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Designing in SmartAlbums®2


SmartAlbums®2 for MacOS and Windows allows you to export MomentoPro products directly to a print-ready PDF, so you can upload and order at Momento Pro immediately. Make sure you update to the most recent version of SmartAlbums to access this time-saving feature.

Below you'll find instructions for starting and exporting Momento Pro Photo Books and Flush Mount Albums in SmartAlbums®2. Users of older versions will need to continue exporting JPEGs for import into MomentoPro's software.
 


Read these instructions carefully before starting your next project. We recommend you print this page and read our Colour Management page.

If you're exporting to PDF for direct upload, please use JPEG Quality 99%, not 100%.

SmartAlbums®2 Special Offer

SmartAlbums®2 is offering Momento Pro customers $50 off until 31 December 2018. Email marketing@momentopro.com.au for the promo code.

Starting Your Project

 

New Project

  • Run SmartAlbums®2 and click the New button
  • Set Album Company to Momento Pro (AU & NZ)
  • Select the Format (shape) of your album or book.
    • Note: Flush Mount Albums are only available in the Square format
  • Set your preferred Size:
    • Albums are specified in inches
    • Photo Books are specified in millimetres
  • Select your preferred Album Type and Subtype
  • Write down these settings before proceeding, as you'll need this information when uploading your finished file

 

Template Library

  • Settings on the Templates page are entirely up to you
 
 

Important Notes:

 
  • With MomentoPro you can order smaller sizes from any upload e.g. if you upload a 12x12" album can order it as a 10x10" or 8x8" album
  • In SmartAlbums®2 you design spreads rather than single pages. Spreads are equivalent to two pages or sides in Momento Pro's world
  • When designing a Flush Mount Album you will start and end on a double page spread
  • When designing a Photo Book, you will start with a single page at the front so you remember to convert your last page to a single side. Right-click on the last page, select Convert to single page/side. Failure to do so will result in the last (left) page of your book being blank.
       
 
  • Before exporting a Section-sewn Photo Book ensure that the number of pages is a multiple of 8. Page count is displayed in brackets in the Spread Grid view in the right panel.
       
 


 

Export to PDF


In SmartAlbums®2 or higher you can export to an AdobeRGB (1998) print-ready PDF that can be uploaded to our website and ordered immediately. When you've completed your page layouts, proceed to the Export window, observing and correcting any warnings. If you don't see the PDF Export option you may need to upgrade to SmartAlbums®2 which offers an easier and faster workflow.

 

Export Settings

  • It is essential you use these exact settings
  • Failure to do so will result in incorrect colour and pagination
  • The Inside bleed fill setting is only available in earlier versions of SmartAlbums. If present, ensure it is selected.

 

Quality Settings

Before you proceed to export, click the Change Quality button and ensure the JPEG output quality is at least 90%.

Using 100% will give only marginally better print results but it will make the upload much larger and slower.

You have the option to sharpen images for print but we recommend the default setting of Medium.  You may want to reduce this if you have previously sharpened your images in Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.
   

 

 

Designing Covers


SmartAlbums doesn't include a cover design feature so if you plan to order a Printed Cover or Dust Jacket (for Photo Books only) or a Prestige Mount (for Photo Books and Flush Mount Albums) you'll need to create your cover design in other software. The simplest method is to import your SmartAlbums spreads into the Momento Pro software (see below) as it will perform all the relevant spine and bleed calculations for you. Alternatively you can use our Photoshop or InDesign cover templates. Because the spine dimensions of your cover will depend on the size and thickness of your completed book, you should design your cover only when your book is complete.
 

Note: If you are supplying a separate cover file DO NOT PLACE YOUR ORDER until we have attached the cover design to your page design and emailed you a notification that the cover is uploaded and your project is ready to order. This usually takes 1-3 business days.

 

Import Spreads into Momento Pro software


As of SmartAlbums versions 2.2.6 for Windows or 2.0.26 for Mac, you can also export your project's spreads as JPEGs which can then be imported into the Momento Pro software. This will make the creation of printed covers or dust-jackets much easier. The project can then be exported and uploaded to Momento Pro as per a normal Momento project.

 

Export Settings

  • This method is only available from SmartAlbums versions 2.2.6 for Windows or 2.0.26 for Mac onwards.
  • It is essential you use these exact settings
  • Failure to do so will result in incorrect colour and pagination
     
  • You will be prompted that you need to export as sides - you can only ignore this warning if you are exporting JPEGs for import into Momento's software.

 

Quality Settings

Before you proceed to export your album click the Change Quality button and ensure the JPEG output quality is set to 100%.

As an option you can have your images sharpened for print. We recommend leaving the default setting of Medium, however you may want to back this off if you have done your sharpening in Photoshop or Lightroom.
   


 

Uploading + Ordering SmartAlbums PDFs

 

1. Sign in and Upload your Album or Book pages PDF.  Your file will automatically be recognised as a SmartAlbums PDF.

2. Complete the online Questionnaire:
Note: It is crucial you select the Album Type and Subtype as you set in SmartAlbums Settings when starting your project. Incorrect selections will result in errors in the manufacture of your product and Momento Pro will not be liable for any expenses required to fix or replace your product.

3. Your Album or Book pages file will appear in your Projects list. Note: There is temporary issue with preview thumbnails not appearing in the Project list but you are able to proceed and place your order.

4a. If your project does not require a Printed Cover or Prestige Mount Plate you can proceed to place your order.

4b. If you require a Printed Cover or Prestige Mount Plate we need to manually add your Cover design to your Album or Book page file.
  • Click the Upload  button and upload the Cover file
  • Complete the online Questionnaire
  • Wait until you are contacted by our Customer Service team before ordering

Note: The Questionnaire must be completed before our Prepress team can attach your cover design to the correct pages file.  Ordering your Project before your cover has been added by our Prepress team will result in your book being produced with a blank cover design. Momento Pro will not be liable for any expenses required to fix or replace your product.
 



 

Momento Products in SmartAlbums®2


These are the products you can design in SmartAlbums®2 and upload directly to MomentoPro:
 

Flush Mount Album
 
Format                     Sizes (Inches)                                          Album Subtypes  
Square 12x12, 10x10, 8x8 Thin cotton rag (0.6mm), seamless lay-flat (up to 50 spreads)  
Square 12x12, 10x10, 8x8 Thick cotton rag (1.1mm), seamless lay-flat (up to 35 spreads)  
  6x6 available by uploading 8x8    
 

Photo Books - Epson Inkjet
 
Format                      Sizes (mm)                Album Subtypes  
Square 390x390, 297x297, 210x210, 148x148 Cotton Rag, lay-flat section sewn                                                          
Landscape 550x390 Cotton Rag, side sewn with gutter  
Landscape 420x297, 297x210, 210x148 Cotton Rag, lay-flat section sewn  
Portrait 390x550 Cotton Rag, side sewn with gutter  
Portrait 297x420, 210x297, 148x210 Cotton Rag, lay-flat section sewn  
 

Photo Books - Indigo Press
 
Format                      Sizes (mm)              Album Subtypes
Square 297x297, 210x210, 148x148 All stocks, side sewn with gutter                                                         
Square 297x297, 210x210 Lay-flat hinged paper
Landscape 420x297, 297x210, 210x148 All stocks, side sewn with gutter
Landscape 297x210 Lay-flat hinged paper
Landscape 210x148 Select stocks, lay-flat section sewn
Portrait 297x420, 210x297, 148x210 All stocks, side sewn with gutter
Portrait 297x420, 210x297 Lay-flat hinged paper
Portrait 210x297, 148x210 Select stocks, lay-flat section sewn