Basic editing of a template

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Open the template you want to edit by selecting the template from the Template Manager (“Tools | Template Manager”) and then double clicking it.

 

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The template will be opened in the Template Editor. The editor consists of several tab-sheets. The table below shows you which tabs there are and what the experience level is to use it.

 

Thumb and General Settings

Level: Basic

This tab sheet contains several settings for the thumbnails. It also shows several general settings which apply to the entire template like colors etc.

Image Settings

Level: Basic

This tab sheet contains all settings for the opened image.

Portfolio Template

Level: Expert

This tab sheet contains the HTML (and/or scripting) code which is used to publish an entire portfolio.

Gallery Template

Level: Expert

This tab sheet contains the HTML (and/or scripting) code which is used to publish a full gallery.

Collection Template

Level: Expert

This tab sheet contains the HTML (and/or scripting) code which is used to publish a full collection.

Image Template

Level: Expert

This tab sheet contains the HTML (and/or scripting) code which is used to publish an opened image (once your visitor clicks on a thumb) .

CSS Template

Level: Expert

This tab sheet optionally contains the CSS code which can be used in the entire template.

Resources

Level: Basic

This tab sheet contains a list of all used external files; like graphics, flash objects, etc. Any external file can be embedded inside the template as a resource. Once a resource is added, the original file is copied inside the template. If you change the original file, you will have to update the resource also.

 

For quick and simple editing of a template we only use the sheets: “Thumb and General Settings” and “Image Settings”.

 

Every generated and published page exists of an index page which shows thumbnails of your photos. By clicking the thumbnail the detail page will be opened. The index page can be configured using the tab sheet “Thumb and General Settings”. The detail image page can be configured using the “Image Settings” tab sheet.

 

The number of thumbnails on a page is self definable. You can compare it with a matrix, a table with a specific number of columns (width) and rows (height). This width (columns) and height (rows) can be changed. Open the tab sheet “Thumb and General Settings”.

 

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Enter your preferred number of columns and rows at the corresponding fields.

 

Use the field HTML Output extension to specify which extension you like for your generated pages. Normally you wont need to change this. Especially if you arent familiar with the term “file extension”, leave it unchanged.

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Use the field Thumb Pattern to determine how your thumbs should be visualized. IDimager has the unique option where you can define which thumbnails in the grid (columns and rows) should be used and which not. This way you can create patterns for your thumbnail pages.

 

Every thumbnail of your index page can be switched on and off. This can be done by clicking any block in the grid. The blue colored blocks represent thumbnail positions that are switched on. A gray block represents a position that is switched off. By clicking blocks on or off you will be able to create a pattern for your index page.

 

As an example you can have a look at the template “Triangle”. It uses a thumb pattern to create triangle shape for your thumb pages.

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Use the field “Thumb Output Size” to set the size of your thumbnails (in pixels). There are a number of pre-defined sizes like:

 

Very Small        = 60        pixels

Small                = 80        pixels

Normal                = 100        pixels

Large                = 120        pixels

Very Large        = 150        pixels

 

These are the most common used sizes. If you want to use any other size, this is possible too. Select the option “Custom…”. The field behind it will light up and you can enter any size between 10 and 1000 pixels.

 

Use the option “Create square output thumbs” to make sure that IDimager crops all thumbnails to a square format. If a photo is rectangular, then  IDimager will cut off a part of the thumbnail (of course the original photo and the detailed photo will remain unchanged).

 

Square thumbs will give your pages a more balanced “look”, however the thumb will not completely represent the image.

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You can give your thumbnails frames. IDimager will offer you the full “Frame Designer” options to define frames for your thumbnails (and images, as we will see later).

 

Click the button “Thumb Frame Design” to customize or add frames to your thumbnails.

 

For a detailed description of the Frame Designer; read chapter “Image Viewer” or look inside the help file.

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The color scheme enables you to customize every used color in the web page. Some templates use more colors then others.

 

First publish using the template, then check which color youd like to change. Open then template and find the color here. Then change it to a different color.

 

The resulting index (thumbnail) page allows your visitors to click on a thumbnail. Then the image itself is opened. This detail page (which shows the selected photo) has its own tab sheet in the Template Editor: “Image Settings”. In this sheet you will find the specific settings for the detail photo page.

 

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Enter the size for your photo when it is opened. There are a number of pre-defined commonly used sizes:

 

Make Small (480)

 

Choose this option to make the photo 480 pixels in size. This size will give a good impression of your photo on the web page.

 

Make very small (320)

 

Choose this option to make the photo 320 pixels in size. This size is very usable when your visitors use mostly dial-in connections (slow internet connections).

 

User Defined

 

Select this option to define any possible size. Using the advanced option you can specify if you want to use interpolation for resizing. Interpolation generally improves the quality, but it is relatively slow.

 

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You can also define frames for your detailed photo. Again you will have the full Frame Designer features available.

 

Click the button “Image Frame Design” to customize or create a frame for your photo.

 

For a detailed description of the Frame Designer, read chapter “Image Viewer”.

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With IDimager it is possible to add a signature to your photos. This signature can be any possible picture. Load the picture as a resource in tab sheet “Resources”. Then select return to tab sheet “Image Settings” and select the added signature resource here.

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Once you specify a signature resource some additional field become available which enable you to further configure  the positioning of the signature.

 

Specify at which position you your signature to appear. Options are upper-left, upper-centered, upper-right, centered, bottom-left, bottom-centered or bottom-right.

 

Then optionally specify the exact position for the signature by specifying the X (horizontal) and Y (vertical) offset. The offset positions are counted from the border. The values depend on the selected position. If you choose position upper-left, then an X offset value 10 will position the signature 10 pixels from the left side of the photo. Select lower-right and the X-Offset value 10 will position the signature 10 pixels from the right side of the photo.

 

You can also watermark your signature, meaning that it will be burned inside the photo. Select the option “Watermark the signature”.

 

When you use watermarking, keep the following rules in mind: all black colors in the signature image will be replaced by the underlying photo. All whites will NOT be replaced by the photo. Every other color value will be partially replaced by the photo, depending on the intensity of the colors. The darker, the more it will be transparent.