Speed up album design and boost print sales with this intuitive software package
Two photo-editing options are put under the spotlight
SRP: $399 / £285 (approx) OS: Mac OS X 10.7+, Windows 7+
Album design can really eat up the hours, but Fundy Designer can change that with a flexible template system that enables you to move images around and change their size or aspect ratio without creating lots of extra work. What’s more, Fundy also has a partnership with labs such as Graphistudio and Loxley Colour to enable album and print ordering from within the software.
There are three versions of the software suite available, Lite ($199), Album ($299) and Pro ($399). The Lite version limits the size of the albums and wall art you can create, while the Pro version allows both to be created with the sizes only limited by the lab. Album gives you just the album creation features of Pro.
After opening Fundy Designer Pro, the first step is to select the module you want to use, Album, Gallery, Collage or Image Brander (for watermarking images). The Album module is the most complex, but it’s still easy to use with the first step being to select which printing lab you wish to use along with the type and size of album/book you want to create.
The next step is to import your edited images before starting your layout. The fastest way to create an album is to use the Auto Design option, which produces a layout in seconds. Fundy Designer can read the images’ EXIF data, including any ratings, so it knows which are your favourite images and it will automatically make those larger in the design. You can drag images in and out of your layout and it will adapt, so you don’t have to realign everything. Clicking Layouts also lets you view different arrangements for a spread to make quick changes.
Helpfully, Fundy Designer can connect to an external editor like Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom, so you can make edits if necessary. Alternatively, the Pro Enhancements tools ($179 per year after a free three-month trial) enable one-click skin retouching along with online design proofing and the ability to export HD slideshows.
And finally, the Gallery module is useful for increasing your print sales by enabling clients to preview images at different sizes in their own home, even by using a photograph supplied by the client if you’re dealing with them remotely.
Left MAKE THE SALE The ability to see how a print will appear at different sizes in a client’s own living room can help convince them to purchase bigger prints, more than
paying for the software
Inset top PICK YOUR LAB Selecting the lab you wish to use, followed by the type of album and cover, ensures that the correct sizes and margins are used for the album you create
Inset bottom HOW MANY PAGES?
Hitting Auto Design after importing your images brings up the option to specify the number of pages and images to include in your album. You can add
more as you edit