Using the Foboco Maker
How do I add more pages to my photobook?
To add extra pages to your Photo Book, click on the 'Page' menu in the top menu bar, then click 'Add'. This will add an extra two pages before the last page of the album.
Alternatively you can click on the 'Page' menu and select 'Insert' (or press Ctrl-I on your keyboard). This will add an extra two pages before the page spread you are on.
You can also remove pages via the "Page" menu in the top menu bar (or by selecting the spread and pressin Ctrl-D on your keyboard).
For clarity, a page is considered one side of a sheet of paper and are always added in pairs and cannot be added individually.
How do I move pages within my project?
To move pages within yourPhoto Book, simply click on the 'Page' menu from the top menu bar, then click 'Rearrange pages'.
A separate screen will pop up from which you can then select pages and either drag them to where you would like the pages to be, or alternatively use the arrows to the left of the pages.
Please note: Pages must be moved in pairs and cannot be moved individually.
How do I set a background colour?
To set the background colour of a page:
1. Left-click on the page you wish to apply a background to.
2. Left-click on the icon furthest to the right (the icon that looks like a can of paint) from the toolbar at the top right of the editor.
3. Below the words 'Page Background', click on the square next to the page you wish to change - 'Left' or 'Right', then select a colour from the drop-down list. Select 'other' for a full colour pallette.
When choosing a background colour, we recommend going for a pastel or 'dirty' colour.
When printing, the background colours generally appear a lot more vibrant than it looks on a computer monitor. This can take the focus off the photos, which is obviously an undesirable effect. Choosing pastel or dirty colours will provide a more subtle background for your photos.
How do I insert my own image as a background?
To insert your own photo as a background:
1. Click on the 'Backgrounds' tab near the bottom of the editor.
2. Click on the 'Cog' icon towards the bottom of the editor.
3. Click on 'Add' from the drop-down list.
4. Select the image from your computer that you wish to add.
5. Click 'Open'. You should now find the image you have selected in the thumbnails at the bottom of the editor.
6. You can drag the image from the thumbnail onto the page where you wish to use it.
You may wish to change the transparency of a background image so that it does not detract from any photos you place in front of it.
To change the transparency of photos:
1. Left-click on the image you wish to change the transparency of.
2. Left-click on the leftmost icon (the icon that looks like a piece of paper and a pen) from the toolbar at the top right of the editor.
3. Next to the word 'Opacity', click on the circle and drag it to the left. The further you drag it, the more transparent the image will become.
How do I access more background images?
To access a variety of additional background options:
1. Click on the 'Backgrounds' tab near the bottom of the editor.
2. Select one of the backgrounds from the thumbnails at the bottom of the editor.
3. Drag the background onto the page where you wish to use it.
How do I apply a border or frame to my photos?
You can choose to either have a colour border or a design frame around your images.
To place a colour border around a photo:
1. Left-click on the image you wish to add a border to.
2. Left-click on the leftmost icon (the icon that looks like a piece of paper and a pen) from the toolbar on the right of the editor.
3. Tick the box next to the word 'Border'.
You can change the size and colour of the border from the toolbar underneath where you ticked 'Border'.
To place a design frame around a photo:
1. Select the 'Frames' tab towards the bottom of the workspace.
2. Select from a range of pre-designed frames.
3. To add a frame to your image, click on the frame and drag it onto the image.
How do I move a photo between pages?
To move a photo between adjacent pages, you should be able to just drag it across. If you'd like to move a photo between non-adjacent pages, you'll need to cut-and-paste the photo from one page to another.
To do this:
- Right-click on the photo you wish to move.
- Select 'Cut'.
- Find the page you want the photo moved to and right-click on this page.
- Select 'Paste'.
This will move the photo to the desired page and it will retain its size and shape. You can easily reposition the photo by simply clicking on it and dragging to the desired location.
Why do my photos look pixellated in the work area of the editor?
Due to the large amount of data involved in creating your product, our editor needs to streamline some of its processes to ensure the software runs smoothly on your computer.
To achieve this, the editor creates a thumbnail (a smaller version of your photo) for each photo that it uses on the main editing page of your product. This reduces the amount of data required for your computer to process when editing your product.
Please rest assured that the editor will use the full resolution version of your photos in the final product.
How do I rotate a photo?
To rotate a photo within its frame:
1. Left-click the photo you wish to rotate and choose the second icon (it looks like two arrows in a box) from the toolbar on the right of the editor.
2. On the drop-down list next to 'Angle' click '90 degrees' or 'Rotate Clockwise' or 'Rotate Counter Clockwise' as required.
To rotate a photo freely with its frame:
1. Left-click the photo you wish to rotate and choose the fourth icon from the left (it looks like a ruler) from the toolbar on the top right of the editor.
2. Under the word 'Orientation' and next to the word 'Angle', drag the point on the circle either clockwise or counter clockwise.
3. As you drag the mouse cursor around, you will see the photo being rotated and there will also be a numeric value displayed to show you the rotate angle.
4. Release the mouse button to apply the rotation.
Or alternatively you can simply left-click on the green circle towards the top left of your photo and drag it around clockwise or counter clockwise until you have found the position you desire.
What is the print area of a page?
You can place photos anywhere on the page you like, and it is a great effect to stretch an image across a whole page, or if it's big enough, across a double page. However there are a few things that you should note.
