BK Photobooks Tips and Tricks


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Once you have downloaded the BK PHOTOBOOKS free software the following tips and tricks will help producing your photo book that much easier! Let us help you be more creative. Print these tips out and refer to them when working in the software.


  1. Ordering Process

  2. Uploading Process

  3. Changing and Removing Existing Albums

  4. Backgrounds

  5. Frames

  6. Masks

  7. Effects

  8. Clipart

  9. Adding & Removing Pages

  10. Change Page Order

  11. Cropping, Arranging & Filling Photos

  12. Working Within The Safe Region

  13. Rotating Your Images

  14. Zoom

  15. Cool Tip

  16. How to Preview Your Album

  17. Contact BK Photobooks

  18. Adobe Photoshop


1. Ordering Process


When you finish creating the album and you want to order it, you have to fill in the order and shipment details and perform the payment. When the album is opened in the main editing screen, click on the 'Order' button. The ordering process is done using a wizard: moving from one step to the next is done by clicking on the green arrow buttons on the top of the wizard screen. At any step of the wizard, you may view an interactive preview of the album pages by clicking on the 'Interactive preview' button


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First screen - Display the Order preview. In the screen you can see a preview of the pages so you can see the general look of the album. You may also view an interactive preview of the album pages by clicking on the 'Interactive preview' button


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Second screen - Displays the order summary details. You can select the 'Cover' from the list of available covers, select a 'Finishing' method from the list, fill in your 'Comment', set the number of 'Copies' and select the 'Colour correction' method


If prices are displayed (some installations prices are not available), the price will be set according to your selections. Colour correction price is calculated according to the number of pictures in the album.


Depending on the installation and the album type some choices may not be available. For example, 'Colour correction' is usually not available so it is hidden in the above screen shot


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Third screen - Select the 'File Sending' method and fill your 'Contact details'.


'File sending' means selecting whether you want to bring the order to the store by yourself or to electronically upload the order over the internet. Note: electronically sending the order may take a while, depending on the album size and the type of internet connection you have. Note: if for some reason the electronically upload is not enabled or it was not completed, the system will allow you to create a ZIP file from the order files and bring it to the store by yourself.


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Fourth screen - This screen will be auto populated and you can simply move onto the next screen which needs to connect to the web


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Once connected you will be taken to our online website where you will make payment (EFT or credit card) as well as choose your delivery method.


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When you finish the ordering process, a receipt will be displayed on the screen. You can also display the receipt after completing the ordering process by opening the album and selecting the 'View | Show report' from the menu. It is recommended to print the receipt and keep it until you receive the printed album.


If you chose to bring the order to the store by yourself, then after displaying the receipt, a folder containing the order (as a zip file) will be displayed. You have to burn this file on a CD (or copy it to a "disk or memory stick") and bring it to the store. Note: it may take a while for the folder with the zipped order to appear on the screen (depending on the album size). After that, you can close the BK PHOTOBOOKS software application or start designing a new order


2. Uploading Process


If you chose to electronically send the order, the Album Maker will start a new process of sending the order to the store. Before uploading the order, the following notification will appear stating that the order will start uploading shortly.


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A message will appear on the bottom of the monitor stating the order number that is being uploaded. While uploading is in process you can close the Album maker application or work on another album order.


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Moving with the mouse over the 'Album FTP Uploader' icon will open a small screen giving more information on the uploading process


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Double clicking the 'Album FTP Uploader' icon will open the Album FTP Uploader screen and will show detailed information on the uploading process. The 'Upload files' and 'Select order' buttons should be used only when there was a problem uploading the order to the shop. Don't use them unless directly instructed to do so by the shop's support person.


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Note: If you close the computer while the uploading process was active, the 'Album FTP Uploader' process will start automatically when the computer is restarted and will continue the uploading of the order from the point it stopped.


After the order was uploaded to the store (or brought to the store) and until you get the printed album, you should follow the print-shop procedures


3. Changing and Removing Existing Albums


You can still view or edit an order even if you closed and restarted the Album Maker application in the middle of editing. In order to edit an existing album, you have to select the 'Edit album' button from the dialog displayed immediately after the Album Maker application is started.


