Album Design Service
Album Design Service
Photos by Erika Delgado
How it Works
Select your favorite images
Create an online gallery of your favorites within Pixieset, Pic-Time, Dropbox, etc.
Share your image gallery
Submit your album details, design preferences, and images to our order form.
Review your design
Submit Your Album Design Request
We know how hard you work to manage it all – between photoshoots, photo-editing, client communication, and the rest. Send us your images, and we’ll handle the rest so you can tackle the rest of your to-do list.
Designs including up to 60 images start at $49.
What information do I need in order to begin an album design?
When placing your album design order, you will share the following information in order for us to begin your design: the product you are designing for (a lay flat album, or hardcover book), the size, your image sequencing preference, the number of images you are submitting, and your target spread count.
How should I submit my photos?
How many photos should I send for the design?
We recommend an average of 3.5 photos per spread. So if you want a 20 spread album, submit about 70 images.
How are the photos arranged?
Choose chronological or non-sequential image sequencing. For chronological, we will arrange the images according to their filenames. Be sure to name your files accordingly. For non-sequential layouts, we will arrange the images based on aesthetic elements such as lighting, tonality, composition, etc.
How long is the design & revision process?
Your initial design will be ready within 1 business day. You are welcome to two free rounds of revisions*. Once our team receives your request to make changes, an updated proof will be ready within 1 business day. When you give approval, our team will deliver the final spreads to you and you will be ready to place your order.
*Note: Additional revisions are available for a fee of $15 per round. Designs and revisions must be approved within 6 months from the original order date. After 6 months, the design project will be archived and may be reopened for an additional fee.
What's the difference between layflat & magazine layouts?
Layflat designs have panoramic spreads with images that span the center crease (designed for use with all of our albums). Magazine-style layouts do not have any images that span the center of the spread (designed for use with our Hardcover Books).
Can my clients proof the design without knowing it's from RedTree?
Absolutely. Our design proofs are delivered digitally via SmartAlbums Cloud Proofing. The RedTree name will not be visible anywhere during proofing.
Prefer to DIY?
With simple drag and drop software, you can quickly and easily design RedTree Albums and Books on your own with one of the following recommended album design applications.
What are your trim/cut margins?
During production, we trim ~1/4” off of all books, after printing. Please keep anything out of this 1/4″ border that is not intended to be full bleed.
What are your safety margins?
We recommend keeping all images out of the Safety area. If any photo is not flush to the edge (full bleed), we recommend a border of 3/4” (at a minimum) to 1”.
How do I make a full bleed spread?
To create a full bleed spread in an album, the photo MUST extend to the very edge of the layout file. Be aware that the trim margin still applies, and the outermost 1/4″ may be cut off.
How should I size and calibrate my spreads?
To ensure color accuracy, it’s important to calibrate your display regularly. We recommend keeping your screen brightness around 50%. Edit using sRGB and export files as high resolution JPGs at 300 DPI.
Can I design across the crease/gutter?
- Layflat Spreads (RedTree Albums & Lite Albums): When designing layflat spreads, panoramic images can be used spanning the centerline. Our album spreads are creased, never cut. This allows images to span the center, as there is no visible gap between the left and right pages.
- Fine Art Spreads (Fine Art Albums): Keep images off the crease for Hahnemühle paper. This will help your album retain crisp, seamless spreads that will last a lifetime. Images over the crease may be prone to cracking over time. This will not compromise the integrity of the album but it may not be visually desirable. Additionally, we recommend that you stay away from full bleed spreads/pages. Keeping images at least 1″ from the edge of the spread will ensure your album will not suffer from potential ink flaking on the edges.
- Magazine-style Spreads (Books): Magazine-style spreads do NOT lay flat when open. 3/4″ of each page will fall into the center gutter, so keep important elements 3/4″ away from either side of the centerline. It’s okay to use panoramic designs that span the gutter as long as you keep these guidelines in mind.
Can I see your templates or design using Photoshop or InDesign?
Yes. You can download our Photoshop and InDesign templates here.