Show Me How – Easy Designer Photobook Software

Show Me How – Easy Designer Photobook Software

After making use of the resources listed below, if you find you still need more assistance with your photobook project, we are pleased to offer face to face public or private workshops as well as private consultations. We’re always happy to help you realise your photobook project.

Watch and Learn Screen Clip Index

Please note that the instructional clips on this page relate to our new Easy Designer photobook software that is now available on macOS and Windows platforms.

Here we provide the means to find out how to perform a specific task, without wading through hours of tutorial style videos. (They are intended as a reference for when you are stumped or curious.) Below we have tabulated the key software functions, with links to video segments that show you exactly how to accomplish that task with our software. Its just one of the ways we make it easy at Cahoots!

Getting started with the workspace Easy Designer
1. PHOTOS
    1.1 Navigate to image folder Make your images available for inserting into a project
    1.2 Set thumbnail size Make the thumbnail images larger or smaller.
    1.3 View image infomation View file location, resolution, and recognise used images.
    1.4 Image sort options Change the sorting criteria between filename and date/time
2. PAGES & SPREADS
    2.1 Adding/deleting pages Methods for adding/deleting pages to your photobook project
    2.2 Moving double pages Move spreads and pages within your photobook
    2.3 Moving one page Duplicate or move the content from a single page
3. CONFIGURATION
    3.1 Collapse/resize panels Dynamically configure the workspace panels to your needs
    3.2 Settings Adjust settings for your project workspace

Laying out of pages Easy Designer
1. APPLYING LAYOUTS
1.1 Selecting a layout group Choose a subset of layouts to consider
1.2 Apply or change a standard layout template Use a standard layout to arrange the images on your page
1.3 Apply layout templates to multiple pages Apply one or more layouts to multiple pages at once
2. MANAGE LAYOUTS
2.1 Customise a layout Create or modify a layout to suit your needs
2.2 Add new placeholders Add new placeholders and replicate them
2.3 Align and distribute Align objects on the page and ensure even spacing
2.4 Grouping and Ungrouping Group objects for easy manipulation
2.5 Arrange layers Move objects towards background or foreground
2.6 Set object position Move objects in 1mm increments or set a position
2.7 Saving/deleting a custom layout Save your own layout for future use
3. IMAGE PLACEHOLDERS
3.1 Adding/replacing an image Getting images onto the page
3.2 Clear an image or delete a placeholder Remove an image from a placeholder or delete completely
3.3 Swapping images Rearrange images between placeholders

Decorating pages Easy Designer
1. BACKGROUNDS
1.1 Selecting a background group How to navigate to a grouped subset of backgrounds
1.2 Apply/change a background colour Set the background colour to any desired colour
1.3 Apply/change a graphic background Apply a background of textured, patterned or plain digital paper
1.4 Use a photo as a background Use a photo as a background to other images
1.5 Apply a background to multiple pages Apply a background to all left pages, right pages, or all spreads
2. TEXT
2.1 Apply text Use the text editor to apply text as desired
3. EMBELLISHMENTS
3.1 Apply embellishments Apply additional design elements to your page

Designing a cover Easy Designer
1. COVER
1.1 Apply a standard cover template Use a pre-designed layout template for your cover
1.2 Freeform cover design Design a cover from scratch
1.3 Wrapping images over the spine Full bleed cover images can be optionally wrapped over the spine
1.4 Applying spine text Place text on the spine of your book

Editing Images Easy Designer
1. POSITIONING IMAGE CONTENT
1.1 Zooming and cropping Adjust the visible parts of the image within the boundaries of the placeholder
1.2 Rotating Rotate an image or rotate a placeholder
2. BORDERS AND SHADOWS
2.1 Adding image borders Adding and designing borders for images
2.2 Adding and removing shadows Add drop shadows to selected objects

Advanced Design Tools Easy Designer
1. IMAGE PROPERTIES
1.1 Adding graphic frames Add a graphic frame to a selected image
1.2 Adding masks Add a mask to an image
2. IMAGE EFFECTS
2.1 Adjusting transparency Adjust the transparency of an image or object
2.2 Converting to monochrome Turn an image into grayscale or sepia
2.3 Creative filters Apply a creative effect to your image (currently on Windows only)

Ordering Your Project Easy Designer
1. REVIEW YOUR PROJECT
1.1 Preview Preview your entire project as it will be printed
1.2 Review errors and warnings Review your project for warnings and errors
2. ORDER PROCESS
2.1 Generate an order Start the order wizard to validate and render your project
2.2 Pay for your order After upload you will be transferred to a checkout page on the Cahoots website