It all starts right here. These next few lessons will go over how to create and set up a new project in Album Builder.
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The Album Wizard goes through the album setup process, step-by-step. Begin by choosing between the following options:
1. Premium Global Direct Partner: Fundy Software is pleased to announce full integration with GraphiStudio to upload and order through their cart directly from Fundy!
2. Premium Direct Labs with Cover Templates: Design and order albums directly from selected labs through the Fundy Designer cart!
3. Premium Labs with Cover Templates: There are five additional non Direct labs that offer Cover templates to choose from!
4. Additional Lab Partners: Choose between over 140 labs. The lab specifications are provided by the labs themselves, to save time on entering album specs. A full list of print partners can be found here.
5. Custom Size Album: Select "Custom Album Size" above the "Next" button to enter the specs for the book line needed.
Albums + Cover Templates
Fundy Designer is also partnered with a few non direct labs that have provided cover templates to make the design process even easier. No longer is there the need to download a template from the lab's website or create a cover through another system!
Additional Lab Partners
Choose from over 140 partners or search for a preferred lab.
Search, Favorite and Filter Labs
To favorite labs for future use, select the heart next to the lab. Select the Filter option to see all preferred labs.
Select a Lab
Labs are listed in alphabetical order. Scroll for a preferred album company or type the name in the search bar and click Next. Click on "Custom Album Size" above the Next button to create a custom size without selecting a specific lab.
Select a book line. If there is a star next to a book line, this means it is available to order through Fundy Direct!
If the book line is blank, this could be the result of software being out of date, or the internet connection is being blocked by firewall software. Double check the permissions settings to allow Fundy Designer to connect and this will be corrected. Additionally go to the Help menu and select "Update Print Size Library". Once a book line is selected, click Next.
Choose an album size. Once a selection is made, click Next.
Note: The first number in the size is always the width followed by the height. (i.e. Young Book 8x12 album is 8" wide and 12" high)
Choose whether or not to add a cover. For Direct and Premium labs, choose from the cover templates already integrated in Fundy. For additional labs, create a custom cover, or bring in a JPEG cover template from the album company and then design the cover in the software.
Finally, review the album specs and name the album. Go back to any previous step simply by clicking on that step. If the album looks correct, click Save Changes and start designing.
Some album companies offer books that start both as spreads or single first/last pages. Fundy Designer defaults to each lab's preference. To customize the album (add a single first/last page) or design to specifications for an album line that is not in the database, choose "Click here to customize this album size". This will go to Step 2 of the Edit Album Wizard (see below).
All of the album settings will be retained and pre-populated in the Edit Album Wizard.
Create a Custom Size Album
To create a custom size, select Custom Album Size, then input the custom dimensions and options.
Custom Album Size
Note: Check with the album company and verify the correct dimensions and DPI for the specific album.
To add or remove single first/last pages, create a custom album.
When setting up an albums spread size, set the spreads width as double the albums width to design as a spread.
For Example: an 8 x 12 inch album would be 16 x 12 inch spread (when exporting select the option to split the pages in half to submit single pages).
Click Next to continue.
Review Your Custom Size Settings
Review the album size and DPI. To make changes, go to a previous step at any time by clicking on that step. Once ready to proceed with designing, name the album, then click Save Changes.
Change or Modify Album Size
To change or modify the album size or lab, click on the album size icon in the upper left corner of the dashboard. This will go to the Album Wizard.
Want to see it in action? Our Album Builder tutorials start here!