This is a particularly exciting article, I must say. It focuses on the important topic of integration, in this case, with photo editing and photo album design. Integration is a common attribute of useful software. Integrated tools help you stay in the creative zone, help keep your work consistent, and deliver the results you need to complete your work efficiently. An integrated approach is also cleaner, so there are fewer chances of losing files, making unnecessary image copies, or managing different organization systems.
Dark Roux uses Exposure X and Album Builder together on frequent occasion. Using the apps together is a workflow solution that makes perfect sense for them. Weddings are their game, so albums are naturally a big profit center. All of their photography packages include an album, so they do image editing and photo album design literally every day.
Below are a couple of smashing video tutorials where they take us through their workflow of doing just that. In mere minutes, they go from importing from cards to a complete photo album design.
Dark Roux relies on a few custom presets to handle the majority of the edits in Exposure. You can see from the workflow this is a great way to speed up post processing. Using presets for consistent editing is a good practice for a strong brand. If you’re developing your own library, take notes on how they name and organize their presets and how they bring the final images together cohesively.
Video 2: Album Builder Workflow Overview
Heather took the lead to demonstrate how she would whip up a photo album design using Fundy’s Album Builder. It’s a software solution for making professional photo album designs in no time. Using the album select photos from the edited shoot, Album Builder made the process streamlined and quick. During the design process, she opens and edits a few choice images in Exposure to make them work better for the page design.
Album Builder is an album design tool, so it doesn’t need a robust set of image management features like Exposure X does. It’s best to pair down your image set to a manageable size before importing to keep things efficient. Just bring in the select images you plan to use.
As you drag and drop images onto a spread, Album Builder will automatically design a suggested page layout. You can edit this directly, or you can use the Quick Design Picker, which generates multiple layout options based on the images you’re using. You can then choose the look. You can make adjustments to the entire book or just a few images on one of its pages.
When you’re finished designing, you have a few options of what to do next. You can upload directly to a lab of your choice using Fundy Direct, you can export layered PSD files to make further adjustments, or you can save as a high res JPEG that you can upload to your lab. Another option is Fundy’s Proofer, which builds an online gallery (a virtual album), allowing your clients to preview and comment on the photo album design. Learn more at Fundydesigner.com.
So, to sum it all up: combining the use of Exposure X and Album Builder is a slick solution for photographers who print albums, whether for clients, friends, or for personal use. If you use these apps together, you can import shots from cards, cull, edit, design, tweak and export a photo album design in no time at all. The possibilities for editing with them together are endless.
I’d like to say thanks to everyone that played a hand in this video project. High fives go out to the whole team. It couldn’t have happened without your help.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]