The Quick Design Picker (QDP) in Gallery Designer works almost the same way it does in Album Builder. This article reviews the best ways to use the QDP in Gallery Designer.
Select some images, and drag them into the newly created room. There are two methods to selecting multiple images: first, you can select a single image, hold down the shift key, then select another image, and all images in between will be selected; alternatively, you can select multiple images by holding down the command (Mac), or control (Windows) key and individually clicking on each thumbnail.
As you drag your images into the room there will be a preview of the layout rendered on the design area. Dropping your images will apply that layout, or you can drag the images on and off the wall to cycle through layouts.
Once an image has been placed, an icon will appear on the upper left hand corner of the thumbnail, indicating if an image has already been used in the current sub-project. This is intended as a visual cue, but will not prevent you from using an image more than once.
Accessing the Quick Design Picker
To access the QDP from the Planner view, hover over the room in question and select the icon with four squares.
To access the QDP from the Designer view, click on the "Layouts" button in the toolbar above the room.
How to Pin a Design
Once you've created a design, or a layout, that you'd like to save so you can return to it later, click on the pin tool to add it to your "Collections," or "Composites." The difference between these options will be outlined below.
A "Collection" is a grouping of canvases in Fundy Designer. Once you've created a layout and clicked on the pin tool, select "Save to Collections" and you'll be prompted to name this Collection, add it to one of your groups, set a price, and a display order.
A canvas that includes a collage can be saved as a "Composite." Once you've created a design and clicked on the pin tool, select "Save to Composites" and you'll be prompted to name this Composite, add it to one of your groups, set a price, and a display order.
When first entering the QDP you will likely be taken to the "Standard Layouts" section, where you'll find a selection of multi-canvas layout options from which to start your design(s). By clicking the icon of the two arrows chasing one another, in the bottom right corner, you'll randomise the placement of each image.
Upon clicking the "Composites" icon you'll be presented a drop down with the available groups (the group names will only appear if there are Composites saved within). Select from of the available groups, and you'll be brought to the saved composites within that group. If you originally pinned a layout containing a canvas with a five image composite, but your current layout only used three, the software will adjust the saved design to the current number of images on the canvas.
Upon clicking the "Collections" icon you'll be presented a drop down with the available groups (the group names will only appear if there are Collections saved within). Select from of the available groups, and you'll be brought to the saved collections within that group. If you originally pinned a layout containing four canvases, but your current layout only used three, the software will adjust the saved layout to the current number of canvases.
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