Mixbook Editor 101: Photo Style Tools

Hello and welcome to our last class on the photo toolbar! If this is your first time joining us, you can catch up with our first class here, and our second class here. This class will take a look at the last unexplored button – the paintbrush! Believe us, we’ve saved the best for last! 🙂 Clicking on the paintbrush icon opens up a new style toolbox that really allows you to customize your photos! These tools include the ability to add shadows, reflections, borders, shapes, and transparency to your photos. Here’s a closer look at the toolbox the paintbrush will open up. Styles Tool Box We’ll take a look at each tab, moving from left to right. So let’s start!

Shadow Styles This tab allows you to add a shadow behind your photo. What are the benefits of adding a shadow to your photo? It gives your photo a 3D look, replicating the look of a regular photo album. When layering elements, using shadows also help to show the distinction between layers, making a photo look further back or closer to the top. Shadow Tool Box Photos are automatically placed onto the page with a shadow. There are four preset shadow settings, each one varying in the amount of shadow placed behind the photo. Right below the tabs, you will see the “No Shadow” button, which will completely remove the shadow.

Shadow Tools

Clicking on the Customize box at the bottom of the toolbox will provide you with more options on how to customize the shadow.

  • Blur: Stretches the shadow, creating a larger shadow behind the photo
  • Distance: Moves the shadow further away from the photo, following the angle at which the shadow is cast
  • Angle: Changes the angle from which the shadow is cast
  • Opacity: Darkens/Lightens the shadow
  • Color: Changes the color of your shadow

Here’s an example of what you can do with these customized settings:

Shadow Tools

Reflection Styles This tab allows you to add a reflection of your photo under the original photo. Reflection Toolbox There are 8 different preset reflection styles to choose from, in addition to the “No Reflection” option. As our toolbox can only show four at a time, you’ll want to click on the green arrow to see the second page. Depending on which preset is chosen, the reflection will increase or decrease. Reflection Tools

Just like the shadow style, you are able to customize the reflection to your liking, by clicking on Customize at the bottom of the toolbox. The

  • Opacity: Controls the transparency of the reflection
  • Distance: Controls how far down the photo will reflect
  • Blur: Controls how blurry or crisp the reflection will be

Here’s an example of what you can do with these customized settings:

Reflection ToolsBorder Styles This tab allows you to add a border or frame to your photo. Border Tool Box There are 12 pages of different preset borders, ranging in color and thickness. Like the previous tabs, there is also the option to have “No Border.”

Border Tools Clicking on Customize at the bottom of the toolbox (show above) will open up two additional ways to customize your border.

  • Thickness: Controls how thick your border is
  • Color: Allows you to choose the border’s color

Here’s an example of what you can do with these customized settings:

Border Tools

Shape Styles This tab allows you to “cut” your photo in the form of a shape. Shape Tool BoxThere are five different shapes you can choose from:

  1. Rectangle
  2. Circle
  3. Triangle
  4. Heart
  5. Star

ShapeTools Remember, all of these shapes can be enlarged, stretched or shrunk by utilizing our resizing tools. Also, don’t forget to utilize your panning hand to get the right part of your photo into that shape! 🙂

Transparency Styles This last tab allows you to control the transparency of your photo. This feature is especially useful when you want to use your photo as a background for your page, or even a background for text! Transparency Tool BoxThere are four preset transparency options, in addition to, of course, the “No Transparency” button. TransparencyTool Again, clicking on customize at the bottom will allow you to more specifically control the transparency. Here’s an example of what you can do with these customized settings: Last but not least, you may have noticed an “Apply All” button at the bottom of some or our style tabs. Clicking on this button will apply that particular style to all the photos present on your two page spread. It’s a quick way to make all your photos uniform! And that completes our lesson on the styles toolbox. Now that you know what you can do, let’s get to work! If you need help with some color choices, check out our tutorial on how to choose colors! While we’ve shown you the basics, a little experimenting and exploration will get you on track to making the most custom and unique books! Happy Mixbooking!

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  1. Raffi Apelian says

    Click the corners of photos to adjust the size with the dragging of your mouse. You may also drag the photos into photo slots to place them in place.