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

The Editor tab is divided into the Book editor, the Page editor and the Cover editor. This section will review the Page editor, focusing on options to get images and layouts onto an individual page quickly.

The Page editor displays a single page (sheet, album side, or spread) at a time. Add images, text and shapes in the Page editor, then customize them.

Adding Images to a Page

Drag a single photo onto the canvas. It will be added to an image frame, no crop, dead center on the page.

Drag multiple images to your canvas, where they will be placed into a layout automatically. Drag your mouse over adjacent images in the collection pane to multi-select them, or hold the Ctrl key (Windows) or the Command key (Mac) to select a series of individual images from the collection pane, then drag and drop them to the canvas. Drop them one at a time onto the canvas.

Using an image on the background

To set a single image as the canvas background image, drag the photo onto the double-spread layout icon on top of the page.

To fill the background of a single side of a double-spread, drag the image onto the right or left side icon over the page.

Adding images automatically to layouts

To generate an auto-layout on a single side, drag a selection of images onto the left or right-side layout icon over the page.

Drop the selection on the double spread icon to generate layouts on both the left and right sides. Note how the gutter is respected - no images straddle the center of the page.

Drop the selection on the full spread icon to generate a layout over the gutter.

Building layouts manually

Add an empty image frame 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. Photos may be dragged from the collection pane into empty image frames.

Adding Layouts to a Page

Learn about layouts in detail in a special article in this knowledge base.

Premade layouts are quickly applied from the Layouts pane on the left pane of the screen.  Add layouts to the left or right sides, or as a spread, specifying the number of frames on the layout. Layouts can be applied to a page with images already on it.

To browse though variations of your current layout, click on the Layout Preview icon over the canvas.  The Layout Preview Pane displays layout and image arrangement alternatives. Click on any of the layouts to apply it to your page. 

Once your page contains image frames (blank or containing images), try out new random options 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.  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 Auto-Collage 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. Learn more about autocollage. 

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 grey margin markers appear on the ruler edge of your page. Both the white snaps and grey margin lines may 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 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. Dragging on a snap will cause its associated frames to resize. 

Inter-image spacing is adjusted between frames with shared snap lines. To change the spacing between snapped images, change the Spacing slider, then apply a new layout. The images will move further apart.

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.

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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