Yes, you can if the project was created using Version 3. With the new Photobook Designer V3, simply click and choose the respective book size that you would like to change to and click "Change". Please note that this does not work with projects created in Version 2.x.x, or older Readybook Templates which were downloaded before.
The recommended minimum number of pages for softcover and hardcover photo books is 20 pages. For softcovers, you can opt for fewer pages. For hardcover books, we suggest having the stated number of pages or more as having fewer pages will affect the overall look and premium feel of the book.
Photobook Designer is a free software that facilitates our creative publishing services, turning your images and creative juices into products such as photo books, stationeries, greeting cards, canvas prints that can last a lifetime.
The software allows you to simply drag and drop pictures and to place texts into professionally-designed templates, with easy-to-use design effects, backgrounds, page layouts, and colour palettes to customize your own photo product.
A wide variety of free templates and designs are available for your preference.
Yes it sure is! Just download the software and begin creating your books. You don't pay until you've successfully uploaded your book and are ready to place your order so you can create test projects and find the right product to suit your requirements.
Your book is stored on your computer. This allows you to work on your book even if you're offline, and it makes creating your book a lot faster than if you were building it online. We copy your book to our servers once you click 'Order' to submit your book for printing. But you'll still retain a copy on your computer so that you can edit, share, or order it again. However, if you move the folder of photo files, the software won’t be able to reference their location so it’s best not to move or modify these files after starting.
If you are having trouble or issues with your theme, this can have numerous causes. First of all take a look at our built-in system check in theme administration. It helps you to detect and determine common issues.
A PC running Microsoft Windows XP or Vista, or an Apple running Mac OS X 10.4.5 or later should be all you need. But if you want to get technical about it, here are the detailed system requirements:
Minimum System Requirements for Windows
Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or 3) or Windows Vista and Windows 7
Minimum Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz processor or faster
Minimum 768MB of RAM (2GB recommended)
Broadband Internet connection
Minimum free disk space required to run Photobook Designer : 300MB
Screen Resolution: 1024x768 minimum, 1600x1200 preferred.
Minimum System Requirements for Macintosh
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.4.5 or later
Minimum 2GHz processor or faster
Minimum 1GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
Broadband Internet connection
Minimum free disk space required to run Photobook Designer: 500 MB
Screen Resolution: 1024x768 minimum, 1600x1200 preferred
Click "Save or "Run" the application on your computer. If you click "Save", indicate where on your computer you want to save Photobook Designer (your desktop is a good choice). You will need to know where you saved the installation file to install the application.
Visit Photobook Designer Download Page. Click "Download" and follow the instructions on your screen. Once the software is successfully installed, you can begin creating your personalized photo products!
Here's all you do: PC Installation:
1. Locate the installer you downloaded (it's probably on your desktop).
2. Double-click the Install Photobook Designer icon to launch the installation wizard, and follow the directions.
3. Double-click the Photobook Designer icon to launch Photobook Designer, and start creating your book.
1. Drag and drop the Photobook Designer icon into your Applications folder. This should override any older versions of Photobook Designer you may have downloaded. If you happen to have other versions of Photobook Designer not residing in your applications folder, please drag the older version to the trash.
2. To launch Photobook Designer, open the Photobook Designer folder (inside your Applications folder), then double-click the Photobook Designer application.
When you first start to use the program, "Maximize" the window so that you can clearly see all of the panels. To Maximize, click the middle button of the three buttons located in the top right of the program window.
Organize your pictures into folders on your computer in a location that will be easy to find when using the Photobook Designer software. Do not move, rename or alter images that you are using in your project until it is finished.
Your book filename starts out as your book's title. To change the file name of your book, go to "Open an Existing Project". Click on the project which you want to rename. You'll notice the "Duplicate Project", "Rename Project" and "Delete Project" tabs on the bottom bar. Click on the respective tab to make necessary changes. Please don’t use special characters such as #, %, @, etc. for your project name.
Open Photobook Designer by double-clicking the desktop icon (or the Photobook Designer program from the programs menu or the dock for Mac). You will now be presented with the Photobook Designer welcome screen. Click "Create a New Project" to start your new project!
In the next window, select a product in the left-hand window to view a preview image in the right-hand window. Once you have found a product that you want to use, click the 'Next' button to continue. On the next screen, you need to give your project a name.
Note: You can also manage your projects from this screen, including making new folders and deleting projects you no longer need. Do not move or rename projects by any other method - the Photobook Designer software stores information critical to your projects which can be lost if files are moved.
There are two ways to brighten your images if they are dark. First you'll need to drag
and drop your image onto the page and then left click to select it.
Once this is done, click on the 2nd icon at the top right hand corner to access the tools
menu. You can use the Brightness and Contrast slider bars to adjust your image or use
the one click Auto-Enhance feature. These tools can be used to adjust your images so that
the brightness level throughout the album is consistent for better results.
The red line represents the cutting line and the blue line is the bleed line. To avoid white space on the edge of the page, please extend your image right to the blue line and keep all critical content within the red line.
These gridlines are there to assist you to line up your items. You may choose to hide/show the gridlines as you wish. Under the main menu, select View and go to Grid. You may choose the desired settings including grid size, sub-division and color.
