Adoramapix

Aug 2014 04

You have just received hundreds, maybe thousands of images from your wedding. So other than printing a fabulous traditional photo book through Adoramapix, what other things can you do to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces?

Let’s create!

1. Make a Collage with your Monogram

This was so easy to do and I love the way it turned out. Using our collages, you can upload your favorite images from your wedding.  With one of your pictures, you’ll upload an image with your monogram on it. Any type of software editing program will allow you do this. Simply use your image as your background, pick your letter and a color that will match your wedding colors. Upload as if it’s an actual picture and place where you think it will look best. It’s beautiful and personal.

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2. Include your Vows onto a Print

For this to work, you’ll need some negative space on your print. Depending on how long your vows were, you can either include them all or take certain snippets from them for a more powerful look. Again, any type of software editing program will allow you to add text over a photo.  The main thing to do before ordering is to check, and then double check your spelling before printing. You should also make sure the font is legible and large enough to read. This would look marvelous as a canvas for a softer look. Side note, you could also post your first dance lyrics if you did not write your own vows.

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3. Instagram Photo Book

This takes a little preplanning before your day, but when done correctly it will give you a whole new stream of wedding photos. First, make it known that you would like to set up a hashtag for you wedding. For example, #TaylorWedding and let your guests know you will be making items from these photographs. This will give you a specific photo stream for your wedding day, instead of having yourself tagged and your images showing up in everyone else’s feed. Next, you can print from the stream.  Typically, smart phone images were meant to be smaller in size so I would suggest not pushing the images past an 8×8 size. All phones are different, but most will look good 8×8 and under. So with this, pick an 8×8 photo book and you can either build one yourself or we have a template just for this occasion called Camera Phone White and Camera Phone Black. This way you have a separate photo book for your professional photographs and your instagram photos from your friends and family.

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4. Instagram Heart

This plays on number three, once you have your hashtag set up. You can still print out all the fun phots and arrange  them on your wall as you would like, we print 4×4 on our Kodak  Lustre which is the perfect fit for this type of project. If you don’t have enough photos from your wedding day, simply fill in the heart with other images you like or find will fit the look you are trying to achieve.

 

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5. Calendar

Why not enjoy your wedding all year? It’s easy to make a calendar with our online software and you can choose from 12 or 18 months. Plus you can choose from 6×6, 8×8 or 10×10. We have prebuilt templates or you can build your own. The most important thing about our calendars is that they are printed on beautiful, professional lustre paper. So when you are done with the calendar, you can actually tear off the images and frame them.

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Jul 2014 31

‘Tis the season to hit the open road. When the skies turn blue and the days seem to last forever, now is the time when we feel the urge to travel. It’s important to document your travels in a photo book as they reflect your special memories and adventures with friends and family.

There are a number of ways you can document your road trip.

1. Journal

For those that love the written word as much as the photograph, we have the perfect template for you: The Journal. This template lends itself well to combining these two aspects. We have a number of fonts that look like hand writing to compliment your images. You can also pick your font color and size to match the image. Here I chose a font that looked like my handwriting and the I pulled the color from the rocks.

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2. Day by Day

This is an account of your day to day travels. Arrange all of your photos in chronological order. You can then load them to our PixPublisher.  The template world traveler lends itself well for the day to day type of archiving of your travel memories.

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3. Just for the Little Ones

A great idea is make a smaller photo book for your children. Load it with pictures and fun, colorful backgrounds and chat bubbles.  Include pictures of the family and solo shots of the children. They will love to have their own photo travel photo book. It will work well as a memento – a glimpse at their life at a specific age.  The 6×12 photo book size is a fun and perfect size for this type of travel photo book.

 

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We have a handful of other travel themed templates that are fun and easy to use. Feel free to be adventurous and take a look around our other themes like panoramic and photography. These templates often showcase designs with little to no embellishments when you are looking to keep things simple.

We hope a few of these ideas will spark your imagination to get your images off your cards, computers and phones and make a travel photo book that will last for generations.

 

Jul 2014 16

We have such amazing members who are creative and inspiring. This week we want to turn our spotlight on member Terry Cloud. Terry works for a professional hockey team and turns all of the team’s broken hockey sticks into frames to showcase his Adoramapix prints.

