NOTE: If your YearbookFusion license does not include a remote storage license, ie. you can only save your project files to your local hard drive or local network, this article will explain the process of creating panel pages. If you launch YearbookFusion and see the My Book tab, consult the portrait database import article for your import procedure.
To create panels, you must first import a PSPA portrait database index. After importing the portrait images and the database that describes them, you can add panel pages and flow panel grids.
After importing, go to the Editor tab. If you just completed the import, an empty grid will already appear on your page.
If you are adding a new panel on a blank page, open the Panel Hover, and on the Advanced tab, Add Yearbook Panel.
At this point, you have two choices to create your panel flow: Simple mode or Advanced mode.
Simple mode can be accessed if your database includes some supplemental information, added by using the Make Into button – your panel creation process will be streamlined. Advanced mode allows you to create a custom panel flow – this will be covered in a separate article.
TIP: Add a Background paper to your panel pages before flowing them, and the background will be applied to all panel pages in that flow.
Simple Mode Panels
Click on the Simple tab at the top of the Panel hover. Note: this will only work if you have used the Make Into feature on the Portraits tab, assigning groups, departments and priorities to your portraits.
Under the Presets, choose a Complete panel set.
Choose a preset. In this example, we are creating a panel for all the student pages, grouped by their homerooms (teacher).
The results are immediate – images appear in the panel, which can grow to be several pages long.
Note: In this particular example, we can see there is a sorting problem we can fix. Notice that a separate group has been created for the teachers, apart from their students. Because the students are all grouped by Teacher, we know immediately that the teachers must not be included in the same Teacher group as their students. To fix this, return to the Portraits tab, and reassign the teachers.
As soon at the data was corrected, the panels reflowed. On the Editor tab, the teachers are back with their students.
Continue to refine your panel layout under the Panel hover’s Portrait Layout Settings. Change the number of Columns and Rows, where the labels will appear and layout of the image frames.
Next, adjust the border width, header and label size.
You can change the color of your border and labels by clicking on the color picker.
Checking Auto Knockout cause the panels to “run away” from any image frame dropped near to the panel pave.
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