How do I make panels using Advanced Mode (local file storage)?

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.  Advanced mode allows you to create a custom panel flow.

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.

Advanced Mode Panels

On the Panel hover, select the Advanced button and then select the Panel tab.

Under the Portrait Selection, is a list of the different Attributes that you can use to flow a specific group. Under the Group Settings is where you can indicated how you want the portraits grouped. For example: Only Grade 2 students and teachers images, but Grouped By Teacher

  1. Go down to the Group Settings section and in the Group By field select Teacher.
  2. Then under the Portrait Selection section, select the Show Only option, then locate the Grade field and select 2.
  3. Then select the Apply button

You will see that the page you are on will now be filled with images and names from the portraits database.

On the Pages hover, you will see that new pages will be added to accommodate the number of classes/students for the group you chose.

You can continue to decorate your panels, adding Backgrounds or candid images. When completed, hit Save at the top of the page. You may add additional Panel pages to your project, and move candid pages between them on the Pages hover.
If you need help with further customization, please look the these articles: Customizing Labels, Customizing the Header and Customizing the Panel Frames.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For Yearbooks saved to a local project file, all panels must be created in a single project. Do not make copies of your panel page project nor import the PSPA index twice, as the separate projects cannot be merged into a single project, which is required to send your book to your printing company. 

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