Due to the nature of printing and trimming, the trim area around a page cannot be defined to within millimetre accuracy. On a page, the area between the red and blue lines is the trim area and the trimming can occur anywhere within this area. To ensure your photos are spread to page edge correctly, please make sure your photos are dragged slightly beyond the outside edge of the blue line. This will ensure there are no white edges when the pages of your album are trimmed.
The best way to make sure this is done correctly is to use the full page template which can be found within the '1 picture box' category in the 'Page Styles' tab.
We also recommend making sure there is nothing important within 1cm of the edge of a page. If text or an important part of a photo (such as a person's face) is placed at the page edge, there is a real possibility that trimming inaccuracies may result in some portion of the text or photo being trimmed.
This is the same with the binding edge or spine. Nothing important should be placed on or within 2cm of the binding edge between two pages. As mentioned above, a full page image should be spread right into the spine, but nothing important, such as a person or face, should be in the spine.
This is the same with a two-page spread - an image can be spread across one page, through the spine, but care should be taken that the part of the photo in or near the spine should not be of significance. If these guidelines are not followed, the significant piece of the photo across/in the spine may be lost into the spine/binding edge during the binding stage of the production process.
A similar principal applies for designing your photocover. Thes spine of the photocover will be on the outside, so you will be able to see it, but it still cannot be applied with millimeter accuracy.
The area between the red and blue lines around the photocover is actually folded over the cover and sits on the inside of the cover (similar to how the covers of some children's books are). If you place a person, face, text or even any other significant part of a photo on or within 1 cm of this line, it may be folded over on the inside of the cover.
It is also generally considered good design to keep a 'fair' distance between your content and the page edge.
Can I stretch a photo across two pages in an album?
To spread a photo across two pages:
1. Select the photo you wish to use from your photo selection and drag it to one of the pages you wish to have it covering.
2. Right-click on the photo.
3. Select 'Fit' then 'Fit to Spread' from the drop-down list.
This will stretch the photo across two pages within your album.
How do I spread a photo over an entire page?
To ensure a full page spread is placed correctly on the page, we recommend using the full page template on the page as this will ensure your photo is spread correctly to page edge. If a photo isn't spread to page edge correctly, there is the potential for your printed page having white edges.
This template can be found in the '1 picture box' category in the 'Page Styles' tab, just below the main editing section of the editor.
Once you've applied this template to your page, simply drag and drop a photo onto the template and it will size it correctly.
Alternatively once you have placed a photo on the page, you can right-click on it, then from the drop-down list select 'Fit', then 'Fit to page'.
How do I add text to a page?
To add text to a page, create a text box by clicking the 'Add Text Box' icon (it looks like 'Aa' with a plus above them) on the toolbar above your workspace.
Once you have inserted a text box onto your page, you can resize it by clicking and dragging the little blue boxes on the edges of the text box and move it as need be.
To edit the text in the text box, simply double click on the text box to go to the edit screen. In this edit screen you can change the font style, font size, font colour and allignment of the text.
TIP: Make sure the text is a different colour to the page it's being placed on. To change the text colour, highlight the text, then select the 'Text Colour' icon (it looks like a black square) to select your colour, then click 'OK'.
How do I rotate a text box?
To change the direction of text in a text box:
1. Left-click the text box you wish to rotate and choose the fourth icon from the left (it looks like a ruler)from the toolbar on the top right of the editor.
2. Next to the word 'Angle', drag the point on the circle either clockwise or counter clockwise.
3. As you drag the mouse cursor around, you will see the text being rotated and there will also be a numeric value displayed to show you the rotate angle.
4. Release the mouse button to apply the rotation.
You may then need to re-shape the text box to create a better fit.
Please note, text boxes cannot be 'freely' rotated in the same way a photo can.
What font size is best for my project?
The optimal text size varies depending on what background is being used.
We suggest you use stronger fonts such as Arial, Verdana or Tahoma as opposed to serifed fonts (fonts with small tails contained on the end of characters) so they don't fade into coloured or transparent backgrounds. You should only use serifed fonts at larger sizes (14 point or above, preferably with bold) when dealing with coloured or transparent backgrounds.
10 point is fine on a white or very light coloured background, but if the background varies from this then we suggest as a minimum going to a 10 point bold or if space permits, then preferably 12 point.
Can I use unusual fonts in my project?
Our Foboco maker can handle many different font types, from strange fonts to international characters.
Our Foboco maker uses the fonts installed on your computer, so to ensure your order is produced correctly with the unusual fonts, make sure you upload your album from the same computer you used to edit it.
While these fonts work within the pages of your album, unfortunately they don't work for the cover title.
Can I change the type or size of my album once I have started?
Yes, you can upgrade anytime as long a bigger format is available.
How many pages can I have?
For the maximum number of pages, you can have up to 120 pages in all Photo Books, except for the pocket sizes which have a maximum of 20 pages.
The number of pages we allow in our Photo Books is based on the binding process we use. Any more or less pages will result in a less than satisfactory binding of your album that we are unwilling to provide.
For clarity, a page is considered one side of a sheet of paper and are always added/deleted in pairs and cannot be added/deleted individually.
Can I request a draft print of my project before ordering?
We understand that you'd like to see a draft of your product before you upload to ensure all your visual effects are acceptable.
We're deeply sorry but the software is currently unable to provide this service.
As always, we recommend customers should thoroughly review their project via the 'Preview' function to ensure correct and accurate production of their project.
We stand by our product and if the final product isn't up to your desired standard, you can contact us and send your product back for a full refund.