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Terry was kind enough to show us this DIY along with the steps on how to achieve this look.

Start off with a hockey stick.

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I use a low profile back loading frame to build frame around and then to put into hockey stick frame at end.  You also need 4 corner brackets, a frame hanger and some athletic tape.

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 Measure the outside of the picture frame and mark the measurements onto hockey stick to cut.

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Using a circular saw set at 45degrees, cut all the pieces and sand edges if needed.

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Assemble frame loosely and place corner brackets in place.  Drill starter holes and then screw them into place.

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Once all four corners are secure, I use athletic tape to cover the seams on the edges.  Plus, it’s a hockey stick, and they have this tape on them when in use, so it makes sense.

Measure on top of frame to find center and screw your frame hanger in place.

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Once frame is assembled and tape is on, I place the other frame inside of it.  It fits securely but I still use four screws to hold it in place inside the hockey stick frame.

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Thank you Terry for this fantastic DIY. We can see this as the perfect way to showcase your Adoramapix photos of your favorite hockey players.

Jul 2014 15

This is the fourth installment of our 5 Common Photography Mistakes series.  Today, we look at not fully understanding the rule of thirds in photography.

According to Wikipedia ” The rule of thirds is a “rule of thumb” or guideline which applies to the process of composing visual images such as designsfilmspaintings, and photographs.[1] The guideline proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.[2]Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject would.”

As seen in the image  below, by Courtney Slazinik of Click it up a Notch, where your subject is placed in the fame makes all the difference in the world. ruleofthirdsBelow, Courtney give us some easy to understand methods on how to make sure your images have impact using the rule of thirds.

Jul 2014 03

Each Thursday, we carve out a little niche in the internet world on our blog to talk about all things photo book related. This week we have something special with a change in our Pix Publisher software.

GLOBAL CHANGES

Hold on to your hats, we’ve added a long awaited change to our pixpublisher editor – the ability to make changes to your entire photo book at once. In other words, if you wanted to make a change such as replacing all text in your photo book from Arial in black to Times New Roman in red, you can now do so with a single mouseclick.

Why is this a big deal? Well, let’s say you’re making a wedding album and you like one of the wedding templates we offer, but the colors used in the template don’t match your wedding colors. Using the old method, you had to go through the whole book clicking on every piece of text, every background, every sticker, changing them appropriately. Now you can change the whole book in moments. Here’s how it works.

 COPY SETTINGS

The first way to do it is using the new Apply to All option. This works like a copy/paste to your entire book. In other words, change your object to the settings you like, then click Apply to All and every other object of the same type in your book will be changed to the same settings.

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

Be aware, this will change all instances of that type of object to the exact same settings, which can sometimes have unexpected results. For example, say you had a black and white themed wedding template and you select some black Arial 22pt text and change the font to Carla Thin and click Apply to All. You may be surprised by the following results:

1.       Even though you only changed the font, all the settings were copied. Thus, if your photo book has some black pages with white text on them, the white text will also get changed to black, making it essentially invisible against the black background.

2.       If some of the text in your book is a different size – such as a larger point size on the cover title, and smaller point sizes along the spine and in paragraphs of text, all of those will get changed to 22 point as well

So, be careful when using the Apply to All because it does in fact copy all the settings from the selected object and applies them indiscriminately to all the similar objects in your book.

So what happens if you want to change a font without changing the colors or size throughout your book? That’s where the global settings menu comes in.

Along the left edge of your screen you’ll see a vertical row of tabs. Click the bottom one marked Settings. On the panel that opens you’ll see three categories:

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a)      Text

b)      Photos

c)       Stickers

These options will allow you to make changes to those types of elements throughout your photo book.

For example, if you would like to change just the font throughout your photo book without changing any of the other settings, you can do so here.

When you apply a change in the global settings menu, only the specific setting you change is applied.

We hope you enjoy this latest change. It should save you a lot of time when making sweeping changes to your Adoramapix  photo books and it certainly makes it a lot quicker to modify our templates to match your personal vision.

 

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