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Oct 2013 02

Each week we will give you a quick tip to enhance your photo book making through our PixPublisher online software. We decided that since it so robust ,we will take a little time each week to hi-light some of creative elements.

We are excited to announce a fun new addition to our PixPublisher. In addition to adding regular text captions to your photo books, Pixpublisher now has support for dynamic chat bubbles. Give your photo books some character with our new chat bubbles. We have both talk and thought bubbles in a variety of  shapes and styles. Just drag and drop one onto your photo book, double-click inside and start typing. It will automatically change size and shape to accommodate your text or any changes to your font size or style.

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Oct 2013 16

In this week’s tip for our PixPublisher, we focus on a feature that will bring color to your photo book.  One of the most power features of PixPublisher is the ability to change the color of any sticker or frame to whatever color you want. This can be done by the use of the color fill option. Changing a sticker’s color is easy, just follow these steps:

1.       Select a sticker or frame in by clicking on it.

2.       You’ll see a Color Fill option appear on the orange toolbar above the workspace.

 


3.       Click on the colored square and you’ll see the color selection panel open.

These are your choices for the new color you want to change the selected object to. You can:

a)      choose a color from the palette

b)      manually enter a color code into the input box

c)       use the eyedropper tool to pick a color by clicking anywhere on the screen.

4.       Once you’ve chosen a color, you’ll see the sticker or frame change to that color.

It’s that easy.

Changing colors is an extremely powerful feature that can be used in many creative ways. Not only can you change the colors of stickers to suit the palette for your project, you can use a combination of color fill and opacity to tint your photos by adding colored layers over them. You can also create custom colored backgrounds by re-coloring transparent overlays, and much more.

Nov 2013 07

Since our PixPublisher is so diverse and offers so many amazing assets, each week we will focus on one item to help you create an amazing photo book.

This week we want to show you how to have a smooth color fade. If you would like to have a smooth fade to a solid color you can do this using stickers. The easiest way to do this is to:

1. Open the stickers panel and type blend into the search box.

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2. Drag the sticker called softedge strip onto your page.

3.Rotate and stretch it so that the dark end fits against the solid color you want to blend to, and the sticker extends for the full length of the page. In the example photo below the sticker is highlighted to show where it was positioned.

4. Click on the color fill option and use the eyedropper to select the adjacent solid color so that the sticker’s edge transitions smoothly to that color.

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5. To make the fade more or less gradual just stretch the height of the sticker.

 

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We hope this little tip will help you create more unique and fun designs with our PixPublisher.

Nov 2013 14

ADDING AND EDITING TEXT CAPTIONS

Even in a photo book, we sometimes need to add text. For those occasions, PixPublisher allows you to easily add text captions to any page.

    • ·         Start by clicking on the tab along the left side of your screen marked TEXT.
    • ·         On that tab you’ll see an icon with a T on it. Click on that icon, drag it over to your page and drop it roughly where you’d like the caption to be.
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  • ·         This will add a text placeholder onto your page that looks something like this
  • ·         To edit the text, just double-click in the placeholder and enter your text.

ENTERING TEXT

    • ·         You have several options for entering text. You can type it in manually, or you can copy and paste it from somewhere else.
    • ·         If you would like to change the color, style, or size of just a portion of your text, you can do that also.
    • ·         Just select the portion of text you’d like to change.
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    • ·         Click on the font size, color or style you would like to set it to on the toolbar that appears next to your selected text caption. You can change multiple settings if you wish.
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    • ·         You’ll see the selected text change accordingly. In this case I made the selected text larger, italicized and red.
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The ability to change portions of your text makes it easier for you to call attention to certain words in your captions, or to emphasize certain words or letters as a style choice. text5

* Please note that you are not able to change the font within a portion of selected text at this time.

CHANGING TEXT STYLE

When you add a text caption to a page, the caption will be set to the default for that book. In other words, if the standard text for that book is set to 26pt Arial in Medium Gray, and new captions you create will automatically be created at 26pt Arial in Medium Gray.

If you decide you’d like to add multiple captions in a different style, make your changes, and then click on the copy style option on the toolbar next to the selected text. This will replace the default style with the one you have selected. Any new text captions you drag onto your pages will automatically take on this new style.

Nov 2013 21

Every week we dedicate a blog post to tips and tricks in our PixPublisher to help you make amazing photo books. This week we focus on swapping out your pictures in your layout.

SWAPPING PHOTOS

When putting the finishing touches on a photo book, sometimes you’ll find that a spread looks better if you exchange the placement of some of the photos. This is particularly true when using the auto fill function to place your photos for you. This is where the swap function in PixPublisher comes in.

Rather than having to find the photos in the image pane and re-dragging them onto the page in the proper placement, you can just pick two photos and swaptheir positions. The steps are as follows:

1.       When you have two photos on a spread and you want to swap their position, you first have to select them both. You do this by holding down the SHIFT key and clicking on both the photos you want you exchange.

2.       Once both photos are selected, you’ll see an icon called Swap Photos appear on the toolbar in the workspace.

3.       Clicking on the swap photos icon will cause both the selected images to exchange positions. It’s that simple!


NOTE: When you exchange two photos, any adjustments that were made to those photos in terms of Panning and Zooming will be reset.

 

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