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Smart automatic album design
09-05-2013, 08:37 AM
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Smart automatic album design
We have just released version 8.2 of Album DS for Photoshop CS6, this version includes a new algorithm to automatically design an album taking care of the main pictures and the pictures orientation.
New improvements are:

Autofilter: Templates are automatically filtered to show the appropiate for the pictures selected in the Pictures tab. This can be activated at the Autofilter button below the template folders.
Complete autofilter: Indicates autofilter to include also the orientation of the selected pictures ( vertical / horizontal), this is settable at the Configuration panel.
Smart filling in templates menu: Places the selected pictures in the template but taking in mind that the first (main picture) should go to the largest shape layer ( if complete autofilter has been set it also takes care of orientation of the main picture), the rest of the pictures will go in their respective shape layers regarding their orientation ( if they are not enough right oriented shapes it will take the next by order).
Assign template in templates menu: Assigns the template to the selected pictures, a template thumbnail is visible on this pictures. This assignation will be used later for smarty filling the album
Unassign template in pictures menu: Removes the template assignation for the selected pictures. If assigning a new template the previous one is automatically unassigned ( only one template can be assigned to a picture).
Smarty fill assigned template in pictures menu: Fills the assigned template with the corresponding pictures, starting from the initial picture and respecting the pictures order; but the pictures doesn't need to be together, the application will search for the next assigned to the same template.
Smarty fill the whole album: Fills automatically the whole album for all pictures with an assigned template. It starts with the first picture and fills the assigned template with the pictures assigned to the same template, then it goes to the next template. Pictures will only be used once and if the same template is again assigned to another pictures then a new sheet is created with this pictures. User will be prompted to select the folder for saving the sheets and sheets are numbered 001 to 999.
Improvement in the pictures preview: the first time a picture is previewed the application will cache the preview and next time preview will be a lot faster. Take in mind that the first preview will take slightly more time because the cached preview must be saved.
180 new templates designed specifically for the automatic processes but usable also for any other design method.
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