USF Design Final Project

We previously interviewed our Graphic Design intern and local design student Grace Domecus, who made a portfolio book we really loved. Her project was so great that we asked her to interview fellow students who also created books with Blurb. I made my portfolio during the beginning of my senior year at the University of San Francisco, while also working as a Junior Graphic Designer at Blurb....

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1 Wedding, 100s of Guests: Gift Albums from The Big Day
08 Jun 2017

1 Wedding, 100s of Guests: Gift Albums from The Big Day

A wedding day is probably the single most photographed day in a person’s life—especially now with digital photography and wedding guests wielding smartphones. Gone are the days of disposable cameras on reception tables turned into physical prints, and physical proof books from professional photographers. Now, files are digital, editable, and available by the thousands. But how do you make the most of all these images?...

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Graffiti Hunting with Unseen Oakland
28 May 2017

Graffiti Hunting with Unseen Oakland

In March 2017, Blurb and PicsArt hosted a contest that encouraged contestants to enter by posting a photo sharing their Creative Spring Project. Thousands entered, but only three winners were chosen. Our 1st prize winner is Tyra Robertson of Unseen Oakland. Most people relate the word graffiti with negative connotations, such as gangs, violence, or other unsavory scenes. But take one look at the Unseen...

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May the 4th Be With You!
04 May 2017

May the 4th Be With You!

Iconic. Inspiring. Timeless. Magical. Entertaining. Funny. Heart-breaking. Approachable. I know I’m not alone in adoring Star Wars, especially today—May the Fourth. What a vast and rich world filled with incredible stories, characters, and adventure that never ceases to capture my imagination! And today is the day we celebrate this formidable universe. I consider myself extremely lucky to have worked with the Star Wars properties, as...

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Inside Trade Books
21 Feb 2017

Inside Trade Books

About 3 years ago, Blurb introduced a new format, Trade Books. They’re available in three sizes and four print options: Color and black and white, both with standard and economy print types. An obvious use for this format is to create trade paperbacks of novels or memoirs or other text-heavy content. They seem ideal for manuals or event guides or fundraiser projects, where the content...

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