Like with any new software, it can be overwhelming. Below is list and function of what each button and tray within the BrideBox wedding album software can achieve.
This section will explain common user interface and tools that are shared within all the applications modules.
On the left is the Project Toolbar. This allows you to cycle between the different BrideBox projects. If you move the mouse over it, it will expand to the regular project buttons. In the center, you have your project work space. This is where your designing and creating takes place. You can use your mouse to drag and drop pictures and colors into to project you are creating. Dragging and dropping, right clicking and selecting from the menu will allow you to complete almost all the tasks you are trying to complete.
The Image Tray, found at the bottom of the screen, holds all the images you have selected to use for the project. To use an image, simply click it, drag it and drop it to the location where you want it to appear.
The Output Tray, located at the top of your screen, displays your project from top to finish. From here, you can simply click on one of the pages for it to appear. This allows you to see how each page looks in comparison and next to the other pages you have completed. Above the Output Tray you will find the application menu bar and application buttons, such as the order button. Below the Output Tray, you can find other tools. The Project Tools, such as zooming or adding an item, and the Context Sensitive Toolbar. In the Context Sensitive Toolbar, you can add images, texts, clipart and so forth.
The Design Elements Tray is location on the rights die of the screen. This area will change based on the type of project you are working on. In this tray, you can find page layouts, backgrounds, clip arts, themes, borders, and more.
The Project Toolbar allows you to cycle between different BrideBox projects. When a project is open, the project tool bar will shrink so less screen space is used. It will reopen to normal size when hovered over or clicked on. It is very possible to open more than one project at a time, you can switch between the open projects using the Open Projects Tray on the bottom left of the screen.
The image tray holds the beautiful images you plan to use on your project. You can use the tools on the left of the tray to: Add individual images to the image tray Add a folder of images to the tray Hide the images used in the project Remove all images from the tray To use images for your project, simply click on the image, drag it to the desired location, and drop it in that location. If you move your mouse over an image on the Image Tray and leave it there for a while, a zoomed version of the image will appear. Use the rotate arrows on this view to rotate the image if needed.
Use one of the following cursors: The simple clicking cursor is used to select items on the page, drag them or resize them. Adding a picture frame allows you to add an empty picture frame on the page. Do this by clicking the mouse on the icon and drag it while holding the left mouse button pressed to mark its location. You can then insert images into the picture frame. The add/edit caption icon allows you to add a text box. Click the mouse and drag it while holding the left mouse button pressed to mark its location. You can then add your text in the text box.
Once an image that has been dragged and dropped into the project is selected, the Image Task Specific Toolbar appears above the project (also accessed by right-clicking the photo). This toolbar (or by right-clicking the image or from the menu commands) offers several options to manage your images.
Alignment: When two images are selected at the same time (by holding the Shift key and clicking both images one after the other) then their alignment can be changed with the alignment tool. The images will align with the FIRST IMAGE SELECTED as a reference point.
Align Left– The align left button moves the second image which was selected horizontally so that the left side of the second image selected aligns with the left side of the first image selected.
Align Right– the align right does just the same as the align left only opposite. It moves the second image which was selected horizontally so that the right side of the second image aligns with the right side of the first image selected.
Align Horizontal Center– The horizontal center moves the second selected image horizontally so that the center of the second images width is lined up with the width of the first selected image.
Align Top– The Align Top button moves the second selected image horizontally so that the center of its width is lined up with the width center of the first selected image
Align Bottom– The Align Bottom button moves the second selected image vertically so that the bottom aligns with the bottom of the first selected image.
Align Vertical Center– The Align Vertical Center button moves the second selected image vertically so that the center of its height aligns with the height center of the first selected image. NOTE: Alignment can cause pictures to overlap, depending on their positions.
Center on Page– Center on Page moves selected image to vertical and horizontal center of page.
Center Horizontally on Page– this moves selected image horizontally so that its horizontal center matches with the horizontal center of the page.
Center Vertically on Page– this moves selected image vertically so that its vertical center matches with the vertical center of the page.
Order: Control the order (layers) of objects on the page.
Bring Forward– Brings the photo one level more in front.
Send to Front– Sends the photo all the way in front of the other photos.
Bring Backwards– Brings the photo one level behind.
Send to Back– Sends the photo behind the other photos.
Rotate Clockwise– Rotates the photo clockwise 90*
Rotate Counter Clockwise– Rotates the photo counter clockwise 90*
Cancel Rotations– Return the photo to its original position
Add Drop Shadow: inserts a shadow behind the photo
Zoom In– Zooms in the photo within the image box
Zoom Out– Zooms out the photo within the image box
Fit Frame to Image: This fits the image box so that it shows the entire image within the frame
Flip Image: Flips the image around so that whatever appeared on the left now appears on the right.
Apply Color Filter to the Image:
Remove Filter– This removes all filters from the image displayed.
B&W Filter– Applies a black and white filter to the image.
Sepia Filter– Applies a sepia filter to the image.
Image Fading: Increases the transparency of the image selected.
Perfectly Clear Image Enhancement: This automatically enhances the image color, skin tone and sharpness of the image.
The following Image is a selected image in a photo book project. The rectangles around the image are the selection points. You can re-size any graphic object by selecting it, and placing the mouse on one of the object selection points until the curser becomes a re-sizing tool. NOTE: Pictures may also be re-sized, but they always retain their original width/height proportion regardless of how large or small they appear on the screen.
Pan Tool: The image has a “pan area” in the middle- When the mouse is hovering on this area, the tool tip “Drag this area to change the visible part of the image” will show. This means that you can choose which part of the image you want visible in the frame. When combined with the zoom feature (accessible from the image tool bar or rolling the mouse wheel), you can zoom the image and place it in the frame, cropping it to your needs.
The switch image tool allows you to switch between two images. Select this tool and drag from one image to another to switch between the two.
Once an object is selected (I.e. text box, an image, etc.), the Task Specific Toolbar appears above the project (also accessed by right-clicking the photo or text box). This toolbar offers several options to manage objects. Many of those options are also available by right clicking the object, or from the menu commands. Alignment, center on page, order, rotate object, and add drop shadow, which were all previously explained in the Image Toolbar tab, appear on this toolbar.
Caption Objects: The following toolbar options are relevant to caption object only.
Font– Drop down menu to show different font options
Size– Drop down menu to show different font sizes Style– Select the text style you wish to use
Align the text within the text box:
Align Left– Aligns text inside box the left of the text box
Align Center– Aligns text inside box to center of the text box
Align Right– Aligns text inside box to the right of the text box
Text Color: Drop down color palette for selecting font color
In most cases, there are multiple ways to accomplish the same task. Everything can be found on the menus, keyboard shortcuts, various toolbars or the context sensitive popup menu (right click on mouse). Right clicking on an object- or anywhere on a project screen and clicking the right-mouse button- will bring up a context sensitive menu. This menu will include relevant commands to the object. Commands such as Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, and Duplicate will appear. It is easy to be creative by simply dragging and dropping anything from the image tray or the toolbars. There are no complex dialogues or modes, just click, drag and drop directly where you want things to be placed. Made a mistake? Use the undo command. It’s that simple.