The following Open Album screen will appear:


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In this screen you have to select the album you want to edit and then click on the 'Ok' button. The dialog will close and the selected album will be displayed on the main screen for editing.


If you want to delete an existing album, you have to select the album (or multiple albums) and click on the 'Remove' button. You may also change the name for an existing album by selecting the album and clicking on the 'Rename' button.


Note: if you already ordered an album, you can edit it but the printed album will not contain the changes. If you delete an ordered album, it will be removed from your computer but the order you made will not be cancelled. If you want to make changes that will be reflected in the printed album, you have to make a 'reorder album' process (see details below) but the order you already made will not be cancelled.


Reorder album: you may order another copy of an album you already ordered in the following way: open the album and select 'Order | Order another copy' from the main menu.


The following question will appear:


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If you choose 'Yes' the system will create a new order which is exactly the same as the last order. If you choose 'No', the system will display the list of album types you can order and you have to select the required album type out of the list.


In both cases (after you answer the question) the system will display the new order on the main screen. If you don't want to make changes to the album you can continue immediately to the ordering process (by clicking on the 'Order' button), or you can start editing the new order and continue to the order process later.


Note: in any case, the new order will have a different order number than the original order.


4. Backgrounds


In order to change the background for the current page select 'Backgrounds' on the toolbox, select the preferred backgrounds group from the drop-list at the bottom of the list and drag the background you want to use to the working space. Dragging the background to the 'Left side background' area will apply the background to the left page (when working in double-page view) and accordingly to the right page and to both pages. If you want to set a solid color background that does not appear in the Solid colors group, select the 'Custom color' from the backgrounds group, select the background area (Left, Right or Double page) and define the color using the tools of the Select color window that will open up.


In order to have a similar design for the album pages you can copy a page background from one page to another: right-click on the background you want to copy and select 'Copy background'. Move to the page you want to change, right-click again on an empty space and select 'Paste background'. To change the background for all the pages in the album select 'Paste background on all pages' instead of 'Paste background'.


If you want to have a solid white background right-click on the background and select 'Reset'.


Advanced options for backgrounds


  1. You can select one of the photos in the album to be used as a background. To do that, drag the photo to the page and release the mouse when the cursor is over one of the page borders. Releasing the mouse over the right border will set the picture as a background for the right page (and accordingly left page). Releasing the mouse over the top or bottom border will set the picture as a background for the double page. Alternatively, you can select a picture on the page, right-click it and select 'Image size | Set as page background'.
  2. You can assign a level of opacity to the background picture by clicking with the right mouse on the background and selecting the 'Set Opacity' option - it will open the Opacity tool. The opacity is changed by dragging the slider to the required opacity level. You may also set a tint for the background by selecting the 'Color' button near the slider. The result will be displayed immediately on the page (before clicking on the 'Close' button) but it may take a few seconds to refresh. When you reach the result you like best click on the 'Close' button.
  3. You can use the Crop tool to crop the background image. Right -click on the background image and Select 'Crop image' to open the crop dialog.
  4. You can flip a background by right clicking on a background and selecting Flip | horizontally (or vertically).

Quality warning:


Sometimes after selecting a picture as a background a warning sign (yellow flag) will appear in the border of the page. This means that maybe the printed background quality will not be high enough. If most of the background is hidden by pictures or texts then the quality of the page will not be badly effected, but in case the background is not hidden it is recommended to select another background picture. If the flag is red, then it implies that the background quality is definitely not good enough and you must replace it with another background picture.


5. Frames


Frames are graphic elements that surround a photo, much like 'real' photo frames. To apply a frame on a photo, select 'Frames' from the toolbox and drag the required frame to the photo.


The second selection from the list of frames is 'solid color frame' - it sets border with equal width around the photo. You can select the width and color of the border in the dialog that appears after you finish dragging:


To remove a frame from a picture, right-click it and select 'Remove frame', or drag the 'without frame' item from the Frames toolbox (the first selection from the list of frames) to the picture.


