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My Designs and Signing Books

Once you’ve created designs in Fundy Designer, you can now save them to My Designs and reuse them for future albums. With traditional template-based software, designs are based on pre-designed boxes on a page, but because Drop Zones adapt to your images, you can save a design concept and reuse it regardless of the number or orientation of images.

In order to save a design concept or access saved designs, you'll need to be in Designer View. Select a spread and do one of three things to open it up into Designer View.

1. Double-Click the spread.

2. Click the View icon in the upper right corner to toggle between Planner View and Designer View.

3. Use the keyboard shortcut "v" to toggle between Planner View and Designer View.

Saving a Design Concept

Saving a Design Concept

To save a design concept, click the pin icon in the toolbar. You'll get a confirmation message "This design has been saved to "My Designs" in the Quick Design Picker. Reproduce this design with any number of images." To access your saved designs, click the Layouts icon to open Quick Design Picker.

Accessing Saved Designs

Accessing Saved Designs

Once you are in Quick Design Picker, you can access all your saved designs by clicking the My Designs icon. To apply a design, click your selection and it will be applied to your spread. If you'd like to modify the design, you have all the tools available that you normally have in Quick Design Picker.

Important Tips About Design Concepts

Important Tips About Design Concepts

We call these "design concepts" because our patented Drop Zone 2.0 technology will attempt to recreate the concept of your saved design as opposed to an exact replica of a forced template. You can throw any combination of images (vertical, horizontal) or number of images onto a spread, choose one of your saved designs and you'll see it magically adapt to recreate that concept.

For example, in this design there is a single main image on the left and a block of images on the right. Saving this design concept means that when you use it, there will always be a main image on the left and all the remaining images will be placed into a Drop Zone to the right. If you're saved design uses two Drop Zones, any time you use that saved design, it will use two Drop Zones.

An important tip when saving your designs is to keep in mind that it also saves all your settings for the Drop Zones. If you have the ratio set to square for the Drop Zone on the right, all your images will be square when you use that saved design. It will also remember your preference for Fit/Fill. If it's important to keep the white space around the image block on the right (in this example), you'll want to select that Drop Zone and collapse the empty space of the Drop Zone before you save (pin) that design.

Collapsing the empty space in a Drop Zone is very easy. Simply double-click the blue border of the Drop Zone and it will collapse the empty space. Now, save your design. Then, when you choose this design, it will more closely replicate the original design concept.

For Example

For Example

Let's give this a try. In this example (8) images were dragged onto a new spread and an auto-design was created. Next, we'll go into Designer View and click the Layouts icon to open the Quick Design Picker and click My Designs. When we select the saved design, it will apply that design concept to our images.

As you can see, even though there are more images than our original saved design, it automatically applied the concept to our spread of images.

Signing Books

Signing Books

Guest signing books are a favorite product from engagement shoots. The key to designing a signing book is leaving enough space for guests to sign the book.

Album Builder features a Signing Book option in the Quick Design Picker. To access the Signing Book designs, drag your images onto a blank spread or select a spread you've already designed.

Click the Quick Design Picker icon (Planner View) or the Layouts icon (Designer View) to open Quick Design Picker.

In Quick Design Picker, Signing Book designs are located between My Designs and Album Layouts. You'll see a variety of designs that are all created with lots of white space. Specifically created with signing books in mind. As with Album Layouts, you have the option to shuffle through an endless combination of choices based on the number of images in your design and the aspect ratio. Select the design you like by clicking it.

The design you select is instantly applied to your images in the spread you selected. Of course, you now have all the options and tools available in Album Builder to customize it further.

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