How EDA works

Today’s photographers are usually working under tide deadlines and have so many tasks to deal with in their daily activities that having to learn another one complicated software could be a real headache for them. Thankfully EDA stands to its name and is really EASY to learn and work on. 
The interface of EDA is well thought out to make the process of designing an album really easy and enjoyable. To simplify your workflow EDA features are organized in 4 panels that can be seen as the 4 logical steps you would normally take to create a digital album. And these 4 steps are so easy to learn and follow on. 

 

Manage Albums

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First step:
Choose the type and the size of the album


The first panel you see when you open EDA is the Albums Management panel. On the left side of the screen is the New Album panel that enables you to create a new album. You can create any album size you desire in EDA ranging from10X10 cm to 90x60 cm and you can store your albums anywhere you want, whether on your PC or on external hard drives and shared folders.
For every album you create, a new folder is created with the name you give to the album and all the contents of the album are stored in this folder. There is no limitation in the number of albums you can create in EDA.

To create a new album, just type a name for it and select its size. Click on the Save Album button and you are done. After you save the album the Albums panel is hidden and you are directed to the Import - Organize panel. On the right side of the screen is the Open Album panel that gives you access to the albums you have already created. From here you can manage your albums, delete any album you don’t want any more, open an existing album, and change its properties or its aspect ratio.




Create

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Third step:
Create the pages for the album

The Create panel is where you create the pages for your album and here is where the fun really begins!
All the templates, the backgrounds, the decorative elements, the groups of images as you’ve organized them and all the tools you need for creating amazing album pages are all concentrated in this panel. But don’t let this intimidate you. They are organized in such a manner that you’ll feel accustomed to the working environment in the first few minutes of working on it.
Whatever your preferred style of album design is, whether it’s simple and elegant or a more complex design, you can start creating pages right away, by selecting one of the hundreds of templates already included in EDA, or using them as a starting point and customize them, very easily, to match your style.
And the customization options that EDA is offering you are nothing short of impressive. You can Add or Delete layers, Move, Resize, Rotate, Rearrange or Flip them, Cut Layers in pieces or Merge them in a New Layer, Copy and Past Properties from one Layer to another on the template or to another template.
You can also add many properties to layers like Stroke, Shadow, Masks, Gradients, Overlays, Vignettes and Borders…. and not just to a single layer at a time but to all the selected layers at the same time.
EDA will give you back many hours of your life that you used to spend for designing albums!

Import - Organize

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Second step:
Import, review and organize your images in groups


The Import - Organize panel is the panel that allows you to import the images for an album and organize them in categories or groups. You can import folders containing images or import single images. The number of images you import to EDA will not affect its performance whether you import just 20 or 2000 images.
To import images in EDA just click on the import folder or import images buttons accordingly. While the files are being imported thumbnails of your images are being displayed in the images panel. If you have enable the Autorotation function on your camera EDA will recognize it and all vertical images will be rotated for proper view, saving you a lot of time.

Once the images are imported you can organize them in groups and make it easier to find the shots you are looking for. You can also use the many display modes and the tools of EDA to quickly review you images, delete the ones you don’t want and select your best shots.
Note that when you delete or edit images in EDA your original files will not be affected due to the smart image management of EDA.



Export

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Fourth step:
Export your pages, in high resolution files


The pages you create in EDA are low resolution files and in order to get the high resolution files, required for the printing and binding of your album you have to export them from EDA. This takes place in the last panel of EDA, the Export panel.

So after you have finished the creation of an album and it’s time to export your pages, in high resolution files and in a printable format, EDA offers you 2 options:
Export your pages through EDA, to jpg files only, to a size of up to 3000 pixels maximum, or export your pages through Photoshop and get the real benefit that EDA offers you. Now you can get your files not just in one of the most common file types, JPG, TIFF or PDF but also in native PSD files, with all layers and styles included.

This powerful feature of EDA supports all the properties you apply to the layers in EDA so the Opacity, Stroke, Shadow, Gradients, or Overlays you have added to layers in the software remain editable in the PSD files you export.

You can choose the color profile for your exported pages and also change the size of the album you have initially created to any other size that falls in the same aspect ratio and even change the album aspect ratio with a few clicks.

 

Tutorials

Tutorials
Learn how to use EDA and take advantage of all the feaures it offers you by watching our video tutorials…

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