If you want to copy a frame from one picture to another right-click the picture with the frame you want to copy and select 'Copy'. Then right-click on the other picture and select 'Paste special | frame'.


You can cancel the last operation of a frame change by selecting 'Edit | Undo' from the main menu.


6. Masks


Masks determine which part of the photo will be displayed and how the photo will integrate with the background. To apply a mask on a photo, select 'Masks' from the toolbox and drag the required mask to the photo.


To remove a frame from a picture, right-click it and select 'Remove mask', or drag the 'without mask' item from the Masks toolbox (the first selection from the list of masks).


If you want to copy a mask from one picture to another, right-click the picture with the mask you want to copy and select 'Copy'. Then right-click on the other picture and select 'Paste special | mask'.


You can cancel the last operation of a mask change by selecting 'Edit | Undo' from the main menu.


7. Effects


Effects change the picture color, and sometimes also the level of contrast and brightness. To apply an effect to a picture, select 'Effects' on the toolbox, select 'Color effects' from the drop-down menu on the bottom of the list, and drag the required effect to the photo.


There is a special effect that you may use to dynamically set the picture coloring (or actually tinting) and the transparency level. To use it select the required photo, select 'Special effects' from the drop-down menu on the bottom of the list, and drag the 'Opacity' item to the picture. In the displayed opacity tool select the transparency level by changing the slider and the tint by clicking on the 'Color' button. Check the 'transparent' button to integrate the photo with the background. The result will be displayed immediately on the page (before clicking on the 'Close' button) but it may take a few seconds to refresh. When you reach the result you like best, click on the 'Close' button.


Another special effect you can use is the red eye removal. To use it select the required photo, select 'Special effects' from the drop-down menu on the bottom of the list, drag the 'red eye' item to the picture and the red eye removal wizard will be opened. In the first screen you should drag the square to the red-eyed face 'zone' (as in the screen below), then click on the next button.


In the next screen , you are requested either to accept the changes (by pressing the Accept button) or edit the picture by pressing the edit button.


If you press edit , then the following screen will appears .In this screen , you can edit the parameters manually and define for example how many colors to capture , or how many colors to change and more.


If you want to learn more about the functionality of a specific parameter, simply point your mouse to the slider and a yellow caption will pop up with more details. After committing all changes, press the accept button.


In the last screen you are only requested to press the save changes button so changes will be effected.


Both Opacity and red eye can be achieved also by right click on a selected picture , then select special effects and then choose opacity or red eye. (For red eye removal you could also select the option Fix red eye from the images menu.)


To remove an effect from a picture, right-click it and select 'Remove effect' or drag the 'Without color effect' item from the Effects toolbox (the first selection from the list of effects).


If you want to copy an effect from one picture to another right-click the picture with the effect you want to copy and select 'Copy'. Then right-click on the other picture and select 'Paste special | effect'.


You can cancel the last operation of an effect change by selecting 'Edit | Undo' from the main menu


8. Clipart


To add a clip-art select 'Cliparts' from the toolbox and drag the required clip-art to the page.


If you have your own clip-art file that you want to add to the page, select the 'Design | Clip-arts | add clip-art from file' item from the main menu, and select this clip-art file. When you click on 'OK' the clip-art will be added to the page. You can now drag the clip-art to locate it as you like.


You can flip a clip-art by right-clicking it and selecting 'Flip | horizontally' (or vertically).


You can copy and paste clip-arts from one page to another or in the same page. To do that, select a clip-art and right-click Copy, then right-click on the page background were you want the new clip-art to appear and select Paste.


9. Adding & Removing Pages


To add new pages to the album, select the page after which you want the new pages to be added and click on the ('Add page') button on the Page & General design buttons panel. A dialog will appear, displaying the pre-defined page layouts. Select the layout you want to use and click on the 'OK' button. The page will be added to the list of pages and you can start editing it.


