Mixbook Editor 101: Photo Effects, Placement & Deletions

Thanks for joining us for the second installment of Mixbook Editor 101! Last week, we took a look at the zoom slider, the rotation button and the flip button located on our photo editing tool bar. This week, we’ll be taking a look at most of the remaining buttons. We will, however, be saving the paintbrush button for next week – it does so many fun things, we decided it needed its own post!

So, let’s take a look at our buttons for today.

Photo Effects, Placement and Deletion

First we’ve got the Color Filter button and the Photo Adjustment button. These buttons are exclusive to our photo toolbar. The next set of buttons deal with the photo placement on your page: Bring Forward, Send Back, 2-Page Span and Delete.

1. The Color Filter Button
The color filter button provides you with two popular tones to apply to your entire photo. You can choose between black and white (B&W) or a sepia tone.

Color Filter Example2. The Photo Adjustment Button
These tools allow you to edit your photo right in the Mixbook editor. You can change the brightness, contrast or saturation by sliding the buttons to the left and right. Sliding the buttons to the right will increase the brightness, contrast or saturation, and moving it to the left will decrease it.

Brightness ComparisonsHere is a comparison of the adjustments that can be made with the Brightness slider. The brightness slider controls the over all brightness of your photo.

Contrast ComparisonHere is a comparison of the adjustments that can be made with the Contrast slider.  Contrast increases the separation between the dark and light areas of your photos, creating more definition between those areas.

Saturation ComparisonHere is a comparison of the adjustments that can be made with the Saturation slider. Saturation is similar to contrast, but deals more directly with colors. Increasing saturation increases the red tones in the photo, making the photo appear warmer. Decreasing saturation cools the photo, bringing it closer to the gray scale.

**Insider Tip: If your photo looks too dark, you’ll want to increase the brightness. If your photo looks a little red/orange, you’ll want to decrease the saturation.

3. Bring Forward
This button will bring your photo forward one layer. In the screenshot below, for example, the photo is behind the sticker and text. Clicking the Bring Forward button once will bring the photo over the sticker. Clicking the button again, will bring the photo over the text.

Bring Forward
4. Send Back
Opposite of the previous button, the Send Back button will send your photo back one layer. The following screen shot shows a photo being used a full page background. By sending the photo back, we are able to reveal the second photo we wanted to be placed on top. To learn more about using photos as full page spreads, click here.

Send Back

5. 2-Page Span
This button allows you to span the photo across two pages, or prevent it from spreading onto the next page. A simple click of this button will toggle the feature.

Spanning Pages
6. Delete
Last but not least, is our delete or remove button. Clicking on this will remove the photo from the page. While the photo is deleted from your page, it will not actually be deleted from the entire project.

If you would like your photo deleted from your project, locate the picture in your photo tray. When you hover your mouse over the photo, you will see a red circle with a horizontal line through it.

Photo Tray Delete
Clicking the red circle will completely remove the photo from that project.

So now we’ve got all the functional buttons explained, be sure to stay tuned for next week’s class, where we discuss the fun stuff! Our lesson includes borders, shadows, shapes and more! Until then, Happy Mixbooking!


  1. Mixbook Customer Care Team says

    Hi Anne,

    We currently do not offer a downloadable full user’s guide but that is a great idea and we will be sure to forward the suggestion along to the rest of our team!

    Please let us know if you have any other questions at support@mixbook.com


  2. Stephanie Silkey says

    I am attempting to adjust the saturation on a number of photos in a book where many of the photos printed too red/yellow. However I have no idea how much to adjust them, because they look fine on every computer screen. Any suggestions?


  3. Steve says

    Using page-span option for a photobook – a full two-page photo – my photo quality looks degraded which makes me think the app is not using the full file size. Is there a trick to doing this.

  4. Raffi Apelian says

    Unless you see the yellow caution sign that represents low resolution, your photos will print well.

  5. Janet Niemi Chubb says


  6. Raffi Apelian says

    In the dashboard below your book, you’ll see your pages and spreads. Click the pages or spread and to the right you’ll see the Page Tools in the grey box. Click remove page.


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