This part of the Create module is used for creating professionally produced books with smooth covers, containing pictures and texts of the user’s choice.
There are 6 basic photo book formats to choose from:
- A4 landscape
- A4 portrait
- 20 × 20 cm
- HD A4 landscape
- HD A4 portrait
- HD 20 × 20 cm
For each of these formats, a number of pages and a number of copies can be chosen. The minimum number of pages in a photo book is 24 and the maximum is 84. The first and last page do not have opposite pages. After this, the price for the selected type of photo book is displayed.
– adds the selected pictures from the Filmstrip (the number in the middle of a picture’s thumbnail shows the number of times it appears in the book) to the currently selected page of the photo book. You can select one or more of the pages with the mouse and arrow keys just like you would work with files in the Browser. Pages that have been selected look different than the rest—they have a blue icon at the page’s top right corner.
– adds all the pictures from the folder to the photo book template.
– removes all the pictures from the photo book template.
– adds a text frame to the photo book page. Only active in the preview for a photo book page.
– adds a picture to a photo book page. Only active in the preview for a photo book page.
Project templates determine a project’s background color, font, and text color. Options for seven predefined project templates are available here. Choosing a template affects the look of all of the pages in the photo book. The font type and color, as well as the background color, can be changed freely.
For HD photo books, there is also the option of glossy or matte paper.
The Page Layout affects how pictures and text are laid out on the selected page. Page layouts with picture counts page page ranging from 0 to 10 are available. The page layout can be set separately for every page of a photo book. If multiple pages are selected at a time, the layout is changed for all of the selected pages.
You can make additional changes to a selected page frame using the drop-down menu in the bottom page of Page Layout. While the Fit the frame to square photos option turns pictures’ cropping frame into a square, the Fit template to format option changes pictures’ crops to make them fill up the photo book’s format as well as possible.
The Layout style section offers 16 predefined page layout styles. Each of the styles is set up through the defining of inside and outside frames for pictures. For the outside frame, you can set pictures’background color, opacity, width, and indentation. The inside frame is defined through a background color, opacity, width, and rounding. A rounding of greater than zero gives pictures rounded corners. Click the Set for all (project default) button sets the selected layout style for all of the pages in the current photo book project.
All of the changes are reflected in the chosen print template immediately.
Photo-book page previews can be used for adjusting the pictures and text on those pages. Clicking a picture displays a control panel where the picture can be rotated, the displayed crop of the picture can be changed, or the picture can be replaced. Clicking Replace Photo starts the process of replacing the given photo. To finish it, drag a photo up from the Filmstrip into the photo’s space, onto the blue Replace Photo button. If you drag a picture from the Filmstrip outside of the button for replacing the photo, a new picture is added to the template instead, changing the page’s layout. The nearest appropriate template from the Page Layout section that corresponds to the current number of pictures on the page is then chosen automatically.
Any text frames that you have added can be edited and adjusted from the page preview in a similar way. In this case the control panel offers basic options for moving the text frame and editing the text. The top row of icons in the control panel sets text properties such as font, size, and color, and indentation and alignment. The bottom row works directly with the text frame. Here you can set whether the frame fills out the left or the right side of the photo book, or a whole two-page spread instead. The icons indicate whether the current frame will be below or above an existing frame if multiple frames overlap. Similarly as in Layout style, the control panel also lets you set inside and outside frame properties for a text frame. The icon sets the selected settings as the default for the whole project.
The control panel for individually added “extra” pictures lets you change the cropping rectangle for the given photo, move its picture frame to a different place in the photo book, or replace it with a different photo. The settings for the picture frame’s properties are the same as for text frames.