Another option for adding a new page is by duplicating an existing page. Select the page you want to duplicate and click on the ('Duplicate page') button on the Page & General design buttons panel or select the item 'Pages | Duplicate page' from the main menu.


To remove a page, select the page and click on the ('Remove page') button on the Page & General design buttons panel. To remove multiple pages at the same time hold the Ctrl key pressed and click on the required pages, and then click on the ('Remove page') button.


10. Change Page Order


To change the order of the pages, click on the page you want to change and then click on one of the 'Relocate page' buttons on the Page & General design buttons panel ( - Move page forward, or - Move page backward). You can click on the button a few times until the page is placed at the desired location.


11. Cropping, Arranging & Filling Photos


Filling in photos is done by dragging the photos from the list of photos to the page. Releasing the mouse when the cursor is over an empty placeholder will fill the placeholder with the dragged photo. Releasing the mouse when the cursor is over an empty space on the page will add the photo in the place the mouse was released.


Photos that are filled in the album are marked with a special sign (see left photo below). Right-clicking on a filled in photo will display the list of pages where the photo is placed.


By default, the photos are cropped to fit the space of the placeholder; it is recommended to drag portrait photos to portrait placeholders and landscape photos to landscape placeholders so the photo will not be cropped (or to minimize the crop). Also, you may select the photo and click on the ('Fit') button on the Page & General design buttons panel. This will make the photo appear without cropping inside the placeholder area but usually this will also make it appear smaller. To return to the default, click on the ('Fill') button on the Page & General design buttons. You may select the way the photo will be cropped by double-clicking on a photo and dragging the cropping frame until you reach the optimal result. If you want to crop the photo even more, you can make the cropping frame smaller by clicking on one of its borders and dragging to the required size.


12. Working Within The Safe Region


In some albums you will see a dotted line (see example below) near the edge of the page: It means that the area between the dotted line and the edge of the page might be either cut or folded (according to the specific albums). Therefore, it is recommended to refrain from locating important elements in this area (also called 'safe area').


13. Rotating Your Images


Rotate Photos (90 degrees)


If a photo in the photos list is rotated you can rotate it to the correct direction by right-clicking on the photo and selecting 'Rotate right' (or 'Rotate left'). You may also select the image on the page and use the ('Rotate Left') button or ('Rotate Right') button on the Page & General design buttons panel. It is recommended to rotate the photos before starting to fill them in the album.


You also have the alternative of rotating the images slightly to the right or left to give it a nice effect


14. Zoom


If you want to display the pages on the working space in more details, use the zoom options. Click on the ('Zoom in') button on the Page & General design buttons panel. The current page on the working space will increase by each click on the 'zoom in' button. The zooming level is kept when moving to other pages too. Use the page sliders to display the part of the page you want to see. To reduce the zooming level click on the ('Zoom out') button. To set the zooming level to an exact level use the Zoom options under the View | Zoom menu. You can set the zoom level to one of the predefined values like 'Page size' which is the screen size; or to '100% (Print size)' which is the exact print size; or to 'Custom' where you can see the current zoom value in percentage and to define a new zoom value.


15. Cool Tip


Applying a frame/mask/effect/background on all the photos in the album: right-click on a photo with the required frame and select 'Copy'. Then select the item 'Edit | Paste special on all pages | frame' from the main menu.


Apply a mask over a dynamic frame: you can make a special effect by:


  1. Select a dynamic frame for a photo (the first frame that allows setting the color and width of the border).
  2. Apply a mask on the framed photo: the mask will be applied on the photo and on the frame.

16. How to Preview Your Album


Simply click on view | Show album preview. Here you will see an interactive screen where you can flip through your album pages to see how it will appear when printing. Remember however, that the software reduces the image quality during this process inorder to have a smooth running system. It will automatically change the images back into their original qualtiy once printing begins


17. Contact BK Photobooks


Our email address is info@bkphotobooks.co.za so feel free to get hold of us regarding any questions you may have. Enjoy and have fun with our software. You'll be surprised at what you come up with


18. Adobe Photoshop


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