"Sort View" is one of the two main ways that your photobook can be presented to you in the Momento software (the other is Layout View). Sort View fills the main centre portion of the screen. The main feature of Sort View is that all photos in your photobook are listed on the same screen, allowing you to get a thorough overview of your entire photobook and make changes to photos on several pages at once.
Sort view is selected by clicking on the Sort tab at the top of the centre portion of the screen:
You can also use the F2 key on the keyboard.
The other main way of working with your photobook, Layout View, allows you to examine the layout of each page in your photobook, one by one, and arrange the photos and other graphical elements on each page. It is easy to switch between Sort View and Layout View at any time, by simply clicking on their tabs at the top of the centre portion of the screen.
The Purpose of Sort View
The purpose of Sort View is to:
- Offer a complete view of all pages of your photobook on the one screen
- Begin grouping photos onto pages
- Start choosing the relative sizes of your photos (small, medium and large)
- Give you the opportunity to plan your entire photobook
What you can do with Sort View
Sort View allows you to:
- Add photos to pages
- Remove photos from pages
- Change the order of photos in your photobook
- Add or remove page breaks
- Add captions to your photos
- Rotate photos to their correct orientation
- Choose a size with which to display each photo
- Nominate which photos should be used as page backgrounds
All these options are detailed below.
Photos are added to your photobook by dragging them from the Photos Panel to the centre portion of the screen (Sort View in this case). For full details of how to do this, see the help section on the Photos Panel.
If you decide to remove a photo from a page on your photobook:
- In the Sort View (the centre portion of the screen), click on the photo you wish to remove. The photo and all its supporting information will be highlighted in blue.
- Click on the icon to the right of the photo. You can also use the Delete key on the keyboard.
Note that this will not delete the photo from your computer - it will only cause that photo to no longer display on that page of your photobook. The copy of the photo on your computer will be untouched, and will still be available to be added to any other page of your photobook.
To move a photo around within your photobook (to move it from one page to another):
- In the Sort View (the centre portion of the screen), click on the photo you wish to move
- Hold the left mouse button down and drag the photo so that the mouse pointer is positioned above or below another photo in the list. The new photo will then be moved so that it is now above or below that other photo. The location of the new photo will be indicated by a solid horizontal line above or below the existing photo (just as with Adding Photos).
A page break is an indication in Sort View of where one page ends and another page starts. In Sort View, a page break is indicated by a blue page icon in the left margin:
Items (photos and other graphical elements) appearing above this icon will be part of one page, while items appearing below this icon will be part of a different page.
To add a page break between two photos on the same page (split a page in two):
- Click the clear page icon in the left margin between the two photos. The icon will turn into a blue icon indicating that a page break now exists between the two photos.
To remove all page breaks in your photobook:
- Click on the icon at the top of Sort View
- This will effectively set all photos in your photobook to be placed on the same page, probably not how you want your photobook to eventually be printed. Be sure to create some page breaks before you proceed with any other editing of your photobook
- You will not be able to proceed to Layout View if there are more than 24 photos per page
To evenly distribute page breaks through all the photos in your photobook:
- Click on the icon at the top of Sort View.
- You will be asked how many photos you would like to place on each page. Type in a number and click the OK button.
A caption is a small piece of text (usually that you write yourself) that describes a single photo. For example, "Greg's birthday party, 2005", or "Tina sleeping peacefully", or "Sunrise over the Indian Ocean". Captions are optional - you can choose which photos have captions and which photos don't. Captions usually appear immediately below the photo the belong to.
To add a personalised caption to a photo:
- In Sort View, click on the photo to which you wish to add a caption. This photo and all its supporting information will be highlighted in blue.
- Click inside the white Caption field. The cursor will flash indicating that you can start typing.
- Type your caption text
- To complete your caption, press Enter, or simply click on another part of the screen.
Sometimes a photo will appear on your pages upside down or sideways. For example:
To correct this:
- In Sort View (the centre portion of the screen), click on the photo you wish to rotate. The photo and all its supporting information will be highlighted in blue.
- Click on the icon or the icon until your photo appears correctly
Note: It is possible to rotate all the photos in your photobook at once - or even a selection of photos - by clicking the icon or the icon at the top of the screen (above all the individual photos). See Selecting and Adjusting a Group of Text and Images, below.
Often when laying out a page, some photos are more important (or of higher quality), and thus should be displayed larger than the other photos. Conversely, some photos may not be so important, or may be of low quality/resolution, and should be displayed smaller than the rest of the photos. It is possible to resize each photo in your photobook with just one click per photo.
To the right of each photo in Sort View (centre part of the screen) there are three icons:
These icons can be used to select how large a photo should be displayed on the page: small, medium or large.
- These sizes are only relative and can be manually adjusted in Layout View.
- It is possible to resize all the photos in your photobook at once - or even a selection of photos - by clicking the icons at the top of the screen (above all the individual photos). See Selecting and Adjusting a Group of Text and Images, below.
To set a photo as a background:
- In the Sort View (the centre portion of the screen), click on the photo you wish to use as a background. The photo and all its supporting information will be highlighted in blue.
- Click on the icon to the right of the photo
The result is that your photo will fill the whole page, and other photos will be able to be placed on top of it:
- Other graphical elements besides photographs can be used as the backgrounds of pages. In fact, there's a whole panel of pre-designed images specially chosen to be suitable as backgrounds for pages in your photobook. See the Backgrounds Panel for more information.
- It is possible to nominate that all the photos in your photobook - or a selection of photos - should be background images, by clicking the icon at the top of the screen (above all the individual photos). You might choose this option if you wanted each page in your photobook to contain exactly one photo, and have that photo take up the entire page (no white margin around the photo). See Selecting and Adjusting a Group of Text and Images, below for more information.
You can also set the first photo of every page to be the background, by clicking on the background icon at the very top of the screen.
All of the above techniques (with the exception of adding a caption) can also be performed using a group of photos, or even all photos in your photobook. In other words, if you wish to perform an operation on several photos, you can , you do not have manipulate each image in turn - you can perform the operation on all the photos at once.
There are several ways to select multiple photographs. Pick whatever method most meets your needs:
- If you click anywhere in the grey margin area at the left of the list of photos, all the photos on that page will be selected (with a blue highlight)
- To select a continuous range of photos in the Sort View list, click the first photo in the range, then hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click the last photo in the range. All the photos between the two selected photos (including the two selected photos) will be highlighted in blue.
- To select multiple, non-sequential photos in the Sort View list, click the first photo, then hold down the Ctrl (Control) key on the keyboard and click on all the other photos you'd like selected. Each selected photo will be highlighted in blue.
Once the group of photos has been selected, the icons along the top of the Sort View area (the centre portion of the screen) can be used to perform the action you want (rotate, resize, background or delete), and the action will be performed on all the selected photos.
Note: If you don't select any images at all before clicking on the icons at the top of the screen, the action will be performed on all photos in the list (all photos in your photobook). You will be prompted to confirm this.
Proceeding to Layout View
When you have added photos to your photobook, adjusted their size and orientation, and moved them into the correct sequence, you are ready to start customising each page. This is done in Layout View.
To switch to Layout View:
- In the list in the middle of the screen (Sort View), click on one of the photos on the page you would like to work on next
- Click the Layout tab at the top of the screen. The page will be displayed as it would when it was printed.