The Photos tab

Modified on Thu, 14 Mar 2024 at 11:13 AM

After configuring your page sizes on the Settings tab, move to the Photos tab to associate a collection of photos to your project. This collection will remain attached to your project between editing sessions.

Adding photos to your project collection

Use the folder navigation tool on the left side of the screen to locate photos on your computer. Select a folder to display your images in preview. If you've added a new folder or additional images since launching launching the software, click on the refresh icon to reindex your folders.

Image Preview

The top preview window displays the photos in the currently selected folder. These photos have not yet been added to your project collection. 

Change the size of the image thumbnails to suit your needs using the slider at the top right-corner.

Turn on High-Res Thumbnails to improve the quality of the images in preview.  This will increase the time required to (re)draw image previews. 

Click on the expand icon for a larger individual preview of the image.

File information display options

The Menu icon allows you to show/hide file names and ratings. (Ratings are added to your images from your image editing software, such as Lightroom.)

Image Sorting

Sort your images by File date/time...

by File name (alphabetical)...

or by Ratings (as added in your image editing software).

Adding images to the collection

Make images available to add to your pages by moving them to the collection pane.

To add an entire folder of images to your project, click Select All over the preview area. Checkmarks will appear next to all images. Click on Add to move them to the collection.

Once moved to the collection pane, the images will disappear from the preview pane.

To add images individually, hover over them, one at a time, then click on the sign in the middle of the image thumbnail. The selected photo will transfer the photo to the collection pane.

Checkmark multiple individual photos then add them to the collection pane as a group.

If you need to add images from another folder, navigate to it, then add those photos to your collection pane. Note that you can add (and remove) images from the collection at any time during the bookmaking process.

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The Photo Collection pane

The photos associated with your project are displayed in the collection pane, which appears on the Photo tab, the Book Editor, the Page Editor and the Cover Editor.  

The size of the photo collection pane is adjustable. Hover over the border of the pane and the are above it, then click down and drag to increase or decrease the height of the pane.

Many of the display options are the same in the collection pane as they are on the preview pane. Turn on File Name and/or Ratings under the photos, and Sort by File Date/Time, File Name, or Ratings.

Change the size of the preview images by adjusting the Thumbnails slider or choose to resize to fit the view.

Used Images

When you add a photo to a page in the Editor, it will disappear from the collection pane. This allows you to focus on the unused images, and not not accidentally use the same photo twice on another page.

To show used and unused photos in the collection pane, click on the Menu icon and deselect the Hide images used in project option. 

Images used once in your project will be marked with a green tab in the corner. Images used two or more times will display an orange tab.

Removing images from the collection

To remove all unused images from your collection, choose Select all, then Remove. Images added to pages cannot be removed until they have been deleted from your pages.

To remove an individual image from the collection, hover over it in the collection and click on the - button.

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