You will have a choice of the various photobook styles (softcover, debossed, fullwrap or layflat hardcover) in a range of sizes. You don’t need to worry about selecting the number of pages at this point. Photobooks always start with a minimum of 20 pages to which more can be added while you are in the design stage.
It is however, very important that you select the right book style and size for your project at the outset. Once you have started doing your design, you will not be able to change the type of photobook without starting a new project.
You will also notice a check box labelled “Use wizard to create your Project”, which is checked by default. This will automatically arrange your selected photos to fill the book. Uncheck this box to design your photobook the way you want it.
If you are using the wizard the next step is to select the photos for your project. The icons at the top of the screen will allow you to add folders or individual files (or remove them from the project) as well as to rotate them if necessary. You can skip the wizard at this stage if you want to create your own layout.
You will now see the full editing screen. There are 6 key areas to this screen:
A. Page Design Window
The Page Design window is the area of the screen that allows you to lay out your photobook.
B. Page Preview
The Page Preview window shows a preview thumbnail for every page. You can jump straight to a particular page by double clicking the relevant thumbnail in this window.
The Toolbar allows quick access to common functions within the application. A description of the function will pop up as you move your mouse over it.
D. Pictures List
The Pictures List sits shows the pictures that are currently loaded within the application. These can be dragged and dropped into the Page Design Window.
The Library window sits at the bottom of the screen and contains various Page Styles, Masks, Background and Scrapbook templates that you can use to help design your photobook. Additional templates will be available from time to time as part of the updates to the myflippix Maker software.
The Inspector window provides controls that allow your images to be manipulated. The Inspector has five selectable tabs that provide you with the ability to (in order of the tabs):
- Change the shape, add borders or shadows to your images
- Edit the image properties
- Edit text box properties
- Control the image size and postion
- Change the page background colour
Each window can also be hidden (via the “View” option in the main menu bar) to increase the size of the Page Design Window.