And we’re back. You might remember a week ago I started to analyze the DigiLabs Pro software in Getting to Know You (The DigiLabs Pro Software). And you also might remember that on Monday we created some guidelines that we could use in the DigiLabs Pro Software when working in Photoshop. These guidelines would help us understand what areas of our design would be lost in printing and how we can design accordingly. Now, it’s time to use ‘em.
I opened a new blank 10×10 Ashbury book in DigiLabsPro. I imported the .jpg images in the “10x10ashburyJPG”. I dropped the cover.jpg into the front cover as a “Two-Page Spread Background” and then dropped the firstpage.jpg into page as a “Single Page Background”. Then I dropped twopagespread.jpg into page two as a “Two-Page Spread Background”. Finally I dropped lastpage.jpg into page twenty as a “Single Page Background”. Make sure to go to “View” and made sure “View Bleeds” is OFF. I saved the project and left DigiLabsPro open for this next step.
We now have created our own Photoshop guidelines. View a two page spread of the book in DigiLabsPro software. Open the twopagespread.psd file (NOT the cover.jpg) in Photoshop. Going back and forth between DigiLabsPro and Photoshop, note where the four edges of the cover image in DigiLabsPro fall on the grid. The grid numbers and colors will help you determine the exact location of where the edges fall. In Photoshop drag guidelines from the image edge rulers to the position on the grid where the image edges fall on the same grid in DigiLabsPro. Save your Photoshop file.
Here is an example with a two page spread:
Congratulations! You’ve created a Photoshop guideline for a two page spread of a 10×10 Ashbury book. Now repeat the process for the firstpage.psd, cover.psd and lastpage.psd. Go back and forth between DigiLabsPro and Photoshop, note where the four edges fall on the image in DigiLabs Pro and create guide lines that match in Photoshop. Don’t forget to save!
Now you can actually add a layer to your cover.psd file and make any design changes you’d like inside your grid lines. “Save As” twopagespread.jpg in the “10x10ashburyJPG” folder so it replaces the previous twopagespread.jpg.
Here is where the magic happens! DigiLabsPro has a book file that has a map that tells it the name and location of the files used on each page. If you change the file in an external image editor but give it the same name and replace the old image in the DigiLabs Software. Check the cover of the book in DigiLabsPro and you’ll see the picture, design changes or anything you put on the grid!
In conclusion, to create a 20 page 10×10 Ashbury book I’ll need:
10x10ashburyPSD folder containing:
cover.psd (measuring 21.875 × 11.5)
firstpage.psd (measuring 9.875 × 10)
twopagespread.psd (measuring 19.05 × 10.05) NOTE this file will contain nine groups representing nine two page spreads.
lastpage.psd (measuring 9.875 × 10)
10×10 ashburyJPG folder containing:
cover.jpg (measuring 21.875 × 11.5″)
firstpage.jpg(measuring 9.875 × 10″)
2-3spread.jpg (measuring 19.05 × 10.05″)
4-5spread.jpg (measuring 19.05 × 10.05″)
6-7spread.jpg (measuring 19.05 × 10.05″)
8-9spread.jpg (measuring 19.05 × 10.05″)
10-11spread.jpg (measuring 19.05 × 10.05″)
12-13spread.jpg (measuring 19.05 × 10.05″)
14-15spread.jpg (measuring 19.05 × 10.05″)
16-17spread.jpg (measuring 19.05 × 10.05″)
18-19spread.jpg (measuring 19.05 × 10.05″)
lastpage.jpg (measuring 9.875 × 10″)
If I import the .jpg images in the “10x10ashburyJPG” folder into the book drop and drop each image. Now I save the book.
I can make any changes I like to the Photoshop files. If I am pleased with the result I can save the image as the same name and to the same location and the book should automatically reflect these changes. Oh, and it doesn’t have to be Photoshop! Any image editor that has guides and layers and can export .jpgs will work, even the GIMP and that’s free! You also can double check your work by clicking the “Send to DigiLabsPro” button and look at the placement of the cover images and page images.
Feel free to download my files for a 10×10 Ashbury book at DigiLabs Support page under donwloads. Let me know what you think of this DigiPros!
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