Not quite sure where to start? Let's go through some great tips to get you started on your first book.
Download Our Software
The key to creating a photobook is our software. It's a free download from our website and it gives you all the tools and features you need to make a stunning photobook. You'll need a Windows PC and about 500mb of free storage space to install and create your photobooks.
Install Clickonprint Version 3:
1. Enter your email address and select the DOWNLOAD NOW button, run the application setup
2. Select the Next> button
3. Select the Next> button
4. Copy and paste the Activation Code on this screen or from the email sent to you and continue with the installation.
Background and Texture Packs
5. From the website under Software..Downloads there are Background and Texture Packs to be downloaded and installed as per the next four screens...
First thing you'll need is photos. I find it's easiest if I go through all the potential photos and copy them to a new folder. That way they're quick to find and easy to add to my project without having to browse through folders. But don't worry, you can still add photos from other folders to your layout if needed.
Launch Clickonprint PhotoBooks v3
The new software has an easier to navigate workspace:
The update allows you four options on launching:
i. Start a new project
ii. Start a new project based on a creative template
iii. Continue working on the last saved project
iv. Open an already existing project
i 'Press this button to start work on a new project'
Pick your type of project:
Pick your PhotoBook Size
It's important to carefully choose the photobook size that best suits your project. Once you start your layout you're not able to change your book to another product.
*Please remember that our Budget A4 Landscape does not have a printed cover and is limited to 64 pages. If you're unsure which photobook would best suit your project, visit our prices page for a side-by-side comparison.
Add your photos to the layout
Using the Explorer Panel to the left of the screen, navigate to the folder you've saved your photos to. Once selected a thumbnail preview of each photo will load in the Images Panel. Simply click on a photo and drag it to one of the green image frames.
Change Backgrounds and Add Page Layouts
By default, each page has one image frame per page with a white background. You can easily change this to by selecting a background or layout from the Template Panel to the right of the screen. Simply click and drag the template to the page to apply it.
Add your own image and text frames
Can't find a layout that suits your project? Simply add your own image or text frames by switching on 'Creative Mode', more buttons will appear on the top menu bar and select either 'Image Object' or '"Text Object' or 'Page Numbers'. There's no limit to the number of images or how much text you add to your pages.
Enable Creative Mode
If your software does not automatically launch with the 'Creative Mode' switched on, you will not be able edit, move, resize or apply effects to any of the elements. You will need to check it ON as per screen below:
This is the default menu at the top of your screen:
Enable 'Creative Mode' by clicking the check box next to the words:
You now will have an extended menu which will give you the ability to add text boxes, image boxes and page numbers:
New Features of Version 3
Version 3 also has the upgraded feature of being able to add decoration, masks, backgrounds and shadows to add to your photograph, plus a range of clipart images that can be added to a page:
Find in the Images and clipart library window (on the left of the screen), select picture, drag and drop onto the page.
Please note: to put text in a speech bubble: create a new text block using the Object...New Object...Text Object option, type your text into the new box and position in front of the speech bubble image.
Tools Window: Image tab
Image editing features such as rotate/mirror, making and image transparent and further editing features.
We've included a built in image editor so you can easily adjust your images to your desire. Simply double click on any image to open the image editor. Play with the settings of the various effects and when you're happy with the image click the apply button. You can undo the effects at any time by clicking cancel.
This is the window panel where all the Effects are available that allow you to either add a border or a frame, apply an artistic mask to your image or add a colourful background or a drop shadow:
We've also included a rich text editor so you can create captions or even complete paragraphs of text. To open the text editor double click on any of the white text frames. You can choose from a selection of fonts, sizes, colours and formatting effects.
ii The second option on the Welcome window is “Press this button to start a new project based on a creative template”
This option has a brand new auto-design (autofill) wizard option (see further on).
In the Startup Assistant the ‘New Project based on Creative Template’ gives the option to choose a creative template from the available themes. These themed templates have pre-designed layouts with text and image boxes in the various book sizes available. There is now the option to Insert Images with Quick-Assistant that allows the folder that contains the photos/images for the project to be selected, the required images to be selected and once these have been dragged into the right-hand panel of the window will be automatically inserted into the book.
Each one of these templates will tell you how many pictures you will need to fill the book, so if you choose the "insert Images with Quick-Assistant' option they will automatically inserted using the brand new auto-design (autofill) wizard.
or you could choose to insert images manually if you have more time available to place each picture individually
The Autofill feature is also available for a New Project selection
In a New project, select the folder containing the photographs in the Explorer window on the top left of the screen. Once your photographs/images are visible in the Images window right click any images and select Insert All Images. The autofill works in numerical order with the highest number on the front and back covers and continues on through to the lowest number on the last page of the book, so correct file naming is important if this option is to be used.
This means that you can either add the total images required to your folder and start the process again or you can place images individually.
Now you can add your text, clipart and effects to your layout including the wording for the spine of your PhotoBook.
Once you have completed your layout, you can preview your book by clicking the preview (magnifying glass) button. Please proof read all your text and make sure that the images are where you want them. Check to make sure that no critical elements, such as faces or text, crosses the gutter (middle) of the book as this may not be visible in the finished book. The software will warn you of any problem areas (click here for more information about warnings).
Time to Order
Clicking on the order button (orange shopping cart) will launch the order wizard. This will collect all your contact, delivery and payment details then package your layout and images into a single order file. A complete order summary, including an itemized price will be displayed before you commit to your order. Once your order file has been created you are given the option to upload your order to us or burn the order file to disc to be posted. Once we've received your order you'll receive on confirmation notification with a summary of your order.
As each of our photobooks is a hand-crafted archival grade product our standard production time is 7 to 10 business days. Production of your order will not commence until your payment has been successfully transacted.
We ship all our photobook via the Australia Post Express Post Parcel Service. The price of delivery is based on the shipping weight of your parcel and the delivery addres
Getting the Best out of your Custom PhotoCover
When designing your photocover it's important to understand how the software layout relates to the finished book. As our photocovers are a full wrap hardcover, the complete cover is designed on the one layout.
Imagine opening a book so the pages are facing away from you, the front cover is on the right hand side, the spine is in the middle and the back cover is on the left - That's exactly how our software shows the cover layout.
In addition to the front cover, spine and back covers you'll also see a dotted line that runs around the four edges of the layout. The area outside of this line is called the 'Wrap Area' - this part of the design is what wraps over the edge of the hardcover and a little into the inside of the cover. So your finished book can look it's best we recommend that you always drag your images right through the wrap area to the end of the artboard. This will ensure a full printed cover with not white borders being visible.
In Example 1 above the image was only fitted to the dotted wrap line and not through to the edge of the artboard. As you can see, the white edges are clearly visible in the finished book. Compare this to Example 2, which looks much more professional as the image has been taken all the way through the wrap area.
In the layout above the image is only set to the dotted line, this will result in a completed book like Example 1.
Instead, drag the image frame through the dotted line to the edge of the artboard,
Now the cover layout is correct and the finished book will look like the Example 2 book.
If you want to use the image for both the front a back covers, simply resize the frame so it extends right through to all the wrap areas.
Don't forget to add some text to the spine and using image borders is a great way to add depth to your layout.