It all starts right here. These next few lessons will go over how to create and set up a new project in Album Builder.
Create a New Project
Click the Projects Icon and Add New Project. You'll be prompted to enter a name for your project without any special characters. Keep in mind that you won't be able to change your project name (so choose wisely). This project can have any number of sub-projects (albums, blog collages, branding) from the same set of images and sub-projects can be renamed.
There are a couple ways to import images. You can click where it says "Drag Images Here" to import via browse for your images (as shown in the steps above). Or you could simply select and drag your images folder to the "Drag Images Here" area. You can also drag-and-drop images from Photo Mechanic and Adobe Bridge.
Note: You can save yourself a lot of future frustration if all of your project files are located in the same folder. Try to avoid folders with sub-folders. Also, make sure you avoid special characters in your file names and file path. Stick with numbers and letters! You can read more about best practices for filenaming in this article.
Select Project and Item
Select the newly created project and then select the project module (Album Builder, Image Brander, Blog Collage) you'd like to use. (Gallery Designer is scheduled to be released Summer 2015)
The Album Wizard will take you through the album setup process, step-by-step. Begin by choosing between the following options:
1. Fundy Direct: Design and export your album directly from certain labs. A full list of current labs is available on our website.
2. Design and Export: Choose between our 120+ labs. The lab specifications are provided to us by the labs, so you save time on entering your album specs!
3. Custom Size: Don't see your preferred lab listed? Just enter a custom size. You'll be taken to the Edit Album Wizard (see below).
Once you have made your selection, click Next.
Select Your Lab
Labs are listed in alphabetical order. Scroll and select your preferred album company, then click Next. Don't see your favorite lab? You can always go back and create a custom size by clicking step one.
Select your book line in step 3. If your book line is blank, this could be the result of your software being out of date, or your internet connection is being blocked by firewall software. Double check your permissions settings to allow Fundy Designer to connect and this will be corrected. You can also go to the Help menu and select "Update Print Size Library". Once you select your book line, click Next.
Choose your album size in step 4. Once you make your selection, click Next.
Note: The first number in the size is always the width followed by the height. (i.e. ONE 15x10 album is 15" wide and 10" high)
In step 5, you have the option to add a cover. You can create a custom cover, or bring in a JPEG cover template from your album company and then design your cover in the software. Make your selection and click Next.
In the final step, you will review your album specs and name your album. You can go back to any previous step simply by clicking on that step. If your album looks correct, click Save Changes. Your album is now set up and you are ready to start designing!
Some album companies offer books that start both as spreads or single first/last pages. We default to their preference. If you need to customize your album (add a single first/last page) or design to specifications for an album line that is not in our database, choose "Click here to customize this album size". This will take you to Step 2 of the Edit Album Wizard (see below).
All your album settings will be retained and pre-populated in the Edit Album Wizard.
Create a Custom Size Album
If you'd like to create a custom size, you can do this by selecting Custom Size, then you can input your custom dimensions and options.
Custom Album Size
Note: You should check with your album company and verify you're inputting the correct dimensions and DPI for the specific album.
Also, in order to add or remove single first/last pages, you'll need to create a custom album.
When you set up an album's spread size, you must ensure you're doubling your album's width to design as a spread.
For Example: 5 x 4 inch album would be 10 x 4 inch spread (upon export you'll have the option to split the pages in half if you need to submit single pages).
Click Next to continue.
Review Your Custom Size Settings
Review your album size and DPI. If you need to make changes, you can go to a previous step at any time by clicking on that step. Once you are ready to proceed with designing, name your album, then click Save Changes.