Yes. Photobook Designer allows you to remove red eye, adjust brightness and contrast, apply sepia or black and white effect, rotate images, and zoom in or out.
To edit an image:
1. With your book open, click the "Edit" tab near the top of the Photobook Designer window.
2. Click on the image you want to edit. You'll see Photobook Designer's Photo Tools appear to the right of your book.
3. Use Photobook Designer's editing tools to modify your photo and then click "File" and "Save" in the light grey bar near the top of the window.
Yes. You can come back and pick up where you left off anytime, whether you've already shared your book or not. Before you exit, click 'Save' in the navigation bar near the top of your Photobook Designer window, and then 'Close'. When you're ready to start working on your book again, click on 'Open an Existing Project'. Select the book by clicking on it from Photobook Designer home.
To create proofs, go to the File menu and select Create Proofs. The proof settings window then opens. Select the output format, JPEG or TIFF and choose whether you wish to proof all pages or a selection. Click on the bottom right hand select button to choose the output location.
- Please note that the proofs are created within a folder as 72dpi images (JPEG or TIFF).
- Once you have selected the location and name of the proof folder click the Save button. You are returned to the Create Proofs window. Once you are happy with the settings, click the OK button. The proofs are then created and once they are finished you are returned to the application window. Open up the proofs folder and preview or print the images to check that you are happy with the results.
- Click on the "Autoflow" button on the tool bar, a new window opens and you choose the method by which you wish to populate the empty picture boxes.
- Picture Order - Pictures are placed in the order that they are listed in the picture list, top to bottom.
- Picture Orientation - Pictures are placed in boxes that best match their orientation, portrait or landscape.
Once you choose the option that you wish to use, the software will place the pictures inthe available picture boxes. With Picture Orientation, it will look at each unused picture in the picture list and determine if it is landscape or portrait. It will then match landscape pictures to landscape boxes and portrait pictures to portrait boxes. After that, it will just use the other unused pictures in the pictures list. When Autoflow processes each page it flows from top left to bottom right.
To populate the Pictures Tray, simply click the '+' icon. A window will open asking you to select the folder that contains your pictures or add individual pictures. Select the folder or images and click 'OK'. This will then automatically populate the Picture Tray for your usage.
You may add picture from Flickr or Facebook through the same option. However, take note that images imported from these platforms may not be of the best quality, and you are recommended to use them with caution.
- To add a picture to the page, you can either drag-and-drop it directly onto the page at the required location or drag-and-drop it into an existing picture box. When the picture can be dropped, a blue outline will appear, highlighting where the picture will be dropped.
- When an image is placed on the page, it will retain its original proportions and be displayed in its entirety. If an image is dragged into an image frame, the image will be scaled to fit the frame and could be cropped.
- Photobook Designer will intelligently judge the size of the image in comparison to the image frame to determine the best scaling. Note: It is also possible to add pictures to a page by dragging them from the Mac OS X Finder / Windows Explorer directly onto the page.
When you have placed items onto the page, you may wish to move items from their current position. To do so, simply select the item and then drag it around the page until you are happy with its position. If you hold down the SHIFT key before dragging the items the move will be locked in the direction that you first move the items. You can also move items via the cursor keys holding the SHIFT key down to move in larger steps.
We recommend allowing an additional 2cm bleed space on all sides of your standard layout. Photobook Designer users are advised to keep their critical content inside the red line at all times to prevent their content being wrapped into the cover.
- Yes. You can choose to show empty picture boxes with a transparent background rather than a white background. A use for this is when designing page-styles that contain picture boxes that completely cover the background. The option is only available when designing products and must be set for each picture box via the Show Empty When Transparent option is available when right-clicking a picture box.
1. Any drop shadows applied to the picture boxes will show through the empty picture box.
2. If an empty picture has already been assigned, this will prevent the empty picture boxes from appearing transparent.
Unless you have created these empty page(s) intentionally, then you can disregard the error in FlightCheck Result. Otherwise, we would advise you to abort uploading process and remove the particular empty page(s).
It's an image resolution warning. When this icon pops up on a picture, it means that the picture you've selected is too low-resolution to print clearly at the current size. Even if it looks fine on your screen, it may look blurry in print. You can either shrink the picture until the warning icon disappear or replace your picture with a higher-resolution picture. It could also mean the software cannot locate your original photo file and you’ll need to add these back into the software to relink them.
Most images will reproduce fine in the printed product. If you have images from a mobile phone or a low Megapixel (2 Megapixel for example) camera then the finished print quality will only be as good as the image provided.
When you zoom in on a page in Photobook Designer, your pictures may appear 'blurry' or 'blurred'. If this is the case, right click on the pictures and select "Show High Quality Picture" from the pop-up menu. This will 're-draw' the picture and make it much sharper.
If the application cannot find pictures while opening a project,the prompt that appears includes a "Find Pictures" button. Clicking the "Find Pictures" button will open up a new window showing each picture that cannot be located.
You may then select the new location of the picture file or an alternative picture file. When a picture is updated, the software automatically updates all other uses of the picture within the project and will attempt to find other missing pictures within the new location.
As long as you stay within our requirements for maximum page count and file size, you can add as many images as you'd like. The maximum recommended file size is approximately 8MB or 600dpi per file but keep in mind adding too many pictures will slow down computer performance and may cause the computer to freeze.