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The EDITOR tab: The Page editor - Adding Images & Creating Layouts

The Page editor enables you to make detailed layout changes to a single page.

Adding Images to a Page

Select an individual photo on the Collection pane to drag it onto your page. 

It will be added to an image frame, no crop, dead center on the page.

To add a photo to cover the entire background, drag the image to the double-spread icon over the page.

To target an image to fill the background of a single side, drag your photo to the right or left page icons over the canvas.

To add multiple images to a layout, drag over adjacent images in the collection pane to multi select them, or hold the Ctrl key to select a series of individual images.

Drag the selection towards the canvas - they will appear in the dropper. Click on the canvas to add the images one at a time.

To apply a selection of images into a layout, select two or more images in the photo collection pane, then drag them to one of the layout icons over the canvas.

Drop the selection on the left or right side icons to apply the images only to the selected side.

Drop the selection on the double spread or full spread icons to apply them to both sides of the page (respecting the gutter or straddling the gutter).

To build your page layout manually, add an empty image frames by clicking on the Image frame icon.  

Each click of this icon adds an additional image frame, which can be dragged in position and resized as required. 

Drag photos from your collection into the empty frames when your layout is complete.

Adding Layouts to a Page

Premade layouts can be quickly applied from the Layouts pane, on the left of the screen. 

Add layouts to the left or right sides, or as a spread, specifying the number of frames on the layout.

Click on the Layout Preview icon over the canvas to access all available layout options.

The Previews display layout and image arrangement alternatives.

It will display all the layouts with the same number of frames as there are images on your page.

Click on any of the layouts to apply it to your page.

Layout Shuffling

Once your page contains image frames (blank or containing images), you can shuffle the layouts by clicking the layout icons over the page.

Shuffle only the right or the left side, or shuffle the entire spread, choosing to respect the gutter line or go over it.

Note: if image frames are placed across the gutter line, first reshuffle the layout to respect the gutter, then use per side shuffling.

Auto-Collage and Auto-Jumble

Auto-collage fills your entire page from margin to margin with a "best fit" of images.

To auto-collage a page, add a collection of images on your page, then select the AutoCollage icon on the right side menu.

Without selecting any images on your canvas, click on either the left or right side option, or the double-page or spread options.

The images on the corresponding part of your canvas will be arranged into a new composition, filling the page or spread as the case may be.

If you only want to apply the collage to a limited number of images on your page, select the images on your canvas, then click on the selected auto-collage icon.

Note that the section region can be resized and repositioned.

Drag the area by the handles around the group to change its position and size.

To break the group selection, click anywhere on the canvas outside of the selection, or outside of the canvas itself.
To achieve a scattered image effect, select the AutoJumble icon.
Apply a jumbled effect to either side of the page, or both sides, or to a selected group of images on your canvas in the same manner as auto-collage.

Adjust the slider to control the amount of rotation for your frames.
Adjusting Margins and Spacing
White snap lines and blue margin markers appear on the ruler edge of your page. Both the white snaps and blue margin lines can be dragged on the ruler.  View the video overview of spacing options to learn more.

Your margins can be reset on a per page basis by dragging the blue margin markers. Any image, text or shapes that are snapped to the margins will reposition to follow. View the video tutorial on adjusting margins to see this in action.

The white snap lines indicate the edge of an image, shape or text frame.

Images, text or shapes that share a white snap line will resize together if you drag their common snap line.

Inter-image spacing adjusted between frames with shared snap lines.

To change the spacing between images, change the Spacing slider, then apply a new layout.

Splitting an Image into a Mosaic 

Select an image frame (empty or containing an image) to use the splitter tool to carve the individual frame into rows and columns.

If the frame contains an image, the image will be split into a mosaic.

The actual image has not been carved into separate pieces: each section holds a complete copy of the image, perfectly positioned within the frame.

You can apply separate frame attributes to each of the individual sections.

Multi-Image Arrangement
Select a group of images on your canvas – the arrangement tool will now be available.

Click on the Arrange icon, and the selected images will be repositioned in a grid-style arrangement.

If you have the spacing slider set to a particular value, the layout will take it into account.

Once arranged, tweak the image position, shuffle the layout, or apply a specific layout from the left pane options.

Continue to Editor: Page - Image & Text Frame Tools & Effects

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