On this page you can find out about:
1. FAST designing with the Folio Albums Studio software
2. Freestyle designing with the Folio Albums Studio software
3. Our Freestyle design F.A.Qs
4. The Folio Albums design service
The Folio Albums Studio is our own software for creating your album layouts. We took the knowledge gained from designing albums, and the feedback received from our customers, to create Folio Albums Studio with the professional photographer in mind.
Once you have registered with us just login to the store, navigate to the ‘Account Dashboard’, and select the download for your operating system (MAC or PC). Our Quick Start Guide will provide you with the hints and tips you need to start designing straight away.
Designing with a third party software? Read our External Design Software page for document set-up and export information.
Folio Albums Studio has been created to give you a choice of design workflows. You can either FAST design an album using our professional templates, or Freestyle an album design using your own layouts.
Read on to find out about each workflow.
*Please note that for our Mini 6×6 Copies you won’t need to re-design, or re-size and export the design to a 6×6 size – all Mini Copies will be printed to scale from the main album layouts.*
We have utilised our album design skills to create a wide range of simple, beautiful, and elegant templates which you can use to quickly and easily create your layouts. Select from single page and full spread templates – and with over 270 to choose from you can easily create a bespoke design for all of your wedding, portrait, and boudoir clients.
All of our templates are fixed so you know that your layouts are perfect for print – you don’t need to worry about centring, alignment, aperture sizing, or spacing, since we have taken care of all of that for you. All you need to do is select your images and start designing!
You can either drag and drop your design, or use our Auto Flow tool. To Auto Flow your album just import your sequentially ordered images and then either pre-select all of your layout templates and let Auto Flow add the images, or just click Auto Flow and let it both select the templates and fill in the images for you.
If you have a specific design style and prefer to have complete control of your page layouts – then the Freestyle option is for you.
When you select the Freestyle option, all of the alignment, grouping, and spacing tools you will need become available for you to use, and you can add rulers, guides, and grids to help with image alignment, and spacing from our trim / bleed line.
We have created a range of standard sized apertures that you can use to create your layouts, and you have the option to save your own templates so you can design quickly and easily as your collection grows.
We print our albums in spreads of two pages, so the first page in your album will be on the left. If you want to start your design on the right, just leave the first page blank. The images below show the Classic Black end sheet and an example of a double-page-designed first spread.
Yes and to ensure that the image fully bleeds off the page you will need to place your image a couple of millimetres over the red trim line, but if possible we recommend taking the image to the very edge of the page.
In the Folio Albums Studio, the red line indicates our bleed/trim line.
Unless the image is bleeding off the page, we recommend leaving between 15mm-20mm of space between the red trim lines and your images. Leaving a nice gutter ensures that images are not too close to the page edge when we trim your book.
Leaving a 15-20mm white gutter also helps when ordering smaller duplicates of a larger album, or 6×6 Mini Copies, as space and gutters are reduced during the resizing process.
Take a look at our Common Layout Issues webpage for tips and advice on designing your album.
We assume that your uploaded images are print-ready, but if you select the ‘Folio File Check’ option when ordering your album we will give them a visual once over to check for any obvious design, colour and tone issues prior to putting your album in our print queue.
However, as the photographer, we ask you to take responsible for ensuring that the images are of an acceptable quality and that they are laid out correctly on the page. Although we do our very best to spot possible problems, we cannot accept responsibility for any printing issues due to poor layout, or image quality.
If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The print team perform a visual check of the printed layouts, but we work on the basis that you have designed your album ready for print. As long as you’ve numbered your spreads in sequence they’ll be printed and bound in correct order.
You can create proofs within the Folio Albums Studio to proof the design with your clients, or preview your spreads before creating the high res export to upload. To do this go to ‘File’ > ‘Create Proofs’.
We offer two album design services: a simple design service and a bespoke design service.
You upload your individual images and we will size and place one image on each page – which would equate to two images per spread – so if you order a 20 spread album, we would need 40 images to place one on each left and right hand page.
You will need to name your images in order as this is how they will be placed into the album design. Here’s an example.
We will create a bespoke album design to show off your images at their very best. This service includes online proofing via AlbumExposure which allows the option of sharing the proof with your client prior to approving the design for print. One round of revisions are included in the service, further revisions can be requested for additional charges.
To order a bespoke design go to the ‘Extras’ section in the store, put in your album design reference, and select the number of spreads that you need.
For the bespoke design we ask for 4 images per spread, so for our standard 15 spread album we would expect a maximum of 60 images. You upload the images using our standard upload tool after placing the album and bespoke design order.
Turnaround for the first draft is 3-5 working days.
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