v7 Album Builder Tutorials
May 9, 2016
If you’re new to Fundy Designer v7, check out the video below for a tutorial on getting started!
The beauty of the Album Builder is that you have many options to create your albums with as much control and time as you wish. Our hope is that these videos will help you decide which is best for you.
Do It Yourself Design
Sometimes as professionals we want to be involved in every step of the design. Sometimes we may want to auto design an album, but sometimes we want full control. The bonus, is that we allow you full manual control without giving up any of the speed.
When you go to create an album, our direct labs allow you to order the album in one click when you are done.
If your lab isn’t a direct lab, just choose our design and export labs, as we have all major labs in the world in our database.
Remember, for direct labs we have all of the cover templates loaded in Fundy Designer, and for design and export labs, just save your cover template (that you get from your lab) as a JPEG and load it into Fundy Designer.
From here, you can start grabbing images and drag them onto pages. You can drag from the image well in the main view, or from the Image Browser. If you choose to group images in the image browser, you can drag them in groups. (holding down the option key still allows you to drag a single image).
Move images where you need them. even move images between pages.
Pop open the quick design picker for hundreds of options in your design. The album builder lets you have almost unlimited options in choosing your page design.
Keep designing until you have finished, then go to Ordering, Exporting and Proofing Tutorials to learn more about how to order the finished album.
The 5 Minute Album
While full control is important, sometimes you’re in a time crunch and you just need to get an album out the door. As you can see above, designing an album manually, even with the magic of Fundy Software, still takes time. Well not anymore. Follow the steps above or in the video to create a new album, using either one of our direct labs or by choosing a custom size album to design.
Once you are ready to design, Just hit the auto design button and choose how many pages you want. (You can use all of the images you imported, or you can narrow it down if you’ve used keywords to tag any of your images.)
Once you have chosen your number of images, choose the Design button and watch Album Builder do its magic.
If you love the design, you are good to go. If you want to move any images around, just move them wherever you want. Want a new look for a page, just choose from hundreds of designs from our patented quick designs.
And when you are done, proof the album with your client or order it direct. Go to Ordering, Exporting and Proofing Tutorials to learn more.
Professional Auto Design in 15 Minutes
As professionals, we need to complete our work as quickly as possible, but we also need to be in full control, giving our clients what we need. We’ve shown you the option to have full control, and we’ve shown you the five-minute auto-design option. But maybe the perfect place is somewhere in the middle. An auto design base with the full control options to customize quickly and efficiently. The tutorials above will help you get started, but before you press the auto-design button, open up the new Image Browser and start organizing your album.
Choose a cover photo and tag it.
Choose photos that will go on the same spread and Group them by hitting the group button. You notice that the link icon will show that they are now linked.
You have the option to choose one image and tag it as the main image. If you choose a main image, Fundy Designer auto album will give you a design featuring that image with the other images as supporting ones. If you do not tag a main image, Fundy Designer auto album will give you a design where the grouped images are more evenly distributed.
Beyond grouping and tagging main images, you can also tag an image as a panorama. When you tag an image as a panorama, we’ll fill the spread with just this one image for you.
As you are tagging and grouping, we’ll keep you up to date on the number of images in the album and the number of pages you can expect when you apply the auto design.
When you feel that you have best organized the images, go ahead and close out the Image Browser to get back to the Album Design, and press the Auto Design Button. You’ll see the full album designed in a few seconds, with your pre-made choices all laid out. Now all you have to do it review it and approve it for ordering! (Go to Ordering, Exporting and Proofing Tutorials to learn more.)
Retouching Photos in Album Design
Depending on your business model, you may want to retouch your photos before you send them off to print. Fundy Designer has been created with an easy retouching workflow. We’ve created 3 different models of retouching. Feel free to use the ones that make sense to you.
First, you can connect an external editor, such as Photoshop, to Fundy Designer. If you need to retouch a photo, click the edit button on the image or for multiple images click the edit button on the drop zone. Retouch the photo or photos, flatten and save. Your photos will automatically be updated in Fundy Designer.
Or, if you would like to bulk edit or retouch your photos out of Fundy, choose Export Images in Use, under the Image Menu, and choose where to copy these images. After retouching these images, choose “Resync Images” from the image menu.
Alternatively, if you are a Lightroom retoucher, we have a workflow for you too. Under the images menu, choose Copy List for Lightroom. Then open your Lightroom catalogue with these images and paste this list into the Lightroom search bar.
Make sure you have “contains all” selected in the search bar.
Once you are finished retouching the photos, re-export from Lightroom and re-import using the Image Finder and overwrite the original JPEGs used in the design.
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